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Commercial freight transportation businesses rely on data, intelligence, and novel solutions for operational efficiency. Transport Topics technology coverage investigates available technologies, real-world applications of business solutions, and the strategies necessary for advancement. News topics focus on the latest applied science, and issues range from autonomous vehicle and robotics innovations to management software, tracking and transparency, data analytics, blockchain, and the internet of things.

Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

BASF, Trimac Invest in New Bulk Freight-Matching Platform Bulky

Bulky Nathan Myer stands in front of a company banner. (Bulky)

The world’s largest chemical shipper and one of the largest bulk carriers in North America are investing $1 million in what they say is the first digital freight-matching network for shipping liquid bulk commodities by truck.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
April 24, 2019

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February 1, 2019
Business, Technology

Tesla Reintroduces Lower-Priced Model S After Deliveries Drop

Tesla Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

After a record decline in vehicle deliveries in the first quarter, Tesla Inc. is introducing lower-priced versions of several models, effectively offering consumers a discount.

Jason Clenfield | Bloomberg News
April 24, 2019
Business, Technology

Caterpillar Tops Estimates, but Investors See ‘Cracks’ in Other Businesses

Callaghan O'Hare/Bloomberg News

Impressive results in Caterpillar Inc.’s mining business weren’t enough to assuage investor concerns about the outlook for its other businesses for the rest of the year.

Joe Deaux | Bloomberg News
April 24, 2019
Business, Technology

Ford Partnership With EV Manufacturer Rivian Includes $500 Million Funding

Rivian Unveiling of Rivian truck at the 2018 LA Auto Show (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

Ford Motor Co. will invest $500 million in Rivian Automotive Inc., aligning the maker of the industry-leading F-Series pickup line with an upstart that’s electrifying gas-guzzling trucks and SUVs

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
April 24, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel

Suppliers’ Input Helped Shape Nikola’s Class 8 Vision

Nikola Tre is unveiled The Nikola Tre, a hydrogen fuel cell truck for the European market, makes its debut. Nikola Motor Company showcased five zero-emission products at its Nikola World event in Scottsdale, Ariz., April 16, 2019. (Nikola Motor Company/YouTube)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The zero-emissions Class 8 models Nikola Motor Co. designed and is preparing to build reflect more than just a go-it-alone attitude by an entrepreneur with a vision of trucking’s clean future and the necessary infrastructure to support the trucks.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
April 24, 2019
Business, Technology

Carriers Need to Use Data More Effectively, Experts Say

Use Data DTNA's Jason Krajewski speaks at the event. (Jim Stinson/Transport Topics)

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Trucking firms are generating massive amounts of data, but they don’t necessarily have the expertise to handle and interpret it, said an expert on connectivity.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
April 24, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Trucking Firms Large and Small Urged to Think Electric

Greg Treinen Greg Treinen, a sales and marketing manager at Daimler Trucks North America, said more than 30 fleets are involved in the company’s advisory council on electric trucks. (Jim Stinson/Transport Topics)

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Regional trucking firms should take a good long look at electric trucks, experts in the industry said.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
April 24, 2019
Business, Technology

Truckmaker Volvo Gains After Profit Surge Offsets Order Slowdown

Volvo Ore Huiying/Bloomberg News

Volvo Group rose after a jump in first-quarter profit helped to quell fears that demand is weakening in key markets.

Niclas Rolander | Bloomberg News
April 24, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Perspective

Perspective: The Time Is Now for Blockchain in Transportation

In the transport and logistics sector, skepticism about blockchain remains, which means it’s important to note the advantages of blockchain but also clear up some possible misconceptions, says John Monarch of ShipChain.

John Monarch | CEO & Co-Founder, ShipChain
April 23, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

CEO Elon Musk Makes Self-Driving Technology Tesla’s Costly New Calling

Tesla A look at the technology outfitted in a Tesla vehicle. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Tesla Inc.’s calling used to be bringing affordable electric cars to the masses. Elon Musk is now ripping up the script, vowing to pair self-driving technology with a sharing service that will make it crazy for consumers to buy other cars.

Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
April 23, 2019