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Government, Business, Safety

California Wildfire Forces Truckers to Abandon Rigs on Highway

Delta Fire burning in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif. Delta Fire burning in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Calif. (Noah Berger/AP)

REDDING, Calif. — An explosive wildfire that closed down dozens of miles of a major California freeway nearly tripled in size overnight, just weeks after a nearby blaze that left neighborhoods in ruins and killed eight people, officials said Sept. 6.

Associated Press
September 6, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Ford Recalls 2 Million F-150 Pickups Over Seat Belts

Row of Ford F-150 pickup trucks at a dealer lot Keith Srakocic/AP

DETROIT — Ford is recalling about 2 million F-150 pickups in North America because the seat belts can cause fires.

Associated Press
September 6, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Bendix Updates ADAS Technology With Eye on the Future

Mack Anthem Fusion is standard on the Mack Anthem. (John Sterling Ruth Photography/Mack Truck)

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems announced the next generation of both its Wingman Fusion advanced driver assistance system and its BlindSpotter side object detection system.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
September 6, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Top 100

Internet of Things Arrives in Intermodal

Intermodal Hub Group truck carrying an intermodal container. (Hub Group)

While intermodal may be playing catch-up in the real-time freight visibility race, the consensus among industry watchers is that the gap is closing — fast. You can thank the Internet of Things revolution and the emergence of “in the cloud” software and database platforms.

Gary Frantz | Special to Transport Topics
September 5, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Waymo, Uber Driverless Projects Make Scanning Sensors Cheaper

Waymo Eric Risberg/Associated Press

Google’s Waymo, Uber and carmakers GM and Mercedes-Benz are among the companies working to put driverless vehicles in showrooms. That competition also should help lower prices that can reach $75,000 apiece for the sensors that scan a car’s surrounding environment so it knows how to drive itself.

Jie Ma | Bloomberg News
September 5, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA to Hold Listening Session on Proposed HOS Changes

Sleeper berth FMCSA is seeking comment on the split sleeper-berth rule to allow drivers to split their required time in the sleeper berth. (Lippert Components Inc.)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has planned a public listening session this month to discuss several proposed changes to the commercial motor vehicle driver hours-of-service regulations.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
September 5, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Descartes Acquires PinPoint GPS Solutions

Descartes Systems Group has acquired PinPoint GPS Solutions Inc., a provider of fleet-tracking and mobile workforce management services based in Mississauga, Ontario, for cash and stock valued at C$15 million.

Transport Topics
September 5, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

DOT IG to Audit FRA Vehicle-Train Collision Data

Vehicle-Train Collision Shutterstock

Citing a persistent increase in the number of vehicle-train collisions at highway-rail grade crossings in recent years, the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General has informed the Federal Railroad Administration that it is conducting an audit of the agency’s incident data.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
September 5, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka: Trump Inactive on Infrastructure

Richard Trumka Trumka. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

President Donald Trump’s inaction on a long-term infrastructure plan has been detrimental to the country’s labor force, a key national union labor leader recently said on Fox News Sunday.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 4, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Truckers to Call for More Safety Measures on Alaska’s Dalton Highway

Dalton Highway A view of Dalton Highway. (Alaska Department of Transportation)

Representatives of the Alaskan trucking community plan to call for improved maintenance efforts along Dalton Highway, a harrowing route in the northeastern part of the state that became the site of a driver’s fatal crash Aug. 24.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 4, 2018

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