Transportation Times

VW Considers Sharing Autonomous-Car Tech to Defray Development Costs

Volkswagen AG is open to sharing future autonomous-vehicle systems with other manufacturers as it races to catch up with the likes of Waymo LLC in cost-intensive technologies that could transform the way people and goods move, according to an executive at the German automaker. ... Continue Reading

Sen. Tom Carper to Fellow Senators: Work on Highway Reauthorization Bill

WASHINGTON — The top Democrat on the surface transportation committee in the U.S. Senate warned that comprehensive highway policy legislation his panel advanced over the summer would languish in the chamber absent the contributions from the committees responsible for the Highway Trust Fund, freight transportation and public transit. ... Continue Reading

Utah Trucking Companies Allegedly Bribed FedEx Ground Executive

Federal indictments unsealed last month in Utah allege that 10 individuals participated in a decadelong scheme to pay a senior FedEx Ground manager in the state $1 million in bribes to steer business to trucking companies complicit in the plan, netting the companies hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent and unauthorized contracts. ... Continue Reading

Brazil Oil Auction a ‘Total Disaster’ as Bidders Stay Away

Brazil’s largest-ever auction of oil deposits flopped, sending the real tumbling, after state-controlled Petroleo Brasileiro SA did most of the bidding while other major oil companies stayed away. ... Continue Reading

Walmart, Tesla Settle Lawsuit Over Fiery Solar Panels

NEW YORK — Walmart and Tesla have settled a lawsuit filed by the retail giant alleging that Tesla installed rooftop solar panels that caught fire. ... Continue Reading

NJ Transit Want Ad: Seeking Partner to Move Stadium-Size Crowds

New Jersey Transit is seeking private partners to help transport “a stadium’s worth of people” — plus newly arriving megamall crowds. ... Continue Reading

Elon Musk Schedules ‘Blade Runner’-Inspired Pickup Truck Unveiling for Nov. 21

Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk set a date for the debut of the electric-car maker’s first pickup and further tied the truck to the famous sci-fi movie that inspired its design. ... Continue Reading

CARB Rule Would Set Sale Quotas for Zero-Emission Trucks

The California Air Resources Board has proposed a regulation requiring that manufacturers sell a set percentage of zero-emissions battery-electric and fuel cell trucks beginning with model year 2024. ... Continue Reading

Volvo Trucks Sells First Electric Trucks to European Customers

Volvo Trucks announced the start of sales of Volvo FL and Volvo FE electric trucks in selected markets within Europe, including for distribution and refuse hauling, as the region faces increasing demand for environmentally conscious urban transport. ... Continue Reading

Self-Driving Uber in Crash Wasn’t Designed to See Jaywalkers

Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving test car that struck and killed a pedestrian last year wasn’t programmed to recognize and react to jaywalkers, according to documents released by U.S. safety investigators. ... Continue Reading

Titanium Reports Softer Q3 Earnings

Titanium Transportation Group was profitable in the third quarter of 2019, but earnings were below 2018’s strong numbers. ... Continue Reading

Wabash Posts Higher Q3 Earnings, Record Revenue

Wabash National Corp. reported higher earnings and record third-quarter revenue, citing growth in final-mile and commercial trailer products, and higher sales prices. ... Continue Reading

Lawyer David Estrada Takes On Autonomous Safety Questions at Nuro

Silicon Valley Lawyer David Estrada is taking on a new role at Nuro Inc., a Mountain View, Calif.-based self-driving car startup founded by two of his former Google colleagues and backed by nearly $1 billion from SoftBank Group Corp.’s Vision Fund. ... Continue Reading

Shale Oil Pioneers Say the Boom Times Are Over

The days of relentless production growth from U.S. shale oil fields are ending, potentially aiding OPEC’s yearslong effort to drain a worldwide supply glut, according to industry pioneers Scott Sheffield and Mark Papa. ... Continue Reading

US Productivity Unexpectedly Posts First Decline Since 2015

Productivity in the U.S. unexpectedly posted the first decline in almost four years and labor costs accelerated, suggesting a pickup in efficiency earlier this year was more of a temporary shift. ... Continue Reading

Expeditors International Profits Fall 2% in Q3

Expeditors International said the ongoing trade disputes and the global economy nicked its profits and revenues in the third quarter of 2019, but the company did well in negotiating prices to make up for the downturn. ... Continue Reading

Cummins Puts Faith in Diesel, Readies for Hydrogen

ATLANTA — Cummins Inc., underscoring its belief in the power of choice, announced its latest advances in fuel efficiency for its heavy-duty diesel engines and showcased hydrogen fuel cell technology in its own Class 8 demonstration model. ... Continue Reading

Republican Leaders Continue to Press Action on USMCA

Supporters of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement continue to pressure lawmakers on Capitol Hill to proceed with a vote on the trade deal, which was signed last year. ... Continue Reading

Jack Cooper Exits Bankruptcy

Jack Cooper Holdings Corp. has exited its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, the auto-hauling logistics company said Nov. 4. ... Continue Reading

Trudeau: Canada to Resume Pork, Beef Shipments to China

Canada will resume shipments of pork and beef to China, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, signaling the Asian nation has lifted an import ban imposed earlier this year. ... Continue Reading