Ford CEO Jim Hackett said the company would consider fellow automakers or other companies that want to invest in Ford's autonomous vehicle business, but did not sound overly optimistic that a deal would be struck with German automaker Volkswagen to expand an existing partnership. Ford and Volkswagen are in a project to develop light commercial vehicles.
New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority has warned it needs additional sources of revenue or else will be forced to raise tolls and public transit fares and cut services. The organization has seen a decline in ridership and revenue, and congestion pricing is one avenue being discussed.
Transportation advocates were encouraged by voting outcomes across the country and are looking to push for increased transportation funding in 2019. Several governors campaigned on improving infrastructure, but still must get funding measures through legislatures.
In a continuing effort to build a fail-safe software stack for autonomous vehicles, Apex.AI has raised $15.5 million in Series A funding led by Canaan and joined by Lightspeed Venture Partners. With redundancies incorporated into its system to prevent failures, Apex.AI's software stack can be amalgamated into systems and can function as the enterprise version of the Robot Operating System.
The University of Warwick's Manufacturing Group and Jaguar Land Rover will combine efforts to design and engineer autonomous, electric and connected prototype vehicles in the UK. The collaborative effort will be conducted at Warwick's Wellesbourne campus as part of Europe's first multimillion-dollar Smart City Mobility Center.
In August 2016, a Gap distribution center caught fire, resulting in $100 million worth of lost inventory and equipment, but the company used innovation to help right the ship. The company worked with a systems integrator to set up operations at a Gallatin, Tenn., facility that now uses mini-load and shuttle technology, piece-picking robotics and a warehouse execution system.
The federal electronic logging device mandate could create raw data with hidden patterns that could be used to change the way supply chains, freight and transportation industries are run, writes Ben Ames. Ames likens the potential transformation to data-based decisions to the experience of Major League Baseball documented in the book,"Moneyball."
FedEx Freight is using 20-foot-long flat trucks with lift-gate support for e-commerce orders of heavy goods through a last-mile delivery pilot in Dallas and Fort Worth. The company is using in-house drivers and its branded trucks for the test.
The American Logistics Aid Network is responding to areas threatened by fire in California. The nonprofit organization works to coordinate relief needs through supply chain professionals including for storage, equipment and logistics.
Ride-hailing company Uber has launched a rewards program for frequent riders beginning in Atlanta; Denver; Miami; New York; Philadelphia; San Diego; Tampa, Fla., Washington, D.C., and parts of New Jersey. Among the rewards, which can be accumulated by using Uber services, are better customer support, price reductions on future rides and preferred pickup at airports.