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Electric VNR Models to Hit Streets as VTNA, Partners Accelerate EV Program

VNR electric truck One of Volvo Trucks North America's VNR electric models at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. (Joe Howard/Transport Topics)

FONTANA, Calif. — Volvo Trucks North America provided the first rides in its forthcoming electric VNR model, and its partners in the Volvo LIGHTS project provided an update on efforts underway to accelerate adoption of electric trucks during a Feb. 11 media event.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
February 12, 2020
Government, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Federal Policymakers to Draft Self-Driving Vehicles Bill

Frank Pallone Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) by J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Policymakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are aiming to draft a bipartisan measure that would guarantee the deployment of lifesaving technologies in self-driving vehicles, the chairman of a key committee said Feb. 11.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 11, 2020
Business, Technology

The Urban Garbage Truck Gets a High-Tech Battery Makeover

Volvo's FE electric garbage truck. Volvo's FE electric garbage truck. (Volvo AB)

Automakers from Tesla Inc. to Ford Motor Co. are developing ever-sleeker, futuristic-looking electric cars. Volvo AB has something a little different in the race: the battery-powered garbage truck.

Stefan Nicola | Bloomberg News
February 11, 2020
Business, Technology, Perspective

Perspective: Preparing for the 3G Sunset

A major technology switch that could affect the transportation industry is right around the corner: the 3G wireless network sunset.

John Binder | Director of Wireless Operations, Trimble Transportation
February 11, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

TMC Annual Meeting Aims to Advance, Enrich Careers

TMC 2019 Scene from TMC 2019. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

When the trucking industry’s equipment and technology professionals gather in Atlanta this month for the annual meeting of American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council, they’ll probe maintenance issues and discover opportunities for collaboration.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 11, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics

All Truck Transportation Updating Trailers With 5G Capability

Trucker on his phone Getty Images

All Truck Transportation Inc. announced recently it already is updating about 1,700 trailers with 5G-compatible devices.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
February 11, 2020
Business, Technology

Daimler Q4 Profits Tumble; Revenue Inches Higher

Western Star Western Star trucks on a sales lot. Daimler Trucks posted lower U.S. retail sales of 40,107 in the quarter, down 9% compared with 44,105 a year earlier. (Peach State Freightliner)

Daimler AG reported a net loss and a 1% increase in revenue in the fourth quarter as sales of cars and vans increased, while truck sales globally fell 16%.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
February 11, 2020
Government, Business, Technology

Trump Budget Targets Loan Program That Could Help Lordstown Plant

The former GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio, in 2019. The former GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio, in 2019. (Matthew Hatcher/Bloomberg News)

The Trump administration’s budget proposal scraps a loan program that could help an upstart electric vehicle company’s plans to reuse the now-closed General Motors factory in Lordstown, Ohio.

Tom Krisher and John Seewer | Associated Press
February 11, 2020
Government, Business, Technology

Uber Fails to Block California Gig-Worker Law for Its Drivers

A passenger pulls bags while waiting for a ride at the Uber pickup area at LAX in October 2019. A passenger pulls bags while waiting for a ride at the Uber pickup area at LAX in October 2019. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

Uber Technologies Inc. failed to persuade a judge to shield its drivers from California’s gig-worker protection law while the company challenges the landmark measure in court.

February 10, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Georgia DOT to Expand Connected Vehicle Technology in Atlanta

Brian Kemp Gov. Brian Kemp speaks at a past event. (John Bazemore/Associated Press)

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to hear from the private sector about ways to use connected vehicle technology on roadways in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 10, 2020

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