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Government, Business, Technology, Safety

FMCSA Advisory Panel Backs Plan to Eliminate 12 Vehicle Regulations

PeopleNet

A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration advisory committee agreed to a preliminary plan by the agency to eliminate 12 mostly outdated “nothing burger” commercial vehicle regulations to comply with President Donald Trump’s executive order intended to ease regulatory burdens on businesses.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
June 19, 2017
Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Fleets Welcome Safety Benefits of Automation but Don’t Expect to See Driverless Trucks Soon

Truck makers, technology developers and regulators are paving the way for self-driving commercial vehicles, but the future of the industry ultimately will be shaped by fleets and the extent to which they adopt automated driving capabilities.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
June 16, 2017
Business, Equipment, Safety

Crete Tells Drivers They Can Drive 65

John Sommers II for TT

Crete Carrier Corp. will allow drivers to travel up to 65 mph on cruise control, up from the 62 mph limit previously in place.

Transport Topics
June 16, 2017
Safety

Port of Charleston Reopens After ‘Dirty Bomb’ Threat

South Carolina Ports Authority

A terminal at the Port of Charleston, S.C., will reopen and the safety zone has been lifted, the U.S. Coast Guard said June 15, after investigating a threat of a "dirty bomb" on a containership.

Brendan O'Brien | Reuters
June 15, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Human Drivers Are Afraid to Hand the Wheel to Robots

Daimler AG

Autonomous autos are advancing so rapidly that companies such as Uber Technologies Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo are beginning to offer robot rides to everyday consumers. But it turns out the traveling public may not be ready.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
June 15, 2017
Government, Safety

Ordered to Cut Regulations, FMCSA Panel Identifies 12 'Nothing Burger' Rules

Thinkstock

WASHINGTON — A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration advisory committee gave its blessing to a preliminary plan by the agency to eliminate 12 mostly outdated “nothing burger” commercial vehicle regulations to comply with President Donald Trump’s executive order to ease regulatory burdens on businesses.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
June 13, 2017
Government, Safety

Capitol Agenda for the Week of June 6: Trump's Infrastructure Week

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

While the nation recognized Infrastructure Week in May, President Donald Trump is embarking on his own sprint this week to push his $1 trillion infrastructure plan. Here's the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
June 5, 2017
Government, Equipment, Safety

Fleets Differ on Low-Rolling-Resistance Tires Ahead of Tighter GHG, Mileage Standards

Yokohama Tire Corp.

As tightening federal greenhouse gas emission standards are pushing trucking toward low-rolling-resistance tires for trucks and trailers, several fleets are re- porting mixed results on the fuel efficiency, cost, durability and even safety of these tires.

Fran Matso Lysiak and Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Reporters
June 5, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Telematics Providers Going Mobile to Expand Capabilities Outside of Cab

PeopleNet

The mobile device revolution, started by the release of the first Apple iPhone 10 years ago this summer, has transformed the way fleets communicate with their drivers. For many years, fleet telematics relied solely on proprietary, fixed-mount units in the cab to serve as driver interfaces, but today many telematics vendors offer fleets the ability to communicate with their drivers through mobile devices, ranging from personal smartphones to proprietary tablets that can be easily removed from the cab.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
May 29, 2017
Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Smarter Cars Paving the Way for Robot Vehicles

Otto

Advanced driver-assistance features increasingly are embedded in cars you can find parked in dealers’ lots. Luxury makers such as Tesla and Mercedes-Benz began including them a few years ago, but now they have trickled down to many mass-market models, sometimes as options, sometimes standard.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
May 26, 2017

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