Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Bill Gates Backs Uber Freight Rival Convoy

Bill Gates Jean-Philippe Riant/Visual/Zuma Press/TNS

As Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos jockey for the designation of world’s wealthiest man, the Seattle billionaires are united behind at least one local venture. They’re both investors in a Convoy Inc., a trucking logistics startup that competes with Uber Technologies Inc.

Dina Bass | Bloomberg News
July 25, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

DOT’s Wireless Connected Vehicle Pilot Program on Track for 2021 Completion

illustration of a connected truck U.S. Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation’s wireless connected vehicle pilot program, currently in its design, deployment and testing phase, is making progress at its demonstration sites in Wyoming, New York City and Tampa, Fla., the program’s manager told members of an agency advisory committee.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
July 18, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Mining Companies Looking at New Fleets, Could Use Autonomous Trucks to Save Millions

Komatsu dump truck Komatsu

Mining companies in Australia, the world’s biggest exporter of iron ore and coal, are poised to approve fresh investments in projects, driven by rallying commodity prices and the need to replace depleting deposits, according to global equipment supply giant, Komatsu Ltd.

Bloomberg News
July 17, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Sun Valley Secret Tech Demos Feature Trucking Networks, Quantum Physics

Convoy app Convoy

Nearly all of the biggest names in media and technology descended on Sun Valley, Idaho, July 11-16, and in the mix this year were trucking networks, spider silk and quantum physics.

Mark Bergen | Bloomberg News
July 17, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Billions Will Be Blown in Race to Field First Self-Driving Cars

Daimler David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

The race to field the first autonomous car will be a Darwinian exercise, with more than 50 major competitors reduced to a handful of winners over the next decade, according to a new study by consultant AlixPartners.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
July 12, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Swedish T-Pods Mate Truck and Trailer

Einride Self-Driving T-Pod Einride

Swedish transportation startup Einride unveiled a full-scale prototype of its T-pod self-driving vehicle with the capacity to haul 15 standard pallets.

Transport Topics
July 10, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

City of Albuquerque Extends Opens Arms to Self-Driving Vehicles

Volkswagen AG's self-driving Sedric vehicle. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg News)

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry sent a strong message to companies developing and testing driverless technology that his city is opening its arms to them.

Rick Nathanson | Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal
July 10, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Waymo Drops Most Patent Claims in Autonomous Tech Fight With Uber


Waymo dropped three of four patent-infringement claims in its lawsuit against Uber Technologies Inc. over the startup’s autonomous vehicle program.

Eric Newcomer | Bloomberg News
July 7, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

In Break From Otto, Uber Upgrades Lidar to Third-Party, Off-the-Shelf System

Uber Truck Uber

Uber has upgraded its trucks to its Advanced Technologies Group (ATG) technology stack, and they are driving on freeways around San Francisco.

Laurie Wiegler | Staff Reporter
July 6, 2017
Government, Autonomous

Congress, Trump Administration Finalizing Guidelines for Automated Vehicles

Daimler AG

New guidelines for manufacturers, transportation agencies, and industry executives on the development and deployment of automated technology will be unveiled as early as this fall on Capitol Hill and at the U.S. Department of Transportation, lawmakers and senior administration officials announced recently.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
July 6, 2017