Government, Business, Technology

Tesla CEO Musk Tells Newspaper He’s Cracking Under Stress

Elon Musk Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (Jack Plunkett/AP)

What do you do when your CEO confesses that he’s cracking under the stress of his job? That’s the question that the nine board members of electric car and solar panel maker Tesla Inc. must answer after Elon Musk, the company’s impulsive leader, admitted to The New York Times that work is rattling his nerves in what he described as the most “difficult and painful year of my career.”

Tom Krisher | AP Auto Writer
August 17, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Bridgestone Launches New Drive Tire

Bridgestone Americas Inc. announced the expansion of its Firestone commercial truck tire portfolio with the launch of the Firestone FD711 drive tire.

Transport Topics
August 17, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

RoadSigns podcast

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Tesla, Public or Private, Still Will Release Autopilot Safety Data

Tesla logo Alex Kraus/Bloomberg News

Even as CEO Elon Musk pursues the idea of taking Tesla private, the electric automaker has confirmed that it still plans to release safety data on its Autopilot semi-autonomous driving feature.

David R. Baker | San Francisco Chronicle
August 16, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Top 100

July Class 8 Sales Jump Amid Demand for Safety Tech

Freightliner dealer Freightliner and Western Star trucks for sale at a Texas Premier Truck Group dealership. Freightliner remains the market leader. (Premier Truck Group)

U.S. Class 8 retail sales in July were the second-highest of the year, increasing by more than 33% as they cleared 20,000.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
August 16, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

To Get Ready for Robot Driving, Some Want to Reprogram Pedestrians

Robot Driving Getty Images

You’re crossing the street wrong. That is essentially the argument some self-driving car boosters have fallen back on in the months after the first pedestrian death attributed to an autonomous vehicle and amid growing concerns that artificial intelligence capable of real-world driving is further away than many predicted just a few years ago.

Jeremy Kahn | Bloomberg News
August 16, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Kroger Selects Arizona for Self-Driving Grocery Delivery Pilot

Kroger luna715/Flickr

Kroger Co. is bringing self-driving grocery delivery to Arizona.

Craig Giammona | Bloomberg News
August 16, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics

Coming Aug. 22: LiveOnWeb's 'Orchestrating the Supply Chain'

Orchestrating the Supply Chain

What are shippers doing to orchestrate the supply chain? How are they tackling capacity, service, visibility and control? That's the focus of our Aug. 22 LiveOnWeb program, "Orchestrating the Supply Chain." Save your seat, watch a preview or ask a question in advance.

Transport Topics
August 15, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

EPA Challenged Administration’s Safety Projections From Mileage Freeze

A car tailpipe Rick Bowmer/AP

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency privately challenged the Trump administration’s rationale for freezing Obama-era mileage standards, saying the proposal actually would increase U.S. highway deaths.

Ellen Knickmeyer | Associated Press
August 15, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

Turkey to Step Up Tariffs on US Products

People line up at a currency exchange shop in Istanbul People line up at a currency exchange shop in Istanbul. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey on Aug. 15 said it is increasing tariffs on imports of certain U.S. products, including rice, cars, alcohol and coal — escalating a feud with the United States that has helped trigger a currency crisis.

Suzan Fraser | Associated Press
August 15, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, TCA

Ford to Spend $740 Million as Part of Detroit Train Station Project

Michigan Central train station Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford (left) and CEO James Hackett pose outside the Michigan Central train depot on June 19 in Detroit. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

Ford Motor Co. will spend nearly $740 million to renovate the Michigan Central Station and other sites the automaker purchased in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, the company said Aug. 14.

Cindy Burton | Detroit Free Press
August 15, 2018