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Rivian’s Electric Truck Gets All the Attention, but Fate Is Tied to Amazon

Amazon Jeff Bezos speaks at the National Press Club in Washington. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

On Oct. 1, Rivian shared new details of the Amazon deal in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, revealing how closely its fate is tied to one of its biggest benefactors.

October 7, 2021
Business, Technology

US to Sue Contractors Who Don’t Report Cyberattacks

Monaco Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco speaks with reporters during a past news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is poised to sue government contractors and other companies who receive U.S. government grants if they fail to report breaches of their computer systems or misrepresent their cybersecurity practices, the department’s No. 2 official said Oct. 6.

Eric Tucker | Associated Press
October 7, 2021
Government, Business, Technology

Port Traffic Jam May Be to Blame in California Oil Spill

Oil Spill Workers with Patriot Environmental Services clean up during an oil spill at the Talbert Marsh in Huntington Beach on Oct. 3. (Ariana Drehsler/Bloomberg News)

An unremitting shipping logjam in the waters outside of Los Angeles already has contributed to higher costs, delays and intermittent goods shortages across the U.S. Now, it could be to blame for California’s biggest oil spill in 27 years.

Robert Tuttle | Bloomberg News
October 7, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

GM Vows to Surpass Tesla in Electric Vehicle Sales

A 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 truck A 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 truck. GM plans to unveil an electric Silverado pickup truck that can go 400 miles per charge. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

WARREN, Mich. — General Motors plans to cash in as the world switches from combustion engines to battery power, promising to double its annual revenue by 2030 with an array of new electric vehicles, profitable gas-powered cars and trucks, and services such as an electronic driving system that can handle most tasks on the road.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
October 6, 2021
Technology, Equipment

Minnesota’s Gabe Krebs to Compete in WorldSkills in Shanghai

Gabe Krebs “I started my career path when I was in high school. I was looking for different options instead of going to a full, four-year college, Krebs says. (Dakota County Technical College)

One year from now, some of the world’s brightest and most highly trained young adults will gather in Shanghai for the 46th WorldSkills technician event. The contestants will go head-to-head seeking gold, silver and bronze medals.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
October 6, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Netradyne Updates Processing Power of Driver Safety System

Netradyne The new D-430. (Netradyne)

Netradyne updated its driver safety system with new features and an improved processor to better manage real-time data, the company announced Oct. 6.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
October 6, 2021
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, Top 50

GXO, Abercrombie & Fitch to Open Automated Distribution Center

GXO-Abercrombie automation GXO Logistics

GXO Logistics and Abercrombie & Fitch Co. announced an agreement Oct. 6 to open a new distribution center that will blend traditional staffing with automation.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
October 6, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

Volvo Wins Biggest Electric Truck Order

Volvo FM Volvo FM by Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks announced DFDS, one of Europe’s largest shipping and logistics companies, placed an order for 100 Volvo FM series electric trucks, and noted it is the truck maker’s largest such order and one of the largest of its type yet in trucking.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
October 6, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Autonomous Trucks Take Off Rapidly in China’s Commercial Operations

A Plus autonomous truck SF Express has selected Plus for China’s first commercial freight pilot. (Plus)

BEIJING — Driverless trucks will help revamp the logistics and industrial sector in China, as autonomous driving technologies have taken off in the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beijing China Daily | Asia News Network
October 5, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment

September Class 8 Orders Decline

Daimler A Freightliner truck manufacturing plant in Cleveland, N.C. (Daimler Trucks North America)

North American Class 8 orders in September dropped 11.8% compared with a year earlier, ACT Research reported, as truck makers struggled to match pent-up demand amid a badly out-of-kilter supply chain and a production schedule that continues to defy typical certainty.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
October 5, 2021