Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Daimler Equips Mercedes Actros With Automated Steering, Braking

Actros New Mercedes-Benz Actros. (Mercedez-Benz via Youtube)

Daimler AG is equipping its flagship Mercedes-Benz truck with technology that can take the wheel in situations ranging from stop-and-go city driving to highway cruising.

Christoph Rauwald | Bloomberg News
September 5, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Fiat Chrysler Spends $30 Million on Self-Driving Test Site Near Detroit

Fiat logo on vehicle Gene J. Puskar/AP

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is adding more muscle to its self-driving vehicle testing efforts. The company will spend more than $30 million at a new testing and development facility at its Chelsea Proving Grounds west of Detroit.

Eric D. Lawrence | Detroit Free Press
September 5, 2018
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

Tesla’s RoboTaxi Worth a Fraction of Waymo, Morgan Stanley Says

RoboTaxi Musk (Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg News)

Tesla has let more than a few investors down of late, and one part of the company hasn’t quite lived up to expectations at Morgan Stanley either.

Esha Dey | Bloomberg News
September 4, 2018
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Tesla’s Cobalt-Light Batteries Seen Providing Cost Advantage

Tesla Model 3 2018 Tesla Model 3 sedans sit on display outside a Tesla showroom in Littleton, Colo. (David Zalubowski/AP)

Tesla Inc.’s lead in battery technology gives it a cost advantage that may last for several years and help the U.S. electric-car maker face down an onslaught of new competition, according to new research from Bloomberg.

Anthony Palazzo | Bloomberg News
September 4, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Driver Shortage in Japan Speeds Up Commercial Use of Self-Driving Tech

Regular taxi in Tokyo Regular taxis like this one in Tokyo are sharing the road with self-driving taxis in a trial. (Shizuo Kambayashi/AP)

In Tokyo, self-driving taxis that transport passengers for a fee are being trialed. A serious shortage of taxi drivers lies behind the move, but the development of laws and regulations to deal with accidents and other issues still is lacking.

The (Tokyo) Japan News | Asia News Network
August 28, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Toyota Invests $500 Million in Uber

Uber sign Eric Risberg/Associated Press

Toyota Motor Corp. is expanding an alliance with Uber Technologies Inc. through a new investment and a plan to get self-driving cars on the road, a person familiar with the matter said.

Eric Newcomer | Bloomberg News
August 27, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Volkswagen Reportedly Tried to Buy Self-Driving Car Startup Aurora

Self-Driving Car Startup Aurora self-driving car. (Aurora)

Volkswagen apparently wants to be more than just friends with Aurora Innovation, a self-driving car company testing autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh.

Aaron Aupperlee | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
August 24, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Uber, Airbus Enlist in Japan’s Flying-Car Plan

Japan's Flying-Car Plan Uber's proposed UberAir vehicle. (Uber via Youtube)

Japan is making a push to develop flying cars, enlisting companies including Uber Technologies Inc. and Boeing Co. in a government-led group to bring airborne vehicles to the country in the next decade.

Kiyotaka Matsuda and Jie Ma | Bloomberg News
August 24, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Driverless Startup Zoox Suddenly Removes CEO

Rendering of autonomous car Jacky Leung/Getty Images

Zoox Inc., an autonomous driving startup recently valued at $3.2 billion, has dismissed its chief executive officer, Tim Kentley-Klay, after closing a massive financing round in July.

Mark Bergen and Ashlee Vance | Bloomberg News
August 23, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

In One Texas City, You Can Soon Request an Autonomous Vehicle on Demand self-driving vehicle Arlington plans to deploy a fleet of 19 vehicles from Silicon Valley-based (

Autonomous vehicles are coming to another Dallas suburb.

Melissa Repko | The Dallas Morning News
August 22, 2018