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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, Fuel, Autonomous

Cruise, BrightDrop Explore Self-Driving Electric Vans

Cruise, the self-driving startup controlled by General Motors Co., is working with the automaker’s BrightDrop electric van business on a plan to develop autonomous delivery vehicles, people familiar with the matter said.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
May 16, 2022

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Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

More Steps Needed to Reach Zero-Emission Future, Executives Say

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Top executives at some of the largest companies in trucking said many factors must come together before the industry can fully advance toward a zero-emission future.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
May 12, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Developers Take Varied Paths to Autonomous Trucking

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Autonomous trucking is branching into multiple approaches and each has a different route to commercialization.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
May 12, 2022
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Foxconn Completes Acquisition of Lordstown Factory

Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group completed a transaction with Lordstown Motors Corp. to acquire the electric truck startup’s Ohio factory for $230 million and take over production of its Endurance pickup truck, a critical step as the iPhone manufacturer seeks to diversify into electric vehicles.

Debby Wu and Kevin Miller | Bloomberg News
May 12, 2022
Technology, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous, TCA

Volvo to Supply 44 Electric Trucks to DHL

FRANKFURT, Germany — Swedish carmaker Volvo has signed a deal to supply 44 new electric trucks to German delivery firm Deutsche Post DHL to support its zero-emission targets, both companies announced May 12.

DPA | Hamburg, Germany
May 12, 2022
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Embark Losses Widen From Research, Development Spending

Embark Technology Inc. saw its losses widen in the first quarter as the autonomous trucking technology company spent more of its capital on research and development.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
May 11, 2022
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Aurora, Covenant Team on Autonomous Trucking Program

Autonomous driving technology company Aurora Innovation Inc. will collaborate with Covenant Logistics to refine a self-driving truck system that could robotically emulate the speed of human team driving.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
May 11, 2022
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

DTNA Unveils Production-Ready eCascadia at ACT Expo

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Freightliner Trucks, a division of Daimler Truck North America, has unveiled its production-ready eCascadia Class 8 electric truck, built on the best-selling heavy-duty truck platform in North America.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
May 10, 2022
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Volvo Autonomous Solutions, DHL to Partner on Hub-to-Hub Transport

Volvo Autonomous Solutions announced it will offer a new hub-to-hub autonomous transport solution in North America, designed to serve shippers, carriers, logistics service providers and freight brokers.

May 9, 2022
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Apex.AI Gains Minority Investment From Daimler Truck

Software developer Apex .AI announced Daimler Truck made a minority investment in the company.

May 5, 2022