7 Trending Transportation Updates: March 2017

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  1. es Hijack First Commercial Ship Since 2012. Pirates have hijacked an oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew on board, Somali authorities said last week, the first time a commercial ship has been seized in the region since 2012. (Read more here.)
  2. Amazon Plans Air Cargo Services for Chinese Retailers. The Seattle-based company plans to launch a site that will enable sellers from China to use its services to transport their goods to international markets. (Read more here.)
  3. Uber to Suspend Autonomous Tests After Arizona Accident. An Uber spokeswoman confirmed the incident, and the veracity of the photo, and added that the ride-hailing company is suspending its autonomous tests in Arizona until it completes its investigation and pausing its Pittsburgh operations. The Uber vehicle was not responsible for the incident, and there were no injuries. (Read more here.)
  4. Hiring Pace Picks Up in Trucking Sector. Trucking fleets stepped up hiring at the fastest pace in five years in February, adding 10,600 jobs in a display of confidence as companies across U.S. industries ramped up payrolls. (Read more here.)
  5. Shippers Look to Sails to Cut Fuel Costs. Maersk will attach two experimental high-tech sails onto one of its tankers as part of a pilot testing their efficiency and usability. These modern sails could reduce average fuel consumption by 7-10% on global shipping routes, developers say. (Read more here.)
  6. Truckers Prepare for Era of Driverless Trucks. Daimler AG and its business units, Mercedes-Benz and Daimler Trucks, has its “Future Truck 2025” already on the highways, and has partnered with Uber Technologies Inc. Apple, Microsoft, Ford, and many others are also involved in the development of autonomous vehicles. (Read more here.)
  7. LTLs Offer Storage to Speed Up E-Commerce Deliveries. Less-than-truckload companies hoping to capitalize on e-commerce are offering shippers short-term storage in terminals and shifting more business from Class 8 trucks to Class 5 and Class 6 straight trucks, according to industry executives. (Read more here.)

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