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U.S. Postal Service Using VR to Train Drivers

The U.S. Postal Service has begun using a virtual reality-based simulator to train drivers in its Brooklyn, New York, and Tampa, Florida, districts, according to the company that provides the equipment.

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Orders Open for Electrified Transit Van Conversion

Lightning Systems is now accepting pre-orders for its new zero-emissions LightningElectric system for Ford Transit, a battery conversion package.

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Waymo Cars Coming to Mich. for Winter Testing

The self-driving car company will take advantage of the state’s winter weather to continue refining sensors and other autonomous vehicle technology.

Map of Spain via Geotab.

Geotab Analyzes Commercial Accidents in Spain

Geotab telematics data from Spain shows that 62% of accidents were caused by speeding. The cost of annual traffic accidents has reached 177 million euros and 2 million lost working days in that country.

New York Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Agents will be on hand to enforce moving and parking violations, double parking, and off-route trucks as the city experiments with curbside delivery restrictions to help ease traffic. Photo via NYC Office of the Mayor.

NYC to Test Ban on Curbside Deliveries

The city will also be expanding its off-hour delivery program for businesses that are interested in receiving deliveries during less busy times.

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FedEx Expands Same Day Delivery

FedEx has expanded its SameDay City delivery service to 1,800 cities in 30 regional U.S. markets, the company has announced. The move comes as competition with Amazon for faster deliveries is heating up.

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UPS Opens Driver Training Center in Fla.

UPS has opened a UPS Integrad driver training facility in Lake Mary, Florida, to provide realistic training using virtual reality simulators and a replica of a small town known as Clarkville USA, the company announced.

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USPS Awards Spartan Motors $214M for Delivery Vehicles

The U.S. Postal Service has ordered 2,000 fleet vehicles from Spartan Motors on a $214 million contract for two types of delivery trucks with Utilimaster bodies, the vehicle manufacturer announced.

Voting Opens for Fleet Car, Truck of the Year

Voting is open for the 14th annual Fleet Car and Truck of the Year award, sponsored by Automotive Fleet. The ballot closes Thursday Nov. 2.

A new drone policy proposed by the Trump Administration allows drone operations up to 200 feet above ground or even 400 feet where appropriate. Photo: UPS

Trump Administration Moves to Establish Drone Policy

The Trump administration issued a memorandum on Oct. 25 directing the Department of Transportation to establish a program in conjunction with state and local governments to regulate drone operation in delivery applications.

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Ford Recalls 30K F-150 Pickups

The company issues three separate safety recalls that involve trucks in North America.

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Is White House Considering Fuel Tax Increase for Infrastructure?

Published reports indicate that the Trump administration may be willing to push for a hike in the fuel tax to help pay for the president's promised $1 trillion in infrastructure investments.

Photo of Ford Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls Transit Vans for Fire Risk

The recall covers more than 65,000 2015-2017 vans in the U.S. equipped with a trailer tow module.

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BMW Introduces 2018 X2 Crossover

BMW's 2018 X2 will arrive in the spring as a sleek X1-based crossover with a low-slung body and standard all-wheel-drive powertrain, BMW has announced.

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Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque Boost Power for 2018

A pair of Land Rover's luxury compact SUVs — the Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque — will offer a pair of new four-cylinder gasoline engines among other updates for the 2018 model year, Jaguar Land Rover has announced.

WEX Extends Fuel Card Contract with Sheetz Convenience Stores

WEX Inc. has agreed to a 10-year extension of a contract with Sheetz, Inc., a family-owned convenience retailer, to provide WEX fuel cards, the Portland, Maine-based company announced.

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LeasePlan Hires Regional VP for D.C. Area

LeasePlan USA has hired Jon Stafford as a regional vice president to oversee five states and Washington, D.C., the Alpharetta, Ga.-based fleet management company has announced.

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Mitsubishi Fuso Launches Electric Truck Brand E-Fuso

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation launched E-Fuso, a product brand exclusively dedicated to electric trucks and buses, and unveiled its all-electric heavy-duty truck concept.

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UPS Driver Goes 55 Years Without Accident

Tom Camp has driven more than 1 million miles for UPS without an accident and achieved a feat no other company driver has achieved — a spotless 55-year safety record.

The Chanje V8070 provides 100 miles of electric range with 3,000 pounds of payload, and can reach a top speed of 80 mph.

Chanje Offers Charging for Its Electric Delivery Van

Chanje, an electric delivery van maker, and eMotorWerks, a charging solutions provider, will partner to deliver a smart charging platform to commercial fleet customers.

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Enterprise Holdings Grows Revenues 6.5%, Fleet Size Static

Enterprise Holdings achieved annual revenues of $22.3 billion in fiscal year 2017, while fleet size remained equal to 2016 at 1.9 million vehicles. Share of airport business is now 38%.

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EPA, CARB Approve VW's 3.0L Emissions Fix

The updates will affect luxury 2013-2016 model-year diesel Porsche Cayenne, Volkswage Touareg and 2013-2015 Audi Q7 SUVs.

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Pump Prices Continue to Fall

The southern states experienced the biggest decrease in prices this month as the Gulf Coast increased oil production.

Telogis Introduces Workforce Management Solution

Telogis, a Verizon company, has introduced a workforce management solution called Telogis Workforce that's designed to improve the workflow of mobile workers, the company announced at its annual Latitude conference in Dana Point, Calif.

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Telogis Offers Telematics Through Ford SYNC

Commercial and fleet customers who purchase a Ford vehicle with SYNC Connect will be able to access Telogis telematics services through the vehicle, the telematics vendor announced at its Latitude conference.

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