Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

New Vehicles Tackle Challenges of Urban E-Commerce

Udelv autonomous delivery vehicle Udelv

Two entrepreneurs are introducing an autonomous vehicle and electric cargo bike designed to reduce the costs arising from the last-mile delivery and returns of e-commerce merchandise in urban areas.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
January 23, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Maine Gov. LePage Forms Panel to Examine Issues Related to Driverless Vehicles

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage took a step Jan. 17 toward regulating a rapidly emerging automotive technology that in the not-too-distant future could find self-driving cars, trucks and buses operating on Maine roads.

Dennis Hoey | Portland (Maine) Press Herald
January 23, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Tesla Crash With Autopilot Triggers Safety Board’s Interest

A Tesla rear-ended a fire truck parked to respond to an accident on I-405 in Culver City, Calif. on Jan. 22, 2018, according to the Culver City Fire Department and California Highway Patrol. (Culver City Firefighters Local 1927)

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is gathering information about an accident involving a Tesla Inc. Model S sedan that rear-ended a firetruck on a freeway near Los Angeles on Jan. 22, the agency said.

Ryan Beene and Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
January 23, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Waymo to Begin Testing Driverless Cars in Atlanta

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Waymo, the driverless car division owned by Google’s parent company, announced Jan. 22 that it will bring its test program to metro Atlanta.

Becca J. G. Godwin | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 23, 2018
Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Stripes on California Highway to Pave Way for Self-Driving Vehicles

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While it likely will be several more years before autonomous vehicles are common on North State roads, Interstate 5 could be a step closer to accommodating the vehicles by this spring.

Damon Arthur | Redding (Calif.) Record Searchlight
January 22, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Interactive Graphic: State DOT Projects Hitting the Road in 2018

Governors Map Gerald Desmond Bridge by Eric Fredericks/Flickr

Infrastructure needs have emerged as a top priority for most state administrators who received the go-ahead to spend millions of dollars on repairs as well as new construction projects that range from expanding highways to fixing decrepit roads to installing Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Eleanor Lamb and Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporters
January 19, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Autonomous Trucks to Haul Cargo in Arizona

tuSimple Truck tuSimple

An autonomous-driving technology firm plans this year to begin commercial-hauling operations in Arizona using Class 8 trucks that will require nearly no driver control of the vehicle.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
January 18, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

San Francisco Self-Driving Car Startup Raises $112 Million

It’s a measure of the current frenzy surrounding self-driving cars that a year-old startup can haul in more than $100 million in its first fundraising round.

David R. Baker | San Francisco Chronicle
January 18, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

The First True Autonomous Cars Won’t Be for Sale

A fully autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid research vehicle on streets of Dearborn, Mich. (Ford)

Auto companies at the CES tech convention in Las Vegas affirmed plans to have their first true self-driving cars in production by 2021 — or in some cases earlier. But don’t expect to see these vehicles on any dealership lots.

JC Reindl | Detroit Free Press
January 17, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Paint Designed for Self-Driving Vehicles to Be Tested at Autonomous Proving Ground

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PPG announced Jan. 16 it is partnering with the University of Michigan’s Mcity to test paint and other vehicle coatings specially designed for autonomous vehicles.

Aaron Aupperlee | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
January 17, 2018