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  • Ford launches test for self-driving delivery van June 14, 2018
    Ford is working with on-demand delivery platform Postmates to trial a self-driving delivery service focusing on the first and last mile of the delivery experience. A food delivery pilot is currently underway in Miami and Miami Beach with more than 70 businesses participating, including Coyo Taco. Residents in the area that order a taco through […]
    Maria Highland
  • Lyft revamps app June 13, 2018
    Ride sharing provider Lyft has updated its app to integrate directly with cities and transit agencies and provide users with improved shared rides and simplified user experience Lyft has taken a step forward by combining its product design with local-government-led city planning. The result is an improved app that can solve issues of finding late-night […]
    Maria Highland
  • London ULEZ extension threatens SMEs June 12, 2018
    Plans to extend London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone to the whole of Greater London for lorries in 2020 and inner London for vans in 2021 have been greeted with dismay by the Freight Transport Association, which warned that small businesses would be particularly hard hit. An Ultra Low Emission Zone is already due to start […]
    Maria Highland
  • Daimler Trucks launches e-mobility organisation June 12, 2018
    Daimler Trucks is creating global organisation for e-mobility, including a new leadership function, as well as opening a research centre in the US for automated truck research. The company has unveiled two new, fully-electric trucks from Freightliner, its US truck brand. The Freightliner eCascadia is a heavy-duty electric truck for long-distance operations, while a fully-electric […]
    Maria Highland
  • Rail freight prioritises sustainable track access charges June 7, 2018
    Rail freight operators have prioritised ensuring that track access charges remain sustainable, following the appointment of DB Cargo chief Hans-Georg Werner as chairman of the Rail Delivery Group’s Freight Board. “Every year the rail freight industry carries goods worth over £30 billion, making it vital to the competitiveness of the UK economy and an intrinsic […]
    Maria Highland
  • DHL adds solar power to trucks June 7, 2018
    DHL has developed thin film solar mats TRAiLAR, which are fitted to vehicle roofs and connected the vehicle’s battery or additional on-board batteries. The solar energy generated reduced overall fuel consumption by helping to power different on-board activities such as tail lifts. TRAiLAR can be integrated into both trailers and rigid vehicles, reducing CO2 emissions, […]
    Maria Highland
  • Fuel prices higher than they need to be, says FairFuelUK June 7, 2018
    Fuel pump prices are one to two pence per litre higher than they needed to be, according to FairFuelUK, the campaign group backed by the Freight Transport Association and the Road Haulage Association. Research by RAC Fuel Watch found that the average price of diesel has risen 6.12p per litre in the past month and […]
    Maria Highland
  • FTA joins London EV taskforce June 5, 2018
    London mayor Sadiq Khan has assembled an electric vehicle infrastructure taskforce to increase electric vehicle charging infrastructure in London and the FTA is first in line to offer support The project aims to electric vehicle use to reduce emissions in the city, creating cleaner air for London’s residents and businesses. However, “introduction of a resilient […]
    Maria Highland
  • Scania joins coalition for emission-free transport June 5, 2018
    E.ON, H&M group, Scania and Siemens have formed a coalition to target an emission free future, looking to decarbonise commercial transport by 2050. “There is no doubt that green energy will power the transport system of the future. The transformation of the heavy commercial transport sector impacts a full ecosystem of players.,” said Marc Hoffmann […]
    Maria Highland
  • Cardiff expands bike-share scheme May 31, 2018
    Cardiff is to have access to a total of 250 bikes and 25 stations which will then be doubled by the end of August totalling 50 stations and 500 bikes around the city. This is an extension of a trial bike scheme initially launched in March with 50 bikes. Since the trial, 4,300 miles have […]
    Maria Highland