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Self-Driving Uber in Crash Wasn’t Designed to See Jaywalkers

Uber Self-Driving Seth Wenig/Associated Press

Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving test car that struck and killed a pedestrian last year wasn’t programmed to recognize and react to jaywalkers, according to documents released by U.S. safety investigators.

Ryan Beene and Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
November 6, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Lawyer David Estrada Takes On Autonomous Safety Questions at Nuro

Autonomous safety questions Kroger and Nuro's R1 driverless delivery vehicle. (Andrew Brown/The Kroger Co. via Associated Press)P)

Silicon Valley lawyer David Estrada is taking on a new role at Nuro Inc., a Mountain View, Calif.-based self-driving car startup founded by two of his former Google colleagues and backed by nearly $1 billion from SoftBank Group Corp.’s Vision Fund.

Brad Stone | Bloomberg News
November 6, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Kansas DOT Selects 22 Projects Through Cost Share Program

Kansas bridge A deficient bridge near Osawatomie, Kan. (Orlin Wagner/Associated Press)

State leaders recently announced 22 projects have been selected as part of the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Cost Share Program, which is meant to provide funding for transportation initiatives.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 5, 2019
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Operational Cost of Trucking Up 7.7%, ATRI Report Says

Truck on the road in Oregon According to ATRI, the average marginal cost per mile incurred by motor carriers in 2018 rose to $1.82, marking a 7.7% increase from 2017. (Getty Images)

The costs associated with trucking have increased substantially, according to a new report from the American Transportation Research Institute.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 4, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics

Seattle DOT Launches Public Version of Roadwork Planning App

View of Seattle Many projects are planned for downtown Seattle through 2024 to help improve mobility. (Ron Clausen/Wikicommons)

The Seattle Department of Transportation has launched a public version of dotMaps, its online tool to help travelers stay informed about construction projects and plan their routes.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 4, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics, Top 100

Washington Supreme Court Finds State Not at Fault for Skagit River Bridge Collapse

Collapsed Skagit River Bridge 2013 A worker looks at the collapsed portion of the Interstate 5 bridge at the Skagit River on May 24, 2013. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

The Supreme Court of Washington has determined the Washington Department of Transportation cannot be held at fault for an interstate bridge collapse that occurred in 2013.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 1, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Bendix Prepares for Electronic Braking Transition

TJ Thomas, director of marketing and customer solutions for Bendix’s controls business TJ Thomas, director of marketing and customer solutions for Bendix’s controls business, said two trends are taking shape in trucking: highly automated driving and e-mobility. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems outlined its plans to support the trucking industry’s upcoming transition toward electronic braking systems and the introduction of automated steering controls in the commercial vehicle market.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
October 31, 2019
Government, Safety

DOT IG Outlines FMCSA’s Top Management Challenges for 2020

truck at loading dock The IG report also said FMCSA’s efforts to improve commercial vehicle safety depend on obtaining an accurate understanding of the role of driver detention within the industry. (Getty Images)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is facing challenges in a number of programmatic areas that could play a role in reducing recent increases in fatalities involving large trucks and buses, according to a new report by the Department of Transportation Inspector General.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 31, 2019
Business, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Donaldson Announces Air Filter Test Results, GeoTab Contract

Donaldson Donaldson's Al Hovda speaks at the press conference. (Anneliese Mahoney/Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Donaldson Co. said recent tests show the Donaldson PowerCore filters can save fleets up to $215 per truck per year, because the filters provide 27% less restriction.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
October 31, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

PSI Touts TireViewLive’s Tire Management Benefits at NACV

TireViewLive PSI's Sharkey speaks to the media. (Anneliese Mahoney/Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — An enhanced feature for tire-pressure monitoring for trucks, tractors and trailers was announced at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show on Oct. 29.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 29, 2019