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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

Molex Enhances Ethernet Network Platform for Autonomous Vehicles

Molex Molex

Molex announced the next evolution of its 10 Gbps Automotive Ethernet Network Platform designed to support OEMs in the development and design of autonomous vehicles.

Transport Topics
December 13, 2018

Transport Topics Podcasts

RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns and LiveOnWeb programs. Episode 1 of our Season Intersession of RoadSigns, "How Does Congress Say Trucking," is now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
October 22, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Is Getting Last Laugh on Wall Street

Elon Musk Musk (Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg News)

It was only a few months ago that Wall Street was bashing Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc. Times have changed for the automaker and its mercurial CEO.

Esha Dey | Bloomberg News
December 12, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Trucking Braces for Fallout From GM Plant Closings

GM Lordstown, Ohio, plant GM's assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio, is set to close in 2019. (General Motors)

The decision by General Motors to cease production at five of its factories in the United States and Canada will have consequences for trucking companies that serve those plants.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
November 29, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, Editorial

Editorial: Trouble on the Homefront for GM

The Nov. 26 announcement from General Motors Co. that it plans to shut down five factories and lay off thousands of workers sent shock waves through the government and business communities, and with good reason.

Transport Topics
November 29, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Volvo Will Monetize Autonomous Vehicles Before Driver Data, CEO Hakan Samuelsson Says

Volvo's Hakan Samuelsson Volvo's Hakan Samuelsson by Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson is betting his company will make more money selling connected, autonomous cars to consumers and robo-taxi fleets, rather than taking a cut of the higher margin business of selling data-driven services inside the vehicle.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
November 28, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Deborah Hersman to Leave National Safety Council for Safety Post at Waymo

Deborah Hersman Deborah Hersman (Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press)

Deborah Hersman is leaving her post as National Safety Council CEO to become chief safety officer at Waymo, a self-driving technology development company based in Mountain View, Calif.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 27, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Fiat Said to Weigh Robotics Unit Sale for Up to $2.3 Billion

Fiat Motors Factory Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg News

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is considering options for its robotics arm, Comau, including a potential sale at a value of 1.5 billion euros to 2 billion euros ($1.7 billion to $2.3 billion), sources familiar with the matter said. The shares rose the most since July.

Bloomberg News
November 26, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

GM to Lay Off Nearly 15,000 Workers

GMC logo Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

DETROIT — General Motors will lay off 14,700 factory and white-collar workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it restructures to cut costs and focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles.

Tom Krisher and Rob Gillies | Associated Press
November 26, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Volvo Launches Transport Service Using Fully Autonomous Trucks

A Volvo FH works a quarry Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks announced it has signed a “landmark” agreement in Norway with mining company Bronnoy Kalk AS that calls for the truck maker to haul commercial loads of quarried limestone across mine property using six fully autonomous heavy-duty trucks.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 21, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Driver-Assist Systems Don’t Always Work, AAA Tests Show

Tesla crash Emergency personnel work at the scene where a Tesla electric SUV crashed into a barrier on U.S. Highway 101 in Mountain View, Calif., on March 23, 2018. (KTVU via AP)

DETROIT — Testing by AAA shows that electronic driver-assist systems on the road today may not keep vehicles in their lanes or spot stationary objects in time to avoid a crash.

Tom Krisher | AP Auto Writer
November 16, 2018

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