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  • Editorial: Mining Data to Cover More Miles March 21, 2019
    The importance of mining repair data for information that can help improve the performance of motor carriers’ equipment was a continuous message during presentations at the annual meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations last week from companies across the spectrum of industry suppliers. They either introduced or updated products designed […]
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  • GM Plans Electric Investment in Michigan Plant March 21, 2019
    General Motors Co. will throw a bone to President Donald Trump on March 22 by announcing an investment in its electric-car plant north of Detroit after enduring days of intense criticism for idling an Ohio factory.
    David Welch
  • New TMC Chairman Kenneth Calhoun Aims to Bolster Technician Recruiting, Training March 21, 2019
    Advancing the Technology & Maintenance Council’s efforts to address the trucking industry’s technician shortage and enhancing education and training for entry-level workers are among the top priorities for Kenneth Calhoun, the council’s new general chairman and treasurer.
    Fran Matso Lysiak
  • Maine to Give $5.1 Million in Subsidies for EV Purchases March 21, 2019
    Maine will provide a $5.1 million subsidy and add at least 50 public vehicle charging stations to encourage residents and companies to buy all-electric vehicles.
    Peter McGuire
  • Fleets Credit Safety Systems, Video With Reducing Crashes, Claims March 21, 2019
    ATLANTA — Active safety technologies such as collision mitigation and lane departure warnings have proven effective at preventing crashes, but proper maintenance and driver training are necessary to get the most out of these systems, fleet executives and suppliers said.
    Seth Clevenger
  • Congress Returns to Debate Infrastructure, Fiscal 2020 Funding, Nominees March 21, 2019
    Policymakers make their way back to Capitol Hill after a weeklong spring recess to continue to stitch together the provisions for a comprehensive infrastructure bill they want to pass by August.
    Eugene Mulero
  • Florida Farmers Push Protection as Trump Seeks USMCA Approval March 21, 2019
    Manatee County, Fla., tomato farmer Gary Reeder says he has seen the county’s tomato industry “basically cut in half” during his lifetime. Reeder says Florida tomato farmers struggle to compete with their counterparts in Mexico.
    Zac Anderson
  • Cops in Indiana Have a Reputation for Having No Mercy on Speeders March 21, 2019
    It’s not a closely guarded secret in trucking that if you speed on Indiana interstates, you risk getting pulled over by a state trooper. It’s been that way for a long time, according to Steve Bryan, president of data-crunching firm Vigillo.
    Eric Miller
  • Lytx Posts Record Level of Contract Value in 2018, CEO Brandon Nixon Says March 21, 2019
    Lytx, the maker of the DriveCam video system for commercial truck fleets, posted a 30% increase in the number of vehicles using its technology in 2018 as more companies adopt in-cab cameras to reduce risk.
    Mike Freeman
  • Thousands More Trailer Orders in February Amid Jammed Backlog March 21, 2019
    U.S. trailer orders keep on coming and hit the mid-20,000s in February — contending for positions in an already jammed backlog, analysts reported.
    Roger Gilroy
  • Philadelphia Fed’s Factory Outlook Is Weakest in Three Years March 21, 2019
    The six-month outlook for manufacturing in America’s mid-Atlantic region slumped to a three-year low, another sign that expectations for weaker global growth may be weighing on producers.
    Jeff Kearns
  • FMCSA Relaxes HOS Rules as Flooding Ravages Midwest March 21, 2019
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on March 19 declared a state of emergency in 16 Midwestern states that have been saturated by heavy rains. Hours-of-service regulations have been relaxed for haulers involved in relief efforts in the affected areas.
    Eleanor Lamb
  • Traders Place Bets on Rate Cut From Fed March 21, 2019
    Bond traders have a decent record when it comes to nailing the Federal Reserve’s path relative to official guidance. So while Chairman Jerome Powell says the policy rate is “in a good place,” history suggests his next move could align with what futures are showing — a rate cut.
    Liz Capo McCormick
  • Jobless Claims Fall More Than Expected to Four-Week Low March 21, 2019
    Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits fell more than expected to a four-week low, as the labor market tightens further following the end of a five-week government shutdown.
    Katia Dmitrieva
  • UK Trucker Shortage to Worsen After Brexit, Haulage Group Says March 21, 2019
    Brexit is set to exacerbate a chronic shortage of drivers among U.K. haulage companies, according to a study from the International Road Transport Union.
    Irene Garca Prez
  • World’s Most Valuable AI Startup Explores Automated Cars, Global Expansion March 21, 2019
    SenseTime Group Ltd., the world’s most valuable artificial intelligence startup, plans to sustain growth by expanding globally and diving deeper into arenas from autonomous cars to health care.
    Lulu Yilun Chen
  • Trump Suggests GM Should Sell Idled Ohio Auto Plant March 21, 2019
    President Donald Trump said March 20 that General Motors Co. should sell an idled plant in Lordstown, Ohio, or restart production. The company said it’s received inquiries about factory.
    Margaret Talev
  • New TMC Chairman Kenneth Calhoun Takes Reins, Thanks Predecessor March 21, 2019
    ATLANTA — Kenneth Calhoun is the new chairman of American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council, taking over the one-year leadership position at TMC’s closing banquet dinner during its annual meeting on March 20.
    Dan Ronan
  • TMC Honors Technicians, Executives as Industry Leaders March 21, 2019
    ATLANTA — Several trucking industry leaders were honored at American Trucking Associations’ 2019 Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting awards lunch on March 20.
    Dan Ronan
  • Ford Plans $900 Million Bet on Michigan-Made Autos of Future March 20, 2019
    Ford Motor Co. plans to spend about $900 million and hire about 900 workers to build electric and self-driving vehicles in Michigan, while moving production of a small commercial van to Mexico from Europe.
    Keith Naughton
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