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Uber Freight’s Push to Streamline Trucking Hinges on Fixed Rates, Speedy Execution

Uber Freight's Bill Driegert Driegert by Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Uber Freight’s push to automate trucking transactions hinges on a fixed pricing model designed to eliminate bidding and phone calls and enable on-demand truck capacity for shippers.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
September 20, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Boston’s Self-Driving Vehicle Startups Fed Up With Regulations

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology

Top automakers and tech companies are warning state officials the current regulations for testing self-driving cars may be too burdensome and could make it too hard or even impossible to test in Massachusetts, a move experts say would delay the economic and safety benefits expected from autonomous vehicles.

Jordan Graham | Boston Herald
September 20, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Uber’s Fleet of Self-Driving Cars in Pittsburgh Back on Road After Crash

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Uber grounded its fleet of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh for a few hours the morning of Sept. 18 as the company investigated a crash involving one of its vehicles.

Aaron Aupperlee | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
September 19, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Sept. 18: Truck Platooning

Jonathan S. Reiskin/Transport Topics

Federal transportation agencies hosted a truck platooning demonstration on Interstate 66 in Northern Virginia last week to showcase the advancements of autonomous technology ready for commercial use next year.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 18, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Autonomous Ships Are Setting Sail in Boston

Sea Machines

Frank Marino sat in a repurposed U.S. Coast Guard boat bobbing in Boston Harbor one morning late last month. He pointed the boat straight at a buoy several hundred yards away, while his colleague Mohamed Saad Ibn Seddik used a laptop to set the vehicle on a course that would run right into it.

Joshua Brustein | Bloomberg News
September 18, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Navistar CEO Sees Role for Drivers With Self-Driving Trucks

Jaclyn O'Laughlin/ATA

Navistar’s president and CEO told a Senate panel last week that autonomous vehicle technology likely won’t eliminate the need for truck drivers, but drivers may need to gain new skills as they’re asked to manage several trucks at once.

Matt Sanctis | Dayton (Ohio) Daily News
September 18, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Uber’s Self-Driving Fleet Logs More Than 1 Million Autonomous Miles in First Year

A self-driving Volvo Uber heads out for a test drive in San Francisco. Ride-hailing company Uber Technologies and Volvo Cars signed a $300 million deal for Volvo to provide SUVs to Uber for autonomous vehicle research. Eric Risberg/AP

Uber’s fleet of self-driving cars has logged more than 1 million autonomous miles since the company started offering rides a year ago in Pittsburgh.

Aaron Aupperlee | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
September 14, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Daimler’s Smart Car Delivers a Song-and-Dance About Self-Driving Challenges

A touchscreen dashboard panel and seating sit inside a Daimler Smart Vision EQ fortwo electric autonomous self-driving concept automobile during the Daimler media night ahead of the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany. Simon Dawson/Bloomberg News

In a musical fantasy for Daimler AG’s Smart brand, performers at the Frankfurt motor show this week literally sang out the virtues of an autonomous two-seater, with the spectacle suggesting there’s more fiction than fact in robo-cars.

Elisabeth Behrmann | Bloomberg News
September 13, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Drivers Remain Essential Amid Autonomous Technology, Trucking Execs Tell Senate Panel

Ken Hall, general secretary-treasurer of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, right, talks to Chris Spear, president of American Trucking Associations, before a Senate hearing in Washington, D.C. ATA's Chris Spear (left) and the Teamsters' Ken Hall. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

WASHINGTON — As autonomous technology evolves, drivers will remain integral to the movement of goods and services for the foreseeable future, top trucking executives told senators concerned about potential disruptions in the labor force.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 13, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Senators Look at What Self-Driving Trucks Might Mean to Drivers

A U.S. Senate committee is considering whether legislation dealing with the future of self-driving cars should also pave the way to self-driving trucks, considering the impact such technology could have on millions of workers.

Todd Spangler | Detroit Free Press
September 13, 2017

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