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The Daily Dash: DOT unveils autonomous plan; LTL volumes still strong

XPO names leader for logistics spinoff company; FreightWaves names editor in chief

The U.S. Department of Transportation has released a long-awaited strategy for deploying autonomous vehicles on American roadways and doing so safely. (Photo: iStock)

The Daily Dash is a quick look at what is happening in the freight ecosystem. In today’s edition, the U.S. Department of Transportation has laid out its strategic plan for safely deploying autonomous trucks and passenger vehicles. Plus, less-than-truckload volumes stayed strong in December and XPO has identified who will lead its logistics spinoff.

DOT lays out an autonomous plan

The U.S. Department of Transportation has released a long-awaited strategy for deploying autonomous vehicles on American roadways and doing so safely.

John Gallagher has details on what the plan includes: DOT lays out strategy for automated trucking

LTL volumes still strong

Less-than-truckload volumes appeared to remain elevated during December, according to Amit Mehrotra, managing director and head of transportation and shipping research at Deutsche Bank (NYSE: DB).

Todd Maiden explores the data: December LTL volumes ‘remain healthy’

XPO finds its leading man

XPO Logistics Inc. said Tuesday that Malcolm Wilson, the current CEO of its European operation, will run the newly created logistics company that XPO plans to spin off into a stand-alone business.

Mark Solomon has more: Wilson named to head XPO’s spun-off logistics company

FreightWaves names editor in chief

Mike McAllister, an award-winning journalist with extensive editorial experience at major media outlets, has joined FreightWaves as editor in chief.

Learn more about McAllister: Former, Dallas Morning News editor named FreightWaves editor in chief

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Hammer down, everyone,

Brian Straight

Managing Editor

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Brian Straight

Brian Straight leads FreightWaves' Modern Shipper brand as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler. You can reach him at [email protected]