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Omnitracs Targets Lower Hardware Costs, Faster Replacement Cycles for Onboard Tech

Greer Omnitracs CEO Ray Greer speaks at the event. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

LAS VEGAS — Omnitracs is aiming to shorten the replacement cycle for onboard technology in the trucking industry, in part by driving down the cost of telematics hardware while easing the migration to new systems.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
February 19, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Outrider Gets $53 Million to Automate Truck Yards

Outrider av Outrider

Technology company Outrider closed out an early stage of financing with $53 million to automate truck yards, the company announced Feb. 19.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
February 19, 2020
Business, Safety

Boeing Inspects 737 Max for Fuel-Tank Debris in New Setback

Grounded Boeing 737 Max planes are seen in a lot in Seattle in December 2019. Grounded Boeing 737 Max planes are seen in a lot in Seattle in December 2019. (David Ryder/Bloomberg News)

Boeing Co. is inspecting more than 400 stored 737 Max jets after discovering debris such as tools or rags left in the fuel tanks of several newly built but undelivered aircraft.

Julie Johnsson | Bloomberg News
February 19, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Rep. Sam Graves Highlights Push to Streamline Permitting Process

Graves Graves via Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

Policies aimed at expediting the permitting process related to big-ticket infrastructure projects would enhance connectivity along freight and commuter networks, Rep. Sam Graves, the top Republican on the House transportation panel, recently indicated.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 18, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Technological Disruptions Bring Risk for Fleets

Velociti A Velociti technician installs an onboard computer in a truck cab. (Velociti)

A systemwide update to GPS technology last year gave the trucking industry and other sectors a glimpse into how large-scale technological malfunctions can cause broad-based problems for businesses, but small-scale issues can be just as disruptive, experts said.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
February 18, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Nebraska DOT Unveils Omaha Transportation Study

Omaha, Neb. Omaha, Neb., with Interstate 480, a 5-mile auxiliary route that links downtown Omaha to Council Bluffs, Iowa, visible on the right. (Getty Images)

The Nebraska Department of Transportation released the Metro Area Travel Improvement Study, which is meant to guide road improvements in the Omaha area for the next few decades.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 14, 2020
Business, Equipment, Safety

Daimler to Recall 298,000 Mercedes-Benz Cars

A Mercedes-Benz E-Class car during assembly. (Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg News)

Daimler AG is recalling almost 300,000 of its Mercedes-Benz cars because of fire hazards.

Stefan Nicola | Bloomberg News
February 14, 2020
Business, Equipment, Safety

Airbus Presses Boeing Rivalry With Jet Deal, Production Ramp-Up

An Airbus A220-300 plane in France in July 2018. An Airbus A220-300 in France in July 2018. (Christophe Morin/Bloomberg News)

Airbus SE pledged to churn out more aircraft than ever and consolidated its ownership of the A220 jetliner, pressing home its advantage over Boeing Co. and its grounded 737 Max in the growing narrow-body market.

Charlotte Ryan | Bloomberg News
February 13, 2020
Government, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Federal Policymakers to Draft Self-Driving Vehicles Bill

Frank Pallone Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) by J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Policymakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are aiming to draft a bipartisan measure that would guarantee the deployment of lifesaving technologies in self-driving vehicles, the chairman of a key committee said Feb. 11.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 11, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

TMC Annual Meeting Aims to Advance, Enrich Careers

TMC 2019 Scene from TMC 2019. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

When the trucking industry’s equipment and technology professionals gather in Atlanta this month for the annual meeting of American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council, they’ll probe maintenance issues and discover opportunities for collaboration.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 11, 2020

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