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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, Autonomous

I.D. Systems Acquires Pointer Telocation for $140 Million

Pointer telocation screen A Pointer Telocation screen. (Pointer Telocation via YouTube)

I.D. Systems Inc., a New Jersey-based tracking technology company, has acquired Pointer Telocation Ltd., an Israeli provider of telematics and mobile internet of things services, in a $140 million deal, the companies report.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
March 27, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

RoadSigns podcast

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Truck Parking Data Systems Top ATRI’s Research Priorities List

parked trucks TT file photo

The American Transportation Research Institute’s recently unveiled list of research priorities for 2019 covers an array of topical issues, ranging from truck parking to tolls.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 26, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

DTNA Opens Detroit Connect to Third-Party Providers

Freightliner Cascadia Detroit Connect is a suite of connected vehicle services, and the platform is exclusive to the new Freightliner Cascadia model. (Freightliner)

Daimler Trucks North America announced it has opened its proprietary Detroit Connect platform to third-party telematics service providers.

March 26, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, Top 100

UPS, Startup Begin First Regular Drone Deliveries in US

UPS An M2 delivery drone, manufactured by Matternet Inc. (Stefan Wermuth.Bloomberg News)

UPS Inc. and a startup drone partner began the first continuing commercial drone deliveries in the United States, making a short flight carrying a medical sample between North Carolina hospitals March 26.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
March 26, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

Tesla’s Model 3 Shatters Record in Electric Car-Crazy Norway

Tesla Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Just weeks after Tesla Inc. started rolling out its Model 3 in Europe, the electric-car manufacturer has beaten the monthly sales record in its key Norwegian market by a wide margin.

Mikael Holter | Bloomberg News
March 26, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

Global Emissions Hit Record as Energy Demand Boosts Fuel Use

Emissions Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News

Carbon emissions from fossil-fuel use hit a record last year after energy demand grew at its fastest pace in a decade, reflecting higher oil consumption in the U.S. and more coal burning in China and India.

Mathew Carr and Jeremy Hodges | Bloomberg News
March 26, 2019
Government, Technology

STB Announces New Online Payment, Filing System

Surface Transportation Board logo Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg Finance LP

Filing documents and issuing payments to the Surface Transportation Board will get easier. Effective in May, the board will proceed with a new system meant to allow for greater reliance on online tools as a way of improving its services for stakeholders.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
March 26, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Mack Showcases Latest Hybrid Class 8

Hybrid Class 8 Mack's second-generation zero-emission capable Class 8 drayage truck. (Mack Trucks)

Mack Trucks announced it recently displayed its second-generation zero-emission capable Class 8 drayage truck at the California Air Resources Board’s Low Carbon Transportation Heavy-Duty Showcase in Sacramento.

March 25, 2019
Business, Technology

Inxeption, UPS Unveil Platform Integration Tool to Aid Marketing, Distribution

Inxeption A rendering of Inxeption Zippy. (Inxeption via YouTube)

Technology company Inxeption Corp. and UPS Inc. announced the creation of Inxeption Zippy, a platform integration that helps businesses market and distribute their products on multiple online channels from one secure place, according to a joint news release.

March 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety

Volvo Unveils Parameter Plus Updates

Parameter Plus The new Parameter Plus package leverages Volvo’s factory-built embedded telematics platform and allows over-the-air updates to be completed during a short meal or operational break virtually anywhere cellular connection is available. (Volvo Trucks)

Volvo Trucks announced its Parameter Plus package, which allows for up to 50 parameter updates over-the-air annually per covered vehicle.

March 25, 2019