Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Chinese Startups Floor the Pedal in Driverless Car Race

self driving car in china Baidu Inc.'s autonomous car at the company's headquarters in Beijing. Wang Jing, the executive in charge of Baidu's autonomous driving efforts, is on a mission: To push China to the forefront of the coming driverless-car era. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

A group of Chinese startups is accelerating efforts to get autonomous vehicles onto roads in the world’s biggest auto market, a country its American peers from Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo to General Motors Co.’s Cruise may find tough to crack.

Bloomberg News
July 25, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Strong Economy Boosts Medium-Duty Sector

Medium-Duty Trucks With the growth of e-commerce, medium-duty trucks accomplish final-mile distribution better than Class 8 trucks, experts say. (Isuzu Commercial Truck of America)

Despite some potential clouds on the horizon from higher tariffs, optimism about the overall economy founded on strong numbers in housing, construction and growth in e-commerce are boosting sales of medium-duty trucks and pushing the sector out of decadelong doldrums.

Jim Galligan | Special to Transport Topics
July 25, 2018
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, Fuel

16 States Join Request for Court Review of EPA’s Glider Decision

Fitzgerald Glider Kit installed in a Peterbilt 389 Fitzgerald glider kit via YouTube

Attorneys general from 16 states have joined a request that an appeals court review a decision by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials to not enforce an Obama-era regulation limiting the production of glider kit trucks to 300 units per manufacturer.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
July 24, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Uber’s Self-Driving Fleet Returns to Pittsburgh Roads — With Drivers in Control

Uber Self-Driving Car An Uber self-driving car in San Francisco. (Getty Images)

Uber’s self-driving cars returned July 24 to Pittsburgh’s streets four months after one of its autonomous SUVs hit and killed a woman crossing a street in Tempe, Ariz.

Aaron Aupperlee | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
July 24, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

UNLV, German Research Company Work on Autonomous Delivery Truck

Autonomous concept Jacky Leung/Getty Images

University of Nevada-Las Vegas is joining German research company Fraunhofer IVI to develop an autonomous delivery truck, the university announced.

Mick Akers | Las Vegas Sun
July 24, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Western Star Benefiting From Business Climate, Executives Say

David Carson Carson by Joe Howard/Transport Topics

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. – Booming demand for new Class 8 trucks and activity on the vocational side not seen since the late 2000s is lifting demand for Western Star trucks, company executives said.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
July 24, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Volvo VNL 300 Daycab Now Available With Cummins ISX12N Engine

Volvo VNL Volvo VNL by Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks North America announced its new Volvo VNL 300 daycab now is available with the Cummins ISX12N near-zero natural gas engine, providing an alternative fuel solution for pickup and delivery and regional-haul operations.

Transport Topics
July 24, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Autonomous Firm Embark Raises $30 Million

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Autonomous truck developer Embark Trucks raised $30 million in a funding round led by Sequoia Capital, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm. Embark has raised $47 million since its 2011 founding, according to Crunchbase, a platform for finding business information on public and private companies.

Transport Topics
July 24, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Wabco Operating Income Climbs 35% in 2Q

Wabco test track near Hanover, Germany Wabco's test track near Hanover, Germany.

Commercial vehicle supplier Wabco Holdings reported second-quarter operating income of $146.5 million, up 35% from $108.4 million in the same period a year ago. Earnings per share rose to $1.95, up 21% from $1.61.

Transport Topics
July 20, 2018
Business, Technology

Mack Trucks, Lytx Expand Video Telematics Deal

Mack LR refuse truck Mack LR (John Sterling Ruth)

Mack Trucks grew its relationship with video telematics firm Lytx Inc., offering a pre-wire option of its DriveCam and Video Services technology to buyers of Mack Granite Class 8 vehicles.

Transport Topics
July 20, 2018