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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, Logistics

Andrew, Michael Leto Secure Funding for New Online Freight Marketplace

Andrew and Michael Leto Andrew (left) and Michael Leto are launching a new software platform called Emerge. (Emerge)

Serial entrepreneurs Andrew and Michael Leto, who started GlobalTranz Enterprises and 10-4 Systems, both of which were sold earlier this year, are launching a new enterprise. It is a software platform called Emerge that allows shippers and carriers to book loads, track shipments and source new capacity in what is being described as a private freight marketplace.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
November 19, 2018

Transport Topics Podcasts

RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns and LiveOnWeb programs. Episode 1 of our Season Intersession of RoadSigns, "How Does Congress Say Trucking," is now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
October 22, 2018
Business, Technology

Airspace Technologies Receives $20 Million to Expand Globally

Airspace Technologies, a company that offers a digital operating platform for air cargo and time-critical delivery services, has received $20 million in Series B funding to support global expansion and accelerate development of a next-generation delivery network and enterprise software platform.

Transport Topics
November 19, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics

Cadence Premier Logistics Opens Center in Illinois

Cadence Cadence Premier Logistics via YouTube

Cadence Premier Logistics has opened the Pit Stop Truck Center, a 77,000-square-foot facility in Joliet, Ill., the company announced Nov. 14.

Transport Topics
November 16, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Driver-Assist Systems Don’t Always Work, AAA Tests Show

Tesla crash Emergency personnel work at the scene where a Tesla electric SUV crashed into a barrier on U.S. Highway 101 in Mountain View, Calif., on March 23, 2018. (KTVU via AP)

DETROIT — Testing by AAA shows that electronic driver-assist systems on the road today may not keep vehicles in their lanes or spot stationary objects in time to avoid a crash.

Tom Krisher | AP Auto Writer
November 16, 2018
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Musk to Prowl Production Lines in Push for Model 3 Milestone

Tesla Model 3 Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says he will walk the entire Model 3 production line Nov. 27-28. From battery cells to finished vehicles, all assembly areas need to be able to support making 1,000 cars per day, he said.

Josh Eidelson and Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
November 16, 2018
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

VW to Invest $50 Billion in Autonomous, Electric Cars

VW ID Buzz Volkswagen's ID Buzz on display at the International Frankfurt Motor Show in 2017. (Martin Meissner/AP)

FRANKFURT, Germany — Automaker Volkswagen says it will invest $50 billion (44 billion euros) in developing autonomous and electric cars and expand the appeal of battery-powered cars by selling its upcoming ID compact for about what a diesel-powered Golf costs.

Associated Press
November 16, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics

Tesla Has Bought Trucking Companies to Boost Deliveries, Elon Musk Says

Tesla cars on trailer Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Elon Musk apparently is charting his way out of what he’s referred to as “delivery logistics hell” by making acquisitions and lining up contracts with trucking haulers.

Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
November 15, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

ZAF Opens Nickel-Zinc Battery R&D Facility in Montana

Battery technologies developer ZAF Energy Systems has announced the opening of a research and development facility in Bozeman, Mont., according to a Nov. 13 press release. Scientists and engineers at the 8,000-square-foot facility are developing nickel-zinc technologies with an emphasis on performance improvements and cost reduction.

Transport Topics
November 15, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Turvo Raises $60 Million in Series B Funding

Turvo, a collaborative logistics platform, announced Nov. 8 it had raised $60 million in Series B funding.

Transport Topics
November 15, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Cargo Theft Detective Warns of Thieves’ Sophistication, Organization

Breaking into truck Gregory Dubus

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Detective Gerardo A. Pachuca is a member of Cargo CATS, the department’s team of experienced investigators and one of a handful of multiagency teams in the United States dedicated exclusively to targeting cargo thieves and their receivers.

Gary Frantz | Special to Transport Topics
November 15, 2018