Business, Technology

Citizens Reserve Offers Blockchain Application

Blockchain startup Citizens Reserve announced Suku, a blockchain-based platform intended to help users open new markets, improve operations and reduce costs of running supply chains.

Transport Topics
September 10, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Sept. 10: Welcome to Normaltown

U.S. Capitol building Present! Tour of the U.S. Capitol Building via YouTube

For all of the hysteria pundits have heaped on Washington in recent weeks, the current state of affairs really isn't abnormal. Here's a look ahead to the week for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 10, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

RoadSigns podcast

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Business, Technology

Trimble Moves to Unite Its Trucking Technology Businesses

Steven Berglund Trimble CEO Steven Berglund. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

HOUSTON — Trimble has acquired some of the biggest names in the trucking technology sector over the past several years. Now the global technology firm is taking steps to more closely unite those businesses, including PeopleNet, TMW Systems, ALK Technologies and 10-4 Systems, to provide an end-to-end platform under the Trimble brand.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
September 10, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Daimler Plots Two-for-One Autonomous Van for City Transport

Autonomous van Daimler's Urbanetic rendered as a people carrier. (Daimler AG)

Daimler AG is developing an autonomous electric vehicle that can toggle between a people carrier and a delivery van as the German manufacturer seeks an edge over rivals such as Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo and Deutsche Post AG in shaping the future of mobility.

Leonard Kehnscherper | Bloomberg News
September 10, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, TCA

Manual Transmissions Rapidly Becoming a Thing of the Past

Manual Transmissions A Peterbilt 579, which has the option of an automated transmission. (Peterbilt)

Bryan Berg drives a semi with a 13-speed transmission, and he’s been double-clutching and shifting gears in his rig for 30 years. He’s not about to start driving a truck that shifts automatically.

Adam Belz | Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
September 7, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

AI Hedge Fund Is Said to Liquidate After Less Than Two Years

AI Hedge Fund Menno van Dijk/Getty Images

The fledgling world of AI hedge funds is claiming one of its first casualties.

Saijel Kishan and Alistair Barr | Bloomberg News
September 7, 2018
Business, Technology, Fuel

Tesla Erupts in Chaos After Senior Executives Leave, Musk Tokes Up

Tesla building Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg News

The turmoil at Tesla Inc. reached a fever pitch, as the news that two senior executives are leaving Elon Musk’s electric-car maker emerged just hours after he smoked marijuana during an hours-long interview streamed live online.

Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
September 7, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics, TCA

Battling Amazon, Chicago-Based ShipBob Lands $40 Million, Opens Warehouse

Chicago lakefront skyline Kiichiro Sato/AP

With $40 million in new investments announced Sept. 6, Chicago-based e-commerce logistics company ShipBob is eyeing an expansion — starting with a new fulfillment warehouse in Cicero and a push to hire 100 people in the next year.

Ally Marotti | Chicago Tribune
September 7, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Lack of Action in Congress on Autonomous Technology Could Hinder States, Lawmaker Warns

hands-free driver Getty Images

WASHINGTON — The small role Congress currently plays in policy for autonomous vehicle technology could eventually slow, or impede, progress for states and firms testing such systems, a key House transportation authorizer warned on Sept. 5.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 6, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Florida Scores Biggest Annual Gain in Heavy-Duty Clean Diesel Trucks

Oakley An Oakley Transport tanker. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Florida posted the biggest surge among states in the use of heavy-duty trucks with clean diesel engines in 2017, notching an 81% jump compared with a year earlier, according to data from IHS Markit. This increase came as fleet confidence in the technology took hold and more freight-hauling opportunities opened up in the nation’s fourth-largest state economy, other experts said.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
September 6, 2018