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CARB Rule Would Set Sale Quotas for Zero-Emission Trucks

Golden Gate Bridge The Golden Gate Bridge over San Francisco Bay. For Class 7 and Class 8 tractors, the regulation would require 3% of annual sales of zero-emissions tractors in California to begin in model year 2024, reaching 15% annually by model year 2030. (Getty Images)

The California Air Resources Board has proposed a regulation requiring that manufacturers sell a set percentage of zero-emissions battery-electric and fuel cell trucks beginning with model year 2024.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 6, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Volvo Trucks Sells First Electric Trucks to European Customers

Volvo FL Volvo FL by Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks announced the start of sales of Volvo FL and Volvo FE electric trucks in selected markets within Europe, including for distribution and refuse hauling, as the region faces increasing demand for environmentally conscious urban transport.

November 6, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Self-Driving Uber in Crash Wasn’t Designed to See Jaywalkers

Uber Self-Driving Seth Wenig/Associated Press

Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving test car that struck and killed a pedestrian last year wasn’t programmed to recognize and react to jaywalkers, according to documents released by U.S. safety investigators.

Ryan Beene and Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
November 6, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Lawyer David Estrada Takes On Autonomous Safety Questions at Nuro

Autonomous safety questions Kroger and Nuro's R1 driverless delivery vehicle. (Andrew Brown/The Kroger Co. via Associated Press)P)

Silicon Valley lawyer David Estrada is taking on a new role at Nuro Inc., a Mountain View, Calif.-based self-driving car startup founded by two of his former Google colleagues and backed by nearly $1 billion from SoftBank Group Corp.’s Vision Fund.

Brad Stone | Bloomberg News
November 6, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel

Cummins Puts Faith in Diesel, Readies for Hydrogen

Cummins exhibit at 2019 NACV A view of the Cummins exhibit at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Cummins Inc., underscoring its belief in the power of choice, announced its latest advances in fuel efficiency for its heavy-duty diesel engines and showcased hydrogen fuel cell technology in its own Class 8 demonstration model.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 5, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Tesla Hopes to Get China Carmaking License by Year-End

Tesla Elon Musk speaks at an event. (Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg News)

Tesla Inc. has completed its new factory near Shanghai and is working with local authorities to obtain a manufacturing license, which it hopes to receive by the end of the year, Chairman Robyn Denholm said.

November 5, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous, Top 100

UPS Debuts Home Delivery of CVS Medicine by Drone

UPS Drone An earlier image of a UPS drone. (UPS Inc.)

UPS Inc. has expanded its revenue-generating drone flights beyond hospital campuses, delivering prescription medicines to two customers’ homes from a CVS Health Corp. pharmacy in Cary, N.C.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
November 5, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

VMT Tax for Trucks Presents Revenue Option for Highway Account, CBO Reports

VMT Tax Interstate 80 in Nevada. (nevadadot via YouTube)

About $2.6 billion in revenue would have been generated in 2017 if commercial trucks were taxed at a rate of 1 cent per mile, and compliance reached a rate of 90%, according to a recent report by the Congressional Budget Office.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 4, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

Small but Growing Carriers Make Leap From Spreadsheets to TMS Software

dispatcher A carrier employee uses a computer running McLeod software, allowing him to manage paper and electronic documents. (McLeod Software)

For small trucking companies that are getting bigger, recognizing the point when it becomes necessary to adopt management software isn’t so difficult. Instead, the challenges have more to do with evaluating systems, choosing one and implementing it.

Stephen Bennett | Special to Transport Topics
November 4, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics

Seattle DOT Launches Public Version of Roadwork Planning App

View of Seattle Many projects are planned for downtown Seattle through 2024 to help improve mobility. (Ron Clausen/Wikicommons)

The Seattle Department of Transportation has launched a public version of dotMaps, its online tool to help travelers stay informed about construction projects and plan their routes.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 4, 2019