Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber Freight’s Push to Streamline Trucking Hinges on Fixed Rates, Speedy Execution

Uber Freight's Bill Driegert Driegert by Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Uber Freight’s push to automate trucking transactions hinges on a fixed pricing model designed to eliminate bidding and phone calls and enable on-demand truck capacity for shippers.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
September 20, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment

Daimler Trucks Backs StoreDot Fast-Charging Battery Startup


Daimler AG’s truck division is investing in Israeli battery-technology startup StoreDot Ltd., tapping into a supplier that seeks to enable electric vehicles to recharge as quickly as combustion-powered models can refuel.

Gwen Ackerman and Elisabeth Behrmann | Bloomberg News
September 20, 2017
Business, Equipment

US Trailer Orders Flat in August, Inventory Rising as GHG 2 Nears

August trailer orders flat A flatbed by East Manufacturing Co. August trailer orders were flat. (East Manufacturing)

August trailer orders were flat year-over-year at 15,600, but several industry issues are clearly heating up.

Roger W. Gilroy | Staff Reporter
September 20, 2017
Business, Fuel

Oil Jumps After US Gasoline Stockpiles Plunge to 22-Month Low

A customer refuels his vehicle at a Hess Corp. gas station in Washington, D.C. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

Oil advanced to the highest level since May after U.S. gasoline stockpiles plunged to a 22-month low and exports of crude and fuels surged.

Jessica Summers | Bloomberg News
September 20, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Boston’s Self-Driving Vehicle Startups Fed Up With Regulations

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology

Top automakers and tech companies are warning state officials the current regulations for testing self-driving cars may be too burdensome and could make it too hard or even impossible to test in Massachusetts, a move experts say would delay the economic and safety benefits expected from autonomous vehicles.

Jordan Graham | Boston Herald
September 20, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment

ELDs, ‘Internet of Trucks’ Featured at NACV

ELD discussion featured at Atlanta conference Teletrac Inc.

Federal regulators and experts continue to update carriers and drivers on requisite steps moving forward prior to the mandate for electronic logging devices.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 20, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Focusing on 'Simple Things' Best Defense Against Cyberattacks

McLeod Cybersecurity panel Hoeflinger (left), Turner and Michael Anaya (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Defending against cyberattacks is often a matter of returning to the basics, according to Justin Turner, director of the counterthreat unit special operations team at SecureWorks.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 20, 2017
Business, Equipment

Floodwaters Bring Warnings of Damaged Truck Components

Penske recovers from the storm Penske has inspected most of its damaged equipment in the Houston area. (Penske Truck Leasing)

Brakes, diesel particulate filters, electronics and wheel-ends are some of the key components that fleets should inspect on their vehicles as they recover from flooding brought on by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, experts said, adding that without remediation safety component failures are likely to surface in a matter of months.

Roger W. Gilroy | Staff Reporter
September 20, 2017

Existing-Home Sales Fall to a One-Year Low After Hurricane Harvey

Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/TNS

Sales of previously owned U.S. homes declined to a one-year low in August as affordability continued to hamper demand and Hurricane Harvey caused a slump in Houston-area purchases, a National Association of Realtors report showed Sept. 20.

Sho Chandra | Bloomberg News
September 20, 2017
Business, Technology

Fleet Complete Adds BlackBerry's Tracking Device to Platform

Trailer with Blackberry unit BlackBerry

BlackBerry and Fleet Complete have agreed to a reselling partnership that will make the BlackBerry Radar trailer and container tracking device available to users of Fleet Complete’s asset management platform.

Daniel P. Bearth | Transport Topics Senior Features Writer
September 20, 2017