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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

Preventive Maintenance Helps Stop Rust Due to Road Salt

Snowy Truck A truck owner clears off snow from his truck. Snow speeds corrosion of a truck, experts say. (John Sommers II/Transport Topics)

Winter weather brings one of the trucking industry’s greatest simultaneous friends and foes: road salt. Salt prevents and melts ice, making road surfaces safer for travel, but it also significantly speeds corrosion of a truck.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
November 9, 2018

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Transport Topics
October 22, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Tinkering Toward Improved Truck Safety Technology

Advances in technology are happening everyday and trucking is staying on top of the developments, Fran Matso Lysiak writes.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
November 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Investigating Thermal Event Causes Is Crucial, Experts Say

No fleet or truck driver wants to experience a thermal event, but if a fire occurs, those in the industry said it is crucial to find out why it happened.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
November 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Top 100

Here Comes the Sun

eNow solar charging A demonstration of eNow's solar charging. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

As truck makers prepare to test and introduce Class 8 battery-electric and hydrogen-electric trucks in the next 12 to 24 months, one must wonder why only a very small number of truck operators have adopted clean solar technology.

Phil Romba | Contributing Writer
November 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

VW May Invest in Ford-Backed Argo as Alliance Talks Advance

Argo Self-driving Car Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press

Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Co. are nearing a framework agreement to join forces on electric and self-driving vehicles, capital-intensive areas that are reshaping the auto industry and straining carmakers’ finances across the globe.

Christoph Rauwald and Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
November 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Top 100

Thwarting Thermal Events

Thermal Events The aftermath of a truck fire. (Washington State Department of Transportation/Flickr)

Fires in tractor-trailers, often referred to as thermal events, can result in significant damage to equipment as well as cargo, but despite an ongoing focus on preventing them, the number of incidents doesn’t appear to be dropping.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
November 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

The Analytical Dilemma

Does “old school” detective work still have a part in fleet maintenance programs today? TMC Technical Director Jack Legler gives his answer.

Jack Legler | Technical Director, Technology & Maintenance Council
November 9, 2018
Business, Technology

Former Great Dane Executive Charles Fetz Dies at 60

Great Dane refrigerated trailer A Great Dane reefer at MATS. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Charles Fetz, a former vice president of design and development at Great Dane whose efforts led to several product innovations at the trailer maker, died unexpectedly at home Oct. 25. He was 60.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Top Lithium Miner Forced to Stay Nimble in Fickle Battery Market

Lithium ore Lithium ore. (Bloomberg)

Albemarle Corp., the world’s largest lithium producer, is planning to expand production in Australia, chasing the market for a form of the metal increasingly being used by the makers of electric car batteries.

Laura Millan Lombrana | Bloomberg News
November 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety

ATRI Seeking Industry ELD Data for Future Research on HOS

ELD data A driver adjusts an ELD. (Teletrac Inc.)

The American Transportation Research Institute is asking fleets to provide data from their electronic logging devices to be used in confidential research for studying policy issues in trucking.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
November 8, 2018