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Transportation Leaders Officially Kick Off Volpe Center Construction

rendering of the new Volpe center A rendering of the new Volpe building as seen from Binney Street looking west. (Image courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP)

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao recently celebrated the groundbreaking of a construction project for the agency’s new John A. Volpe Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, Mass.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 31, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Autonomous

Volvo Group CEO Martin Lundstedt Outlines Time of Transition for Trucking

Meritor CEO Jay Craig (left) interviews Volvo CEO Martin Lundstedt Meritor CEO Jay Craig (left) interviews Volvo CEO Martin Lundstedt. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Volvo Group CEO Martin Lundstedt said the commercial vehicle industry has entered a time of transition with the rise of electric-powered trucks, automated driving technology and connected vehicles.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
October 31, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Bendix Prepares for Electronic Braking Transition

TJ Thomas, director of marketing and customer solutions for Bendix’s controls business TJ Thomas, director of marketing and customer solutions for Bendix’s controls business, said two trends are taking shape in trucking: highly automated driving and e-mobility. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems outlined its plans to support the trucking industry’s upcoming transition toward electronic braking systems and the introduction of automated steering controls in the commercial vehicle market.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
October 31, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Rocketail Tweaks Aerodynamic Trailer Wings With Hinge

Bren Marshell Bren Marshell by Anneliese Mahoney/Transport Topics

ATLANTA — Rocketail announced it will be making its two side wings, attached to improve a trailer’s aerodynamic flow, flexible upon contact.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
October 31, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Fiat Chrysler, Peugeot to Create Fourth-Biggest Carmaker

Fiat logo on vehicle Antonio Calanni/AP

MILAN — Fiat Chrysler and France’s PSA Peugeot said Oct. 31 they have agreed to merge to create the world’s fourth-largest automaker with enough scale to confront big shifts in the industry, including a race to develop electric cars and driverless technologies.

October 31, 2019
Business, Technology

MEKRA Lang Launches New Digital Vision System

MEKRA Lang's Joe DeMartino MEKRA Lang's Joe DeMartino by Anneliese Mahoney/Transport Topics

ATLANTA — MEKRA Lang launched a new digital vision system at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show, announcing the sideview-mirror replacements will be standard equipment on Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
October 31, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Isuzu Sees Opportunity in Final-Mile Growth

Harrison Wessinger (L) and Jeff Maloof (R) Harrison Wessinger (left) and Jeff Maloof by John Sommers II for Transport Topics.

ATLANTA — Final-mile delivery of consumer goods has changed trucking, and the change will continue to evolve transportation methods, according to Isuzu Motors officials.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
October 30, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Fiat Chrysler Confirms Talks With French Carmaker Peugeot

Fiat logo Antonio Calanni/AP

MILAN — Italian-American carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Oct. 30 confirmed that it is in talks with French rival PSA Peugeot, its second bid this year to reshape the global auto industry, which is facing huge challenges with the transition to electric and autonomous vehicles.

October 30, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel

Daimler Sees Hydrogen Fuel Cells as Part of Trucking’s Future

Daimler's Roger Nielsen Daimler's Roger Nielsen by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

ATLANTA — Daimler Trucks has been investing heavily in battery-electric commercial vehicles, but the manufacturer also sees a place for hydrogen fuel-cell technology in the transportation industry’s long-term move toward zero emissions.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
October 30, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Truck-Lite’s Road Ready Adds Cargo Volume Meter

Truck-Lite's Robert Richard Truck-Lite's Robert Richard by Anneliese Mahoney/Transport Topics

ATLANTA — Truck-Lite Co. has added a volumetric cargo system to its Road Ready trailer telematics offerings, the company told reporters at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show on Oct. 29.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
October 30, 2019

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