Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Tesla-Partner Tencent Plans Its Own Driverless Technology

Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg News

China’s Tencent Holdings has developed its own autonomous driving system, according to people familiar with the matter, becoming the latest technology player to dive into a crowded field that could become a $42 billion industry.

Lulu Yilun Chen | Bloomberg News
November 15, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Waymo, Uber Squabble Over Ground Rules as Autonomous Vehicle Trade-Secrets Theft Trial Looms

Photos by Seth Wenig, Eric Risberg/AP

What is a trade secret? That seemingly simple question dominated discussions Nov. 14 during a federal court hearing on Waymo vs. Uber, one of the last pretrial sessions before the case, which could shape the future of autonomous vehicles, heads to a jury on Dec 4.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
November 15, 2017
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Analysis: What Tesla's Big Rig Must Do to Seduce Truckers

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk has promised to unveil an electric semi-truck on Nov. 16 that will drive like a sports car and beat its diesel counterpart in a tug of war. “This will blow your mind clear out of your skull and into an alternate dimension,” he wrote on Twitter this week. But none of that really matters.

Tom Randall | Bloomberg News
November 15, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Ryder Teams With Embark, Frigidaire for Autonomous Truck Test

Ryder System Inc. teamed with autonomous technology developer Embark and consumer products manufacturer Frigidaire to run a series of autonomous-driving technology tests in October, carrying Frigidaire refrigerators 650 miles at a time, the three partners said in a statement.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
November 15, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Uber Plans Self-Driving, Longhaul Trucks on the Road ‘In the Near Future’


Uber is working on a fleet of self-driving semi-trucks, but it won’t completely replace traditional drivers, the company said.

Aaron Aupperlee | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
November 14, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

National Autonomous Policy Would Benefit Trucking Industry, ATA Official Says

ATA's Mike Cammisa Cammisa by Eugene Mulero/Transport Topics

WASHINGTON — Developing a singular autonomous vehicle policy nationwide would facilitate testing of automated trucks and connected vehicle technologies, a senior official with American Trucking Associations said Nov. 9.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 9, 2017
Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Truck Hits Autonomous Shuttle on Launch Day

Associated Press

A self-driving shuttle in downtown Las Vegas was involved in a minor wreck Nov. 8, the first day of a yearlong trial period.

Mick Akers | Las Vegas Sun
November 9, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Uber Says It Will Bring Its Flying Taxis to Los Angeles in 2020


In just over two years, Uber says it will let commuters soar over Los Angeles’ snarled traffic in flying taxis.

Tracey Lien | Los Angeles Times
November 8, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

A $290,000 Robot-Car Is French Startup’s Answer to GM, Waymo


Navya Technologies SAS will roll its robot-driven automobiles onto the cobbled streets of Paris in the next few weeks to try and beat behemoths from General Motors Co. to Alphabet Inc. at proving autonomous cars are safe.

Ania Nussbaum and Marie Mawad | Bloomberg News
November 7, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Alphabet Launches the First Taxi Service With No Human Drivers

Waymo CEO John Krafcik Waymo CEO John Krafcik at Web Summit 2017 in Lisbon. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Web Summit via Sportsfile.

For almost a decade, self-driving cars have graced public roads — but always with a person behind the wheel. Now Waymo is yanking the driver.

Mark Bergen | Bloomberg News
November 7, 2017