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Business, Technology

FourKites Expands Predictive Tracking Into Europe

FourKites, a predictive supply chain visibility provider, has expanded operations into the United Kingdom, according to a Nov. 30 press release. The Chicago-based company also plans to open offices in Europe over the next few months.

Transport Topics
December 5, 2018

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Transport Topics
October 22, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

AOBRD Phaseout Under ELD Rule Could Pose Challenges for Fleets and Vendors, Experts Warn

PeopleNet AOBRD PeopleNet Communications Corp.

ATLANTA — Nearly all motor carriers subject to the federal electronic logging device mandate have complied with that regulation, but another significant transition remains for fleets still using AOBRDs, older e-log systems that predate the ELD rule, industry experts said.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
December 5, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Overdue Guidelines for Hair-Sample Testing Crawl Toward Next Step

Hair testing sample Transport Topics file photo

ROCKVILLE, Md. — A draft of proposed mandatory federal guidelines for drug testing using hair samples continues to slowly wind its way through the federal bureaucracy, still months — or perhaps longer — away from being released for public comment.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 4, 2018
Business, Technology

Technology Firm Project44 Acquires Danish Partner GateHouse

Project44, a Chicago-based freight technology firm, has acquired GateHouse Logistics, a Danish firm it partnered with earlier this year as part of a move to provide shipment visibility to customers in North America and Europe.

Transport Topics
December 4, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

FMCSA to Outline Priorities at TRB Session Jan. 15

FMCSA booth at MATS 2018 FMCSA members reach out at MATS 2018 in March. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is scheduled to host its annual policy review session at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting Jan. 15, the agency announced this week.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 4, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

FMCSA Seeks Comments on Vehicle Maintenance Practices

A technician checks diagnostics on a tractor's engine A technician checks diagnostics on a tractor's engine. (Old Dominion Freight Line)

Federal trucking regulators have issued a request for comments on the role that vehicle maintenance plays in motor carrier safety. The responses will be included in research that will use online surveys to obtain data to address the study’s objectives.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 4, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics

Two Digital Freight Brokers Focus on Price Transparency for Shippers

Convoy team at work Convoy brokers at work. (Convoy)

Digital freight brokers Convoy and Uber Freight have separately launched new tools intended to make pricing options for hauling loads more transparent for shippers.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
December 3, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

Trump Aide Kudlow Calls for End of Electric Vehicle Subsidies

Electric Vehicle Getty Images

President Trump’s top economic adviser on Dec. 3 said the White House wants to end subsidies for electric vehicle purchases, without saying how it would eliminate the incentives that were created by Congress.

Ryan Beene and Shannon Pettypiece | Bloomberg News
December 3, 2018
Government, Technology, Logistics, Top 50

DHL Turns to Robots to Equip US Warehouses for E-Commerce

DHL Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Worldwide delivery service DHL is deploying artificial intelligence, self-driving vehicles and product-picking robots at its warehouses in North America to help handle the surge in e-commerce demand.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
November 30, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Daimler's Mexican Division Braces for Change

Daimler Flavio Rivera by Joe Howard/Transport Topics

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico — The adoption of tougher emissions standards and the arrival of a new Mexican president are among the key changes Daimler Commercial Vehicles Mexico will face in the year ahead and beyond, company President Flavio Rivera said here.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
November 29, 2018