Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

If You Hate Driving in the Snow, a Robot Can Now Do It For You

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Self-driving cars may be the future, but relinquishing control of the wheel certainly takes some getting used to. It’s one thing to go (slowly) with the flow on well-marked city streets, for which many self-driving cars were initially developed and tested, but what happens when you throw icy winter road conditions into the mix?

Rachel Tepper Paley | Bloomberg News
December 21, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous, TCA

New Deal Sends Autonomous Caterpillar Trucks to Australia

Caterpillar Inc.

Another fleet of mining trucks will join the growing ranks of machines operating autonomously using Caterpillar Inc. systems in Australia next year, reflecting the company’s push to cement industry partnerships with proprietary technology.

Matt Buedel | Journal Star (Peoria, Ill.)
December 21, 2017
Government, Autonomous

ODOT Autonomous Vehicle Testing Includes Smart Corridor Truck Applications

Ohio Smart Corridor Ohio Department of Transportation

U.S. Route 33 will likely host truck platooning exercises in the future as research at Ohio’s Smart Mobility Corridor continues, according to James Barna, chief engineer and assistant director of transportation policy for the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 20, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, Opinion

Opinion: Tire Maintenance Key in Age of Autonomous Vehicles

Pretty much everyone knows tires are second only to fuel among operating costs for fleets. What's new is how the industry will deal with the potential for tire failures on autonomous trucks.

Peggy Fisher | President, TireStamp Inc.
December 20, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Self-Driving Vehicle Proving Ground Opens Near Detroit

Mark Chaput, vice president of construction for the American Center for Mobility, points to future construction, at the ACM facility in Ypsilanti, Mich., on Aug. 15, 2017. Photographer: Sean Proctor/Bloomberg News

The launch of self-driving vehicle testing at the American Center for Mobility west of Detroit came with something that frequently confounds human drivers in Michigan — snow.

Eric D. Lawrence | Detroit Free Press
December 19, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Peloton Demonstrates Platoon System in Michigan

Peloton platoon test in Michigan Volvo VNL 670 trucks on I-96 in Michigan during a Peloton platooning demonstration. (Peloton)

Peloton Technology recently demonstrated its driver-assist truck platooning system on Interstate 96 in Michigan with two Volvo VNL 670 trucks, featuring one following about 60 feet behind the lead truck.

Transport Topics
December 18, 2017
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Autonomous Vehicles Pose New Challenges to Future of Cybersecurity

Getty Images

Today, as artificial intelligence (AI) technology is making a future full of self-driving cars increasingly likely, hacking has become a serious potential concern.

Erin Mundahl | (Washington, D.C.)
December 18, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous

2017: A Year Spent Looking Ahead

2017 was a year of anticipation for the freight transportation industry, leading up to the long-awaited Dec. 18 mandate for broad adoption of electronic logging devices to track hours of service.

Daniel P. Bearth | Transport Topics Senior Features Writer
December 14, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello on 2017 as 'A Transition Year'

ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello (right) looks back on the 2017 year in trucking, calling it a "transition year" and expecting better things ahead for 2018. His interview with TT's Joe Howard is part of our Dec. 13 LiveOnWeb program, "2017 Year in Review."

Transport Topics
December 13, 2017
Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Aptiv to Open Boston Office, Adding to Self-Driving Work in Pittsburgh

Aptiv, the automotive technology company formerly known as Delphi, will open an office in Boston to further its work on self-driving cars.

Aaron Aupperlee | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
December 13, 2017