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Government, Safety, Fuel, Logistics

Report: Key Changes Needed to Prevent Fiery Rail Crashes

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

A prestigious scientific organization on Oct. 11 called for more frequent and better inspections of freight railroad tracks to prevent potentially catastrophic oil and ethanol train crashes.

Joan Lowy | Associated Press
October 12, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Trucking Leaders, Administration Chiefs to Address Key Industry Issues at MCE

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Chao by The Aspen Institute via YouTube

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta are among the speakers who will address key industry issues at American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition on Oct. 21-25 in Orlando, Fla.

Transport Topics
October 12, 2017
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

GSA’s Border Facility Renovations Projected to Thin Congestion at Crossings

Otay Mesa Port Otay Mesa Port (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

The General Services Administration is conducting a series of border facility renovations and overseeing related interstate closures at land ports of entry across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 11, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Coming Soon to California: Cars Without a Human Behind the Wheel

Waymo

California took another step Oct. 11 toward permitting testing of self-driving vehicles without a human driver, continuing a shift away from previous policies that companies criticized as being overly restrictive.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
October 11, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous

Platooning: Coming Soon to a Truck Near You

A view from the middle truck of a three-truck platoon during a Sept. 14 demonstration on Route 28 near Centreville, Va. Seth Clevenger/TT

Truck platooning — also known by the more precise but less compelling term “cooperative adaptive cruise control” — will soon become available to trucking fleets interested in testing the latest in fuel-saving technology.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
October 11, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

FMCSA Grants Truck Renting and Leasing Association a Limited Five-Year ELD Exemption

TT File Photo

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it is granting the Truck Renting and Leasing Association a five-year exemption from a federal requirement that all trucks be equipped with electronic logging devices to record drivers’ hours of service.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 11, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous

VW to Roll Out Electric Trucks, Buses in $1.7 Billion Project

Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg News

Volkswagen AG is flanking its push into electric cars with plans to roll out battery-powered commercial vehicles targeted at urban areas as growing public concerns about air quality boost demand.

Christoph Rauwald | Bloomberg News
October 11, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Iowa DOT Seeks Volunteers for Self-Driving Car Research

Some of Iowa’s leaders in automated vehicle research are seeking volunteers to help test the results of high-definition mapping and data collection.

Mitchell Schmidt | The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
October 10, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous

Tesla’s Model 3 Bottlenecks Delay Unveiling of Semi-Truck

A plug sits connected to a Tesla Inc. Model X electric automobile at a charging point in a parking lot in Frankfurt, Germany. Alex Kraus/Bloomberg News

Tesla Inc. pushed back the reveal of its semi-truck by three weeks as CEO Elon Musk focuses on boosting production of the cheaper sedan that the electric-car maker is counting on to dramatically increase sales.

Anne Riley Moffat | Bloomberg News
October 10, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

FHWA Grants Six States Money for Alternative Revenue Projects

Truck on an Oregon highway Jeff Kraus/Flickr

The Federal Highway Administration has divided $15.5 million between six states that are exploring alternative ways to fund highway and bridge projects.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 10, 2017

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