Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

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Trump and trucks on the White House lawn. ELDs and HOS. Autonomous and all-electric technology. Ailing infrastructure and driver wellness. If it made the news in 2017, then Transport Topics covered it. How well do you know who said what over the past 12 months. Take this quiz and find out!

Transport Topics
December 13, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

This Electric Truck Will Probably Beat Tesla’s to Market

Working at his family’s businesses, a military-electronics supplier and a vineyard, helped lead Semler to electric trucks. Angie Smith/Bloomberg News

On the evening of Nov. 16, Elon Musk unveiled the latest prop in his Tony Stark cosplay. Tesla Inc.’s all-electric semi rig met all the classic Musk product launch criteria: It looked stunning, had unprecedented performance numbers, included features straight out of science fiction, and would arrive at some unknown date at a too-good-to-be-true price from a still-to-be-built assembly line.

Ashlee Vance | Bloomberg News
December 13, 2017
Government, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Minnesota DOT Tests Driverless Shuttle Bus

Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune

With a cheery chime, a small, squarish minibus eased forward and tentatively took to the “highway” Dec. 12, advancing to a top speed of 3 miles per hour in the frigid morning air punctuated by a dash of swirling snow.

Janet Moore | Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
December 13, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Talks Stall as Union, Terminal Operators Hit Roadblock Over Automation

Automated stacking cranes at the Port of Long Beach, Calif. Automated stacking cranes at the Port of Long Beach, Calif. (Tim Rue/Bloomberg News)

Contract talks between the International Longshoremen’s Association and the U.S. Maritime Alliance ended on Dec. 6 after a disagreement over automation at terminals, leaving negotiations at a standstill without future talks scheduled.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
December 13, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Foxconn to Use Driverless Vehicles for Thousands of Workers at New Wisconsin Factory

Billionaire Terry Gou, chairman of Foxconn Technology Group, holds a "FOXCONN" Wisconsin license plate during an event in Racine, Wisc. Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News.

Foxconn Technology Group’s plans for the use of driverless vehicles to move thousands of workers a day at its sprawling campus in Racine County, Wisc., highlights the growing attractiveness of a technology that could shape the future of transportation.

Lee Bergquist | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
December 11, 2017
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Ohio Bus Drivers Fear Push Toward Self-Driving Vehicles Could Reduce Jobs, Safety

Marco Verch/Flickr

Central Ohio bus drivers are warning state lawmakers that the push for automated vehicles may lead to job losses and unsafe conditions.

Dan Gearino | The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch
December 7, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

ATA President Chris Spear Critical of Trucking Omission in Autonomous-Vehicle Bills

ATA President Chris Spear Sue Hensley/Transport Topics

Legislation before Congress that would establish a regulatory landscape for autonomous cars while not addressing trucks does not reflect the realities of the driving landscape and will fall short on safety, the president of American Trucking Associations said Dec. 6.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 6, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Did Uber Hide Evidence? Judge in Self-Driving Trade Secrets Case Wants an Answer

AP Photo/Seth Wenig

A U.S. district judge wants to determine why Uber failed to turn over some explosive evidence as it battled a lawsuit alleging it stole self-driving car secrets.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
December 6, 2017
Government, Technology, Autonomous

Autonomous Technology to Dominate House Roundtable With Trucking Execs

Truck Platooning Platooning by Peloton

Advances in connected, autonomous and truck platooning technologies are expected to dominate the discussions during a Dec. 7 House transportation policymakers roundtable scheduled with executives from the trucking industry.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
December 5, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Army Tests Autonomous Truck Driving Systems

Lockheed Martin Lockheed Martin

U.S. Army trucks using an autonomous driving system from Lockheed Martin logged more than 55,000 testing miles during a simulated warfare experiment program held at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Fort Bliss, Texas, according to Lockheed Martin.

Transport Topics
December 4, 2017