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Commercial freight transportation businesses rely on data, intelligence, and novel solutions for operational efficiency. Transport Topics technology coverage investigates available technologies, real-world applications of business solutions, and the strategies necessary for advancement. News topics focus on the latest applied science, and issues range from autonomous vehicle and robotics innovations to management software, tracking and transparency, data analytics, blockchain, and the internet of things.

Government, Business, Technology

Trump Aide Kudlow Calls for End of Electric Vehicle Subsidies

Electric Vehicle Getty Images

President Trump’s top economic adviser on Dec. 3 said the White House wants to end subsidies for electric vehicle purchases, without saying how it would eliminate the incentives that were created by Congress.

Ryan Beene and Shannon Pettypiece | Bloomberg News
December 3, 2018

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RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns and LiveOnWeb programs. Episode 1 of our Season Intersession of RoadSigns, "How Does Congress Say Trucking," is now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
October 22, 2018
Government, Technology, Logistics, Top 50

DHL Turns to Robots to Equip US Warehouses for E-Commerce

DHL Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Worldwide delivery service DHL is deploying artificial intelligence, self-driving vehicles and product-picking robots at its warehouses in North America to help handle the surge in e-commerce demand.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
November 30, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Daimler's Mexican Division Braces for Change

Daimler Flavio Rivera by Joe Howard/Transport Topics

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico — The adoption of tougher emissions standards and the arrival of a new Mexican president are among the key changes Daimler Commercial Vehicles Mexico will face in the year ahead and beyond, company President Flavio Rivera said here.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
November 29, 2018
Business, Technology, Fuel

NACFE Plans Regional 'Run on Less' Road Trial

NACFE's Mike Roeth Roeth by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

The North American Council for Freight Efficiency is in the early planning stages for a second Run on Less road trial, this time focusing on the technologies and vehicle specifications for improving fuel efficiency in regional trucking.

Transport Topics
November 29, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Trucking Braces for Fallout From GM Plant Closings

GM Lordstown, Ohio, plant GM's assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio, is set to close in 2019. (General Motors)

The decision by General Motors to cease production at five of its factories in the United States and Canada will have consequences for trucking companies that serve those plants.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
November 29, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Have EPA, CARB Reached Détente Over Emission Policy?

truck exhaust Getty Images

Almost since Donald Trump moved into the White House, the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board have been in a political war over the direction of U.S. environmental policy. Can there be a thaw in the works now that EPA has announced plans to begin an “environmental review” to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions for heavy trucks?

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 29, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, Editorial

Editorial: Trouble on the Homefront for GM

The Nov. 26 announcement from General Motors Co. that it plans to shut down five factories and lay off thousands of workers sent shock waves through the government and business communities, and with good reason.

Transport Topics
November 29, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Volvo Will Monetize Autonomous Vehicles Before Driver Data, CEO Hakan Samuelsson Says

Volvo's Hakan Samuelsson Volvo's Hakan Samuelsson by Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson is betting his company will make more money selling connected, autonomous cars to consumers and robo-taxi fleets, rather than taking a cut of the higher margin business of selling data-driven services inside the vehicle.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
November 28, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics

J.B. Hunt, Project44 Collaborate on J.B. Hunt 360

J.B. Hunt 360 J.B. Hunt 360

J.B. Hunt Transport Services will enter a technology collaboration with project44, a visibility platform for shippers and 3PL firms.

Transport Topics
November 28, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, TCA

New York City to Roll Out ‘High Vision’ Trucks

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio New York City Mayor Mayor, Bill de Blasio (Jonathan Levinson/Bloomberg News)

New York City’s initiative to reduce traffic deaths may be called Vision Zero, but for municipal truck drivers it will translate into a little more vision — in the form of fewer blind spots.

Jillian Jorgensen | New York Daily News
November 28, 2018