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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

71% of Americans Still Leery of Self-Driving Cars

A semi-autonomous car A Magna International Inc. representative demonstrates a semi-autonomous vehicle in Holly, Mich. (Graham Walzer/Bloomberg News)

There’s been virtually no increase in public acceptance of self-driving cars even as automakers and tech giants are pouring billions into driverless technology.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
March 14, 2019

Transport Topics Podcasts: AOBRDs and ELDs

RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns programs. Episode 1 and 2 of Season Two, "The AOBRD Phaseout" and "What Does the Future Hold for ELDs?" are now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
March 12, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

VW Pulls Truck Unit IPO in Setback to CEO’s Agility Revamp

vw A VW Heavy-duty truck on display at the IAA conference in 2018. (Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg News)

Volkswagen AG canceled plans for a partial share sale in its Traton SE division, citing weak markets, a setback to the automaker’s plan to generate fresh funds for the heavy-truck unit’s expansion outside of Europe.

Elisabeth Behrmann | Bloomberg News
March 13, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

VW to Cut Jobs, Costs in Transition to Electric, Autonomous Cars

Volkswagen Logo Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg News

Volkswagen AG’s main car brand plans to deepen cost cuts and ax more jobs as profits slip in the industry’s shift to electric and self-driving cars.

Christoph Rauwald | Bloomberg News
March 13, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

First Responders Work With Developers to ‘Teach’ Self-Driving Cars to Pull Over

Tesla Autopilot screen An instrument panel indicates Autopilot is active inside a Tesla Model S. (Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg)

What happens when police need to stop a driverless car?

Ira Boudway | Bloomberg News
March 8, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Waymo Begins Marketing Self-Driving Sensors

Waymo Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg News

Waymo on March 6 began selling the laser-mapping sensors used on its driverless vehicles to other companies — as long as the customers don’t compete with its core robotaxi business. The sensors, known as lidar, shoot lasers off objects to determine what is nearby.

Tom Randall | Bloomberg News
March 6, 2019
Technology, Autonomous

Volvo Self-Driving Buses Set for Singapore

Volvo Ore Huiying/Bloomberg News

Volvo AB is ready to start trialing full-size driverless buses in Singapore, helping the city state take a step forward in the race to deploy autonomous public transport.

Kyunghee Park | Bloomberg News
March 5, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Lyft Reveals Big Growth but No Profits as It Readies for IPO

Lyft sign Josh Edelson/AP Images for Lyft

NEW YORK — Lyft revealed that it is growing quickly ahead of its initial public offering but continues to bleed money and may struggle to turn a profit, according to a federal filing.

Associated Press
March 4, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

FedEx Introduces Same-Day Delivery Robot

jimmy Fallon and the FedEx Same Day Bot Jimmy Fallon's Feb. 26 show included a segment called "Showbotics," and the FedEx SameDay Bot made a guest appearance. (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon via YouTube)

FedEx Corp. unveiled an autonomous delivery device designed to help retailers make same-day and last-mile deliveries to customers, showing off the robot on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Feb. 26.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
March 1, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Tesla Pushes Cheaper Cars, Will Move Sales Online and Close Most Stores

Red Tesla Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Tesla said Feb. 28 it will close “many” of its stores and shift to online-only sales after announcing that its long-awaited $35,000 Model 3 is available for purchase.

J.D. Morris | San Francisco Chronicle
March 1, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

AI in Trucking


The terms artificial intelligence and automation pepper discussions about the transportation industry’s future, often closely followed by mentions of autonomous vehicles. But while self-driving trucks are still in their infancy, AI already is influencing the back ­office’s digital transformation.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
March 1, 2019