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August 2, 2017 - Industry News

ATRI Announces New Focus on Web

The American Transportation Research Institute has a new web address, www.truckingresearch.org, and says it will focus on improving its online presence and promotion of its research efforts.

Tags: Website, Research, ATRI

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

Global Self-Driving Market Expected to Grow 40% by 2027

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

The global autonomous vehicle market revenue is expected to grow at a compound average growth rate of 39.6% over the next 10 years - resulting in a $126.8 billion market by 2027, according to Infoholic Research.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Future Trucks, Safety, Global, Research

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Report: Mediocre 2016 for U.S. 3PL Activity

Photo: Ryder

Third-party logistics in the U.S. experienced “a mediocre year” in 2016, according to a new report prepared by market-research and consultancy firm Armstrong & Associates Inc.

Tags: 3PL, Trends, Research

June 7, 2017 - Industry News

Driver Visual Awareness Slows During Conversations

Photo by Ed Brown/Wikimedia Commons.

Research from the University of Iowa finds that even a simple conversation creates an "attention disengagement" lag that affects a driver’s reaction time.

Tags: Toyota, Research, Distracted Driving, National Science Foundation, Safety, University of Iowa

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

Trump’s Budget Slashes Vehicle Technology Funding

Photo via Max Pixel

President Trump’s 2018 proposed budget slashes the Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technology program funding, reducing it by nearly 74%. The cuts include terminating funding for the Clean Cities program.

Tags: Research, Alternative Fuels, Federal Grants, Donald Trump, Clean Cities

May 2, 2017 - Industry News

Congestion, Distracted Driving, HOS Top ATRI's Research Priorities

The American Transportation Research Institute has decided on its research priorities for 2017, approving studies on congestion, driver distraction, hours of service, and autonomous truck technology, among others.

Tags: Research, Distracted Driving, HOS, ATRI, Congestion

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

November 7, 2016 - Industry News

Nearly a Third of Major Urban Roads in Poor Condition

Urban road conditions in major metropolitan areas are in terrible shape and could deteriorate further as traffic increases and transportation remains underfunded

Tags: Research, Infrastructure, Infrastructure Funding

May 3, 2016 - Industry News

Fleets: No 'Doom and Gloom' Over Slowing Environment

Source: CK Commercial Vehicle Research

Recently surveyed truck fleets are not reporting “doom and gloom” despite a slowing industry environment and a desire for more freight by some, according to the Q2 CK Commercial Vehicle Research Fleet Sentiment Report.

Tags: Research, Survey, CK Commercial Vehicle Research

March 21, 2016 - Industry News

Sleep Apnea Treatment Reduces Severe Crash Risk, Study Finds

Photo: Virginia Tech

Drivers with sleep apnea have a five times greater risk of a severe crash when they do not adhere to a mandated treatment program, according to a study co-authored by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

Tags: Research, Sleep Apnea, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Driver Health

February 19, 2016 - Industry News

Strategic Programs Co-Founder Rim Yurkus Has Died

Rim Yurkus Photo: Strategic Programs

Rim Yurkus, co-founder, president and CEO of Strategic Programs, died last month, according to representatives of his company.

Tags: Research, Obituary, Recruiting, Employee Retention, Trend Analysis

October 20, 2015 - Industry News

Canadian PIT Group Opens U.S. Offices

Photo: PIT Group

The Canada-based trucking industry engineering and research firm, PIT Group, will open a U.S. office to increase its presence in the country.

Tags: Canada, Research, Vehicle Testing, PIT

March 12, 2015 - Industry News

Intermodal Freight Market Facing Big Challenges

Intermodal traffic has been seeing a diversion to East Coast ports. Photo: Port of NY/NJ

Intermodal freight movements are finally recovering since a tentative agreement was worked out about three weeks ago between West Coast Port workers and shipping companies, but diversions of freight from this part of the country are expected to continue.

Tags: Intermodal, FTR, Ports, Research, Port Trucking, Stoughton, China, Railroads

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

Trucking Conditions Index Shows Improvements

FTR's Trucking Conditions Index for 2013 and 2014. Graphic: FTR

Business conditions in the trucking industry improved dramatically the final month of 2014, according to a new report from the transportation forecasting firm FTR.

Tags: Economy, Research, FTR, Trucking Conditions Index

February 11, 2015 - Industry News

Diesel Prices Forecast to Move Lower in the Short-Term

Despite the first upturn since November in average diesel prices this week, expect prices to move slightly lower at least for a while longer, according to the U.S. Energy Department and its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook released on Wednesday.

Tags: Oil Prices, Research, Forecast, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices, U.S. Department of Energy

January 27, 2015 - Industry News

Study: Clean Diesel Exhaust Safe for Animal Lungs, Probably Humans

EPA 2010 and later engines emit virtually no soot, as illustrated by this clean exhaust pipe. Photo by Jim Park

Modern diesels burn so cleanly that laboratory rats suffered no lung illnesses during a lengthy study of their exposure to exhaust gases, according to the Health Effects Institute.

Tags: Environmental Protection Agency, Diesel Engines, Research, Diesel Emissions, Health Issues, EPA, Emissions

January 15, 2015 - Industry News

Cass Freight Index Performing Well Despite December Decline

A new report shows freight shipments and expenditures in shipping fell in the final month of 2014 but posted gains for the entire year.

Tags: Economy, Research, Cass Freight Index

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

DOE: Diesel to Average $2.85 in 2015

In the wake of diesel prices falling from an average of more than $4 per gallon nearly a year ago the U.S. Energy Department's Energy Information Administration has lowered its price forecast from last month’s prediction.

Tags: Oil Prices, Research, Forecast, Diesel Prices, Gasoline Prices

January 13, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Survey Shows Tight Truck Capacity Slowing Freight

Graphic: TCP

The latest industry survey by the consultancy group Transport Capital Partners sees a shortage of capacity and lack of qualified drivers changing the dynamics of freight, with trends in capacity and rates also contributing to a decline in broker freight.

Tags: Research, Hours of Service, Capacity, Brokers, Transport Capital Partners, 34-Hour Restart

January 8, 2015 - Industry News

Economic Watch: FTR 2015 Economic Webinar Paints Bright Picture

By Revisorweb via Wikimedia Commons

Since the end of the "Great Recession" and the start of a recovery, the U.S. economy has gone through two distinct phases, with the latter being the better, and expectations are things will continue to improve.

Tags: Economy, Research, FTR, GDP, Unemployment, Housing, Employment

December 22, 2014 - Industry News

Overall Traffic Deaths Decline, Truck-Involved Fatalities Edge Higher

The number of overall traffic fatalities in the U.S. declined in 2013 from the year before while those involving commercial trucks turned just slightly higher, according to newly released figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tags: Drivers, Research, Fatal Accidents, Highway Fatalities, Crash-Related Injuries, Safety & Compliance, NHTSA

December 15, 2014 - Industry News

ATA: New Survey Shows Driver Pay Competitive

Median pay for truck drivers is on par with the national median for U.S. households, while the trucking industry offers drivers “competitive" benefits, according to a new study from the American Trucking Associations.

Tags: ATA, Research, Driver Pay

December 11, 2014 - Industry News

New, Used Truck Registrations Post Strong Third-Quarter Gains

New commercial vehicle registrations for Class 3 through Class 8 trucks increased nearly 14% for the first nine months of 2014 compared to the same time a year ago, according to a new report by the vehicle industry research firm IHS Automotive.

Tags: Research, Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, Trailers, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Vehicle Registration, IHS Automotive

December 4, 2014 - Industry News

North America DEF Demand Approaching 1 Billion Gallons

Consumption of diesel exhaust fluid across North America has been rising in recent years and is set to hit a milestone of one billion gallons by 2019, according to the newly published DEF Market Dynamics Report by Integer Research.

Tags: Emissions, Diesel Engines, Research, DEF, Engines, Diesel Exhaust Fluid

December 3, 2014 - Industry News

Trucking Industry Struggles to Replace Aging Workforce

The largest portion of the truck transportation workforce was in the 45-54 year age range in 2013. Graph via ATRI

The median driver age had risen significantly over the past two decades according to a new paper released by the American Transportation Research Institute that analyzed the demographics of driver age.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Shortage, ATRI, Recruiting, Research

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