Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

FHWA Official Says Feds Are Giving Autonomous Technology Developers Latitude

GM Cruise Autonomous Car GM Cruise autonomous car (General Motors Co.)

Preparing for autonomous vehicles on American roads will mean more than getting used to being in a car without a steering wheel.

Jason Laughlin |
June 29, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Paccar Discusses Strong Market, New Equipment at Innovation Center

Matthew Vito Matthew Vito points out features on a Peterbilt electric vehicle. (Mindy Long for Transport Topics)

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — The strength of the overall economy, helped especially by the healthy construction and housing markets as well as fleets’ desires to have late-model equipment to recruit and retain drivers, is bolstering sales for Peterbilt Motors Co.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
June 29, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

RoadSigns podcast

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Kroger Counters Amazon With Self-Driving Grocery Delivery Plans

The Kroger Co.

If your least favorite part of food shopping is the parking lot, take comfort: Driverless cars are coming to the grocery industry.

Craig Giammona | Bloomberg News
June 28, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Top 100

DTNA Selects Penske, NFI to Test Vehicle Electrification

eCascadia Freightliner eCascadia (DTNA)

Daimler Trucks North America announced Penske Truck Leasing and NFI Industries will operate the first trucks in its Freightliner Electric Innovation Fleet of battery-electric eCascadia heavy-duty trucks and eM2 106 medium-duty trucks beginning late this year.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
June 28, 2018
Business, Technology

NACFE Issues Confidence Report on Solar Panels for Trucks, Trailers

SolarpPanels on the trailer of the Catalist. SolarpPanels on the trailer of the Catalist. (NACFE via Vimeo)

Interest in solar panels has grown because truck batteries often are unable to meet the power needs of today’s trucks due to increased driver comfort demands, new idle reduction legislation and increased freight-tracking requirements, according to the North American Council for Freight Efficiency.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
June 28, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous, TCA

Autonomous Vehicles Have Ability to Transform Society, Panelists Say

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It’s not just hands-free driving that self-guided cars may bring into reality. Autonomous vehicles could unleash new technological and economic development on a level not seen since the dawn of the space age.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
June 28, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics

Amazon Enlists Delivery Startups to Help Expand Shipment Volume

Jim Young/Bloomberg News’s ever-expanding retail empire is going to need more workers and vehicles to get millions of packages to shoppers’ doors. To do so, the web retailer is encouraging people to start their own delivery businesses.

Reed Stevenson | Bloomberg News
June 28, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

How Have ELDs Changed Trucking?

Six months after the electronic logging device mandate went into effect, this LiveOnWeb program explores the impact the change has had on the trucking industry.

Transport Topics
June 27, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Is Tesla’s Elon Musk Wrong About Lidar Technology?

Velodyne Lidar Inc. devices sit on top of a Ford Motor Co. Fusion set-up as an experimental self-driving delivery vehicle on display during the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

Elon Musk has called lidar a crutch. The Tesla CEO believes he can build self-driving and semi-autonomous cars without relying on the technology, which uses lasers to help the cars map and navigate their surroundings.

Eric D. Lawrence | Detroit Free Press
June 27, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Volvo, FedEx Team on Live Platooning in North Carolina

Volvo platooning demonstration in North Carolina Volvo, in collaboration with FedEx Corp. and the North Carolina Turnpike Authority, demonstrates on-highway truck platooning on N.C. Route 540. (Volvo Trucks North America)

Volvo Trucks North America and FedEx Corp. demonstrated on June 27 a platooning system with three twin trucks on a stretch of Route 540 in North Carolina, one of 10 official test sites for driverless cars designated in 2017 by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
June 27, 2018