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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, Equipment, Fuel

Heil Adds 5-Axle Petroleum Trailer

Heil The Heil booth at an industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Heil Trailer International Co. has announced the availability of a 5-axle, 12,000-gallon petroleum trailer intended to enable customers in the Western United States to haul more in fewer runs.

March 29, 2019

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February 1, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

BFGoodrich Unveils Two New Truck Tires at MATS

BFGoodrich exhibit at MATS 2019 The BFGoodrich exhibit at MATS 2019. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. ­— BFGoodrich unveiled two new trucking tires at the 48th Mid-America Trucking Show, one for the steering axle and one for the trailer axle, designed to enhance longhaul, tanker, refrigerated and dry van models.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
March 29, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous, Editorial

Editorial: Joining Forces for the Future

Journalists love it when big news breaks. As last week drew to a close, two significant deals involving major players in the commercial truck industry made headlines and landed on the front page of the April 1 issue of Transport Topics.

Transport Topics
March 29, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Daimler Acquires Majority Stake in Torc Robotics to Boost Development of Self-Driving Trucks

Daimler Cascadia at Torc HQ Daimler

Daimler Trucks has agreed to acquire a majority stake in autonomous vehicle pioneer Torc Robotics and will join forces with the technology firm to develop highly automated trucks for the U.S. market.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
March 29, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

FMCSA Updates Truckers on Parking, Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Issues

FMCSA's Joe DeLorenzo provides a driver update at a MATS session FMCSA's Joe DeLorenzo provides a driver update at a MATS session. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A top Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration official updated truckers on the agency’s efforts to mitigate parking problems and the obligations for drivers as the agency moves toward implementation of the drug and alcohol clearinghouse rule.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 28, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Smart, the Tiny Daimler Car That Refuses to Die, Heads to China

Daimler Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg News

Since its introduction two decades ago, the diminutive Smart has sat awkwardly alongside the imposing, autobahn-eating cars that have made Daimler AG the king of the road.

Benedikt Kammel | Bloomberg News
March 28, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

ZF Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Wabco

Wabco Wabco's OptiFlow AutoTail product. (Wabco)

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a global supplier of mobility systems for commercial vehicles, passenger cars and industrial technology, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Wabco Holdings Inc. for $7.1 billion, or $136.50 per share.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
March 28, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Cab Comfort Crucial to Retaining Drivers, TMC Panel Says

Cab Comfort Kenworth's Jamin Swazo (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Providing a comfortable and safe environment in truck cabs is critical when it comes to retaining and recruiting drivers. That was the main conclusion at a roundtable discussion called: “Spec’ing the Cab & Sleeper for Driver Comfort and Safety,” which was held at American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting March 19.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 28, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety

Perimeter Solutions Acquires Idaho-Based Fire Response and Transportation Firms

Perimeter Solutions, a St. Louis company that produces fire retardants and provides services to firefighting agencies, has purchased a group of companies in Post Falls, Idaho, that includes First Response Fire Rescue, River City Fabrication and H&S Transport.

Transport Topics
March 27, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Canadian Company Aims to Add Sobriety Tests to Steering Wheels

Sobriety Tests Biosensors installed in the steering wheel can detect if a driver has been drinking. (Sober Steering)

A Canadian company that makes alcohol-detection devices attached to steering wheels of school buses hopes to expand to North American trucking companies.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
March 27, 2019