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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, Autonomous

VW Joins BMW in Testing Self-Driving Cars on German City Streets

vw Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg News

Volkswagen AG has started testing five electric and highly-automated versions of its Golf compact cars on the streets of Hamburg, Germany.

Elisabeth Behrmann | Bloomberg News
April 3, 2019

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February 1, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

20-Year-Old Technician Ryan Meppelink Prepares for International Competition

Ryan Meppelink Ryan Meppelink shows off his skills at an industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Ryan Meppelink, a 20-year-old student from Zeeland, Mich., has been fascinated with all things mechanical since he was 14.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
April 2, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

FMCSA Receives Two More Petitions for HOS Exemption

PJ Helicopters and Kenworth Truck A fuel truck is paired with a helicopter at a job site. (

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has received requests for exemption from hours-of-service rules from a trade group representing waste haulers and a business that provides ground support for helicopters.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
April 2, 2019
Technology, Equipment

MATS Truck Awards: People’s Choice, Best of Show Winners Announced

People's Choice The 2014 Kenworth W900L that won the people's choice award. (Stars and Stripes)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The most tricked-out trucks competed at the 2019 Mid-America Trucking Show, and six came away with the big prizes known as “Best of Show,” with another three winning in the dump category at an awards ceremony March 30.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
April 2, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

NHTSA Probing Hyundai, Kia for Cars That Catch Fire

kia Tim Boyle/Bloomberg News

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating some 3 million U.S. vehicles made by Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. after thousands of complaints that the vehicles went up in flames even without being involved in a crash.

Ryan Beene and Sohee Kim | Bloomberg News
April 2, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel

Shell to Leave Oil Lobby Group Over Climate Policy Concerns

Shell Fuel Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg News

Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s position on climate change is misaligned with about half of the trade associations it’s a part of, and the company says its disagreement with one is so severe that it will let its membership lapse next year.

Kelly Gilblom | Bloomberg News
April 2, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

Tesla Quarterly Sales Announcement Could Come With a Surprise

Tesla Odin Jaeger/Bloomberg News

Tesla Inc. will announce this week how many cars it built and sold for the quarter. It’s always a day of suspense for investors, especially after a tumultuous 2018 in which production tripled while managing to fall short of dramatic targets set by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. This time around, there could be another surprise.

Tom Randall | Bloomberg News
April 1, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics

Senate Appropriators Raise Livestock Industry’s ELD Concerns

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao “We’re very much aware of the hardship that these inflexible [HOS] rules have placed on rural and agricultural interests,” Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Federal policymakers continue to share livestock haulers' concerns over the ELD mandate. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 1, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Industry Task Force to Tackle Electric Vehicle Charging System Standard

Electric Vehicle Charging NFI's Bill Bliem. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — A task force comprising trucking and transportation industry stakeholders is set to vote on adoption of recommended standards for power cables, connections and other equipment for high-powered electric charging stations for commercial vehicles.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
April 1, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Even Tech Companies Say, ‘There Are Always Going to Be Truck Drivers’

Technology panel at the Mid-America Trucking Show Technology panel at the Mid-America Trucking Show by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Is technology in the trucking industry moving too fast for the men and women who sit behind the wheel of big rigs? That was a concern voiced by a number of truck drivers attending a March 29 session at the 2019 Mid-America Trucking Show.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 29, 2019