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January 20, 2017 - Industry News

Tesla AutoPilot Crash Investigation Yields Autonomous Tech Insights

Still from a YouTube video of a Tesla S model owner using the vehicle's autopilot mode.

The government has closed its investigation into a fatal crash between a Tesla on AutoPilot and a tractor-trailer that raised questions about the safety of autonomous vehicles, and the report offers a number of insights into the advanced driver assist technologies on the path to “self-driving” vehicles.

Tags: Tesla, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles, Tesla Model S

January 19, 2017 - Industry News

Hydrogen Stations to Reach 5,000 by 2032

Photo of hydrogen fueling station by Thi Dao.

Almost five thousand hydrogen fueling stations will be deployed globally by 2032, according to a report published by Information Trends, a market research company based in Washington.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Hydrogen Fueling Stations, Research, Trends

January 19, 2017 - Industry News

Outlook for Freight Activity Seen as Improved

Graphic: Cass Information Systems

Three measures of freight activity and spending were mixed, according to new figures, but the outlook for their performances has improved, according to Cass Information Systems.

Tags: Economy, Railroads, Intermodal, Cass Intermodal Linehaul Index, Cass Truckload Linehaul Index, Freight Rates, Cass Freight Index

January 19, 2017 - Industry News

NAFTA Freight Value Up for Only Second Time in Nearly 2 Years

Percent change in value of U.S.-NAFA freight flows by mode in November 2016 compared to November 2015. Graphic: U.S. DOT

Newly released figures show the value of cross-border freight moved between the U.S. and its neighbors directly to the north and south increased in November for the only the second time in nearly two years, but trucking had the smallest gain.

Tags: Canada, Economy, Cross-Border Trucking, Mexico, Surface Trade

January 19, 2017 - Industry News

December Heavy Truck Orders Hit 6-Month High

North American Class 8 retail sales rose to a six-month high of 21,281 units and Classes 5-7 had another banner year, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, Truck Orders

January 19, 2017 - Industry News

Report: Wholesale Truck Values Dropped More than Retail

J.D. Power publishes the NADA Used Car Guide, which includes commercial trucks.

Sleeper tractors lost about 30% of value at auction last year, say analysts at J.D. Power Valuation Services.

Tags: J.D. Power, Retail Sales, Used Trucks, Auctions

January 19, 2017 - Industry News

J.B. Hunt Reports Higher Earnings, Revenue

J.B. Hunt Thursday reported higher profits for the final quarter of 2016 and for all of last year, driven by growth in its brokerage and dedicated segments.

Tags: Economy, J.B. Hunt, Fleet Earnings

January 18, 2017 - Industry News

Trump's EPA Pick Questions Emissions Regs

Photo of Scott Pruitt via Gage Skidmore/Flickr.

Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump's choice to lead the EPA, questioned emissions regs during a Jan. 18 hearing and said he disagrees with giving California power to impose stricter standards.

Tags: Emissions, EPA, Donald Trump

January 18, 2017 - Industry News

Shell, Automakers Invest $10.7B in Hydrogen

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Royal Dutch Shell, Toyota Motor Corp. and four other automakers will invest 10 billion euros ($10.7 billion) to accelerate hydrogen fuel in the coming years to combat climate change, the companies announced Jan. 18.

Tags: toyota, Hyundai, bmw, Honda, Shell, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Daimler

January 18, 2017 - Industry News

Cheaper Renewable Diesel May be Possible With Modified Yeast

Photo: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT

Engineers at MIT may have made a breakthrough in the production of renewable diesel fuels using a hyper-efficient version of a common food product, yeast.

Tags: Green Fleets, Renewable Fuel, Massachusetts, Renewable Diesel

January 18, 2017 - Industry News

Capitol Hill Veteran Added to ATA Legislative Affairs Team

Transportation veteran John Drake is the American Trucking Associations' newest senior vice president of legislative affairs.

Tags: Legislation, ATA, Leadership, People, Capitol Hill

January 18, 2017 - Industry News

Vipar Appoints Senior Program Manager

Deval Joshi Photo courtesy of Vipar Heavy Duty

Deval Joshi will be responsible for developing supplier programs with Vipar Heavy Duty and its family companies

Tags: Leadership, Aftermarket Parts, Vipar Heavy Duty, People, Distributors

January 18, 2017 - Industry News

Spot Market Freight Rates Retreat as Truck Capacity Jumps

While truckload volumes increased 18% on the spot freight market a 34% hike in available truck capacity sent both rates and load-to-truck ratios lower for the week ending Jan. 14, according to DAT Solutions and its network of load boards.

Tags: Spot Freight, Freight Rates, DAT Solutions

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

GM Growing Lineup of B20 Biodiesel Vehicles

Photo of Chevrolet Express cutaway courtesy of GM.

General Motors' lineup of 19 diesel-powered vehicles will reach 20 with the launch of its new Class 4 to 5 straight truck it's co-developing with Navistar – all of them approved for use with B20, a blend of 20% biodiesel and 80% ultra-low sulfur diesel.

Tags: Biodiesel, B-20, General Motors, National Biodiesel Conference, Warranty, B20, Navistar, Medium-Duty Trucks

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Suspends Rollout of Online DOT Registration System

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has suspended the rollout of its new online Unified Registration System until technical issues are resolved.

Tags: FMCSA, compliance, Vehicle Registration

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Fall After Six Weeks of Hikes

Diesel prices finally dropped after a month and half straight of weekly increases, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Tags: Diesel Prices, Crude Oil Prices, Gasoline Prices

January 17, 2017 - Product News

Mack Announces mDrive Features, Software, Donation to CIM

Photo: Tom Berg

"Rolling start" and "auto-neutral" makes automated transmission more useful; WheresMyConcrete tracks loads; Granite goes to Construction Industry Management's education-support auction.

Tags: Mack Trucks, World of Concrete, McNeilus

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Awarded Chassis Contract by Public Cooperative Agency

The Volvo VHD is among the Volvo truck models now available to NJPA members in the U.S. and Canada. Photo: Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks North America has been awarded a contract by the National Joint Powers Alliance to offer Class 8 chassis to over 50,000 NJPA members.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Chassis, Purchasing Contract

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

FMCSA Begins Annual Drug Testing Survey

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has started notifying selected truck and bus companies that they will be required to submit drug and alcohol testing program results within 60 days.

Tags: FMCSA, Drug Testing, Survey, U.S. DOT

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

Penske Adds Standard Tech, Safety System to Rental Fleet

Penske has ordered more than 2,000 commercial semi-trucks from Freightliner, Volvo, and Navistar with the new spec. (Photo courtesy of Penske)

Penske Truck Rental is making collision avoidance systems and air disc brakes its standard spec on commercial tractors within its rental fleet.

Tags: Class 8, Penske, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Truck Rental, Collision Avoidance Technology

January 13, 2017 - Industry News

DOT Report Reveals $926 Billion Infrastructure Need

Photo: Evan Lockridge

The nation’s highway and transit systems need to overcome a nearly trillion-dollar investment backlog, according to a new report on the state of America’s transportation infrastructure commissioned by the Department of Transportation.

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. DOT, Infrastructure Funding

January 13, 2017 - Industry News

Highway Angel Makes Special Delivery at Truck Stop

Danny Leon-Guerrero Photo via TCA

Central Oregon Truck Company driver Danny Leon-Guerrero has been named a Highway Angel for helping to deliver a baby at a Pilot Flying J truck stop.

Tags: Pilot Flying J, TCA, Highway Angel

January 13, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Recalls Over 6,000 Trucks Due to Potential Brake Issue

Volvo Trucks North America has issued a recall of certain VNL, VNM and VNX truck models to incorrect software for controlling the electronic air dryer that may result in oil and water contaminating the brake system.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Recalls, Brakes, NHTSA

January 13, 2017 - Industry News

XPO Scores Cummins Supply Chain Contract

Transportation and logistics solutions provider XPO Logistics has been awarded a supply chain contract from Cummins to support its global customer base with parts distribution.

Tags: Cummins, Logistics, XPO Logistics, Distribution

January 13, 2017 - Industry News

Economic Watch: Retail Spending Helps Support Growth

Retail sales in the U.S. finished 2016 on a somewhat positive note, posting the fourth straight monthly gain, according to a new Commerce Department numbers released Friday. Separate reports show improvements in other key indicators important to trucking.

Tags: Economy, Retail Sales, Consumer Sentiment, Business Inventories

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