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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

Volvo Exploring Closer Ties With Shareholder Geely in China

Volvo Volvo CEO, Martin Lundstedt (Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg News)

Volvo AB is exploring closer ties with Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. in China, in a sign the Swedish truckmaker and its largest investor are taking steps to collaborate.

Elisabeth Behrmann | Bloomberg News
April 9, 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, Equipment

Trailers of the Future Will Be Smarter, Lighter, More Aerodynamic

Wabash National trailer Manufacturers say the trailers of the future will be lighter, more streamlined and more connected through telematics. (Wabash National Corp.)

Dry van and refrigerated trailers will evolve over the next 10 years to become more connected, lighter, more durable and more aerodynamic than today’s equipment, executives at major trailer manufacturers said.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
April 8, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Top 50

How Consolidation and Freight Networks Are Disrupting the Logistics Landscape

Employees at C.H. Robinson. (Photo courtesy of Steven A. Smith)

Logistics companies are employing new business strategies to adapt to an ever-changing market.

Daniel P. Bearth | Senior Features Writer
April 8, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

Carmakers Sell More to Rental Companies as Retail Demand Weakens

Cars Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Stronger-than-expected new car sales last month belied a dirty little secret: Automakers have been selling more vehicles to rental fleets in recent months to prop up volume.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
April 4, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Top 50, Top 100

XPO Logistics to Launch Enhanced Last-Mile Capabilities Online

XPO logistics The XPO Connect digital freight marketplace platform displayed on a phone. (XPO Logistics Inc.)

XPO Logistics Inc. will launch expanded last-mile capabilities on its XPO Connect digital freight marketplace, company officials said.

April 4, 2019
Business, Technology

Tesla Plunges as Delivery Drop Deepens Demand Concerns

Tesla Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg News

Tesla Inc. shares plummeted as a record decline in deliveries during the first quarter stoked concern of slackening demand for the Model 3 sedan that started selling less than two years ago.

Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
April 4, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

Tech Investor Iconiq Buys Majority Share of wall

A private equity firm known for investing in tech companies such as Uber and SurveyMonkey has made a significant investment in, an Idaho-based load board and freight-matching service, continuing the trend of private investment dollars flowing into trucking tech firms.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
April 4, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

FMCSA to Drivers: Don’t Overthink Personal Conveyance Time

Larry Minor and Joseph DeLorenzo Larry Minor (left) and Joseph DeLorenzo address the MATS audience. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Some truck drivers still are grappling with the definition of personal conveyance time. They shouldn’t be, according to a top executive for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 4, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Let Congress Decide Privacy Safeguards for Autonomous Vehicles, 2020 Hopeful John Delaney Says

Autonomous Vehicles Autonomous car company Torc completed an autonomous cross-country trip in July 2017 from Washington to Seattle. (Torc)

WASHINGTON — Questions regarding the use of data collected from self-driving vehicles will need to be addressed by policymakers when they craft a regulatory framework that would govern the technology in the coming years, a former member of Congress and 2020 presidential aspirant said April 3.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 3, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

Trucker Tools Helps 3PL Choptank Corral Tech Holdouts

Choptank representatives Choptank representatives in Preston, Md. (Choptank Transport)

Choptank, a third-party logistics service provider, says it recently incorporated a wider array of Trucker Tools, a system of applications, to more rapidly “shed” manual processes such as phone calls. Trucker Tools helps drivers and brokers track freight and bid on jobs.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
April 3, 2019