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Editorial: A Proper Pause for Safety’s Sake

The decision by Uber to halt testing of its autonomous trucks in the wake of a fatal accident involving one of its pilot autonomous cars was a prudent move, and one that demonstrates how the relentless pace of technological innovation sometimes needs a pause.

Transport Topics
March 22, 2018
Government, Business, Logistics, Autonomous

PHMSA Requests Input on Transporting Hazardous Materials With Automated Technologies

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The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has requested information on the use of automated technologies in the transportation of hazardous materials, according to a document published in the Federal Register March 22.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 22, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

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Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Video From Self-Driving Uber Car Captures First Fatal Collision

Dashcam video from inside Uber A still photo from a dashcam video taken inside a self-driving Uber vehicle shows pedestrian appearing suddenly in a dark roadway moments before the collision. (Tempe, Ariz., police department via AP)

Police in Tempe, Ariz., on March 21 released dashcam videos of the fatal accident March 18 in which an Uber car operating in autonomous mode struck and killed a pedestrian, showing the car did not slow down or alter its course to avoid her.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
March 21, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Trump Infrastructure Proposal Could Fund Self-Driving Truck Lanes, DOT Official Says

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Projects aimed at building dedicated lanes for self-driving trucks would qualify for funds under President Donald Trump’s infrastructure proposal unveiled last month, a top federal transportation official said March 16.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
March 20, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Toyota Pauses Robot-Car Program Citing Drivers’ Emotional Toll

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Toyota Motor Corp. has halted tests of its “Chauffeur” autonomous driving system on U.S. public roads after a Uber Technologies Inc. vehicle operating in autonomous mode under the supervision of a human safety driver struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, on March 18.

John Lippert | Bloomberg News
March 20, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Uber Crash Is Nightmare Driverless World Feared but Expected

This March 19, 2018 still image taken from video provided by ABC-15, shows investigators at the scene of a fatal accident involving a self-driving Uber car on the street in Tempe, Ariz. (ABC-15.com via AP)

Waymo recently showed a video of people riding in its self-driving minivans. They thumbed their phones, yawned and one snoozed. he message: Driverless cars are so safe, they’re boring.

Bloomberg News
March 20, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Uber Death Elicits Warning From Teamsters Wary of Robo-Truckers

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The largest union for U.S. truck drivers, which has taken a cautious view of autonomous vehicles, called for stronger safeguards after a self-driving SUV operated by Uber Technologies Inc. killed a pedestrian in Phoenix on March 18.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
March 20, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber Suspends Autonomous Truck Testing After Arizona Pedestrian Death Involving Car

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Uber is temporarily suspending its autonomous vehicle operations — including trucks — in the wake of an accident with one of its autonomous cars that resulted in a fatality, the company confirmed March 19 to Transport Topics.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 19, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

'Fast and Furious' Driverless Cars Aren’t as Crazy as They Sound

Employees wearing virtual reality headsets wheel controllers to perform maneuvers on virtual simulations on the Ascent Robotics Inc. Atlas software in Tokyo. (Akio Kon/Bloomberg News)

Self-driving cars will rarely have to deal with a pack of drivers who think they are in a “Fast and Furious” movie, but training them to do so might just be what it takes to reach true autonomy.

Pavel Alpeyev and Yuki Furukawa | Bloomberg News
March 19, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Lyft, Auto Parts Maker Magna Partner on Autonomous Vehicles

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Ride-hailing company Lyft is joining with large Canadian auto parts supplier Magna to develop self-driving vehicles, sharing expenses on a multi-year project that could vault them onto the leader board in autonomous technology.

Tom Krisher | AP Auto Writer
March 16, 2018

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