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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

Samsara Offers New Dash Camera, Invests In Artificial Intelligence

Samsara dash cam Samsara

Samsara, a San Francisco-based tech firm that is developing internet-connected sensors to monitor mobile assets, has unveiled a dash camera that uses artificial intelligence to identify dangerous driving behaviors.

February 15, 2019

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RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns and LiveOnWeb programs. Episode 2 of our Season Intersession of RoadSigns, "Is Trucking Charging Toward an Electric Reality?" is now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
January 3, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

VW, Ford Discuss Alliance on Self-Driving Cars

Ford Daniel Acker.Bloomberg News

Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG are progressing toward an agreement to join forces on self-driving cars and have overcome earlier obstacles, according to people familiar with the talks.

Keith Naughton and Christoph Rauwald | Bloomberg News
February 15, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Nuro Raises Nearly $1 Billion From SoftBank Vision Fund

Kroger and Nuro's R1 driverless delivery vehicle Kroger and Nuro's R1 driverless delivery vehicle. (Andrew Brown/The Kroger Co. via AP)

Nuro, a robotics company specializing in automating local commerce deliveries, has secured $940 million in funding from the SoftBank Vision Fund, according to a Feb. 11 press release.

February 14, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

GM Cruise Falls Short of Self-Driving Test Miles Projection

GM David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

In late 2017, the co-founder of General Motors Co.’s self-driving unit told investors the company was on the verge of putting 1 million miles a month on its autonomous test cars. That projection proved to be quite a stretch.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
February 14, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, Top 100

Federal Framework on Autonomous Vehicles Policy Essential, UPS Executive Says

Tom Jensen Thomas Jensen of UPS speaks at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation panel. (Eugene Mulero/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Nationwide policy for autonomous cars and trucks has the potential of facilitating the flow of freight while improving safety, according to a senior executive at UPS Inc. on Feb. 12.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 13, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Self-Driving Truck Startups TuSimple, Ike Attract More Investment to Fuel Development

Ike automated vehicle A worker checks a sensor on a test truck operated by Ike, which is developing automated driving technology for commercial vehicles. (Ike)

Self-driving truck startups TuSimple and Ike both announced new funding in February to fuel the continued development of their automated driving systems for commercial vehicles.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
February 13, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous, TCA

Robot Package Delivery Trucks Developed in Detroit Ready for China, US

Quadrobot CEO and Chairman Mike Wang Quadrobot CEO and Chairman Mike Wang via Detroit Free Press/Tribune Content Agency

Looking like a delegation of toasters from space, a generation of electrically powered, self-driving mail trucks will roll out of a suburban Detroit industrial park later this year. Their mission: Revolutionize mail and package delivery.

Mark Phelan | Detroit Free Press
February 11, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Infrastructure Stakeholders to Congress: Fix the Highway Trust Fund

Highway Trust Fund UPS Freight President Rich McArdle. (House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure via YouTube)

Nearly a dozen stakeholders representing local governments and the freight and commuter sectors on Feb. 7 urged a House transportation panel to identify a sustainable source of funding for an infrastructure bill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 7, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Waymo Linked to AV Deal With Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance

Waymo Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg News

Waymo is in advanced talks with Renault SA, Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. to develop autonomous cars, according to sources familiar with the matter, in a move that would join a leading self-driving force with the world’s largest automotive alliance.

Gerrit De Vynck and David Welch | Bloomberg News
February 5, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Texas Forms Self-Driving Car Task Force

texas Getty Images

The Texas Department of Transportation is moving forward with the formation of a Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Task Force, made up of membership from state and local governments, academia, TxDOT staff and the autonomous vehicle industry.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
January 31, 2019

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