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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.

Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Rivian’s EV Factory Remains Constrained by Chip Shortage

Rivian Automotive Inc.’s “launch mode” is impressive — at least on its trucks. The assembly lines are perfectly capable of cruising speed; they just need more computer chips.

April 18, 2022

TT Podcasts: RoadSigns

Host Seth Clevenger chats with Torc Robotics CEO Peter Vaughan Schmidt about the realities of autonomous truck technology and how they fit into the freight transportation industry. Second of a three-part series on autonomous vehicles.

Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

NHTSA Opens Two Defect Investigations Into Tesla Autopilot

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has the authority to force recalls, has opened two formal defect investigations that could ultimately lead Tesla Inc. to have to retrofit cars and restrict use of Autopilot in situations it still can’t safely handle.

April 18, 2022
Business, Fuel, Autonomous

Twitter Adopts ‘Poison Pill’ Defense in Musk Takeover Bid

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Twitter said April 15 that its board of directors has unanimously adopted a “poison pill” defense in response to Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s proposal to buy the company for more than $43 billion and take it private.

Matt O’Brien | The Associated Press
April 15, 2022
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Elon Musk Makes $43 Billion Bid to Take Twitter Private

Elon Musk has made a controversial offer to buy Twitter Inc., saying the company has extraordinary potential and he is the person to unlock it.

April 14, 2022
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

What Happens When Police Pull Over a Driverless Vehicle? Watch.

Who gets a ticket in a driverless car? It turns out no one does, the San Francisco Police learned recently.

Kalea Hall | The Detroit News
April 11, 2022
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Elon Musk Won’t Join Twitter’s Board

Twitter Inc.’s shares slid after Elon Musk decided not to join its board, a stunning twist to a weeklong saga that has captivated the tech community and touched off renewed speculation about the company’s future.

April 11, 2022
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Musk Says Tesla Will Build Vehicle Designed to Be a Robotaxi

AUSTIN, Texas — Tesla will build a vehicle dedicated for use as a robotaxi, and it will start making three new vehicles next year, CEO Elon Musk told fans at a party celebrating the opening of a Texas factory.

April 8, 2022
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Musk Says Tesla Semi Coming Next Year

Tesla Inc. will start production next year of three products that have fallen well behind Elon Musk’s original schedule, including the Semi.

Sean O'Kane and Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
April 8, 2022
Business, Technology, Autonomous

U.S. Xpress, Kodiak Partner on Autonomous Freight Program

U.S. Xpress Enterprises and the self-driving trucking company Kodiak Robotics Inc. are teaming to run an autonomous freight route, the companies announced April 7.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
April 7, 2022
Business, Technology, Autonomous, Top 100

Werner Partners With Aurora to Haul Freight Autonomously in Texas

Aurora Innovation Inc. has announced a deal to haul freight on a route between Fort Worth and El Paso, Texas, for Werner Enterprises.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
April 6, 2022