Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Second US Safety Agency to Investigate Tesla ‘Autopilot’ Crash

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A second federal safety agency has opened an investigation of an accident in which a Tesla car on “Autopilot” rammed into a parked fire truck.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
January 25, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics

Travelocity Founder Terry Jones Says Companies Must Innovate or Face Disruption founder Terry Jones Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics

ATLANTA — In an era when technology is transforming many industries, companies must foster innovation to keep up with the pace of change, entrepreneur Terry Jones said in a speech to transportation leaders.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
January 24, 2018
Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Massachusetts Creates Commission on Disruptive Technologies Like Self-Driving Cars

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Jan. 23 created the commission through an executive order and appointed his former chief of staff, Steve Kadish, as the chairman.

Gintautas Dumcius | (Springfield, Mass.)
January 24, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Self-Driving Car Crash Highlights Tricky Legal Question

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General Motors is in a race to be the first company to mass produce self-driving cars, but a recent crash with a San Francisco motorcyclist has illustrated the tricky challenge of assigning blame when an autonomous vehicle gets in an accident.

Ethan Baron | The San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News
January 24, 2018
Government, Technology, Autonomous

Republicans Lament Absence of Trucking Policy in Autonomous Bill

Daimler's autonomous Future Truck Daimler AG

WASHINGTON — Key Republicans on the Senate Commerce Committee, including the panel’s chairman, expressed concern over the absence of trucking policy provisions in legislation on autonomous vehicles awaiting a vote in the Senate.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 24, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Americans Warming to Self-Driving Vehicles, Survey Finds

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U.S. drivers are still cautious — but they’re getting used to the idea of self-driving cars.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
January 24, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

New Vehicles Tackle Challenges of Urban E-Commerce

Udelv autonomous delivery vehicle Udelv

Two entrepreneurs are introducing an autonomous vehicle and electric cargo bike designed to reduce the costs arising from the last-mile delivery and returns of e-commerce merchandise in urban areas.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
January 23, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Maine Gov. LePage Forms Panel to Examine Issues Related to Driverless Vehicles

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage took a step Jan. 17 toward regulating a rapidly emerging automotive technology that in the not-too-distant future could find self-driving cars, trucks and buses operating on Maine roads.

Dennis Hoey | Portland (Maine) Press Herald
January 23, 2018
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
Business, Technology, Equipment

Volvo Prepares for Future of Electric Trucks

VTNA President Nyberg Nyberg at an industry trade show last year. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Volvo Trucks North America views urban distribution and other pickup and delivery applications as the starting point for battery-powered electric trucks in North America, but Europe is the first market where its parent company will enter the segment.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
January 23, 2018