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No ‘Soft Enforcement’ When ELD Enforcement Begins Dec. 17

Trimble Duo ELD Trimble Duo ELD by Trimble

Commercial vehicle inspectors will not offer a “soft enforcement” grace period for truckers without electronic logging devices when they begin enforcement of the federal ELD rule Dec. 17.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 5, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

GM to Build $2.3 Billion Battery Plant in Lordstown, Ohio

General Motors CEO Mary Barra General Motors CEO Mary Barra. The new plant will not be at the site of the closed Chevrolet Cruze compact factory. That plant was sold to an electric pickup-truck startup called Lordstown Motors Corp. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

General Motors Co. and its battery partner, South Korea’s LG Chem Ltd., will jointly invest $2.3 billion in a new electric vehicle battery plant to be built in Lordstown, Ohio, the same city where the automaker controversially idled and then sold a 53-year-old compact-car factory.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
December 5, 2019
Government, Technology, Safety

Hair Drug-Testing Rule Could Become Public in Early 2020, Official Says

hair drug test Quest Diagnostics

ROCKVILLE, Md. — A proposed federal rule that would allow motor carriers to drug test their drivers and prospective employees using hair samples continues to wind its way slowly through the bureaucracy, but could be made public as soon as early next year.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 5, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

California Cuts Electric Car Rebates, Drops Luxury Models

Tesla at dealership in Colorado Car buyers wanting to purchase a high-end Tesla costing more than $60,000 will no longer be eligible for CARB's rebate program. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

California’s rebate program to coax more drivers to buy electric vehicles just got less generous, especially for those looking to spend on a luxury model.

Dustin Gardiner | San Francisco Chronicle
December 4, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Hankook Tire Looks to AI to Improve Production

Hankook tires on truck Generally, it takes six months to three years to develop a new tire compound, but this period is expected to be reduced by 50% if artificial intelligence is used, according to Hankook. (Hanook Tire)

Hankook Tire, whose commercial products are on U.S. fleets, announced the predictive model it is developing using artificial intelligence could slash in half the time it takes to develop tire compounds.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
December 4, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

1.4 Million Air Bags to be Recalled

Takata building Paul Sancya/Associated Press

Takata Corp., the auto parts supplier that went bankrupt after its air bags spurred the largest-ever recall, told U.S. safety regulators that another 1.4 million U.S. vehicles need to be repaired over a potentially deadly defect.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
December 4, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel

Carmakers Shed 80,000 Jobs as Electric Shift Upends Industry

Workers at Daimler Equipment is set into a truck chassis at Freightliner's Cleveland, N.C., plant. Freightliner is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America. (Freightliner via YouTube)

It’s turning out to be one of the worst years ever for auto workers across the globe amid shrinking demand and a tectonic shift in vehicle technology.

December 4, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Trump Asks Court to Toss California Auto Emissions Lawsuit

110 freeway near downtown Los Angeles An aerial view looking south over the 110 freeway through downtown Los Angeles. (Matt Gush/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump’s administration asked a federal judge to throw out California’s lawsuit seeking to preserve its power to regulate tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions, saying Washington has the last word in setting fuel economy standards.

Andrew Harris | Bloomberg News
December 3, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, TCA

Tunnel Planned for California Bullet Train Under Burbank Airport

A view of the Burbank airport A view of the Burbank airport. It sits in Southern California path of bullet train proposed by the California High-Speed Rail Authority. (Jorge Villalba/Getty Images)

The complexity of building a bullet train through Southern California’s urban maze is leading state officials to consider two major additions: a tunnel under the Burbank airport and a project that would help a freight railroad expand its switching yards in the Inland Empire.

Ralph Vartabedian | Los Angeles Times
December 3, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Perspective

Perspective: Augmented Reality as a Training Tool

The emerging technology of augmented reality is becoming more viable for fleets that want to recruit and retain technicians.

Matt Johnston | Division Head, Commercial Solutions  Design Interactive Inc. 
December 3, 2019