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Report Covers Critical Issues for State Leaders Ahead of Vaccine Distribution

Nurse holding syringe A pharmacist holds a syringe in a clean room where doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be loaded into syringes at Mount Sinai Queens hospital in New York. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

Governors should assess their capacity for transportation and address logistical issues as early as possible as they brace for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, according to the National Governors Association.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 10, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

GMC Sierra Goes Hands-Free

A GMC Sierra Denali truck seen in Chula Vista, Calif. The GMC Sierra Denali truck is displayed at an event in Chula Vista, Calif., in January of 2019. (Sandy Huffaker/Bloomberg News)

GMC says it will offer its hands-free driver-assistance feature Super Cruise on its Sierra pickup sometime in 2022.

Henry Payne | The Detroit News
December 9, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous

GM’s Cruise to Deploy Driverless Cars in San Francisco

 General Motors' Cruise AV, an autonomous electric vehicle, on display in Detroit in January 2019. (Paul Sancya/AP) General Motors' Cruise AV, an autonomous electric vehicle, on display in Detroit in January 2019. (Paul Sancya/AP)

SAN RAMON, Calif. — General Motors’ self-driving car company is sending out vehicles with nobody behind the wheel in San Francisco as it navigates its way toward launching a robotic taxi service that would compete against Uber and Lyft in the hometown of the leading ride-hailing services.

Michael Liedtke | Associated Press
December 9, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Driver Financial Security Key to Recruitment, Retention

FMCSA mladenbalinovac/Getty Images

Truck driver recruitment and retention have been difficult this year, but providing financial security can be a huge incentive.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
December 9, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

FedEx, UPS Tell Senators of Vaccine Distribution Readiness

FedEx and UPS airplanes FedEx and UPS executives were asked about logistical plans regarding COVID-19 vaccines by the Senate Transportation and Safety Subcommittee. (Left: FedEx Corp.; Right: John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Two of the country’s largest freight firms reassured federal lawmakers of their preparedness in helping to deliver COVID-19 vaccines as early as this month.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
December 8, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics, Top 100

UPS Says It Can Handle Vaccine Rollout, Holiday Parcel Rush

UPS trailers Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg

UPS Inc. said it has the capacity to handle the rollout of coronavirus vaccines and an unprecedented holiday package rush this month after investments in automation, tracking technology and dry-ice production.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
December 8, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Drug Clearinghouse Records 46,000 Violations in First 10 Months

Technician tests sample A technician test a hair sample at a Quest Diagnostics facility. The leading number of drug test failures — 24,000 — was for marijuana. (DrugTestingTV via YouTube)

Nearly 46,000 driver drug-related violations have been recorded in the federal Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse during its first 10 months of operation.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
December 8, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Elaine Chao Discusses Partnerships as Busy Year Draws to a Close

Elaine Chao Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao at an Infrastructure Week event in 2017. She cited the partnerships the agency has built as her proudest accomplishment as DOT leader. (U.S. Department of Transportation)

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao credited stakeholders for helping regulators propel the industry forward through a challenging 2020.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 8, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Some Experts See Plane-Crash Risk Rising on Expansion of 5G Spectrum

Federal Communications Commission headquarters FCC headquarters. “I see a very significant safety issue here unless we find a way to mitigate it,” said Terry McVenes, president of RTCA Inc., a nonprofit that studies technical issues involving aviation. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

A plan to redeploy spectrum for super-fast 5G wireless networks is sparking concern among aviation safety experts that it could result in interference with the electronics on aircraft, potentially leading to crashes.

December 7, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Luminar Technologies More Than Doubles Post SPAC Merger

Luminar Technologies lidar imaging Luminar Technologies lidar imaging. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Peter Thiel-backed Luminar Technologies Inc. briefly touched an all-time high within days of emerging as a stand-alone company as investor excitement over developers of laser sensors that enable autonomous driving ramped up.

Crystal Kim | Bloomberg News
December 7, 2020