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Autonomous technologies now drive significant change in trucking and freight transportation. Transport Topics autonomous coverage provides a comprehensive look at that change. It provides the latest details on deployment concepts such as advanced driver-assist systems, transfer hubs, teleoperations, platooning and off-road automation and latest analysis of the companies who are manufacturing, adopting and investing in these technologies. Readers can follow the impact such deployment has on everything from policy and infrastructure initiatives to highway congestion, fuel consumption, fleet management, driver management and business investment.

Business, Technology, Autonomous

Tesla Gears Up for Driverless Cars in 2020 Amid Skepticism

Tesla SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg News

SAN FRANCISCO — Tesla CEO Elon Musk appears poised to transform the company’s electric cars into driverless vehicles in a risky bid to realize a bold vision that he has been floating for years.

Michael Liedtke and Tom Krisher | Associated Press
April 22, 2019

Transport Topics Podcasts: AOBRDs and ELDs

RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns programs. Episode 1 and 2 of Season Two, "The AOBRD Phaseout" and "What Does the Future Hold for ELDs?" are now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
March 12, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Dana Adds Training Video Covering Electrified Vehicles

Dana signage at event John Sommers II for Transport Topics

Dana Inc. announced it expanded its Driveline Forensics training series to include videos covering key safety and maintenance tips for electrified vehicles.

April 22, 2019
Government, Business, Logistics, Autonomous

Transport Topics Wins Eight Regional Azbee Awards

MCE coverage screenshots and Azbee Award

WASHINGTON — Transport Topics collected honors in eight categories, including a gold award for its coverage of the 2018 Management Conference & Exhibition, as the American Society of Business Publication Editors handed out its 2019 Mid-Atlantic Azbee Awards on April 17.

Transport Topics
April 17, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

FMCSA Grants SmartDrive Five-Year Exemption Regarding ADAS Camera Placement

FMCSA A previous application of SmartDrive camera technology. (SmartDrive System Inc.)

Federal trucking regulators on April 15 granted SmartDrive System Inc. a five-year exemption to allow an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) camera to be mounted lower on truck windshields than currently is permitted.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 16, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber’s Investment in Autonomous Tech Tops $1 Billion Since 2015

Uber A fleet of Uber's autonomous vehicles. (Bloomberg News)

Uber Technologies Inc. has spent more than $1 billion on autonomous vehicle technology to compete with giants such as Alphabet Inc., Apple Inc. and General Motors Co.

Mark Bergen | Bloomberg News
April 12, 2019
Government, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

$59 Million in Vehicle Technologies Research Funding Available, Energy Department Announces

Electric truck charging Topics for funding include infrastructure for alternative fuel vehicles, such as electric trucks. (Orange EV)

The Energy Department on April 3 announced that about $59 million is available for stakeholders seeking to develop projects that prioritize energy-efficient mobility systems, improve materials for powertrains, co-optimize advanced engine and fuel technologies, and create new mobility options.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 10, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Ford CEO Jim Hackett Tamps Down Expectations for First Autonomous Vehicles

Ford A Ford Motor Co. Explorer Hybrid SUV at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

Too much hype has built up about how soon self-driving cars will hit the road, but they will ultimately change the world, Ford Motor Co.’s CEO Jim Hackett said.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
April 9, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Let Congress Decide Privacy Safeguards for Autonomous Vehicles, 2020 Hopeful John Delaney Says

Autonomous Vehicles Autonomous car company Torc completed an autonomous cross-country trip in July 2017 from Washington to Seattle. (Torc)

WASHINGTON — Questions regarding the use of data collected from self-driving vehicles will need to be addressed by policymakers when they craft a regulatory framework that would govern the technology in the coming years, a former member of Congress and 2020 presidential aspirant said April 3.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
April 3, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

VW Joins BMW in Testing Self-Driving Cars on German City Streets

vw Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg News

Volkswagen AG has started testing five electric and highly-automated versions of its Golf compact cars on the streets of Hamburg, Germany.

Elisabeth Behrmann | Bloomberg News
April 3, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Even Tech Companies Say, ‘There Are Always Going to Be Truck Drivers’

Technology panel at the Mid-America Trucking Show Technology panel at the Mid-America Trucking Show by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Is technology in the trucking industry moving too fast for the men and women who sit behind the wheel of big rigs? That was a concern voiced by a number of truck drivers attending a March 29 session at the 2019 Mid-America Trucking Show.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 29, 2019