Technology
Government, Business, Technology

New Rule Gives Small Railroads Option to Use Automated HOS Record Keeping

A locomotive stopped in Burlington, Vt. Wilson Ring/AP

The Federal Railroad Administration has issued a final rule to allow small railroads and their contractors to comply with employee federal hours-of-service record-keeping regulations using automated systems rather than paper records.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 28, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Summit Partners Acquires MercuryGate International

MercuryGate An illustration promoting the MercuryGate MercuryMaestro business intelligence software. (MercuryGate International via YouTube)

Investment firm Summit Partners announced the acquisition of MercuryGate International Inc., a provider of SaaS-based transportation management system solutions.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
August 28, 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
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Driver Shortage in Japan Speeds Up Commercial Use of Self-Driving Tech

Regular taxi in Tokyo Regular taxis like this one in Tokyo are sharing the road with self-driving taxis in a trial. (Shizuo Kambayashi/AP)

In Tokyo, self-driving taxis that transport passengers for a fee are being trialed. A serious shortage of taxi drivers lies behind the move, but the development of laws and regulations to deal with accidents and other issues still is lacking.

The (Tokyo) Japan News | Asia News Network
August 28, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics

DrayNow Raises $5 Million to Expand Services Nationwide

DrayNow on three devices DrayNow

DrayNow, a new load-matching service that is focused on helping shippers and freight brokerage firms find drayage capacity, has received $5 million in funding to expand its business nationwide.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
August 28, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel, Opinion

Opinion: Sensing the Future of Fleet Maintenance and Efficiency

Fuel is often one of the first considerations in calculating annual expenses. According to the American Transportation Research Institute’s 2017 Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking, nearly 40% of operating costs are derived from fuel alone.

Wally Stegall | Technical Fellow and Director of Business Development, Morey
August 28, 2018
Business, Technology

Truckstop.com Acquires D&S Factors

Truckstop.com wall Truckstop.com

Load board operator Truckstop.com continues its quest to offer a broader range of business services with the acquisition of D&S Factors, a company based in Fruitland, Idaho, that provides accounts receivable financing to freight brokers and motor carriers.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
August 28, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

FRA Awards $203 Million for Positive Train Control Installation

New Mexico Rail Runner Express locomotive stands at the depot in Santa Fe, N.M. A New Mexico Rail Runner Express locomotive stands at the depot in Santa Fe, N.M. (Barry Massey/AP)

The Federal Railroad Administration recently awarded more than $200 million to support 28 projects that aim to deploy positive train control systems in 15 states.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 28, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Toyota Invests $500 Million in Uber

Uber sign Eric Risberg/Associated Press

Toyota Motor Corp. is expanding an alliance with Uber Technologies Inc. through a new investment and a plan to get self-driving cars on the road, a person familiar with the matter said.

Eric Newcomer | Bloomberg News
August 27, 2018
Business, Technology, Fuel

Rugged Ram Truck Has a Secret Inside: A Small Electric Motor

2019 Dodge Ram 1500 Limited pickup truck The 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 Limited pickup truck is unveiled during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 15, 2018. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

“Mild” is not a word that usually is associated with brawny pickups. But Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is betting it can sell more Ram 1500s by turning its famous V-8 Hemi engine into a mild hybrid, and clean up its industry-worst emissions record in the process

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
August 27, 2018
Business, Technology, Fuel

Nissan Launches China-Focused Electric Car

Nissan Sylphy Zero Emission A worker inspects a Nissan Sylphy Zero Emission at a production line in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China, on Aug. 27. (Vincent Yu/AP)

GUANGZHOU, China — Nissan’s first electric sedan designed for China began production Aug. 27 at the start of a wave of dozens of planned lower-cost electrics being created by global automakers for their biggest market.

Associated Press
August 27, 2018

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