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Class 8 Trucks to Be Part of Aurora’s Autonomous Testing in Texas

Aurora Peterbilt Aurora via YouTube

Autonomous vehicle technology developer Aurora plans to launch testing of self-driving Peterbilt Class 8 trucks and smaller vehicles that can be used for package delivery in the Dallas-Fort Worth area this year.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
July 20, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Lumileds Adds New Line of Truck Headlight Bulbs

Philips bulb Philips

Lumileds Holdings announced a new line of Philips MasterDuty headlight bulbs for Classes 2-8 commercial vehicles.

July 20, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel

Nikola Plummets After Warrant Call Creates Selling Pressure

The Nikola Two hydrogen-powered Class 8 tractor. The hydrogen-powered Nikola Two Class 8 truck. (Nikola Motor Company)

Nikola Corp. shares nosedived on July 20 as some investors will now be able to buy the company’s stock at a fraction of recent prices.

Esha Dey | Bloomberg News
July 20, 2020
Business, Technology

ZF Updates Diagnostics Software

Wabco Toolbox Plus ZF Wabco

Parts supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG announced its North American commercial vehicle control systems division, based in Auburn Hills, Mich., released the latest generation of Wabco Toolbox Plus, a PC-based advanced diagnostics software designed to expedite vehicle and trailer diagnosis.

July 20, 2020
Technology, Equipment

The Power of Automatic Braking

Automatic emergency braking has been around for quite some time. Yet despite being a spec’ing option for more than a dozen years, many fleets remain reluctant to specify AEB on their newest trucks.

Jack Legler | Technical Director, Technology & Maintenance Council
July 17, 2020
Technology, Equipment

Trailer Technology Moves Forward

Change is the fuel that spurs innovation, whether social or industrial. Technology for trailer management is no different.

Michael Freeze | Features Editor
July 17, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Ducted Fuel Injection Shows Promise for Diesel

ducted fuel injection This image, taken by an in-piston camera, shows the effect of ducted fuel injection on the level of soot in a diesel flame. (Sandia National Laboratory)

Researchers have developed a promising yet surprisingly simple modification to diesel engines that could hold the key to reducing the complexity, maintenance, and size and weight of emission aftertreatment systems.

John Baxter | Special to Transport Topics
July 17, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Tesla Keeps China Growth Going With Record Registrations

A Tesla Model 3 moves off an assembly line during a ceremony at the company's Gigafactory in Shanghai in 2019. A Tesla Model 3 moves off an assembly line during a ceremony at the company's Gigafactory in Shanghai in 2019. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

Tesla Inc. kept growing in China last month, with registrations of its electric vehicles jumping to a record in the world’s largest market as the coronavirus outbreak receded.

Ville Heiskanen | Bloomberg News
July 17, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics

More Fleets Are Going Green at Their Facilities

Worker on forklift in Veritable Vegetable warehouse Veritable Vegetable has two warehouses built to LEED Green building standards and installed 560 solar roof panels offsetting 33% of its electricity needs for one warehouse. (Veritable Vegetable)

A growing number of transportation and logistics providers are cutting costs and going green with energy-efficient truck terminals and warehouses.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
July 17, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Demand for Virtual Training Accelerates During Pandemic

virtual technician training Virtual learning works both for in-house and third-party training. (Design Interactive)

The pandemic is accelerating the transition to virtual learning for truck technicians, and the industry might never turn back.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
July 17, 2020