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Senate Panel Says NHTSA Lax on Autonomous Regulation

Ford Argo AI test car A test car from Argo AI, Ford's autonomous vehicle unit, navigates in Pittsburgh. (Keith Srakocic/AP)

WASHINGTON — The nation’s road-safety regulator is under fire again for what critics call lax oversight of tests involving autonomous vehicles.

November 21, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Congressional Policymakers Drafting Autonomous Vehicles Bill

Panelists at Senate Commerce Committee hearing on autonomous vehicles Senate Commerce Committee panelists (left to right) Joel Szabat of USDOT, James Owens of NHTSA and Robert Sumwalt of NTSB address autonomous vehicles. (Commerce.Senate.Gov)

WASHINGTON — Long-awaited legislation that would set a federal regulatory framework for automated vehicles is being drafted by transportation leaders in Congress, the chairman of the Senate panel with jurisdiction over freight affairs confirmed Nov. 20.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 20, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Amazon Plans to Open Cashierless Supermarkets Next Year

Amazon David Ryder/Bloomberg News

Amazon.com is preparing to open Amazon Go supermarkets and pop-up stores, an expansion of the company’s cashierless ambitions that includes the possibility of licensing the technology to other retailers.

Matt Day | Bloomberg News
November 20, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Automation Debate Across Trucking Industry Lingers, Lawmakers Say

Josh Resnik, Trey Hollingsworth, Henry Cuellar Moderator Josh Resnik (from left), Hollingsworth and Cuellar by Eugene Mulero/Transport Topics

WASHINGTON — Federal policymakers seek to reassure truckers about their future in the labor force as they acknowledge the need to adapt to a new landscape amid advancements in automation.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
November 20, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

NTSB Calls Uber’s Fatal Crash a Lesson for All Automated Vehicle Testing

Self-driving Uber involved in fatal accident in Tempe, Ariz., in 2018 An investigator works at the scene of a fatal accident involving a self driving Uber car and a pedestrian walking a bicycle in Tempe, Ariz., in March of 2018. (ABC-15.com via AP)

A 2018 fatal pedestrian crash involving an Uber Technologies Inc. automated vehicle in Arizona indicates that the challenges of self-driving vehicle operations have not yet been solved, and underscores a lack of sufficient federal and state oversight of developmental automated vehicle testing, investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board said at a Nov. 19 hearing in Washington.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 19, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

NTSB Slams Uber Self-Driving Car Unit’s Safety Culture

Uber self-driving fleet A fleet of Uber's autonomous vehicles. (Bloomberg News)

Uber Technologies Inc.’s self-driving vehicle unit lacked an effective safety culture at the time when one of its test vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Ariz., in 2018, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt said Nov. 19.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
November 19, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Convoy to Expand Services After $400 Million in New Funding

Convoy booth at MATS 2019 A Convoy booth at an industry trade show. Convoy recently received $400 million from Generation Investment Management, whose co-founder and chairman is ex-Vice President Al Gore. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Convoy’s intentions for putting a recent $400 million package of additional investment capital to work are straightforward — keep expanding its digital freight business through more machine learning, more automated loads, and more drop-and-hook arrangements.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 19, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

XPO Robots Assist UK Workers With Holiday Volumes

An XPO warehouse An XPO Logistics warehouse. The company says it invests about $550 million annually in innovation. (XPO Logistics)

XPO Logistics has increased its use of robots in the United Kingdom in anticipation of holiday retail volumes, the Connecticut-based company said in a Nov. 19 news release.

November 19, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Drones That Do the Work of 500 Farmers Transform Palm Oil

Drone for palm oil Plantation workers operates drones for plantation mapping and monitoring in Genting Tanah Merah Estate, owned by Genting Plantations Bhd., in Johore, Malaysia. (Joshua Paul/Bloomberg News)

As haze blanketed large tracts of Southeast Asia last month, office workers with Genting Plantations Bhd. in Jakarta were investigating the source of the choking smoke more than a thousand kilometers away.

Anuradha Raghu | Bloomberg News
November 19, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous

Ike Maintains Automation Will Add Truck Driving Jobs

Ike truck Ike

Automated trucks developer Ike has a message for those behind the driver’s wheel of an 18-wheeler now: Automation can be complementary, not competitive.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 19, 2019

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