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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, Safety

I.D. Systems Acquires CarrierWeb to Expand Asset-Tracking Capabilities

I.D. Systems The I.D. Systems booth at an industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Asset-tracking specialist I.D. Systems Inc. has acquired the U.S.-based assets of CarrierWeb, a global telematics firm that provides in-cab mobile communications, electronic logging devices and trailer tracking.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
January 31, 2019

Transport Topics Podcasts

RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns and LiveOnWeb programs. Episode 2 of our Season Intersession of RoadSigns, "Is Trucking Charging Toward an Electric Reality?" is now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
January 3, 2019
Business, Technology

Uber Freight Now Enables Drivers to Rate Facilities

Uber Freight New features on Uber Freight. (Uber Freight)

Truck drivers using the Uber Freight load-booking app can now rate shippers’ and receivers’ facilities and share feedback on factors such as wait times and amenities.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
January 31, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Autonomous Trucking Still Distant

Autonomous Trucking Steve Banker (Jim Stinson/Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — The future of autonomous trucks is further down the road than people believe, but final-mile delivery by robots is closer to larger use, said Steve Banker of ARC Advisory Group, giving his assessment of future disruption at the SMC3 Jump Start conference.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
January 30, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics, Top 100

Fleets Prepare Drivers for Extreme Cold

Bank sign showing -16 degrees An electronic sign in Moorhead, Minn., shows the temperature. (Bruce Crummy/AP)

Trucking groups prepared their drivers with tips on operations and safety as a polar vortex gripped the Midwest, delivering extremely cold temperatures and harsh wind chills.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 30, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Top 100

ELD Era Brings Fleets, Shippers Toward More Collaboration, Experts Say

A truck at a loading dock A truck at a loading dock. Shippers are trying to address delays at docks due to the implementation of the ELD mandate, experts say. (iStock)

The advent of ELDs is influencing how carriers and shippers work together to control costs, deploy capacity, design networks, offer and charge for services, make capital investments, recruit and assign drivers and leverage new technology.

Gary Frantz | Special to Transport Topics
January 30, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Opinion

Opinion: Using Analytics to Help Retain Drivers

Key variables can be analyzed using machine learning to predict a driver’s risk of leaving a company, and insights from those data points can provide — and prescribe — recommendations on what type of intervention is needed, says Chris Orban of Trimble.

Chris Orban | Vice President of Data Science, Trimble Transportation Division
January 30, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Self-Driving Truck Startup Embark Releases Performance Data

Embark autonomous truck Embark

Self-driving truck startup Embark has issued a voluntary report on the performance of its automated trucks, providing a more detailed look at its testing process and the current capabilities of its technology.

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

Fleets Seek Aftermarket Companies That Are Easy to Do Business With

Mike Palmer, Gloria Pliler, Lee Quinn,Brett Wacker, Stu MacKay. Mike Palmer (from left), Gloria Pliler, Lee Quinn, Brett Wacker and moderator Stu MacKay. (Roger Gilroy/Transport Topics)

LAS VEGAS — Fleet executives are standardizing parts ordering and maintenance procedures as they deal with truck equipment that is increasingly complex and costly.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
January 29, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Paccar Reports Fourth-Quarter, Full-Year Revenue Records

Paccar A Kenworth dealership in Windsor, Wis. (Truck PR)

Paccar Inc. reported record revenue in the fourth quarter and, excluding one-time benefits, higher net income. Annual revenue and net income set records, too, as it delivered 189,100 vehicles worldwide in 2018.

January 29, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Aftermarket Seeks to Keep Up as Truck Makers Broaden Approach

Ken Davis, Roger Nielsen and Dean Engelage Ken Davis (from left), Roger Nielsen and Dean Engelage. (Roger Gilroy/Transport Topics)

LAS VEGAS — Truck makers are wrestling with how to invest in automation, electrification and traditional powertrains — all at once. Additionally, more trailers will use telematics to relay diagnostic information and secure parts while new relationships will form between suppliers and technology startups, according to experts at the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Dialogue.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
January 29, 2019