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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

September 7, 2017 - Industry News

Self-Driving Trucks Need to Gain Traction on Capitol Hill

Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor used to demonstrate Daimler’s Highway Pilot Connect autonomous technology on German roads. Photo: David Cullen

Despite the argument that some sort of self-driving truck will become an everyday reality before any self-driving car does, legislation that would ease the application of autonomous driving technology to commercial trucks has so far failed to gain traction on Capitol Hill.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-Drive

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

Florida Braces for Hurricane Irma’s Impact

Hurricane Irma, already one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever develop in the Atlantic, will likely make landfall on the U.S. mainland by the end of the week. In preparation, state and federal agencies are already declaring an emergency on the ground.

Tags: FMCSA, Florida, Regulations, Natural Disaster, Hurricanes, Disaster Relief, Hurricane Irma

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

House Rejects One of Two Anti-ELD Measures

Photo: J.J. Keller

Late in the evening of Sept. 6, the amendment sponsored by Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX)-- which sought to prevent funding of the electronic logging device rule for almost one year-- was voted down on the House floor, 246-173.

Tags: FMCSA, ELD Mandate, ELDs, OOIDA, U.S. Congress, Proposed Legislation

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

CRST Asks Court to Dismiss Service Dog Accommodation Case

Are employees who use emotional support dogs entitlted to the same ADA protections as other service dogs? DoD photo by EJ Hersom

CRST has asked a Florida court to either dismiss or transfer a lawsuit from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that alleged the carrier failed to accommodate a prospective employee with a service dog.

Tags: Lawsuits, CRST, EEOC, Employment, Drivers

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Truckload Freight Rates Jump as Harvey Disrupts Supply Chains

In Hurricane Harvey's wake, the rearrangement of supply chains, the difficulty of shipping in the flooded region, and a tightening spot market pushed spot freight rates higher on 78 of the top 100 van lanes in the country.

Tags: DAT Solutions, Hurricane Harvey, Spot Freight, Freight Rates

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

Navistar Rebounds with $37 Million Quarterly Profit

Navistar International Corp. on Sept. 6 that it rolled back into the black during its fiscal third quarter with a profit of $37 million, although it would have been higher had it not been involved in litigation over its earlier model engines.

Tags: Navistar, Quarterly Earnings, Navistar International

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

FCA Updates Ram Vans for 2018

Photo of 2018 Ram ProMaster courtesy of FCA.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Ram Commercial has added several safety and convenience features to its ProMaster full-size van and ProMaster City compact van for the 2018 model year.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Ram ProMaster, Ram ProMaster City, 2018-MY, FCA

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Hundreds of Chassis Sent to Houston as Replacements

Photo: Port Houston

Chassis provider CIMC Intermodal Equipment is sending up to 600 40-foot gooseneck chassis to the Houston area this week as replacements for equipment damaged by Hurricane Harvey flooding.

Tags: Ports, Chassis, Houston, CIMC, Hurricane Harvey, Intermodal

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Report: Countries Should Act Now to Avoid Social Disruption from Autonomous Trucks

Countries should begin working together now to ensure smooth adoption of autonomous truck technologies, says a new report. Photo: Freightliner

A newly released report by the International Transport Forum says as many as 4.4 million truck driving jobs could vanish by 2030 as a result of autonomous truck technology.

Tags: Fleet Drivers, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Disruptive Technology, Truck Drivers, Global

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Carlyle Group Acquires United Road Vehicle Transporter

Photo of United Road transporter courtesy of Charlesbank.

Private equity investors The Carlyle Group have acquired United Road Services, a vehicle logistics company based in Romulus, Mich., from Charlesbank Capital Partners, the firm has announced.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Vehicle Logistics, United Road

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Daseke Merges with Arms Transporter R&R Trucking

R&R Trucking transports specialty cargo requiring unique training and security clearances and is a leading specialized transporter of defense and commercial AA&E (arms, ammunitions and explosives) cargo. Photo: R&R Trucking

Daseke has announced a merger with R&R Trucking, a specialized transporter of defense and commercial arms, ammunitions, and explosives cargo – the fourth company addition for Daseke in the past four months.

Tags: Flatbeds, Mergers & Acquisitions, Daseke Inc.

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