Government, Business, Autonomous

Capitol Agenda for the Week of June 11: A Rare Sighting

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The U.S. Senate plans to work through much of what would have been its August recess, an event about as rare as the sighting of a white rhino. Here's what they hope to accomplish then, as well as what's ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill this week.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
June 11, 2018
Technology, Autonomous

How Drivers and Autonomous Trucks Could Work Together to Move Freight

How Drivers and Autonomous Trucks Could Work Together to Move Freight Illustration by Joseph Terry/Transport Topics

The advent of automated driving technology is poised to transform the trucking industry in the years and decades to come, but it is clear that autonomous trucks will not be ready to handle all driving tasks and conditions anytime soon.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
June 8, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

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Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Ford Refuses to Rush Into Robo-Taxis, Even After GM, Waymo Deals


General Motors Co. and Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo rocked the auto industry last week with self-driving deals that will have each deploying thousands of robo-taxis onto U.S. roads over the next 18 months. Ford Motor Co., meanwhile, will continue biding its time.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
June 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Defining Driver Responsibility When Trucks Begin to Drive Themselves

A driver takes his hands off the wheel as a ZF concept truck drives itself on a test track. Managing handoffs between the driver and system is among the challenges facing developers. (ZF Group)

As truck makers and technology developers work toward introducing vehicles with some level of automated driving features in the years ahead, it will be essential for drivers to have a clear understanding of what those systems can and cannot do and how much they can rely on them.

B. Cameron Gain | Contributing Writer
June 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

The Eyes of Autonomy

Uber Advanced Technologies Group Some self-driving truck developers, including Uber's Advanced Technologies group, are using lidar to track the vehicle's surroundings. (Uber Advanced Technologies Group)

Advances in sensor technology will play a key role in the development of increasingly sophisticated driver- assist systems and the eventual deployment of self-driving trucks in commercial fleets.

B. Cameron Gain | Contributing Writer
June 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

The Future Is Autonomous, Not Jobless

Technology firm Embark Technology firms such as Embark aim to deploy unmanned trucks on freeways, but those trucks will need to work together with piloted trucks to move freight from origin to destination. (Embark)

If autonomous vehicles are the future of the trucking industry, what is the future of the truck driver? On the surface, it might appear to some casual observers that automation could soon spell the end of the truck driving profession, but that perception quickly falls apart when examining the current limitations of the technology and the stark realities of trucking’s labor needs.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
June 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Cyberattacks Called a Growing Threat to Trucking Industry

Ross Froat, Chris Cooper, Randy Goggans Ross Froat (left), Chris Cooper and Randy Goggans address the conference. (Robert Braswell/TMC)

RALEIGH, N.C. — The threat of cyberattacks to the trucking and logistics industries is real, the number of attacks are growing and each attack has the potential to cripple a company, according to a panel of experts June 6 at the Fleet Data Management and Cybersecurity Conference here.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
June 7, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Daimler Plans Automated Truck Research Center in Portland

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Daimler Trucks is opening an automated truck research and development center here at its North American headquarters to help pave the way for highly automated commercial vehicles.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
June 6, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Brexit Britain Wants to Become a Leader in Driverless Vehicles

An attendee takes a photograph of an RDM Autonomous Vehicles Pod vehicle outside the SMMT Connected conference on autonomous vehicles in London, on March 30, 2017. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg News)

Britain is stepping up its plans to be a leader in self-driving cars. The government is awarding 25 million pounds ($33 million) this week to as many as six projects that will research and test autonomous vehicles on highways and on trials of remote-control parking.

Anna Hirtenstein | Bloomberg News
June 5, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Driverless Tech Part of SoftBank’s 300-Year Plan

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SoftBank Group Corp.’s Masayoshi Son wants his company to grow for 300 years, and he’s willing to pour billions of dollars into far-out technology to make it happen.

Alistair Barr and Eric Newcomer | Bloomberg News
June 4, 2018