Autonomous

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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, Safety, Autonomous

Daimler Acquires Majority Stake in Torc Robotics to Boost Development of Self-Driving Trucks

Daimler Cascadia at Torc HQ Daimler

Daimler Trucks has agreed to acquire a majority stake in autonomous vehicle pioneer Torc Robotics and will join forces with the technology firm to develop highly automated trucks for the U.S. market.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
March 29, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

RoadSigns podcast

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Smart, the Tiny Daimler Car That Refuses to Die, Heads to China

Daimler Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg News

Since its introduction two decades ago, the diminutive Smart has sat awkwardly alongside the imposing, autobahn-eating cars that have made Daimler AG the king of the road.

Benedikt Kammel | Bloomberg News
March 28, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

ZF Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Wabco

Wabco Wabco's OptiFlow AutoTail product. (Wabco)

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a global supplier of mobility systems for commercial vehicles, passenger cars and industrial technology, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Wabco Holdings Inc. for $7.1 billion, or $136.50 per share.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
March 28, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

I.D. Systems Acquires Pointer Telocation for $140 Million

Pointer telocation screen A Pointer Telocation screen. (Pointer Telocation via YouTube)

I.D. Systems Inc., a New Jersey-based tracking technology company, has acquired Pointer Telocation Ltd., an Israeli provider of telematics and mobile internet of things services, in a $140 million deal, the companies report.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
March 27, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

DTNA Opens Detroit Connect to Third-Party Providers

Freightliner Cascadia Detroit Connect is a suite of connected vehicle services, and the platform is exclusive to the new Freightliner Cascadia model. (Freightliner)

Daimler Trucks North America announced it has opened its proprietary Detroit Connect platform to third-party telematics service providers.

March 26, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, Top 100

UPS, Startup Begin First Regular Drone Deliveries in US

UPS An M2 delivery drone, manufactured by Matternet Inc. (Stefan Wermuth.Bloomberg News)

UPS Inc. and a startup drone partner began the first continuing commercial drone deliveries in the United States, making a short flight carrying a medical sample between North Carolina hospitals March 26.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
March 26, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous

New TMC Chairman Kenneth Calhoun Aims to Bolster Technician Recruiting, Training

Kenneth Calhoun Calhoun has about 30 years of experience in the trucking industry. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Advancing the Technology & Maintenance Council’s efforts to address the trucking industry’s technician shortage and enhancing education and training for entry-level workers are among the top priorities for Kenneth Calhoun, the council’s new general chairman and treasurer.

Fran Matso Lysiak | Equipment Editor
March 21, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

World’s Most Valuable AI Startup Explores Automated Cars, Global Expansion

Artificial Intelligence Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News

SenseTime Group Ltd., the world’s most valuable artificial intelligence startup, plans to sustain growth by expanding globally and diving deeper into arenas from autonomous cars to health care.

Lulu Yilun Chen | Bloomberg News
March 21, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Ford Plans $900 Million Bet on Michigan-Made Autos of Future

Ford Ford Motor Company Rogue plant in dearborn, Mich. (Sean Proctor/Bloomberg News)

Ford Motor Co. plans to spend about $900 million and hire about 900 workers to build electric and self-driving vehicles in Michigan, while moving production of a small commercial van to Mexico from Europe.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
March 20, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

TMC Takes Stock of Latest Developments in Automated Driving, Platooning

Automated Driving Morris (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — Representatives from self-driving truck startups TuSimple and Embark and truck platooning firm Peloton Technology continued the industry’s conversation about the emergence of automated trucking at American Trucking Associations’ 2019 Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
March 20, 2019

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