Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Summit Partners Acquires MercuryGate International

MercuryGate An illustration promoting the MercuryGate MercuryMaestro business intelligence software. (MercuryGate International via YouTube)

Investment firm Summit Partners announced the acquisition of MercuryGate International Inc., a provider of SaaS-based transportation management system solutions.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
August 28, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Driver Shortage in Japan Speeds Up Commercial Use of Self-Driving Tech

Regular taxi in Tokyo Regular taxis like this one in Tokyo are sharing the road with self-driving taxis in a trial. (Shizuo Kambayashi/AP)

In Tokyo, self-driving taxis that transport passengers for a fee are being trialed. A serious shortage of taxi drivers lies behind the move, but the development of laws and regulations to deal with accidents and other issues still is lacking.

The (Tokyo) Japan News | Asia News Network
August 28, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel, Opinion

Opinion: Sensing the Future of Fleet Maintenance and Efficiency

Fuel is often one of the first considerations in calculating annual expenses. According to the American Transportation Research Institute’s 2017 Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking, nearly 40% of operating costs are derived from fuel alone.

Wally Stegall | Technical Fellow and Director of Business Development, Morey
August 28, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

South Dakota Approves 35 Grants for Local Bridge Improvements

South Dakota The Foster Street Bridge in Davison County was completed using the South Dakota Bridge Improvement Grant. (South Dakota State News)

The South Dakota Transportation Commission has approved 35 bridge improvement grants totaling more than $1.3 million.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 27, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, TCA

New Mexico Committed to Reversing Trend of Workplace Fatalities

Car entering highway work zone A highway work zone in Bernalillo, N.M. (Susan Montoya Bryan/AP)

In 2016, the most recent year for which comprehensive data is available nationally, 41 individuals were killed in work-related incidents in New Mexico.

Marie C. Baca | Albuquerque Journal
August 27, 2018
Business, Equipment, Safety

Bendix Transitions Facilities to New Quality Standards

Bendix vehicle on test track Bendix

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems and Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake announced each has completed all audits successfully, ensuring full transition to the new standards from the International Automotive Task Force, and the International Organization for Standardizations.

Transport Topics
August 27, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Aug. 27: The LeBron James of Trucking

2018 NTDC Grand Champion Scott Woodrome (left), NBA superstar LeBron James 2018 NTDC Grand Champion Scott Woodrome (left) by John Sommers II for Transport Topics; NBA superstar LeBron James by Fruit Hoops via YouTube

2018 NTDC champion Scott Woodrome and NBA superstar LeBron James have a lot in common. Seriously.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
August 27, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety

Stoneridge Fills New Chief Technology Officer Post

Stoneridge booth at TMC 2018 The Stoneridge booth shows MirrorEye technology at the Technology & Maintenance Council's meeting in Atlanta in March. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Commercial vehicle supplier Stoneridge Inc. appointed Laurent Borne chief technology officer, a newly created position.

Transport Topics
August 24, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Volkswagen Reportedly Tried to Buy Self-Driving Car Startup Aurora

Self-Driving Car Startup Aurora self-driving car. (Aurora)

Volkswagen apparently wants to be more than just friends with Aurora Innovation, a self-driving car company testing autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh.

Aaron Aupperlee | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
August 24, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Video Insights

Lytx onboard cam Onboard cameras, such as the DriveCam from Lytx, are giving fleets greater visibility across their operations. (Lytx)

Traditional truck telematics systems offer fleet managers a lot of data on the performance of their drivers and vehicles, but integrating onboard cameras can provide valuable information that those systems can’t capture on their own, according to technology suppliers.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
August 24, 2018