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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.


Who’s Still In Autonomous Trucking?

The crowded field of developers in the autonomous truck space has winnowed during the past year. Those that remain continue to lay the foundation for large-scale industry adoption. 

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features and Multimedia
February 23, 2024

Autonomous Trucks Reshaping the Freight Industry

Autonomous trucking, once regarded as the stuff of science fiction, is gradually moving closer to viability in real-world freight operations after years of investment, development and on-road testing.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features and Multimedia
February 21, 2024

TT Podcasts: RoadSigns

Jeff Loftus, chief of the advanced technology division at FMCSA’s office of research and registration, joins TT’s Seth Clevenger to discuss the current outlook on ADAS technology and how it will affect the industry at large. 

July 18, 2024
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

FMCSA, NHTSA Delay Posting of Significant Rulemakings

Regulators are delaying until 2025 a supplemental heavy-duty truck speed limiter proposed rule, an automatic emergency braking final rule and a proposed new truck driver seizure standard.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 16, 2024
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

California Awards $27 Million to Container Ports

California’s business and economic development office has awarded $27 million to fund 10 projects at its five container ports to improve data systems and interoperability.

Noël Fletcher | Staff Reporter
July 16, 2024
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Tesla Delays Robotaxi Event in Blow to Musk’s Autonomy Drive

Tesla is postponing its planned robotaxi unveiling to October to allow teams working on the project more time to build additional prototypes, according to people familiar with the decision.

Dana Hull and Ed Ludlow | Bloomberg News
July 12, 2024
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Flying Taxi Startup Lilium Close to Saudia Order

Lilium NV is close to selling 100 electric flying taxis to Saudi Arabia’s state-owned airline, formalizing a framework deal arranged in late 2022.

July 10, 2024
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Driverless Car Hits Person Crossing Against Light in China

BEIJING — A driverless ride-hailing car in China hit a pedestrian, and people on social media are taking the carmaker’s side because the person was reportedly crossing against the light.

July 9, 2024
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Stellantis Invests Additional $55M in Electric Air Taxi

Stellantis has invested an additional $55 million in the electric air taxi company Archer Aviation following a successful test flight and other major milestones.

Luke Ramseth | The Detroit News
July 2, 2024

Freight Focus: Autonomous Trucking

The trucking industry experienced its first increase in tonnage this year in May, American Trucking Associations reported June 18. 

July 1, 2024