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Uber Resumes Testing Self-Driving Cars in San Francisco

Autonomous Uber vehicle An autonomous Volvo under development by Uber on display in Pittsburgh in March 2019. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

Uber has resumed testing of robot cars in San Francisco, two years after one caused a fatal accident in Arizona.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
March 11, 2020
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Tesla Scouts for Cybertruck Plant Location in Central US

Tesla Cybertruck Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduces the Cybertruck at Tesla's design studio in Hawthorne, Calif., in November. (Ringo H.W. Chiu/Associated Press)

Tesla Inc. will build its in-development Cybertruck at a new plant in the U.S., CEO Elon Musk tweeted, likely triggering a state-by-state competition similar to one he set off six years ago.

Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
March 11, 2020
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Autonomous Tech Company Locomation Signs Deal With Wilson Logistics

Locomation truck Locomation

Autonomous-trucking technology provider Locomation and Wilson Logistics, a Springfield, Mo.-based trucking and transportation logistics company, have announced a multiyear partnership.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
March 9, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

While Self-Driving Car Hype Decelerates, Automated Trucks Grab Attention at CES vehicle Self-driving truck startup showcases tractors outfitted with its technology at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

LAS VEGAS — Even as automated vehicle developers tamped down inflated expectations for fully self-driving passenger cars at CES 2020, several companies continued to tout the market potential for highly automated commercial vehicles.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
March 6, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Autonomous

Taking Truck Technology Mainstream

Nikola Two The Nikola Two tractor on display at CES. Nikola has partnered with Ryder System for maintenance and distribution of its zero-emissions trucks. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

Highlighting the role of technology in freight transportation could broaden the industry’s appeal to a new generation of workers and entrepreneurs who just might consider careers in this essential business.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
March 6, 2020
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Self-Driving Pioneer Anthony Levandowski Goes Bankrupt After $179 Million Ruling

Levandowski Levandowski via David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

Anthony Levandowski, one of Silicon Valley’s most highly prized engineers, filed for bankruptcy after Google won a $179 million award against him over his defection to Uber Technologies Inc.

Joel Rosenblatt | Bloomberg News
March 5, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

TuSimple Expands Autonomous Trucking Program With UPS

TuSimple TuSimple

Autonomous-driving technology company TuSimple is expanding its freight-hauling pilot program with UPS to 20 trips a week and adding another route.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
March 5, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

GM Shows 13 EVs in Bid to Match Tesla

GM's all-new modular platform and battery system, Ultium, on the GM Tech Center campus GM's all-new modular platform and battery system, Ultium, on the GM Tech Center campus in Warren, Mich., on March 4, 2020. (Steve Fecht/General Motors via Associated Press)

DETROIT — General Motors, trying to refashion itself as a futuristic company with technology to compete against Tesla, rolled out plans March 4 for 13 new electric vehicles during the next five years.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
March 4, 2020
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Starsky Robotics Exits Autonomous Truck Space

Starsky Robotics truck Starsky Robotics

Starsky Robotics became the first self-driving truck startup to cease operations after raising an estimated $17 million in venture capital in 2018, then failing later to secure more investors, according to people familiar with the matter.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
March 4, 2020
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Alphabet’s Waymo Raises $2.25 Billion for Driverless Cars

Waymo Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg News

Waymo raised $2.25 billion from a slate of private equity investors, venture capitalists and automotive companies, the first time Alphabet Inc.’s autonomous vehicle unit has taken outside funds.

Mark Bergen and Ira Boudway | Bloomberg News
March 3, 2020