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Government, Business, Safety

House Vote on Infrastructure Pushed to Sept. 30

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had originally pledged to House moderates a vote on the infrastructure legislation by Sept. 27. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — With President Joe Biden’s broad domestic agenda at risk of collapse, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sept. 26 vowed that Democrats will pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill this week and push ahead on the bigger $3.5 trillion social safety net and climate change bill while acknowledging the total amount will drop.

Hope Yen | The Associated Press
September 27, 2021
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Pass the Test and Tesla Owners Might Get Full Self-Driving Beta Access

The steering wheel of a Tesla Inc. Model 3 electric vehicle The steering wheel of a Tesla Inc. Model 3 electric vehicle. (Angel Garcia/Bloomberg News)

The wait is almost over for some Tesla Inc. customers to get access to driver-assistance technology the company has marketed in controversial ways — as long as they’re on their best behavior.

Craig Trudell and Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
September 24, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Port of Houston Fended Off Hacking Attempt

Port of Houston Cranes at the Port of Houston by David J. Phillip/AP

The Port of Houston issued a statement Sept. 23 saying it had successfully defended against an attempted hack in August and “no operational data or systems were impacted.”

Alan Suderman | Associated Press
September 24, 2021
Business, Safety, Logistics

New York Faces New Flood Threat Just Weeks After Ida’s Havoc

New York Faces New Flood Threat Just Weeks After Ida’s Havoc Cars and trucks sit abandoned on the flooded Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

New York and the U.S. Northeast are facing another flood threat just three weeks after the remnants of Hurricane Ida devastated the region, but the heavy rain expected through Sept. 24 won’t match that storm’s deadly deluge.

September 23, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

FMCSA Nominee Meera Joshi Promotes Autonomous Tech’s Safety Potential

Meera Joshi Joshi testifies before the Senate Commerce Committee during her confirmation hearing for FMCSA administrator. (

WASHINGTON — Autonomous technology meant to enhance freight connectivity could transform the country’s commercial landscape and improve safety, President Joe Biden’s nominee to oversee trucking regulations told a U.S. Senate panel Sept. 22.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 23, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Driver Positive Drug Tests Up Nearly 13% Through August

Marijuana and a joint Positive marijuana tests account for more than 53% of the total number of the 14 different drug panels tested since the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse opened Jan. 6, 2020. (Getty Images)

The number of positive driver drug tests through August increased by nearly 13%, when compared with a year ago, according to a new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse summary report.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 22, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

FedEx, Paccar, Aurora Launch Autonomous Trucking Pilot

Aurora-FedEx image Aurora Innovation says it will launch its trucking business and haul loads autonomously between terminals without a safety driver by the end of 2023. (Aurora Innovation Inc.)

Aurora Innovation Inc., Paccar Inc. and FedEx Corp. launched a commercial pilot of autonomous trucking in Texas.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
September 22, 2021
Government, Safety

USDOT Announces Aid for California Highway Project, INFRA Support

Overview of Interstate 405 The Orange County Transportation Authority received a direct loan for up to $628.9 million for the Interstate 405 improvement project, (Orange County Transportation Authority via Twitter)

A key corridor in Orange County, Calif., is the recent recipient of additional federal funding assistance to expand highway access in the region, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced recently.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 20, 2021
Business, Safety, Fuel

GM Says Production Starts on Replacement Batteries for Bolts

An unsold 2022 Bolt electric vehicle An unsold 2022 Bolt electric vehicle at a Chevrolet dealership in Englewood, Colo. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

General Motors said Sept. 20 that production has resumed for battery modules used in recalled Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles, and customers could start getting replacement parts by mid-October.

David Koenig | Associated Press
September 20, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Top 100

FedEx to Spend $100 Million on Improving Delivery Vehicle Safety

FedEx truck Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg

FedEx Corp. plans to spend more than $100 million to improve delivery van safety and reduce costs from accidents, potentially dragging on short-term earnings as the courier faces pressure from rising wages and other expenses.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
September 20, 2021