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Trailer orders in December hit an all-time high of 47,000 units, led by purchases of dry vans, as freight demand outpaced available equipment, the research firm FTR reported, citing preliminary data from trailer makers. December orders, when finalized, are expected to exceed the previous high of 45,800 reached in October 2014; total trailer orders...

BusinessTechnologyEquipmentSafetyAutonomous GM President Dan Ammann says a fully autonomous Chevy Bolt, with no steering wheel or pedals, will be ready in 2019. Next year, General Motors Co. will no longer need an engineer in the front seat babysitting the robot brain that controls its self-driving Chevrolet Bolt. The steering wheel and pedals will...

Hours of highly detailed discussion at this month’s Transportation Research Board annual meeting focused on some of the most daunting long-range challenges facing the transportation industry. But one issue near and dear to the hearts of Transport Topics readers — hauling cargo — was at the forefront, be it along electrified highway corridors or...

U.S. retail sales increased in December for a fourth month, indicating strong consumer demand throughout the holiday season, according to Commerce Department figures released Jan. 12. Highlights of Retail Sales for December • Overall sales rose 0.4% (estimated 0.5%) after a revised 0.9% November gain (previous 0.8%). • Sales excluding motor-vehicle...

U.S. Class 8 retail sales in December rose 43% from a year earlier, clearing 22,000 while posting the highest volume in 2½ years, WardsAuto.com reported. Sales hit 22,355 compared with 15,629 a year earlier, according to Ward’s. December’s volume was the highest since July 2015, when the total was 23,383. All truck makers but one, Volvo Trucks...

BusinessTechnologyEquipmentFuel WASHINGTON — Electric-vehicle technology for the medium- and heavy-duty sector is developing rapidly, but the price and range of these vehicles must improve for widespread deployment to take hold, industry experts said. Several researchers and industry executives discussed the emergence of electric commercial...

GovernmentBusinessSafety WASHINGTON — The wages earned by truck drivers are too low, forcing them to work long hours, according to a report presented to trucking industry researchers at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board here. Members of the Trucking Industry Research Committee also discussed truck parking, fatigue management...

BusinessLogisticsTCA Robert McCabe | The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot The Port of Virginia just finished its best year ever for container volume, having moved 2.84 million TEUs, or boxes as measured in standard 20-foot units. That’s a 7-% year-over-year increase. It’s the sixth year in a row that the port has posted best-ever TEU volumes, a string of...

The truck industry showcased autonomous driving technology this week at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a venue that consumer auto firms have used in recent years to broadcast new technology to a worldwide audience. Peterbilt displayed a Model 579 autonomous development tractor with a Paccar MX-13 engine. Peterbilt Motors Co., a...

U.S. wholesale prices fell in December for the first time in more than a year on declining costs for services, a potential sign that inflation pressures are easing in the economy, a Labor Department report showed Jan. 11. Highlights of Producer Prices for December • Producer-price index fell 0.1% month over month (estimated 0.2% rise) after 0.4%...