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platooning trucks Trucks platooning over a bridge in Utah by Peloton Technology

The Technology & Maintenance Council is evolving to contend with the necessary maintenance and specification issues that are arising as a result of two advanced technologies that are fast becoming part of today’s trucking scene.

Jack Legler | Technical Director, Technology & Maintenance Council
April 26, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Fine-Tuning Truck Filtration

Truck Filtration A technician with Universal Logistics inspects and replaces a filter as part of important routine equipment maintenance. (Universal Logistics)

Effective filtration systems always have played an integral role in the daily life of a truck’s lubrication, air intake and fueling processes.

Gary Frantz | Contributing Writer
April 26, 2019
Technology, Equipment, Safety

Extreme Temps Affect Electric Truck Batteries

A BYD battery-electric truck A BYD battery-electric truck. Replacing diesel-powered trucks will bring challenges. (California HVIP)

All major truck builders and several startups are preparing to develop, test and market either battery-electric vehicles or fuel-cell/battery models in the very near term. Replacing diesel-powered Class 8 trucks, though, will present numerous challenges to an industry accustomed to proven and reliable diesel-­engine technology.

Phil Romba | Contributing Writer
April 26, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Editorial

Editorial: Old Man Winter Can’t Stop Freight

With quarterly earnings underway, we’re getting a look at how the industry fared during the first three months of 2019, a year which some have predicted could mark the beginning of a cooldown from last year’s red-hot freight market. Turns out the start of this year for freight haulers wasn’t marked so much by a cooldown as it was cold and snowy weather.

Transport Topics
April 25, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

Amazon’s Profit Surges on Cloud Computing, Advertising Gains

Amazon flag The logo is displayed outside the company's fulfillment center in Kenosha, Wis. (Jim Young/Bloomberg News) reported quarterly profit that exceeded analysts’ estimates, demonstrating the company’s focus on cloud computing, advertising and other high-margin businesses continues to pay off.

Matt Day | The Seattle Times
April 25, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

Catch Them if You Can: The Soaring Business of Downing Drones

Alphabet's Project Wing drone A Wing Aviation delivery drone. (Charles Mostoller/Bloomberg News)

After recent incidents of drones disrupting passenger flights and costing potentially millions of pounds in revenue, a cottage industry of companies has emerged, all hoping to solve the problems caused when drones fly where they are not supposed to.

Mike Juang | Bloomberg News
April 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

BASF, Trimac Invest in New Bulk Freight-Matching Platform Bulky

Bulky Nathan Myer stands in front of a company banner. (Bulky)

The world’s largest chemical shipper and one of the largest bulk carriers in North America are investing $1 million in what they say is the first digital freight-matching network for shipping liquid bulk commodities by truck.

Daniel P. Bearth | Senior Features Writer
April 24, 2019
Business, Technology

Tesla Reintroduces Lower-Priced Model S After Deliveries Drop

Tesla Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

After a record decline in vehicle deliveries in the first quarter, Tesla Inc. is introducing lower-priced versions of several models, effectively offering consumers a discount.

Jason Clenfield | Bloomberg News
April 24, 2019
Business, Technology

Caterpillar Tops Estimates, but Investors See ‘Cracks’ in Other Businesses

Callaghan O'Hare/Bloomberg News

Impressive results in Caterpillar Inc.’s mining business weren’t enough to assuage investor concerns about the outlook for its other businesses for the rest of the year.

Joe Deaux | Bloomberg News
April 24, 2019
Business, Technology

Ford Partnership With EV Manufacturer Rivian Includes $500 Million Funding

Rivian Unveiling of Rivian truck at the 2018 LA Auto Show (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

Ford Motor Co. will invest $500 million in Rivian Automotive Inc., aligning the maker of the industry-leading F-Series pickup line with an upstart that’s electrifying gas-guzzling trucks and SUVs

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
April 24, 2019