Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Is Apple Making a Cool Car or Just Dabbling With the Tech?

Apple Cook (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

SAN FRANCISCO — In a few weeks, Apple will unveil its newest iPhone. If the Cupertino, Calif., magic factory truly wanted to once again dazzle audiences at its annual fall event, that category-redefining reveal would involve someone saying, “Siri, bring me my car.”

Marco della Cava | USA Today
August 22, 2018
Business, Technology, Fuel

Electric Trucks Face Long Road to Unseat Diesel Engines

Electric trucks Tesla's Elon Musk speaks to the crowd after the unveiling of the all-electric Class 8 tractor. (Tesla)

The next battleground for replacing fossil fuel-guzzling vehicles will be U.S. interstate highways, where longhaul trucks keep the economy moving.

Brianna Jackson | Bloomberg News
August 22, 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, TCA

Lyft Driverless Cars Top 5,000 Rides in Las Vegas

Lyft Driverless Cars Josh Edelson/AP Images for Lyft

Lyft driverless cars have provided more than 5,000 rides to passengers on the Las Vegas Strip since May.

Mick Akers | Las Vegas Sun
August 22, 2018
Business, Technology

Uber Freight Launches Shipper Platform

Trucks on highway John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Uber Freight has introduced a technology platform for shippers to connect with drivers and small fleets hauling freight via its load-matching mobile app.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
August 21, 2018
Business, Technology

For Martin Weissburg, President Post at Mack Trucks Is ‘Dream Come True’

Mack Anthem cab on display A new Mack Anthem truck on display at MATS. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Martin Weissburg, the newly appointed president of Mack Trucks, is studying further changes to the Lehigh Valley Operations plant as he begins to put his mark on what he called a dream job.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
August 21, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Why Future Vehicles Are More Likely to Be Painted Light Colors

Future Vehicles A white Google autonomous car. (Getty Images)

Henry Ford famously said a customer can have a car in “any color that he wants, as long as it is black.” But black on self-driving cars could be deadly.

Jamie L. LaReau | Detroit Free Press
August 21, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Will Frugal Chrysler Fiat Land Big Payoff in Driverless Sector?

Frugal Chrysler Fiat Manley speaks during the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles press conference during the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

When Waymo picks up its first paying customer in a driverless taxi later this year, the car doing the honors will be made by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV. Not the sensors and software — the futuristic technology that allows a robot to drive a minivan will be made by Waymo. The relatively boring minivan itself? That’s pretty much Fiat Chrysler’s only significant contribution to the race to develop autonomous vehicles.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
August 21, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

BYD, Penske Join Task Force to Shape Charging Infrastructure

Tesla charging station Tesla's system is proprietary, but Penske Truck Leasing and BYD America have joined an alliance that advocates for standardized charging infrastructure. (Giulia Marchi/Bloomberg News)

BYD America and Penske Truck Leasing separately announced they recently joined CharIN, a Berlin-based alliance that is leading a global effort to standardize electric-vehicle charging infrastructure.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
August 20, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, TCA

Carmakers Struggle to Hire White Hat Hackers

White Hat Hackers baranozdemir/Getty Images

McConnell Trapp has a special set of skills. He can hack into cars and control aspects of them from his computer.

Jamie L. LaReau | Detroit Free Press
August 20, 2018
Technology, Logistics, Top 100

Container Farms: A New Type of Agriculture

Forklift picks up container at Freight Farms production facility A forklift truck picks up a container at the Freight Farms production facility. (Freight Farms)

Innovators within the produce industry are breaking the boundaries of food production — by growing crops not in fields, but in recycled shipping containers.

Keegan Wiggins | Special to Transport Topics
August 20, 2018