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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, Safety

Tech Company Worklete Uses Software to Build Good Trucker Habits

Worklete

A San Francisco technology company is using software that offers a service to prevent trucking-related workplace injuries, by building habits for truckers and others in the freight industry.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
February 14, 2019

Transport Topics Podcasts

RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns and LiveOnWeb programs. Episode 2 of our Season Intersession of RoadSigns, "Is Trucking Charging Toward an Electric Reality?" is now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
January 3, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel

AAR Supports Gas Tax, Vehicle-Miles-Traveled Measure to Fund Infrastructure

Vehicle-Miles-Traveled Association of American Railroads/Twitter

WASHINGTON — A vehicle-miles-traveled tax would present a good long-term solution for funding the nation’s infrastructure, while higher fuel taxes could address more near-term needs, representatives from the Association of American Railroads said.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
February 13, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

Tesla Racing to Get Model 3s to China Before Potential Tariff Hike

Tesla Thousands of Teslas are getting loaded on ships heading to China. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Tesla Inc. is loading as many Model 3 sedans as it can onto vessels destined for the People’s Republic ahead of March 1, when a trade-war truce between presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping is scheduled to expire.

Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
February 13, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Spotlight Shines on Pickup Trucks as Electric Vehicle Race Expands

Pickup A Rivian Automotive R1T electric pickup truck. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

Plug-in pickup trucks look to be the next frontier in the budding electric vehicle industry as startup Rivian Automotive is said to be in talks with General Motors Co. and Amazon.com.

Esha Dey | Bloomberg News
February 13, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Mainstream Car Models More Dependable Than Luxury Brands, Survey Shows

Toyota Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Prospective buyers planning to splurge on a luxury car may want to reconsider. Mass-market brands now are more reliable than premium models.

Alexandra Semenova | Bloomberg News
February 13, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, Top 100

Federal Framework on Autonomous Vehicles Policy Essential, UPS Executive Says

Tom Jensen Thomas Jensen of UPS speaks at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation panel. (Eugene Mulero/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Nationwide policy for autonomous cars and trucks has the potential of facilitating the flow of freight while improving safety, according to a senior executive at UPS Inc. on Feb. 12.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 13, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Self-Driving Truck Startups TuSimple, Ike Attract More Investment to Fuel Development

Ike automated vehicle A worker checks a sensor on a test truck operated by Ike, which is developing automated driving technology for commercial vehicles. (Ike)

Self-driving truck startups TuSimple and Ike both announced new funding in February to fuel the continued development of their automated driving systems for commercial vehicles.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
February 13, 2019
Business, Technology

Opinion: Manage Driver Turnover by Avoiding the ‘Threats to Retention’

As everyone in the trucking industry knows, the driver shortage persists. With bonuses and incentives tempting drivers to come and go between motor carriers, retention can be a challenge. However, carriers can better manage this turnover by avoiding what Norris Beren calls “threats to retention.”

Norris Beren | Chief Executive Advisor, Risk Reward Consulting
February 12, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Daimler Expects Supply Chain Constraints to Continue in 2019

A Freightliner is built on the line in Mount Holly, N.C. Workers assemble a Freightliner on the line in Mount Holly, N.C. (Daimler Trucks North America)

Daimler Trucks is not optimistic that supply chain constraints will improve anytime soon to clear up ongoing shortages that have interrupted commercial vehicle production over the past 12 to 18 months amid record demand.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
February 12, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

J.J. Keller to Offer Dash-Mounted Camera

J.J. Keller will add video event hardware and management tools to its line of safety and compliance solutions beginning in April.

February 12, 2019

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