Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Big Changes Seen in Truck, Bus Design

Daimler's Future Truck 2025 In-cab view of Daimler's Future Truck. (Daimler AG)

California is the “incubator” for commercial vehicle innovation that will spread throughout the nation, generating a wave of new powertrains and driver-assistance technologies designed to decrease truck emissions and increase safety and freight efficiency, a vehicle engineering consultant said.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
August 31, 2017
Government, Autonomous

Britain to Test Part-Driverless Platoons of Trucks

A platoon of Scania trucks Scania

Britain is set to conduct road trials of self-driving trucks, involving a “platoon” of vehicles controlled by a driver in the front.

August 30, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Wabco, Nexteer Sign Long-Term Cooperation Agreement

Wabco Holdings Inc. signed a long-term cooperation agreement with Nexteer Automotive, a provider of intuitive motion control, as it prepares for the advent of self-driving commercial vehicles, according to the company.

Transport Topics
August 30, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Daimler Sets Up Silicon Valley ‘Shark Tank’ to Take Company into the Future

Attendees try a virtual reality (VR) experience in Smart Brabus concept vehicle, manufactured by Daimler AG, on the second day of the 86th Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Jason Alden/Bloomberg News

Facing a future in which private car ownership may fade, Daimler is ramping up efforts to create new products and services — even business models.

David R. Baker | San Francisco Chronicle
August 29, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Delivery Without Drivers: Domino’s, Ford Team Up for Test

The specially designed delivery car that Ford Motor Co. and Domino’s Pizza will use to test self-driving pizza deliveries, at Domino’s headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich. Dee-Ann Durbin/AP

No ring of the doorbell, just a text. No tip for the driver? No problem in this test, where Domino’s and Ford are teaming up to see if customers will warm to the idea of pizza delivered by driverless cars.

Dee-Ann Durbin | AP Auto Writer
August 29, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Federal Regulators Tout Autonomous Technology in Policy Update

Daimler's Future Truck An "operator" in Daimler's Future Truck. DOT officials reaffirmed their commitment to such technologies. (Daimler AG)

U.S. Department of Transportation leaders reaffirmed their commitment to ensure the adoption and implementation of automated technologies across transportation modes, the agency indicated in a new policy document.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
August 28, 2017
Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Autonomous Transportation Committee Stalls Under Trump

Tony Avelar/AP

A federal committee created to work on autonomous transportation hasn’t moved an inch under President Donald Trump.

Aaron Aupperlee | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
August 28, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Where Rosie Once Riveted, Vehicles Will Now Drive Themselves

Mark Chaput, vice president of construction for the American Center for Mobility (ACM), points to future construction during a visit by Representative Debbie Dingell, a Democrat from Michigan, and Representative Bob Latta, a Republican from Ohio, not pict Sean Proctor/Bloomberg News

Self-driving cars will begin taking test laps this December on the site of a famous World War II airplane factory in Michigan where Rosie the Riveter helped produce a shiny B-24 Liberator bomber every hour more than seven decades ago.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
August 25, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Eyes Chattanooga as Testing Ground for Driverless Trucking

Freightliner's Inspiration Truck Daimler Trucks North America

Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s new director said Aug. 23 the lab is considering testing in Chattanooga related to autonomous driving and long-haul trucking.

Mike Pare | Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times/Free Press
August 24, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Driverless Vehicles of the Future Confront Rules Written for Drivers

A Volkswagen 'Sedric' self-driving automobile Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg News

When the U.S. government finally got around to regulating auto safety in 1967, it insisted that every car have seatbelts and that the steering column be engineered to absorb impact so it wouldn’t spear the driver.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
August 24, 2017