Technology: Page 4


  • Transfix
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    Transfix to go public via SPAC in bustling year for digital brokers

    Valued at $1.1 billion, the company now aims to expand service and improve its TMS.

    By Jane Thier • Sept. 22, 2021
  • A driver walks away from a Volvo electric truck
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    Volvo, Amply Power partner on uptime and cost savings for electric trucks

    Charging and management are among the challenges fleets face, when it comes to EVs.

    By Jim Stinson • Sept. 22, 2021
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    The old- and new-school ways fleets validate freight

    Multiple KPIs hinge on the accuracy of the weight and size of shipments, including route efficiency and truck turnaround times for delivery and return.

    By Sept. 13, 2021
  • Burnt down telecom antenna @ Annecy-le-Vieux 5G
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    Deep Dive

    What 3G's sunset means for supply chain visibility tech

    Trucking is overwhelmed with cargo, and swapping out devices means pulling trailers off the road.

    By Deborah Abrams Kaplan • Sept. 13, 2021
  • A Volvo VNR Electric recently led a clean-energy truck parade of Southern California fleet operators to commemorate the opening of the new Port of Long Beach bridge.
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    Courtesy of Volvo Trucks

    Long Beach port offers drivers traffic alerts via text to fight congestion

    The free Truck Alert system aims to assuage some frustrations resulting from a deluge of imports.

    By Shefali Kapadia , S.L. Fuller • Sept. 10, 2021
  • The Shell Starship 2.0
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    Courtesy of Shell

    Shell builds bridge to zero-emissions future with 10.8 MPG truck

    ACT Expo attendees said the future of trucking will be a mix of electric, hydrogen, natural gas, propane and, yes, diesel.

    By Jim Stinson • Sept. 7, 2021
  • A TuSimple truck on a highway
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    Courtesy of TuSimple

    OEMs make the economic case for autonomous trucks

    Driverless trucks bring safety and improved fuel efficiency to the industry, according to Waymo and TuSimple executives.

    By Jim Stinson • Sept. 3, 2021
  • A Walmart and Gatik electric autonomous box truck sits parked.
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    Courtesy of Gatik

    Gatik opens Texas hub for autonomous middle-mile deliveries

    The AV company, known for delivering goods for Walmart, will deploy box trucks in response to heightened e-commerce demand.

    By Aug. 31, 2021
  • Charging LR Electric model by Mack Trucks for NYC Sanitation
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    Tesla made electric trucks 'cool.' Now fleets face financial hurdles.

    Total cost of ownership for electric trucks is more attractive than diesel, a Navistar executive said at ACT Expo. But issues around charging are significant.

    By Jim Stinson • Aug. 31, 2021
  • The Schneider innovation center, the Grove.
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    Schneider

    At 'The Grove,' Schneider aims to augment human tasks with tech

    One thing machines do well is generate data. One thing people could do better is interpret that data.

    By Jim Stinson • Aug. 11, 2021
  • A Werner employee works on a Werner Edge tablet next to a truck.
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    Werner streamlines maintenance with in-house digital tool

    Breakdown Management has dropped call time 67%, reduced driver dwell time 52% for each maintenance event, and might have saved the carrier 30% in warranty dollars in 2021.

    By S.L. Fuller • Aug. 9, 2021
  • An XPO driver with his truck.
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    Courtesy of XPO.

    Deep Dive // XPO Logistics splits in two

    From sapling to pure-play LTL: The story of XPO Logistics under Jacobs

    Bradley Jacobs is a relentless numbers man and a serial entrepreneur. And he's one thing neither XPO nor GXO can replace.

    By Jim Stinson • July 30, 2021
  • A Nikola truck close up on the logo
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    Courtesy of Nikola

    Nikola to pay $125M to settle fraud charges

    The fraud charges, announced in July, dealt a blow to Nikola's reputation. 

    By Jim Stinson • Updated Dec. 21, 2021
  • A TuSimple truck on a highway
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    Courtesy of TuSimple

    With autonomous trucks on the horizon, insurance questions need answers

    TuSimple is working with Liberty Mutual Insurance to create a coverage product for when driverless trucks are deployed at scale.

    By July 26, 2021
  • Fleets express 'strong demand' for human talent even as they digitize tasks

    Transport firms said the perfect balance is 44% humans and 56% technology, according to a Coyote Logistics survey. 

    By S.L. Fuller • July 26, 2021
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    Courtesy of Knight-Swift

    M&A intensifies as carriers seek 'holistic' portfolio

    Uber Freight, Knight-Swift and others are making moves toward bigger books of business.

    By Jim Stinson • July 23, 2021
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    Uber Freight leaps into LTL load-matching

    The company envisions its digital brokerage platform being a one-stop shopping center for TL, LTL and logistics.

    By Jim Stinson • July 15, 2021
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    Ethan Miller via Getty Images

    Freight brokerage gets boost from pandemic-induced digitization

    The brokerage market is expected to more than double by 2024, as technology improves service levels, the annual State of Logistics report said.

    By S.L. Fuller • July 9, 2021
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    The sun is setting on fleets that rely on 3G for telematics

    The transition away from 3G can be costly and complex, but trucking firms that don't move to 4G may put their businesses in jeopardy.

    By June 29, 2021
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    Joe Raedle via Getty Images

    Brokers, living in a carrier's market, turn attention to relationships

    Rebounding volumes and rates benefit brokers and fleets. But capacity constraints give drivers the advantage.

    By Jim Stinson • June 22, 2021
  • Why former UPS, FedEx execs say AI will be the standard for transport

    Artificial intelligence on the driver side can intersect with tools on the fleet-management side.

    By S.L. Fuller • June 21, 2021
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    Freight boom propels brokerage at US Xpress, XPO and more

    Transport firms have been pouring investment into their brokerage businesses — a segment many perhaps have long considered secondary.

    By S.L. Fuller • June 18, 2021
  • What telematics delivers to trucking and how fleets use it

    Transport companies are moving on from having an ELD only as they work to lower costs, decrease maintenance and increase safety.

    By June 16, 2021
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    JB Hunt tests Waymo trucks as fleets bet big on autonomous hauls

    The trucks are set to haul freight between Houston and Fort Worth along Interstate 45, as many driverless operations focus on middle mile routes.

    By S.L. Fuller • June 11, 2021
  • What a truck-specific VMT tax would mean for the industry

    Trucking associations blasted a tax proposal from Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas and raised concerns about the effects on small fleets.

    By Jim Stinson • June 1, 2021