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New Toyota Fuel Cell System Close to Being Available to Class 8 Makers

Toyota Toyota has developed a second-generation hydrogen fuel cell system to work with Kenworth's T680 chassis. (Toyota)

Toyota Motor Corp. unveiled a second-generation fuel cell system that is nearing the point when it could be offered to heavy-duty truck builders looking to build hydrogen-powered tractors.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
December 14, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

DTNA Says Portland Plant Will Be First to Achieve Carbon-Neutral Production

Daimler Trucks North America plant in Portland, Ore. DTNA's truck manufacturing plant in Portland, Ore. The plant reduced its energy consumption from vehicle manufacturing with equipment replacement and facility upgrades. (Daimler Trucks North America)

Daimler Trucks North America announced its truck manufacturing plant in Portland, Ore., will be the first to achieve carbon-neutral production in the global Daimler Trucks network — meeting green production this year.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
December 14, 2020
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Amazon’s Zoox Unveils Autonomous Electric Vehicle

Zoox vehicle Zoox L5 Fully autonomous, all-electric robotaxi at Coit Tower in San Francisco. (Zoox)

Zoox Inc., the self-driving startup owned by Amazon .com Inc., unveiled a fully autonomous electric vehicle with no steering wheel that can drive day and night on a single charge.

Ed Ludlow | Bloomberg News
December 14, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

FMCSA Plans Information Collection for CDL Testing Delays Survey

CVTA A Truck Training America student drives through the Kentucky State Police CDL test track and road course. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is planning to submit an Information Collection Request associated with its annual survey on commercial driver license skills testing delays.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 11, 2020
Business, Technology, Top 100

Transportation Management Technologies Reach Inflection Point

Geotab screen Geotab

A series of trends and technological advancements is driving change with transportation management systems at an unprecedented pace, according to carriers and TMS providers.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
December 10, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel

Trucking Takes Initial Steps Toward a Zero-Emission Future

Electric trucks Clockwise from top left: Navistar electric truck by John Sommers II for Transport Topics; Volvo VNR Electric by Volvo Trucks; Peterbilt 220 EV by Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics; eCascadia by J.B. Hunt

Recent advances in electric-­vehicle technology and the broader movement to reduce carbon emissions are creating market conditions that are increasingly favorable for electrification.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
December 10, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics

US Trucking, Logistics Sectors Ready to Mobilize for Vaccine Distribution

Vaccine A medical worker draws the COVID-19 vaccine from a vial at a vaccination center in Cardiff, U.K. (Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Bloomberg News)

For the trucking and logistics industry, the challenges of COVID-19 vaccine distribution are just beginning. Hundreds of millions of doses will need to be shipped around the world and in the United States, and the process is just now getting underway.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
December 10, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

GMC Sierra Goes Hands-Free

A GMC Sierra Denali truck seen in Chula Vista, Calif. The GMC Sierra Denali truck is displayed at an event in Chula Vista, Calif., in January of 2019. (Sandy Huffaker/Bloomberg News)

GMC says it will offer its hands-free driver-assistance feature Super Cruise on its Sierra pickup sometime in 2022.

Henry Payne | The Detroit News
December 9, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous

GM’s Cruise to Deploy Driverless Cars in San Francisco

 General Motors' Cruise AV, an autonomous electric vehicle, on display in Detroit in January 2019. (Paul Sancya/AP) General Motors' Cruise AV, an autonomous electric vehicle, on display in Detroit in January 2019. (Paul Sancya/AP)

SAN RAMON, Calif. — General Motors’ self-driving car company is sending out vehicles with nobody behind the wheel in San Francisco as it navigates its way toward launching a robotic taxi service that would compete against Uber and Lyft in the hometown of the leading ride-hailing services.

Michael Liedtke | Associated Press
December 9, 2020
Business, Technology

Uber Sells Flying Taxi Division to Joby in Broader Retrenchment

A model of Joby's air taxi eVTOL is seen in a press photo. (Joby Aviation via Bloomberg News) A model of Joby's air taxi EVTOL is seen in a press photo. (Joby Aviation via Bloomberg News)

Uber Technologies Inc. is selling off its flying taxi division to Joby Aviation and investing in the startup, marking the second time this week Uber abandoned a side project as it aims to turn a quarterly profit next year.

Priya Anand | Bloomberg News
December 9, 2020