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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.

Business, Technology, Equipment

Bridgestone Adds Ecopia Steer Tire

Bridgestone Americas Inc. announced the launch of its Bridgestone R284 Ecopia steer tire, which is designed for improved fuel economy, enhanced treadwear and is SmartWay-certified for low rolling resistance.

April 12, 2019

Transport Topics Podcasts: AOBRDs and ELDs

RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns programs. Episode 1 and 2 of Season Two, "The AOBRD Phaseout" and "What Does the Future Hold for ELDs?" are now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
March 12, 2019
Business, Technology

Renovus Capital Partners Buys Majority Stake in KSM Consulting

KSM office KSM

Renovus Capital Partners, a Wayne, Pa.-based investment firm that holds stakes in nearly two dozen companies that provide education and training services, has acquired a majority interest in KSM Consulting in Indianapolis.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
April 12, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Editorial

Editorial: Keeping Up With the ‘Hands’ of Time

The notion of being a “hands-on” worker still carries weight in professional circles. Increasingly, though, some of the things that once were decidedly “hands-on” are becoming much more “hands-off” thanks to the march of technological innovation.

Transport Topics
April 11, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

Retailers, Logistics Firms Expand Final-Mile Delivery to Meet Rising E-Commerce Expectations

Workhorse Group delivery drone Workhorse Group showcases an electric van and a delivery drone in the exhibit hall at Home Delivery World in Philadelphia. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics )

PHILADELPHIA — Retailers and transportation providers are embracing a blend of final-mile delivery strategies to keep pace with rapidly shifting online shopping habits.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
April 11, 2019
Business, Technology

Warehouse Tech Startup Stord Receives $12.4 Million Investment

Stord Stord CEO Sean Henry (left) and CTO Jacob Boudreau founded the company in 2015. (Stord Inc.)

Stord Inc., an Atlanta-based startup that offers a technology platform for warehouse operators to market unused space, has received $12.4 million in funding from a group of investors that includes Tom Noonan and Chris Klaus, Dynamo, Rise of the Rest Fund and Engage Ventures.

April 11, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Top 100

Prognostics Takes Shape as the Future of Truck Repair

Dart Transit truck Dart Transit

Condition-based maintenance is coming to commercial vehicles, and bringing with it transformative possibilities to expand real-time operational insights, foster an improved warranty process and, perhaps, accelerate sales of replacement parts, experts said.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
April 11, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

Electric-Vehicle Tax Credits Get Bipartisan Boost in Senate

Tesla Alex Kraus/Bloomberg News

A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation April 10 that would extend a lucrative tax credit for electric vehicles that could benefit companies such as Tesla Inc. and General Motors Co.

Ari Natter | Bloomberg News
April 10, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Digital Dashboard Cameras Gaining Truckers' Acceptance

Dashboard Cameras A KeepTruckin dashboard camera is installed. (KeepTruckin via YouTube)

As digital technology in trucking grows, so, too, do the ways it can be combined.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
April 10, 2019
Government, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

$59 Million in Vehicle Technologies Research Funding Available, Energy Department Announces

Electric truck charging Topics for funding include infrastructure for alternative fuel vehicles, such as electric trucks. (Orange EV)

The Energy Department on April 3 announced that about $59 million is available for stakeholders seeking to develop projects that prioritize energy-efficient mobility systems, improve materials for powertrains, co-optimize advanced engine and fuel technologies, and create new mobility options.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 10, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Ford CEO Jim Hackett Tamps Down Expectations for First Autonomous Vehicles

Ford A Ford Motor Co. Explorer Hybrid SUV at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

Too much hype has built up about how soon self-driving cars will hit the road, but they will ultimately change the world, Ford Motor Co.’s CEO Jim Hackett said.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
April 9, 2019