Business, Technology, Autonomous

Waymo Working on Self-Driving Truck

Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Alphabet Inc.'s self-driving car unit, Waymo, is working on developing self-driving trucks, the company said June 1.

Ankit Ajmera and Leslie Adler | Reuters
June 2, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Japan to Finalize Strategy for Self-Driving Trucks, Delivery Drones

Daimler AG

TOKYO — Japan aims to finalize on June 9 plans to allow package delivery by drone sometime around 2020 and the commercialization of self-driving trucks by 2022, as it scrambles to breathe new life into its corporate sector, sources told Reuters.

Takaya Yamaguchi | Reuters
Stanley White and Clarence Fernandez
May 31, 2017

Ryder Launches App to Track Freight in Real Time

Ryder System Inc.

Ryder System Inc. has launched a new cloud-based app available on iTunes and Google Play called Ryder NaviShare that allows trucking professionals and others in the supply chain to track freight in real time.

Transport Topics
May 31, 2017
Business, Technology, Logistics

Opinion: Urbanization’s Effect on the Supply Chain

For the first time in almost 100 years, the rate of urban population growth has outpaced suburban growth. Americans are flocking to urban areas in large numbers — especially younger workers, or millennials, who view city living as a way to reduce commuting time and transportation expenses. At the same time, we are seeing the deindustrialization of center cities and changes to consumers’ lifestyle preferences.

May 29, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Telematics Providers Going Mobile to Expand Capabilities Outside of Cab


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


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

Did Your Package Get Dumped in Transit? Via Cloud, Now It Can Tell You

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

After Intel Corp. couldn’t find a device that indicated when sensitive chip-making machines tilted too much during shipping, the company decided to build one.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
May 24, 2017
Business, Technology, Government

Capitol Agenda for the Week of May 23: A Vow From Rep. Graves

TT's Eugene Mulero, Rep. Sam Graves

The Trump administration is unveiling its fiscal 2018 budget request right before we all hit the road for Memorial Day and get stuck in that bumper-to-bumper traffic. But relief is in sight if Rep. Sam Graves has anything to say about it. Here's the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
May 23, 2017
Business, Technology

Velociti Expands Missouri Headquarters

Velociti, a transportation technology company, is expanding its Riverside, Mo., headquarters by 33,000 square feet.

Transport Topics
May 23, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber Launches Freight App, Extends Reach Into Trucking

Aether Films

After surging to prominence with its ride-hailing app for car passengers, Uber Technologies Inc. is targeting trucking as its next big venture.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
May 22, 2017