Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

General Motors Says Self-Driving Taxi Fleets Coming in 2019

Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg News

Big fleets of robot taxis — with no backup drivers — from General Motors could hit the streets of San Francisco and other cities in less than two years, the company said Nov. 30.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
December 1, 2017
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

BP’s New Existential Question: How to Advertise to a Machine

Simon Dawson/Bloomberg News

The anticipated proliferation of driverless cars will bring a brand new problem for the world’s biggest oil companies -- how to advertise to a machine.

Anna Hirtenstein and Rakteem Katakey | Bloomberg News
November 30, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Uber’s Well-Paid ‘Whistle Blower’ Slammed by In-House Lawyer

Carlos Jasso/Reuters

An Uber Technologies Inc. security manager who was paid $4.5 million over his termination was derided by one of the company’s top internal lawyers as a thief and “extortionist” who made “fantastical” allegations of unethical conduct inside the company.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
November 30, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber-Waymo Trial Delayed Again Following Allegations of Rogue Conduct at Uber

Seth Wenig, Eric Risner/AP

An Uber Technologies Inc. whistleblower made explosive allegations that a company team stole trade secrets to gain an edge over rivals, prompting a judge to further delay the ride-hailing company’s trial with Waymo.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
November 28, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Federal-Mogul Acquires Controlled Power Technologies

Federal-Mogul Powertrain completed the acquisition of U.K.-based Controlled Power Technologies Ltd., which has expertise in the development and manufacture of powertrain technologies for electrification and hybridization.

Transport Topics
November 27, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Truck Stocks Rebound After Tesla Leaves Crucial Details Out of Semi Plan

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

Tesla Inc.’s superstar chief executive Elon Musk unveiled a futuristic looking electric semi truck last week that surpassed analyst expectations and weighed heavily on the shares of truck and truck component makers.

Esha Dey | Bloomberg News
November 22, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Can Tesla Make Electric Work for Trucking?

A side view of the Tesla Semi Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics

HAWTHORNE, Calif. — Tesla’s success in the passenger-car arena has changed consumers’ perceptions and pushed the limits of what’s possible with electric cars.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
November 21, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Autonomous

Major Fleets Line Up to Test Tesla Semi

Tesla Semi Tesla Inc.

Large for-hire carriers and major retailers are reserving their places in line to be among the first to test the all-electric Tesla Semi in their operations.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
November 21, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Robot Makers Fill Their War Chests in Fight Against Amazon

Jim Young/Bloomberg News

A few years ago, Inc. triggered a robot arms race when it purchased a company called Kiva Systems, maker of automated warehouse robots. Now its would-be rivals are landing bigger and bigger cash injections to try to compete with the e-commerce giant.

Kim Bhasin and Patrick Clark | Bloomberg News
November 20, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Uber Steps Up Driverless-Cars Push With Deal for 24,000 Volvos

Simon Dawson/ Bloomberg News

Uber Technologies Inc. agreed to buy 24,000 sport utility vehicles from Sweden’s Volvo Cars to form a fleet of driverless autos.

Elisabeth Behrmann | Bloomberg News
November 20, 2017