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September 18, 2017 - Industry News

TMW Systems Joins Blockchain in Trucking Alliance

TMW Systems has become a charter member of the Blockchain in Trucking Alliance, a group dedicated to setting standards for blockchain applications developed for the transportation industry.

Tags: Information Technology, TMW Systems, Lobbying, TransRisk

September 18, 2017 - Industry News

Celadon Sells Off Flatbed Division to PS Logistics

Photo: Celadon

Celadon Group has announced that it completed the disposition of all assets associated with its flatbed trucking division to a subsidiary of PS Logistics, a flatbed-focused transportation and logistics provider.

Tags: Celadon Group, Flatbeds, Mergers & Acquisitions, PS Logistics

September 18, 2017 - Industry News

HDT Seeking Emerging Industry Leaders

Heavy Duty Trucking magazine is seeking nominations for the HDT Emerging Leaders honor, a group of young trucking industry leaders already making a difference in his or her fields.

Tags: Leadership, Awards, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, People, Emerging Leaders

September 15, 2017 - Product News

MercuryGate Offers TMS Solution for Freight and Fleets

Screenshot via MercuryGate

Transportation management system provider MercuryGate has launched MercuryFleet, a product designed to combine fleet and freight management for all modes of transportation in a single platform.

Tags: Compliance, Fleet Management Software, TMS

September 15, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: New Figures Showing Storm Damage

Retail sales in the U.S. reversed course in August along with industrial production, both taking a hit due to due to recent storms, as price inflation reared its head, while consumers appeared to be ever resilient.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Interest Rates, Consumer Prices, Consumer Sentiment, Federal Reserve, Producer Prices, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma

September 15, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Rates Jump in Wake of Hurricanes

The number of loads on the spot truckload freight market fell 3% during the week ending Sept. 9, which included the Labor Day holiday and supply chain disruptions caused by two hurricanes, according to freight matching provider DAT Solutions and its load boards.

September 14, 2017 - Industry News

FHWA Tests Three-Truck Platoon on Virginia Interstate

The Federal Highway Adminstration has begun testing three-truck platoons on Interstate 66 in Virginia, in addition to track testing like this. Photo: FHWA

The latest series of platoon tests will evaluate Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control technology, which adds vehicle-to-vehicle communications to the adaptive cruise control capability now available in new vehicles and allows trucks to operate more smoothly as a unit, reducing and controlling the gaps between trucks.

Tags: Fuel Economy, FHWA, NACFE, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Truck Platooning

September 14, 2017 - Product News

Comdata, AscendTMS Partner to Provide Free TMS to Carriers, Fleets

AscendTMS will be offered to Comdata fleet and carrier customers, at no cost, to fully manage their logistics businesses.

Tags: Fleet Management, Comdata, Technology, TMS, business management, AscendTMS

September 14, 2017 - Product News

Geotab Launches GO8 LTE Telematics Device

Photo courtesy of Geotab.

Like its predecessor, the new GO8 also offers advanced GPS technology, G-force monitoring, Geotab IOX expandability, engine and battery health assessments, and in-vehicle audible driver coaching, according to Geotab.

Tags: Geotab, 4G LTE, ELDs

September 14, 2017 - Industry News

The Amazon Effect on Freight Transportation Discussed at FTR Conference

A panel discussion at the FTR Conference tackles the Amazon effect, with FTR's Eric Starks (left) moderating. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Talk about how the company Amazon is changing the future of freight transportation kicked off the final day of the FTR Transportation Conference in Indianapolis on Wednesday with a panel that included two truck fleet representatives.

Tags: E-commerce, Amazon.com, FTR

September 13, 2017 - Industry News

Senate Panel Hears Pros and Cons of Autonomous Trucks

ATA chief Chris Spear testifying on autonomous truck technology to Senate panel on Sept. 13. Photo: ATA, via Twitter

While the House has already passed a bill that could help bring self-driving cars to market faster, a Senate panel is taking a more deliberative approach by considering whether such legislation should also help foster the development of autonomous truck technologies.

Tags: U.S. Senate, Autonomous Vehicles

September 13, 2017 - Industry News

Trimble Acquires 10-4 Systems

Image via 10-4 Systems

Trimble has announced it has acquired privately held 10-4 Systems, a provider of multimodal shipment visibility solutions for shippers and transportation companies.

Tags: Trimble, Intermodal, Shippers, TMS, Asset Tracking, Mergers & Acquisitions

September 13, 2017 - Industry News

2018 Ram 1500 Adds Factory Telematics

Photo of 2018 Ram 1500 Tradesman regular cab long bed courtesy of FCA.

The 2018 Ram 1500 will arrive with an embedded fleet telematics module, standard backup camera, larger audio display screen and other features, Fiat Chrysler has announced.

Tags: Ram Truck, Ram 1500, Large Pickups, 2018-MY, FCA, Ram 2500, Ram Chassis Cab, Ram 3500

September 13, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Helps Push For-Hire Freight Movements to New High

Freight Transportation Services Index, July 2012 - July 2017. Graphic: U.S. DOT

The level of for-hire freight shipments in the U.S during July hit another record high, according to new Transportation Department figures, eclipsing two previous records set just earlier this year.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Freight Index

September 13, 2017 - Industry News

Hurricanes Could Cost GDP Half a Percentage Point in Q3

Noel Perry speaking at the FTR Transportation Conference. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Speaking about the impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma at the FTR Transportation Conference, analysts estimated that the economic impact on the region could cost GDP 0.5% in the third quarter of 2017.

Tags: FTR, GDP, Spot Freight, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Economic Conditions

September 13, 2017 - Industry News

FTR Conference: Expect 'Sauntering' Economy to Continue

"Sometimes growing stronger is also the next thing that leads to the next recession," said Dr. Larry Davidson, professor emeritus of business economics and public policy at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Photo: Evan Lockridge

"Sometimes growing stronger is also the next thing that leads to the next recession." Dr. Larry Davidson, professor emeritus of business economics and public policy at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, talked about "secular stagnation" at the FTR Transportation Conference.

Tags: Economy, FTR, GDP

September 12, 2017 - Industry News

Florida Escapes Worst of Irma, Impact Felt Across State

Coast Guard Flood Punt Teams conduct rescue operations in Jacksonville, Florida, Sept. 11, 2017. Photo: Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard District 7

Hurricane Irma's late shift to the west seems to have spared Florida the worst of the storm, but even with reduced impact, its effects are widespread.

Tags: Florida, Fuel Prices, Natural Disaster, Hurricanes, Ports, FEMA, Hurricane Irma

September 12, 2017 - Industry News

NTSB Faults Trucker and Motorist in Fatal Tesla Crash

Joshua Brown's Tesla sedan, after the crash with a truck that took his life. Photo: NTSB/Florida Highway Patrol

The National Transportation Safety Board has ruled that a truck driver’s failure to yield the right of way and a car driver’s “inattention due to over-reliance on vehicle automation” are the probable cause of the May 7, 2016, collision of a tractor-trailer and a Tesla S sedan operating in autonomous mode.

Tags: NTSB, Tesla Model S, Autonomous Vehicles, Semi-Autonomous, Tesla

September 12, 2017 - Industry News

C.H. Robinson Offers Transflo Telematics to Carrier Network

Photo via Transflo

Third-party logistics provider C.H. Robinson has entered into an agreement with telematics company Transflo to supply telematics for its carrier network.

Tags: Telematics, Transflo, ELDs, C.H. Robinson, ELD Mandate

September 12, 2017 - Industry News

XPO Plans to Double Last-Mile Network

Photo: XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics has announced plans to nearly double its current last-mile footprint to 85 service hubs by late 2018.

Tags: XPO Logistics, Delivery Fleets, Last Mile Delivery

September 11, 2017 - Industry News

T-Mobile to Offer Geotab-Sourced Telematics Product

Photo courtesy of T-Mobile.

T-Mobile will offer a cloud-based fleet management telematics system called SyncUP FLEET this fall under a partnership with Geotab, the wireless provider announced.

Tags: Geotab, T-Mobile, Cloud-Based Technology, OBDII Device, Telematics

September 11, 2017 - Industry News

President Trump Nominates FWHA Administrator

Paul Trombino Photo via McClure Engineering

President Trump has nominated Paul Trombino to be the administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, replacing current acting administrator Brandye Hendrickson.

Tags: Infrastructure, Leadership, U.S. DOT, FHWA, Donald Trump

September 11, 2017 - Product News

Lytx Moves Production of Video Recorders to U.S. From China

Lytx is investing $50 Million in the Logansport factory. Photo: Lytx

Lytx will begin producing its video event recorders in Logansport, Indiana, in March in a shift from the company's prior operations on mainland China, the company announced.

Tags: Lytx, Video Event Recorders, In-Vehicle Video, Manufacturing

September 11, 2017 - Press Release

NTEA Announces New Event for Work Truck Show

At Fleet Technical Congress, fleet managers can explore the latest technology solutions while gaining management insights from leaders of some of the country's biggest fleets and suppliers.

Tags: NTEA, Work Truck Show, Fleet Events

September 8, 2017 - Industry News

Southeast Ports Shutting Down Ahead of Hurricane Irma

In a move that will ripple through the supply chain, ports in the Southeast U.S. are shutting down ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Tags: Hurricanes, Intermodal, Ports, Hurricane Irma

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