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The Daily Dash: Drug test failures jump; TRATON puts forward best offer for Navistar

Positive drug tests among truck drivers increased 8% in September, and most have not started the return-to-duty process to regain their eligible status to drive. (Photo: Jim Allen/FreightWaves)

The Daily Dash is a quick look at what is happening in the freight ecosystem. In today’s edition, September saw an increase in truck driver drug test failures. Plus, TRATON makes a final offer in its bid to acquire Navistar and Waymo pulls back the curtain – a little bit – on its autonomous technology.

More drivers failing drug tests

Positive drug tests among truck drivers increased 8% in September, and most have not started the return-to-duty process to regain their eligible status to drive.

John Gallagher explains: Truck drivers testing positive for drugs increased 8% in September

It’s our final offer

Is the on-again, off-again saga of TRATON’s potential takeover of Navistar finally on? According to reports, Volkswagen’s trucking division has made a final offer for the North American OEM.

Alan Adler has details on the offer: TRATON sets Friday deadline for Navistar bid

Behind the curtain

How autonomous vehicles navigate around objects is the secret sauce. Waymo provided a brief glimpse into the process this week.

Linda Baker looks at what the company shared: From Waymo, a smattering of detail about its autonomous trucking technology

Safety expansion

Drivewyze is expanding beyond weigh station bypass services, adding several safety-focused products as it seeks to diversify.

John Kingston details the new services: Drivewzye, in big expansion of product offerings, rolls out Safety+

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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].