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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, Fuel

Electric TRUs, Diesel Hybrids Pave Path for Reefer Transport

As its technology advances, the omnipresent transport refrigeration unit remains the workhorse of the refrigerated transportation market with room to grow.

Gary Frantz | Special to Transport Topics
July 15, 2024
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Perspective

Perspective: The US Needs Lithium Independence

The race for lithium, the lifeblood of modern batteries, is on. Spurred by the adoption of electric vehicles, the use of lithium has extended to the trucking industry.

Denis Phares | CEO, Dragonfly Energy
July 15, 2024
Business, Technology

Battery Startup Enerpoly Taps Ex-Northvolt Staff

Swedish startup Enerpoly AB has recruited two former Northvolt executives as it seeks to transform the mundane alkaline battery into an affordable option for the energy-storage industry.

Niclas Rolander | Bloomberg News
July 15, 2024
Business, Technology, Equipment

VinFast Delays North Carolina Plant

VinFast Auto Ltd.’s decision to delay its U.S. factory is the latest challenge to its ambition of becoming a global electric vehicle brand and places further pressure on its sales outlook.

July 15, 2024
Business, Technology, Equipment

AutoNation Warns CDK Hack Put a Dent in Quarterly Earnings

AutoNation warned the cyberattack that crippled retailers across the country until early this month cost the company a significant chunk of second-quarter earnings.

Craig Trudell | Bloomberg News
July 15, 2024
Business, Technology, Fuel, Logistics

World’s First Hydrogen-Powered Ferry to Run in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — The world’s first hydrogen-powered commercial passenger ferry will start operating on San Francisco Bay as part of plans to phase out diesel-powered vessels.

Terry Chea | Associated Press
July 15, 2024
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

ROTATE Recap: Knowing The ‘What’ & ‘Why’ of Data

Anthony Marshall, UPS’ vice president of maintenance and engineering for transportation fleet, provides insight on how fleet maintenance leaders should focus on the big picture of tire management.

July 12, 2024
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Industry Groups Updating ADAS Adoption Information

Working closely with FMCSA, several industry groups are updating and expanding much-­needed technical and outreach information regarding advanced ­driver assistance systems.

Robert Braswell | Executive Director, Technology & Maintenance Council
July 12, 2024
Business, Technology, Logistics

Let’s Get Optimistic About Logistics

A theme has emerged in the logistics industry. It’s optimism. And this type of optimism is contagious.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
July 12, 2024
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

5 Questions: Kenneth Eggen, Wolf River Express

Thirty-five-year industry veteran Kenneth Eggen oversees "cradle to grave" management of Wolf River Express' vehicle assets as the company's chief operating officer.

July 12, 2024