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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.

Government, Technology, Safety

Cops in Indiana Have a Reputation for Having No Mercy on Speeders

Indiana State Police officer on motorcycle Elvert Barnes/Flickr

It’s not a closely guarded secret in trucking that if you speed on Indiana interstates, you risk getting pulled over by a state trooper. It’s been that way for a long time, according to Steve Bryan, president of data-crunching firm Vigillo.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 21, 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
Business, Technology, Equipment

Thousands More Trailer Orders in February Amid Jammed Backlog

Trailers Finished trailers at one of Stoughton Trailers' production facilities. (Stoughton Trailers)

U.S. trailer orders keep on coming and hit the mid-20,000s in February, contending for positions in an already lengthy backlog, analysts reported.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
March 21, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, TCA

Lytx Posts Record Level of Contract Value in 2018, CEO Brandon Nixon Says

Lytx Lytx CEO Brandon Nixon (TT File Photo)

Lytx, the maker of the DriveCam video system for commercial truck fleets, posted a 30% increase in the number of vehicles using its technology in 2018 as more companies adopt in-cab cameras to reduce risk.

Mike Freeman | The San Diego Union-Tribune
March 21, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

World’s Most Valuable AI Startup Explores Automated Cars, Global Expansion

Artificial Intelligence Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News

SenseTime Group Ltd., the world’s most valuable artificial intelligence startup, plans to sustain growth by expanding globally and diving deeper into arenas from autonomous cars to health care.

Lulu Yilun Chen | Bloomberg News
March 21, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

New TMC Chairman Kenneth Calhoun Takes Reins, Thanks Predecessor

Kenneth Calhoun Calhoun (left) and Harris. (John Sommers for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Kenneth Calhoun is the new chairman of American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council, taking over the one-year leadership position at TMC’s closing banquet dinner during its annual meeting on March 20.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 20, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

TMC Honors Technicians, Executives as Industry Leaders

TMC The TMC of Tomorrow Leadership Development Program class. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Several trucking industry leaders were honored at American Trucking Associations’ 2019 Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting awards lunch on March 20.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 20, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Ford Plans $900 Million Bet on Michigan-Made Autos of Future

Ford Ford Motor Company Rogue plant in dearborn, Mich. (Sean Proctor/Bloomberg News)

Ford Motor Co. plans to spend about $900 million and hire about 900 workers to build electric and self-driving vehicles in Michigan, while moving production of a small commercial van to Mexico from Europe.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
March 20, 2019
Business, Technology, TCA

Chattanooga VW Will Source EV Batteries From New Georgia Factory

vw Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg News

Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tenn., electric vehicle assembly plant will use batteries produced at a $1.67 billion factory in Georgia.

Mike Pare | Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times/Free Press
March 20, 2019
Government, Technology

House Transportation Panel Seeks Whistleblower Input

Whistleblower form on House T&I site The whistleblower web form at

An online presence for sharing potentially sensitive information about operations at federal transportation agencies was unveiled by a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
March 20, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

TMC Takes Stock of Latest Developments in Automated Driving, Platooning

Automated Driving Morris (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Representatives from self-driving truck startups TuSimple and Embark and truck platooning firm Peloton Technology continued the industry’s conversation about the emergence of automated trucking at American Trucking Associations’ 2019 Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
March 20, 2019