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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, TCA

Samsung to Build EV Battery Pack Factory in Michigan

samsung Battery SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg News

Samsung plans to build a $62 million electric vehicle battery pack factory in Auburn Hills, Mich., that will create more than 400 jobs, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced.

Ann Zaniewski | Detroit Free Press
November 28, 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, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Deborah Hersman to Leave National Safety Council for Safety Post at Waymo

Deborah Hersman Deborah Hersman (Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press)

Deborah Hersman is leaving her post as National Safety Council CEO to become chief safety officer at Waymo, a self-driving technology development company based in Mountain View, Calif.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 27, 2018
Business, Technology

Alpine SG Acquires E-Courier Software

Alpine SG, a portfolio company of Alpine Investors, has acquired e-Courier Software, which provides last-mile delivery software solutions, according to a Nov. 20 press release. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Transport Topics
November 27, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics

Telematics Firm Fleet Complete Gets Investment From Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Fleet Complete laptop Program allows fleets to see truck locations in real time. (Fleet Complete via Vimeo)

Fleet Complete, a Toronto-based provider of vehicle telematics and driver management software with operations in North America, Europe and Australia, has received an investment from Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
November 27, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics

Logistics Solutions Provider Pickup Closes $5 Million Funding Round

Pickup, an on-demand last-mile logistics solutions provider, has closed a $5 million funding round, according to a Nov. 13 press release. Funds from the round, led by TDF Ventures and Noro-Moseley Partners, will be used for market expansion, growing the product platform and adding staff in key areas.

Transport Topics
November 27, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

Trump Signals US Is Likely to Proceed With China Tariff Increase

China Warehouse Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News

President Donald Trump said he’ll likely push forward with plans to increase tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods, indicating he would also slap duties on all remaining imports from the Asian nation if negotiations with China’s leader Xi Jinping fail to produce a trade deal.

Sarah McGregor | Bloomberg News
November 27, 2018
Business, Technology, Fuel, Top 100

Ryder Buys 900 Commercial Electric Vehicles From Chanje

FedEx Chanje vehicle Ryder System Inc.

Ryder System Inc. announced it is buying 900 Class 5 electric vehicles from truck maker Chanje Energy Inc., and that FedEx Corp. will lease the vehicles from Ryder and buy 100 of the same all-electric trucks itself.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 27, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Nov. 26: One More for the Road

Thanksgiving traffic 2018 Motorists were looking to get a jump on their Thanksgiving travels on Nov. 20. (CBS This Morning via YouTube)

If you don’t travel much, but you were among the millions of Americans who set out to visit loved ones this past Thanksgiving weekend, the traffic nightmare you experienced was indeed an anomaly. But there's hope. Here's a look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 26, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Fiat Said to Weigh Robotics Unit Sale for Up to $2.3 Billion

Fiat Motors Factory Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg News

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is considering options for its robotics arm, Comau, including a potential sale at a value of 1.5 billion euros to 2 billion euros ($1.7 billion to $2.3 billion), sources familiar with the matter said. The shares rose the most since July.

Bloomberg News
November 26, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

GM to Lay Off Nearly 15,000 Workers

GMC logo Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

DETROIT — General Motors will lay off 14,700 factory and white-collar workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it restructures to cut costs and focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles.

Tom Krisher and Rob Gillies | Associated Press
November 26, 2018

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