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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.

Government, Business, Technology

Blockbuster Cyber Monday May Not Be Enough to Boost Market

Amazon Warehouse Alex Kraus/Bloomberg News

Shoppers will spend an estimated $7.8 billion on Cyber Monday, Nov. 26 — a record — boosting a strong holiday shopping season, and Wall Street likely will shrug it off.

Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
November 26, 2018

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Transport Topics
October 22, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Volvo Launches Transport Service Using Fully Autonomous Trucks

A Volvo FH works a quarry Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks announced it has signed a “landmark” agreement in Norway with mining company Bronnoy Kalk AS that calls for the truck maker to haul commercial loads of quarried limestone across mine property using six fully autonomous heavy-duty trucks.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 21, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics

Freelancer Acquires Channel 40, Launches New Freight Marketplace

Freelancer, a jobs and crowdsourcing marketplace, has acquired Channel 40, an enterprise marketplace that connects freight owners with transport operators. Freelancer also has launched, a global marketplace for freight, shipping and transportation.

Transport Topics
November 20, 2018
Business, Technology, Fuel

Tesla Looks to Trucking for Ways to Accelerate Deliveries of Model 3 Cars

Teslas on a car carrier Teslas arrive at a dealership in Littleton, Colo. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

Elon Musk is doing everything he can to speed up deliveries of the Tesla Model 3, including the tantalizing prospect that he may have purchased a trucking company to augment capacity provided by existing vehicle haulers.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
November 20, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Truck Makers, Suppliers Aim to Combat Road Salt Corrosion With Protective Coatings

Road Salt Corrosion Snow and ice cover a highway. (Mary Ann Chastain/Associated Press)

When winter weather arrives, what also comes with it is the use of road salt, which exacerbates truck corrosion.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
November 20, 2018
Business, Technology

Elon Musk Reopens Door to Daimler With Vow to Inquire About Electric Van

Elon Musk Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Elon Musk floated the idea of working with a familiar ally on electric work vans after being guilt-tripped on Twitter for using fuel-burning vehicles to service Tesla Inc. models.

Gabrielle Coppola and Christoph Rauwald | Bloomberg News
November 19, 2018
Business, Technology, Fuel, Logistics

Fleet Management, Technology Deemed Essential for Cutting Freight Emissions

Sophie Punte Sophie Punte of the Smart Freight Centre cited better fleet management and logistics planning as key strategies for reducing freight emissions. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Global efforts to improve freight efficiency and reduce carbon emissions will require a multifaceted approach that includes not only vehicle technology, but also better fleet management and capacity utilization, experts said.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
November 19, 2018
Business, Technology, Fuel

Low-Viscosity Engine Oils Will Support Push for Improved Fuel Economy, Shell Says

Jason Brown Shell’s Jason Brown says low-viscosity engine oils demonstrated significant fuel savings in fuel economy tests around the globe. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The perpetual drive toward improved fuel economy and tighter emission controls for diesel engines will push the trucking industry toward increasingly efficient, low-viscosity engine oils, technology experts at Shell Lubricants said.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
November 19, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

Expectations of Trucking Rise Amid Changing Climate

Trucks on highway Ben Margot/AP

Proposals by a growing number of regulators and advocacy groups would have the trucking industry assume a larger role in advancing efforts to continue cleaning up the environment.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 19, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Container-Shipping Companies Plan Industry Alliance

Industry Alliance Containers at the Port of Savannah. (Ty Wright/Bloomberg News)

Five container-shipping companies intend to create a nonprofit association focused on the digitalization and standardization of information used in the industry.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 19, 2018