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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, Fuel

Testing Fuel-Saving Technologies

Fuel-Saving Technologies Ron Hall, vice president of equipment and fuel at C.R. England, says he assigns little weight to fuel-savings claims by manufacturers and suppliers. (C.R. England)

As fleets know, many variables can affect test results for truck fuel-saving technologies and practices.

Steve Brawner | Contributing Writer
January 25, 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, Equipment, Safety

Keeping an Eye on Truck Parts and Safety

The new year has arrived, and so has this first-quarter 2019 issue of Equipment & Maintenance Update. The two cover stories of this E&MU reflect in-depth features on timely issues and news developments that likely are to be of interest to those operating in the realm of trucking equipment and maintenance.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
January 25, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Top 100

Fleets Eye Camera Systems to Replace Mirrors

Interior cab with MirrorEye The cab shows the MirrorEye side-view displays and its look-down display above the windshield. (Stoneridge Inc.)

Camera monitor systems designed to replace a truck’s conventional side mirrors are getting favor­able reviews from drivers, according to exec­utives at fleets that are testing the new technology, which also recently received a nod of approval from federal regulators.

Bruce Lilly | Contributing Writer
January 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety

CVSA: Mirrors Have Role in Roadside Inspections

CVSA inspection An officer conducts a roadside inspection. (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)

Camera monitoring systems promise to improve highway safety by giving truck drivers better visibility around the outside of the truck, but removing the mirrors could force highway safety inspectors to change their practices, according to the executive director of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

Bruce Lilly | Contributing Writer
January 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

Google’s Bid to Battle Amazon Suffers Blow As Walmart Withdraws

Walmart Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Walmart Inc. has quietly withdrawn from one of Google’s marquee efforts to challenge in e-commerce.

Matthew Boyle and Mark Bergen | Bloomberg News
January 25, 2019
Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Freight Railroads Record Progress on PTC Implementation, AAR Says

CSX locomotive Gene J. Puskar/AP

Large freight railroads functioned with the use of automatic braking technology for 83.2% of miles required by law, the Association of American Railroads announced Jan. 24. That proves the Class I railroads met 2018 requirements, and they are expected to finalize the implementation of positive train control technology by the final deadline of Dec. 31, 2020.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Truck OEMs, Suppliers Look to Online Growth, 3D Printing

A technician works on a part that was made using a 3D printer. A technician works on a part that was made using a 3D printer. (Daimler)

Equipment and component manufacturers in the trucking industry are looking to expand their online presence and also see potential in 3D printing, both of which could help them reach more customers, they said.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
January 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Parts Demand Is Surging

Meritor products on a sales floor Meritor products on a sales floor. Strong sales of new trucks is among the factors that have boosted demand for components and parts. (

A growing economy and strong new truck sales have increased demand for aftermarket parts, creating supply chal­lenges. Truck manufacturers and component ­suppliers said they’re working to alleviate pressure on the industry by expanding offerings, ­improving distribution channels and using predictive forecasting tools to get ahead of demand.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
January 25, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Top 100

FedEx Express Agrees to Buy International Business From Israeli Firm

FedEx Express van John Sommers II for Transport Topics

FedEx Express is acquiring the international express delivery business of Flying Cargo Group, a company based in Israel that has been a service partner with FedEx since 1990, company officials announced Jan. 15.

January 25, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Experts Discuss Autonomous Tech’s Effect on Freight

Plano, Texas, Mayor Harry LaRosiliere Plano, Texas, Mayor Harry LaRosiliere by Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics

WASHINGTON — As they become more prevalent, autonomous technologies will bear a bigger impact on freight transportation, according to panelists assembled at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ winter meeting.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 24, 2019