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Deutsche Post Scraps Its Electric Delivery Van Built With Ford

Deutsche Post StreetScooter An electric cable charges a StreetScooter outside the Ford factory in Cologne, Germany. (Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg)

Deutsche Post AG will stop producing its electric delivery vehicle called StreetScooter, bringing to an end a much-hyped venture that was once seen as a possible disrupter to conventional van makers such as Volkswagen AG and Daimler AG.

Richard Weiss | Bloomberg News
February 28, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Einride to Hire Autonomous Truck Operators in Sweden, US

Einride An Einride vehicle. (Einride)

Swedish technology company Einride on Feb. 27 announced plans to hire two autonomous truck operators over the next year.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
February 27, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

California OKs Passengers for GM’s Cruise Autonomous Vehicle Test

Kyle Vogt, founder, president and CTO for Cruise Automation Inc., holds an articulating radar while speaking at a Cruise reveal event in San Francisco on Jan. 21. Kyle Vogt, founder, president and CTO for Cruise Automation Inc., holds an articulating radar while speaking at a Cruise reveal event in San Francisco on Jan. 21. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Cruise, the autonomous-vehicle unit of General Motors Co., has been cleared to carry passengers in California.

Keith Laing | The Detroit News
February 27, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Connected Vehicle Experts Discuss OEM Role, Safety

Chris Lee, vice president of engineering at Great Dane Trailers Chris Lee, vice president of engineering at Great Dane Trailers by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

ATLANTA — Original equipment manufacturers have an important role to play in the adoption of connected vehicle technology, according to Chris Lee, vice president of engineering at Great Dane Trailers.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 27, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, Editorial

Editorial: TMC Theme Was New Tech, Skilled Professionals Are Propelling Trucking Forward

While new technology is driving trucking forward, the industry still needs the expertise of service professionals to keep tomorrow’s equipment running smoothly.

February 27, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

New Autonomous Mileage Reports Are Out, but Is the Data Meaningful?

A Waymo Chrysler Pacifica vehicle A Waymo Chrysler Pacifica vehicle by Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg News

Alphabet’s Waymo and General Motors-backed Cruise saw their autonomous vehicles require less help from human drivers on California’s public roads in 2019.

Edward Ludlow | Bloomberg News
February 26, 2020
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Panasonic Scraps Solar Panels Partnership With Tesla

Men silhouetted against Panasonic sign Jae C. Hong/AP

TOKYO — Panasonic is pulling out of its partnership with Tesla to produce solar panels at a factory in New York state, the Japanese electronics maker said Feb. 26.

February 26, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Michigan Governor Signs Orders to Advance Mobility

Gretchen Whitmer Whitmer via Al Goldis/Associated Press

DETROIT — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed executive orders Feb. 25 to create a council on future mobility and electrification, establish the Michigan Office of Future Mobility and to appoint a chief mobility officer.

Kalea Hall | The Detroit News
February 26, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

NTSB Critical of Tesla, Apple in Probe of 2018 Crash

NTSB Board hearing to investigate a 2018 fatal Tesla crash NTSB board hearing on Feb. 25, 2020 via ntsb.windrosemedia.com

The 2018 fatal crash of a Tesla Inc. SUV, in which an Apple Inc. employee was playing a game on his company-issued phone and the car veered into a divider, highlights the “misuses of technology,” a U.S. investigator said Feb. 25.

Ryan Beene and Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
February 25, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous

Automated and Electric Concerns at 2020 TMC

Transport Topics Features Editor Seth Clevenger recaps a three-part 2020 TMC work session on automated and electric vehicles, as well as platooning strategies.

February 24, 2020

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