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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, Autonomous

Transportation Tech Firm Cubic Adds Trafficware to Portfolio

Transportation technology provider Cubic Corp. has acquired Sugar Land, Texas-based Trafficware for about $235.7 million in cash, according to an Oct. 24 statement.

Transport Topics
November 5, 2018

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RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns and LiveOnWeb programs. Episode 1 of our Season Intersession of RoadSigns, "How Does Congress Say Trucking," is now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
October 22, 2018
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Nikola to Expand Into Europe With Hydrogen-Electric Tre

Nikola's Tre Nikola's Tre is designed to be fully autonomous. (Nikola Motor Co.)

Nikola Motor Co. announced it would begin production within five years in Europe of a heavy-duty, hydrogen-electric truck designed to be compatible with full autonomy as it expands its business beyond North America.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
November 5, 2018
Government, Business, Safety, Autonomous, Editorial

Editorial: Joining Forces to Move Forward

The themes of partnership, outreach and unity were present throughout speeches and presentations at this year’s American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition. Cooperation between ATA and the federal government was a central tenet.

Transport Topics
October 30, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Blockchain Not Yet Mature, but Digital Ledger Holds Promise for Transportation

Blockchain Taylor (left) and Craig. (Joe Terry/Transport Topics)

AUSTIN, Texas — Blockchain has been the subject of extensive hype and much confusion, but this distributed general ledger technology holds the potential to boost efficiency and visibility in the transportation sector as the initial excitement gives way to real business cases, according to trucking technology experts.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
October 29, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

I.D. Systems Introduces New Cargo-Tracking Product Line

I.D. Systems The I.D. Systems booth at MCE. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

AUSTIN, Texas — I.D. Systems has introduced a new line of trailer-tracking and cargo-monitoring products designed to give fleets more insights about their shipments and also demonstrated a voice-activated reporting interface to help them better utilize that data.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
October 29, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Gov. Bruce Rauner Establishes ‘Autonomous Illinois’ Initiative

Traffic heading into downtown Chicago Traffic heads into downtown Chicago. (Shutterstock)

Gov. Bruce Rauner has directed the Illinois Department of Transportation to establish the “Autonomous Illinois” initiative with the goal of providing a venue to research and test emerging safety technologies.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 29, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Tesla Profit Blowout Reverses Much of Elon Musk’s Damage to Stock

Tesla sedan at a dealership Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Tesla Inc. blew away expectations with just the third quarter of positive earnings in its history, bolstering Elon Musk’s bid to make selling electric cars a financially sustainable business.

Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
October 25, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

New Autonomous Trucking Company Ike Aims to Bring ‘Some Patience’ to Field

New Autonomous Trucking Company Ike co-founders Woodrow (left), Sun and van den Berg. (Ike)

Ike, the latest company to emerge from stealth in the autonomous trucking world, wants to take a sober approach to developing the technology.

Joe Antoshak | Staff Writer
October 23, 2018
Government, Business, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

MCE 2018 to Focus on Cooperation, Trucking Industry Promotion

MCE 2018 Spear speaks during MCE 2017. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

When trucking officials gather at the annual American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition in Austin, Texas, Oct. 27-30, the major theme they will hear is how the industry can work together nationally and locally to promote trucking.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
October 20, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Tesla Secures Land in Shanghai for First Foreign Factory

Elon Musk Tesla CEO, Elon Musk. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)

BEIJING — Electric auto brand Tesla Inc. said it signed an agreement Oct. 17 to secure land in Shanghai for its first factory outside the United States, pushing ahead with development despite mounting U.S.-Chinese trade tensions.

Joe McDonald | Associated Press
October 17, 2018