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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, Equipment, Safety

Bendix Launches Program to Retrofit Safety Systems

Bendix logo on tanker Bendix

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems announced that several of its safety technologies are for the first time available through retrofits.

March 25, 2019

Transport Topics Podcasts: AOBRDs and ELDs

RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns programs. Episode 1 and 2 of Season Two, "The AOBRD Phaseout" and "What Does the Future Hold for ELDs?" are now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
March 12, 2019
Business, Technology

Will Jeep Gladiator Conquer Rivals in Pickup Truck Arena?

The Jeep Gladiator (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

Americans bought 524,000 small, starter pickup trucks last year — about 1,400 a day — but not one of them had removable doors. In a few weeks, that small but noteworthy gap in the market will be filled by the Jeep Gladiator, a new rig that represents Fiat-Chrysler’s initial bid to re-enter one of the industry’s hottest segments.

Kyle Stock | Bloomberg News
March 25, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

CVSA’s Collin Mooney: Trouble Awaits Fleets Delaying Switch From AOBRDs to ELDs

AOBRD A driver uses an AOBRD. (Omnitracs Inc.)

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A “manufacturers crisis” in transferring automatic onboard recording device software into electronic logging devices is in the making, according to the head of the trade organization representing commercial vehicle inspectors.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 22, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, TCA

GM to Invest $300 Million, Create 400 Jobs at Michigan Plant

GM General Motors headquarters building (Michigan Municipal League)

General Motors Co. will invest $300 million in its Orion Township. Mich., assembly plant, a move that will create 400 jobs in suburban Detroit.

Brandon Champion |
March 22, 2019
Business, Technology

Soft Demand Expected for Tesla Model 3 Until Price Drops

Tesla Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Demand for Tesla Inc.’s Model 3 sedan is expected to remain soft in the United States until the release of the lower-priced $35,000 model next quarter, Cowen analyst Jeffrey Osborne said.

Esha Dey | Bloomberg News
March 22, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous

New TMC Chairman Kenneth Calhoun Aims to Bolster Technician Recruiting, Training

Kenneth Calhoun Calhoun has about 30 years of experience in the trucking industry. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Advancing the Technology & Maintenance Council’s efforts to address the trucking industry’s technician shortage and enhancing education and training for entry-level workers are among the top priorities for Kenneth Calhoun, the council’s new general chairman and treasurer.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
March 21, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Editorial

Editorial: Mining Data to Cover More Miles

The importance of mining repair data for information that can help improve the performance of motor carriers’ equipment was a continuous message during presentations at the annual meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations recently from companies across the spectrum of industry suppliers. They either introduced or updated products designed to wring more efficiencies out of freight operations.

Transport Topics
March 21, 2019
Government, Technology, TCA

Maine to Give $5.1 Million in Subsidies for EV Purchases

Electric Vehicle Chevy Bolt (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

Maine will provide a $5.1 million subsidy and add at least 50 public vehicle charging stations to encourage residents and companies to buy all-electric vehicles.

Peter McGuire | Portland (Maine) Press Herald
March 21, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety

Fleets Credit Safety Systems, Video With Reducing Crashes, Claims

Rick Reinoehl Rick Reinoehl addresses the crowd at TMC. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Active safety technologies such as collision mitigation and lane departure warnings have proved effective at preventing crashes, but proper maintenance and driver training are necessary to get the most out of these systems, fleet executives and suppliers said.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
March 21, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel

Congress Returns to Debate Infrastructure, Fiscal 2020 Funding, Nominees

Fiscal 2020 Funding DeFazio (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

Policymakers make their way back to Capitol Hill after a weeklong spring recess to continue to stitch together the provisions for a comprehensive infrastructure bill they want to pass by August.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
March 21, 2019