Government, Technology, Autonomous

Deployment of Autonomous Vehicles Could Ease Congestion, Senators Argue

Autonomous car in San Francisco An autonomous car in San Francisco. (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — The looming mainstream deployment of autonomous cars and trucks around the country has the potential to improve traffic safety while reducing congestion along key freight corridors and metropolitan regions, senators on a transportation committee said June 13.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
June 13, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Senate Panel to Review Autonomous Vehicles Policy June 13

Autonomous car Getty Images

While senators wait for Republican leaders to schedule a vote on an autonomous vehicles bill, a Senate committee will examine the potential impact allowing such vehicles could have on the country’s surface infrastructure.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
June 12, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

The Future Is Autonomous, Not Jobless

Technology firm Embark Technology firms such as Embark aim to deploy unmanned trucks on freeways, but those trucks will need to work together with piloted trucks to move freight from origin to destination. (Embark)

If autonomous vehicles are the future of the trucking industry, what is the future of the truck driver? On the surface, it might appear to some casual observers that automation could soon spell the end of the truck driving profession, but that perception quickly falls apart when examining the current limitations of the technology and the stark realities of trucking’s labor needs.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
June 8, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Safety, Insurance Costs Cited in Study as Reasons to Consider Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous cab (Ohio Department of Transportation)

As autonomous vehicles become more commonplace on our highways and roads, drivers of both trucks and passenger cars are likely to become more accepting of the technology, a survey of U.S. consumers by the market research firm J.D. Power found.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
June 6, 2018
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