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Elite Driving Ability Runs in the Family for UPS Duo

Aaron (left) and David Sharp, UPS drivers from Nevada Aaron Sharp (left) and dad David both represented UPS Inc. and the state of Nevada at this year's National Truck Driving Championships. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

INDIANAPOLIS — As Aaron Sharp watched the parade of competitors taking their place on the floor of the Indiana Convention Center for the National Truck Driving Championships’ “Walk of Champions” Aug. 19, he kept his eyes peeled for one participant in particular — his father, David Sharp.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 25, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Louisiana Nabs $86.6 Million Loan for Highway Interchange

Construction catnap72 via Getty Images

Louisiana has qualified for an $86.6 million loan from the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund an interchange at U.S. Highway 90 and Louisiana Highway 3073 as part of a future Interstate 49 South corridor project.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
August 25, 2022
Business, Safety

NTDC Ties Record for Most Female Competitors

Fickett Maine's Haleigh Fickett competes in the tanker division. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

INDIANAPOLIS — At the final round of the National Truck Driving Championships on Aug. 19, as she waited her turn on the course, Ina Daly sat between two former national grand champions.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 24, 2022
Government, Business, Safety

DOT Awards $4.8 Million for Regional Infrastructure Projects

DOT Traffic on I-10 through downtown El Paso heading toward the border crossing at Juarez. Preliminary work to create a key logistics hub and trade port at New Mexico’s border near that site will benefit from a $1.1 million grant. (Tom Biery/Trans Pixs)

Regional infrastructure projects in California, Ohio, New Mexico, New York and Texas are getting a $4.8 million boost from U.S. Department of Transportation grants to speed up planning and preliminary design and engineering.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
August 24, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Musk Doesn’t Want to Hear Complaints About Driving System

tesla autopilot A Tesla car with the Autopilot feature engaged. (Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg News)

Elon Musk doesn’t want to hear complaints from customers trying out the driver-assistance system that Tesla Inc. plans to start charging $15,000 for in the coming weeks.

Craig Trudell | Bloomberg News
August 24, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, Private

Pilot, Kodiak Partner on Autonomous Truck Services

Kodiak Pilot Co. via PR Newswire

Travel center operator Pilot Co. and automated technology firm Kodiak Robotics on Aug. 23 announced formation of a partnership under which the companies will collaboratively develop autonomous truck services at Pilot and Flying J travel centers across North America.

August 23, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

House Transportation Leaders Eye FCC’s 5.9 GHz Spectrum

FCC building Federal Communications building in Washington. (Andrew Harnik/Associated Press)

U.S. House Transportation leaders recently pressed the Federal Communications Commission to open access to a band of communications spectrum set aside for safety operations for transportation entities.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 22, 2022
Business, Safety

Roland Bolduc Captures NTDC Crown for a Second Time

Roland Bolduc of FedEx Express celebrates news of being named NTDC Grand Champion a second time Roland Bolduc shares the joyous moment he was named NTDC Grand Champion with wife Shirlene. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

INDIANAPOLIS — The thrill of victory ... and ... that's it. Just the thrill of victory. There is no agony of defeat at the National Truck Driving Championships, as Roland Bolduc — who won his second Grand Champion crown — noted there are no losers. "The drivers are not against each other," the FedEx Express driver representing Connecticut said. "We're against the course."

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 19, 2022
Business, Safety

2022 NTDC Awards Gallery

A look at the finalists and champions of each award category for the 2022 National Truck Driving & Step Van Driving Championships from Indianapolis.

August 19, 2022
Safety

NTDC Finals Have a Familiar Feel

Alphonso Lewis celebrates advancing to 5-axle finals at 2022 NTDC Alphonso Lewis of Yellow celebrates after advancing to the finals in the 5-axle division at the National Truck Driving Championships in Indianapolis. Lewis was national grand champ in 2007. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

INDIANAPOLIS — Former grand champions Roland Bolduc, Jeff Langenhahn, Alphonso Lewis and Mike White are headlining the final round at the National Truck Driving Championships.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 19, 2022

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