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FCC Approves Proposal to Proceed With 5.9 GHz Changes

AASHTO's King Gee AASHTO's King Gee (right) by Eugene Mulero/Transport Topics

WASHINGTON — Despite opposition from leading transportation groups, the Federal Communications Commission on Dec. 12 unanimously moved to proceed with a proposal that would devote a significant aspect of auto safety airwaves to broadband uses, with a remainder for a new cellular connected-vehicle technology.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 12, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, TCA

Ford Adding to Austin Self-Driving Car Operation

Ford Self-Driving Car Operation One of the test vehicles from Argo AI and Ford in Pittsburgh. (Keith Srakocic/Associated Press)

Ford Motor Co. is adding to its self-driving car testing operation in Austin, Texas, saying Dec. 11 it has secured two pieces of real estate that will be central to the project.

Hojun Choi | Austin (Texas) American-Statesman
December 12, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

FMCSA Issues Final Rule for States to Comply With Clearinghouse Requirements

Technicians test specimens at a Quest Diagnostics lab Technicians test specimens at the Quest Diagnostics laboratory in Teterboro, N.J. (Quest Diagnostics)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Dec. 12 a final rule extending by three years the date for state driver's licensing agencies to comply with certain Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse requirements.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 12, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

As Deliveries Grow in NYC, So Do Tensions With Tech

Robo by FedEx Roxo by FedEx

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio dislikes autonomous delivery robots and he is not shy about saying so, even as the city’s planners and trucking officials work together on ways to deliver much more freight to the nation’s largest city.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
December 12, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

San Francisco Wants to Require Permits for Transportation Tech Testing

Scooter in trash in San Francisco A man walks past an electric scooter that was dumped into a trash can in San Francisco. (Janie Har/AP)

SAN FRANCISCO — Tired of San Francisco streets being used as a testing ground for the latest delivery technology and transportation apps, city leaders are now requiring businesses to get permits before trying out new high-tech ideas in public.

Janie Har | Associated Press
December 11, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Audit Finds Proposed EPA Glider Rule Repeal Skipped Legal, Health Analyses

Glider Rule A Peterbilt on display at the Fitzgerald Glider Kits booth during an industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

A new report by the Environmental Protection Agency Inspector General determined that former agency Administrator Scott Pruitt failed to follow legal and public health safeguards in 2017 when he proposed to repeal an Obama-era regulation limiting the number of glider trucks that could be manufactured annually.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
December 11, 2019
Business, Technology

Barclays: Uber, Lyft ‘Well Positioned’ to Turn a Profit

Uber app The Uber app is seen open on a cellphone in London on Nov. 25, 2019. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/Associated Press)

A new analysis by Barclays Capital of about 2.4 billion taxi and ride-hailing trips in New York City addresses the biggest question investors have about Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. When will they turn a profit?

Esha Dey | Bloomberg News
December 10, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel

NACFE Report Predicts Multiple Fuels Will Give Way to Battery-Electric

NACFE NACFE’s report, “Viable Class 7/8 Electric, Hybrid and Alternative Fuel Tractors,” forecasts commercial battery-electric vehicles and fuel cell trucks will be capable of lower total cost of ownership, compared with baseline diesel trucks, by 2030. (NACFE)

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency forecasts commercial battery-electric vehicles and fuel cell trucks will be capable of lower total cost of ownership, compared with baseline diesel trucks, in the 2030 time frame.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
December 10, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Perspective

Perspective: New Year, New Logistics Efficiencies

As the year comes to a close, it’s a natural time for companies to look at what worked in 2019 and what didn’t, and make plans for the year ahead. For some companies, taking a hard look at their order fulfillment workflow — and ways it might be streamlined in 2020 — is a New Year’s resolution to consider.

Johannes Panzer | Head of Industry Solutions, E-commerce, Descartes Systems Group
December 10, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Tesla on Autopilot Rear-Ends a Parked Cop Car in Connecticut

Tesla Tesla Model X. (Angel Garcia/Bloomberg News)

Another Tesla Inc. vehicle operating on the carmaker’s driver-assistance system branded as Autopilot has crashed into a parked emergency vehicle, eliciting fresh warnings about the shortcomings of automated technology on public roads.

Chester Dawson | Bloomberg News
December 10, 2019

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