Transportation Times

United Road Unveils Load-Matching Application

Vehicle-hauler United Road Services Inc. launched an app designed to help its third-party carriers find and book vehicle loads 24 hours a day, the Romulus, Mich., company announced Sept. 19. ... Continue Reading

American West Acquires Sun Delivery in Furniture-Hauling Consolidation

American West Worldwide Express Inc. announced Sept. 18 it will acquire Sun Delivery. The deal will close Oct. 1, but terms were not disclosed. ... Continue Reading

Ritchie Bros. Offers PriorityBid

Auctioneer Ritchie Bros. announced PriorityBid, a feature that enables buyers to make proxy bids online for items in its live auctions up to a week before the sale. ... Continue Reading

Walgreens, Google Affiliate Wing to Launch Drone Delivery Test

Walgreens and a Google affiliate are testing drone deliveries that can put drugstore products on customer doorsteps minutes after being ordered. ... Continue Reading

Amazon Expands Two-Hour Whole Foods Delivery

Ever since bought Whole Foods in 2017 for $13.7 billion, shoppers and investors have wondered how the e-commerce giant would integrate the upscale grocer into its sprawling online operation. Now, after two years of tinkering, Amazon is betting big on quick delivery from Whole Foods. ... Continue Reading

California Sues US to Regain Power Over Auto Emissions

California is asking a federal court to prevent President Donald Trump from stripping the state of its power to set limits on auto emissions of greenhouse gases that are stricter than those of the national government. ... Continue Reading

Daimler Trucks Announces Battery Cell Supplier

Daimler Trucks announced an agreement with battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. to supply lithium-ion battery cell modules for its electric trucks, including the Mercedes-Benz eActros, Freightliner eCascadia and Freightliner eM2. ... Continue Reading

AI-Powered Analytics:Company Reports Can Now Write Themselves

Truckers looking to autogenerate written reports from their databases now have a raft of choices available, thanks to the emergence of artificial intelligence-enabled ­writing software. Essentially, these AI-generated writing solutions can drill down into company databases and autoproduce easy-to-understand, written reports. ... Continue Reading

Why Truck Makers Are Skipping Level 3

What do the 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447 and a seminal 2012 study by Google on how people interact with self-driving cars have in common? ... Continue Reading

Amazon Heeds Calls for Environmental Action contributed more greenhouse gas emissions last year than some big competitors in retail, logistics and technology, but less than rival Walmart Inc. and the world’s biggest energy companies, highlighting the growing scale and diverse businesses of the conglomerate. ... Continue Reading

Self-Driving Trucks: A Reality Check

No discussion of the future of the trucking industry is complete without considering the advance of automated driving technology, and how it might support the movement of freight in the years and decades ahead. ... Continue Reading

Imelda Rainfall Totals Almost 4 Feet in Houston

Imelda’s rains largely have left Houston, but the city and the surrounding region are reeling from the fallout. Much of the area remains flooded, with homes and businesses damaged, hundreds of abandoned cars left on highways, water systems compromised and at least two people dead. ... Continue Reading

Automated Trucking Levels Up

After several years of fanfare and debate over when and how self-driving commercial vehicles would reach the market, early forms of this technology are beginning to become an option in new trucks. ... Continue Reading

Oil in London Set for Biggest Weekly Gain in Eight Months

Oil in London was on track for its biggest weekly increase since January as traders waited to see whether Saudi Arabia can fulfill promises to swiftly repair critical facilities attacked last weekend. ... Continue Reading

Senate Committee to Vote on Labor Nominee Eugene Scalia Sept. 24

A Senate panel on Sept. 24 will consider the nomination of Eugene Scalia to become Secretary of Labor in the Trump administration. ... Continue Reading

Pronto Aims for 'Crash-Proof Trucks'

CENTREVILLE, Va. —While some self-driving truck developers are focused on building a future when heavy-duty vehicles will operate autonomously on the highway, another startup has already begun to commercialize an automated driving system that it believes is market-ready today. ... Continue Reading

Intermodal Works to Attract E-Commerce Shipments

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Speed and visibility are two of the most important factors that can help those within the supply chain capture e-commerce market share, and intermodal is finding ways to be more competitive in the space, according to speakers at IANA Intermodal Expo 2019 here. ... Continue Reading

Tech Startups Cite Progress on Path to Self-Driving Trucks

Over the past year, startups working to commercialize highly auto­mated heavy-duty trucks competed for more capital and engineers, and each pushed deeper into systems development. ... Continue Reading

UPS Announces New Uniforms for Drivers

For nearly 100 years drivers at UPS Inc. have been known around the world by their brown uniforms. Now comes a newly designed uniform, and, yes, the iconic brown remains. ... Continue Reading

Experts Discuss Challenges and Opportunities of Drone Delivery

Drones can offer an appealing alternative to traditional cargo delivery methods, according to Daniel Friedenzohn, associate dean of the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. ... Continue Reading