Business, Technology, Autonomous

Peter Thiel-Backed Autonomous Car Supplier Slashing Costs, Scaling Up

Luminar's Lidar Luminar lidar by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Luminar Technologies Inc., the sensor startup backed by billionaire Peter Thiel, is rolling out a cheaper-to-make version of its laser technology and ramping up production to supply the key component for autonomous vehicles.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
April 13, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Autonomous Vehicle Policy Legislation Awaits Senate Action

Markey Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

Legislation meant to facilitate the development of self-driving cars awaiting floor consideration in the Senate is among the measures on the chamber’s docket when senators return to Capitol Hill April 9 from the Easter recess.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 5, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

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


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, Safety, Autonomous

Waymo Autonomous Trucks Haul Freight in Atlanta

Waymo Trucks Waymo

It’s getting to be a traffic jam. Alphabet Inc.’s autonomous vehicle division Waymo began this month operating an autonomous freight truck in the Atlanta area, carrying server equipment, racks and related material to Google data centers.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
March 14, 2018
Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

TMC Explores Deployment of Automated Trucks

Fred Andersky, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Industry experts explored a variety of approaches for developing and deploying autonomous trucks and examined the evolving regulatory framework for this technology here at the annual meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
March 8, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Spear: Trucking to Play Key Role in Autonomous Policy

Chris Spear Spear by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

ATLANTA — New federal guidance on automated cars and trucks to be unveiled this year will include the input from the trucking industry, American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear said at the Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting March 5.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
March 5, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Glitches or Not, Nissan Starts Testing Semi-Autonomous Rides

Easy Ride Vehicle Shizuo Kambayashi/Associated Press

YOKOHAMA, Japan — In the future Nissan envisions, driverless cars will pick up children from school and recommend restaurants to tourists in various languages.

Yuri Kageyama | AP Business Writer
February 23, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

ATA Chairman Dave Manning Discusses Autonomous, Electric Trucks

NATSO Panel Newell (left), Manning and Mullings (Ari Ashe/Transport Topics)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Two fleet executives doubt fully autonomous or electric trucks will revolutionize the longhaul truckload industry in the near future, foreseeing instead a gradual evolution for these technologies.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
February 13, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous

Technology of Tomorrow to Be Key Topic at TMC Annual Meeting

TMC 2017 exhibit floor A view of the exhibit floor during TMC 2017 in Nashville, Tenn. This year's annual meeting will be in Atlanta. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Future advancements in the trucking industry will be at the forefront of the Technology & Maintenance Council’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition set for early next month.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
February 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

How Autonomous Trucks Could Lead to More Driving Jobs, Not Fewer

Uber blog post Uber blog post

Self-driving truck developer Uber Technologies Inc. predicts that transfer hubs for longhaul autonomous trucks will increase demand for local drivers, countering perceptions that automation will lead to widespread job losses in trucking.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
February 1, 2018