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Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Spread the News: Self-Driving Truck Makes Cross-Country Butter Delivery

Self-Driving A truck. ( via YouTube)

A Silicon Valley startup has completed what appears to be the first commercial freight cross-country trip by an autonomous truck, which finished a 2,800-mile-run from Tulare, Calif., to Quakertown, Pa., for Land O’Lakes in less than three days. The trip was smooth like butter, 40,000 pounds of it.

Levi Sumagaysay | The Cupertino (Calif.) Courier
December 10, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Volvo Group Venture Capital Invests in Apex.AI, Autotech Ventures

Workers install a Volvo engine on an assembly line Workers install a Volvo engine on the assembly line at the Dublin, Va., plant. (Volvo Group Truck Operations)

Volvo Group Venture Capital AB announced it invested in Apex.AI, a startup software company involved in autonomous mobility, to help fund the development of a safety-certified software framework for autonomous systems.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
December 10, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel

GM Loans Ohio Plant Buyer $40 Million to Launch Electric Truck

GM A banner depicting the Chevrolet Cruze model vehicle is displayed at the now-shuttered General Motors Lordstown plant. (John Minchillo/Associated Press)

General Motors Co. loaned the buyer of its half-century-old assembly plant in Ohio $40 million to help the cash-strapped startup roll out an electric pickup truck.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
December 10, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Germany Edges Out Norway as Europe’s Biggest Electric Car Market

 Renault ZOE model A participant inspects a Renault Zoe model at COP22 village in Marrakech, Morocco, on Nov. 8, 2016. (Mosa'ab Elshamy/Associated Press)

Germany has pulled ahead of Norway for sales of all-electric cars since the start of the year, putting Europe’s biggest auto market in position to become the regional leader on an annual basis for the first time.

Oliver Sachgau | Bloomberg News
December 9, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

Cass Partners With University of Tennessee on Two Indexes

Cass Information Systems Inc. is partnering with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business to support two Cass transportation indexes, according to a Dec. 2 news release from Cass and UTK.

December 9, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

DTNA Adds New Online Configurator Tool

DTNA A Freightliner M2 106 truck at an industry show in Louisville, Ky., on March 25, 2015. (Evan Lockridge for Transport Topics)

Daimler Trucks North America announced a new online configurator tool intended to make spec’ing the Freightliner M2 106 medium-duty truck easier.

December 9, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics

FleetSharp, Asset IQ Partner to Track Equipment

FleetSharp GPS Tracking, a provider of GPS fleet management tools and asset trackers, has partnered with Asset IQ Financial Services to provide a new way for financial institutions to save time and money when keeping track of assets.

December 9, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

SEO: Give Your Company a Fighting Chance

While the challenge of ensuring that your trucking website is search engine optimized can feel daunting, getting your hands around SEO basics may be easier than you think.

Joe Dysart | Webology 101
December 9, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety

Some Fleets Reluctant to Add Driver-Facing Cameras

Lytx DriveCam Lytx Inc.

The use of onboard video technology is increasing in the trucking industry, but many fleets remain reluctant to add driver-facing cameras due to concerns over privacy and driver recruitment and retention.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
December 6, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

The Dawn of Electric Trucks

Electric Trucks Hyundai showcases its hydrogen fuel cell-powered HDC-6 Neptune concept trailer at NACV 2019. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The introduction of electric-powered commercial trucks continued to gain momentum in 2019 with more investment, more prototypes unveiled and more deployments in real-world freight operations. Read our Special Report.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
December 6, 2019