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Category: Technology

Smart Roads May Be Reality by 2020 - 1/24/2012
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have outlined the Smart Roadside Initiate, or a plan to outfit...

New Concept for Moving Freight Along Interstate 35 - 5/11/2012
A project under study by the Texas Department of Transportation would construct conveyor belt-like lanes above the interstate to transport freight containers. This project looks...

An Electrifying Freight Solution on California's Interstate 710 - 6/21/2012
A new technology entitled eHighway involving a highway electrification system similar to what is used in modern-day street cars has been proposed for a pilot...

Oregon Offering Electric Truck Incentives - 7/23/2012
Oregon's recently initiated Commercial Electric Truck Incentive Program (CETIP) looks to improve air quality through the distribution of $20,000 vouchers to assist in the purchase...

Traffic Data Quality Verification and Sensor Calibration for Weigh-In-Motion Systems - 9/24/2012
The University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation studies has developed a report reviewing the characteristics of Weigh-in-Motion (WIM) measurements. This report identifies operational modes and...

Technology Leads Fleets' Efforts to Diversify Their Service - 10/10/2012
This item discusses challenges faced by shippers looking to diversify their operation and are struggling with scheduling, tracking, and managing their diversified deliveries. The advantages...

Increasing Truck Driver's Awareness: Use of In-Vehicle 3D Sounds - 5/29/2013
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) has published findings from a recent study looking to understand how the use of in-vehicle 3D sounds could improve the...

Automated Low-cost and Real-time Truck Parking Information System - 12/09/2013
Researchers from the University of Maryland have completed a project developing an automated real-time truck parking information system. To provide a low-cost solution that maintains...

Department of Transportation Proposes Use of Electronic Logbooks to Improve Efficiency, Safety in Commercial Bus and Truck Industries - 4/01/2014
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has proposed a rule requiring interstate truck and bus companies to use Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) in their...

Transport Topics Releases Special Report on Alternative Fuels - 4/29/2014
Transport Topics Publishing Groups has released a special report discussing alternative fuels for trucking, logistics, and freight industries. This report discusses the use of alternative...

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to Award $30 Million in State Grants to Advance Real-Time Safety Technologies - 1/26/2015
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will be awarding $30 million in grants to States that modernize technology infrastructure to improve the collection and...

Freight Railroads Say Service Could be Halted Unless Safety Technology Deadline is Extended - 10/02/2015
Widespread disruptions of freight and passenger rail traffic are likely if Congress doesn't extend a deadline to start using certain safety technology before the end...

Bill Introduced to Extend PTC Deadline - 10/08/2015
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's leadership introduced a bipartisan bill on September 30, 2015, that would extend the deadline for railroads to implement positive...

DOT to Consider Requiring Auto-Braking Systems - 10/21/2015
The Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun work to determine whether it will pursue a federal rule to require new trucks...

I-95 Corridor Coalition Scheduled to Test Truck Parking Notification System - 11/19/2015
A group of transportation agencies along the Eastern Seaboard will begin testing during the month of November an automated technology to advise truck drivers on...

U.S. Requiring Electronic Logging Devices in Two Years - 12/17/2015
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on December 10, 2015, announced the adoption new regulations that will require the use...

Drivewyze to Run Four-State 'E-inspection' Field Demonstration - 2/11/2016
While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Wireless Roadside Inspection research project is near completion, the Drivewyze Company (a weigh-station bypass and screening-technology company) is...

Faster Video Access Leads Fortune to Deploy SmartDrive Across Fleet - 5/13/2016
A central U.S. trucking company, Fortune Transportation, received a fast return on investment after deploying a video technology from Smart Drive in its trucks. The...

Fighting Border Congestion with Innovative Technology - 6/16/2016
The Federal Highway Administration awarded $256,470 in grants to reduce delays at U.S border crossings in New York, Michigan, and Washington through FHWA's Border Wait...

Energy Department Announces $137 Million Investment in Commercial and Passenger Vehicle Efficiency - 8/23/2016
The Energy Department is announcing up to $137 million in investments for two programs to develop next generation technologies that will support industry in going...

Pavement Structural Evaluation at the Network Level: Final Report - 10/17/2016
A large percentage of pavement networks are reaching the end of their serviceable live. The pavement management system (PMS) is used to determine whether pavement...

Making advanced safety more driver-friendly - 12/08/2016
New truck safety warning systems are advancing quickly with the use of cameras and radar but drivers do not like the constant warnings going off...

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Has Released New Publications - 12/08/2016
USDOT has released ten new reports highlighting its latest research initiatives and findings related to connected vehicles. Several of the reports provide a guidance summary...

Managing Critical Truck Parking Case Study - Real World Insights from Truck Parking Diaries - 12/30/2016
American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) completed their report this month on the shortage of truck parking. Their report details the findings of the Truck Parking...

Commercial Truck Parking Detection Technology Evaluation for Columbia County Rest Areas - 2/03/2017
The Florida Department of Transportation has published its evaluation of three different technologies for potential use detecting overnight commercial vehicle parking at interstate rest stops....

A Comprehensive System for Assessing Truck Parking Availability - 3/02/2017
The University of Minnesota and American Transportation Research Institute developed and evaluated a system architecture to distribute truck parking availability information via three different methodologies:...

California Demonstrates Truck Platoon in Los Angeles - 4/06/2017
A coalition of Federal, state, and local governments alongside commercial interests demonstrated a partially automated truck platoon on March 8 near the Port of Los...

Hydrogen Highlights: Is this the fuel of the future? - 4/06/2017
Today's Trucking provides an overview of recent developments in the use of hydrogen as a fuel source via through primary fuel cells, auxiliary fuel cells,...

FMCSA to Hold Public Listening Session on Highly Automated Commercial Vehicles - 5/02/2017
The United States Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration held a public listening session on Monday, April 24 2017 from 9:30 AM to...

Program Continues to Push Innovative Technologies to Tackle Congestion - 5/02/2017
Acting Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Butch Waidelich posted an update to the US DOT Connections blog regarding the Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment...

FHWA Official Says Feds Are Giving Autonomous Technology Developers Latitude - 7/09/2018
Federal Highway Administration's acting administrator, Brandye Hendrickson, discussed the federal government's approach to nascent technology. The government has issued many guidelines related to autonomous vehicles,...

Volvo Deploys Truck Platooning Demo on Designated Autonomy Testing Highway in North Carolina - 7/09/2018
In partnership with FedEx and the North Carolina Turnpike Association, Volvo Trucks performed an on-highway demonstration of a three-truck platoon on N.C. 540. During the...

Smart People are Working on Cool Things in Trucking - 7/16/2018
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) held its 2018 Annual Merit Review (AMR) on June 18-21, 2018. This article presents on...

Innovator: July/August 2018 - 7/30/2018
FHWA released the latest issue of Innovator, a bi-monthly newsletter published by the FHWA Center for Accelerating Innovation. Articles in this newsletter include: Making Connections...

U.S. Department of Transportation Public Listening Summit on Automated Vehicle Policy - 7/30/2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has released a report that summarizes automated vehicle perspectives from industry stakeholders at the Public Listening Summit on Automated...

FHWA R&T Now - 9/24/2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released the latest issue of FHWA R&T Now, a bi-monthly newsletter focusing on updates about research...

The Lake Effect - 9/24/2018
Lake effect snow can accumulate rapidly and dramatically change roadway conditions in Northeastern Ohio. Poor road conditions combined with high speed was significant factor in...

We Have the Technology: Is Solving Drunk Driving as Easy as it Sounds? - 9/24/2018
Nearly a third of all fatal accidents that occurred in 2016 involved alcohol. This article dives in to how three technologies: Self-Driving Vehicles, Remote-Control-As-A-Service, and...

FHWA Research and Technology Now - 11/27/2018
The U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released the latest issue of FHWA R&T Now, a bi-monthly newsletter focusing on updates about research...

Road Assessment App RoadBotics Raises $3.9M in Seed Funding - 11/27/2018
With $3.9 million in seed funding, RoadBotics plans to continue to expand its app that uses a smartphone cameras and image processing technology to assess...

FHWA R&T Now- November/December 2018 - 1/17/2019
The U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released the latest issue of FHWA R&T Now, a bi-monthly newsletter focusing on updates about research...

Ohio Eyes New Connected Vehicle Test, One of Several in U.S. - 1/17/2019
Ohio is in the process of launching two large connected vehicle projects. The first is a partnership between the Ohio Department of Transportation and Honda...

FHWA R&T Now — January/February 2019 - 3/12/2019
The U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released the latest issue of FHWA R&T Now, a bi-monthly newsletter focusing on updates about research...

Innovator March/April 2019 - 4/10/2019
FHWA has released the latest issue of Innovator, a bi-monthly newsletter published by the FHWA Center for Accelerating Innovation. Articles in this newsletter include: Virtual...

Solving the Problem of Distracted Driving Within the U.S. - 4/23/2019
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. A number of commercial driving companies are implementing a rewards based driver scoring program to help prevent distracted driving...

FHWA R&T Now - March/April 2019 - 5/17/2019
The U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released the latest issue of FHWA R&T Now, a bi-monthly newsletter focusing on updates about research...

Innovator May/June 2019 - 5/22/2019
FHWA has released the latest issue of Innovator, a bi-monthly newsletter published by the FHWA Center for Accelerating Innovation. Articles in this newsletter include: Ultra-High...

Innovator July/August 2019 - 7/16/2019
FHWA has released the latest issue of Innovator, a bi-monthly newsletter published by the FHWA Center for Accelerating Innovation. Articles in this newsletter include: Taking...

Can a Trucker Drive Two Rigs at Once? - 8/01/2019
The ability to platoon trucks cuts down of fuel consumption and operating costs. Peloton's new Level 4 Automated Following system will allow multiple big rig...

FHWA R&T Now — July/August 2019 - 9/16/2019
The U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released the latest issue of FHWA R&T Now, a bi-monthly newsletter focusing on updates about research...

Tech Developers: Don’t Fear the 'Phantom' of Autonomous Trucks - 10/04/2019
Rather than displace drivers, autonomous truck tech developers feel autonomous trucks will boost home time, reduce the grind of spending hours behind the wheel and...

Innovator September/October 2019 - 10/07/2019
FHWA has released the latest issue of Innovator, a bi-monthly newsletter published by the FHWA Center for Accelerating Innovation. Articles in this newsletter include: Moving...

Freight Matching Machine: Fleets Use New Tech to Optimize Loads - 10/29/2019
New developments in technology is allowing freight companies of all sizes the ability to leverage transportation management software (TMS). TMS gives users the ability to...

R&T Now September/October 2019 - 12/19/2019
The U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released the latest issue of FHWA R&T Now, a bi-monthly newsletter focusing on updates about research...

Transportation Technology Takes Center Stage on Last Day of NITL Summit - 1/29/2020
On the final day of the National Industrial Transportation League's 2020 summit, a panel of freight technology professionals discussed how newer generations interact with emerging...

FHWA R&T Now January/February 2020 - 4/01/2020
The U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released the latest issue of FHWA R&T Now, a bi-monthly newsletter focusing on updates about research...

Trimble's Dispatch Advisor Matches Loads, Drivers, and Equipment - 4/29/2020
Through the Trimble Dispatch Advisor, carriers can identify and select the best loads to optimize their business. Trimble Dispatch Advisor uses locations, Hours of Service...

Uber Freight Introduces in-app Load Bidding for Carriers - 4/29/2020
To improve the balance between supply and demand, Uber Freight is adding in-app bidding to its digital freight marketplace. This new feature gives users feedback...

Innovator March/April 2020 - 5/14/2020
FHWA has released the latest issue of Innovator, a bi-monthly newsletter published by the FHWA Center for Accelerating Innovation. Articles in this newsletter include: Public...

FedEx, Microsoft Join Forces for Package Shipping - 6/17/2020
Using Microsoft#39;s cloud software, FedEx and Microsoft are teaming up to provide real-time data to companies to improve the movement of goods. This information could...

Advocates of Hydrogen Fuel Are Primed for Global Markets - 7/09/2020
In order to utilize full cells in truck produced in 2023, fueling stations need to be placed strategically around the country. Nel ASA, in partnership...

Hyundai's First Fuel Cell Truck Heads to Europe - 7/29/2020
Hyundai is mass producing their Xceient Fuel Cell truck. The first 10 trucks were recently shipped to Switzerland to be leased by H2 Energy. Hyundai's...

Allison Brings Real-World Testing into the Lab - 9/09/2020
Allison Transmission began operating its new Vehicle Environmental Test center to simulate real-world conditions for testing vehicles and vehicle components. The test center allows for...

USDOT Launches Portal Allowing Public to Track On-Road AV Testing - 9/09/2020
On September 2, 2020, the US Department of Transportation launched the New Test Tracking Tool where states and companies can voluntarily submit information about automated...

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