Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Tesla Crash With Autopilot Triggers Safety Board’s Interest

A Tesla rear-ended a fire truck parked to respond to an accident on I-405 in Culver City, Calif. on Jan. 22, 2018, according to the Culver City Fire Department and California Highway Patrol. (Culver City Firefighters Local 1927)

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is gathering information about an accident involving a Tesla Inc. Model S sedan that rear-ended a firetruck on a freeway near Los Angeles on Jan. 22, the agency said.

Ryan Beene and Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
January 23, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Waymo to Begin Testing Driverless Cars in Atlanta

Paul Sancya/AP

Waymo, the driverless car division owned by Google’s parent company, announced Jan. 22 that it will bring its test program to metro Atlanta.

Becca J. G. Godwin | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 23, 2018
Government, Business, Safety

Advocates Name Best, Worst States for Highway Safety Law Enforcement

Rhode Island welcome sign Haydn Blackey/Flickr

Rhode Island received top marks on an advocacy group’s recent report card that evaluates states on their ability to enforce highway safety laws.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 22, 2018
Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Stripes on California Highway to Pave Way for Self-Driving Vehicles

Getty Images

While it likely will be several more years before autonomous vehicles are common on North State roads, Interstate 5 could be a step closer to accommodating the vehicles by this spring.

Damon Arthur | Redding (Calif.) Record Searchlight
January 22, 2018
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Jan. 22: The Mayors Come to Washington

Vice President Mike Pence The White House via YouTube

Mayors across America still are waiting for the White House’s infrastructure plan as cities continue to cope with highway congestion. Many of them will be in Washington this week for the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ winter meeting. Here's a look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 22, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Equipment Cybersecurity Awareness

Trucking's at increasing risk of cybersecurity threats, and the risk is only going to grow as automated and other advanced technologies become commonplace in the industry.

Robert Braswell | Executive Director, Technology & Maintenance Council
January 19, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Interactive Graphic: State DOT Projects Hitting the Road in 2018

Governors Map Gerald Desmond Bridge by Eric Fredericks/Flickr

Infrastructure needs have emerged as a top priority for most state administrators who received the go-ahead to spend millions of dollars on repairs as well as new construction projects that range from expanding highways to fixing decrepit roads to installing Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Eleanor Lamb and Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporters
January 19, 2018
Government, Business, Safety, Fuel

Business, Labor Leaders Offer Support for Infrastructure Funding

U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue Donohue by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON — The chorus of support for funding highways and infrastructure grew louder last week with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce unveiling a four-point plan that would raise fuel taxes, expedite the permitting process, facilitate more private investment and help construction firms address a shortage of skilled labor.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
January 18, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

San Francisco Self-Driving Car Startup Raises $112 Million

It’s a measure of the current frenzy surrounding self-driving cars that a year-old startup can haul in more than $100 million in its first fundraising round.

David R. Baker | San Francisco Chronicle
January 18, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

The First True Autonomous Cars Won’t Be for Sale

A fully autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid research vehicle on streets of Dearborn, Mich. (Ford)

Auto companies at the CES tech convention in Las Vegas affirmed plans to have their first true self-driving cars in production by 2021 — or in some cases earlier. But don’t expect to see these vehicles on any dealership lots.

JC Reindl | Detroit Free Press
January 17, 2018