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Business, Technology

Brixey & Meyer Capital Acquires CityDash

Investment firm Brixey & Meyer Capital announced it has acquired CityDash, a company based in Cincinnati that offers local and regional delivery services for packages and freight.

February 7, 2019

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Transport Topics
January 3, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Goodyear Digital System Shows 15% of Truck Tires Need Service

Johnny McIntosh Johnny McIntosh introduces Goodyear's Tire Optix system at an event in 2018. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

GRAPEVINE, Texas — Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. said during a customer event here that internal data has found that 15% to 18% of truck tires are either underinflated or have other safety-related issues.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
February 6, 2019
Business, Technology

Elon Musk Tweet Sparks Mercedes-Tesla Talks Over Electric Van Project

Sprinter van Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van (Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg News)

Elon Musk’s praise for Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van triggered talks between the German manufacturer and Tesla Inc. over potential cooperation on an electric version.

Christoph Rauwald | Bloomberg News
February 6, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Goodyear Researches Soybean Oil as Component of Truck Tires

Hands holding soybeans Soybeans produce oil that is being used in tires. (Charlie Neibergall/AP)

GRAPEVINE, Texas — Within the next few years, the truck tire you buy may be manufactured in part with soybean oil instead of petroleum. At its annual Customer Care Conference, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. showed off some of the research that is taking place with alternative methods of tire manufacturing.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
February 6, 2019
Business, Technology

FourKites Receives $50 Million in New Funding From Investors

Shipment-tracking company FourKites has collected $50 million in funding from a group of existing investors that includes August Capital, Bain Capital Ventures, CEAS Investments and Hyde Park Angels.

February 6, 2019
Business, Technology

Tesla Cuts Model 3 Price for Second Time This Year

Tesla model 3 sedan Tesla Model 3 Sedan (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

Tesla Inc. is cutting the price of its Model 3 sedan for the second time this year, citing the end of a customer-referral program that was a more costly incentive than the company realized.

Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
February 6, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

With ELD Rollout in Rearview Mirror, Focus Turns to Fleet Management

Driver using Trimble e-log device With e-log devices now installed in nearly all longhaul trucks, vendors are adding fleet management features to their products. (Trimble Transportation Mobility)

The telematics-for-trucking market experienced a dramatic explosion in growth over the past three years, driven primarily by the federally mandated rollout of electronic logging devices across most of the longhaul trucking sector. Now that the industry has made that transition to electronic logs, the telematics market is bound to undergo a shakeout because there are more ELD suppliers than the industry needs.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
February 6, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics

N.Y. Mayor Says Amazon Will Prevail as City Needs Tech

Amazon Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg News

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he thinks will prevail in building its huge new campus in the city — despite an opponent being recommended to serve on a board with veto power over the transaction.

Henry Goldman and Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
February 5, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Top 50

FitzMark Acquires Reliable Source Logistics

FitzMark exterior FitzMark

Two Indianapolis-based freight brokerage firms, FitzMark Inc. and Reliable Source Logistics, are joining forces in a quest to build a global “logistics powerhouse,” company officials said.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
February 5, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Waymo Linked to AV Deal With Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance

Waymo Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg News

Waymo is in advanced talks with Renault SA, Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. to develop autonomous cars, according to sources familiar with the matter, in a move that would join a leading self-driving force with the world’s largest automotive alliance.

Gerrit De Vynck and David Welch | Bloomberg News
February 5, 2019