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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

Tesla Model 3 Output Tops 100,000 in Milestone for Musk

Tesla model 3 sedan Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Tesla Inc. just reached a significant round-number milestone: 100,000 Model 3 electric cars have left the factory, according to the latest estimates from the Bloomberg tracker.

Tom Randall | Bloomberg News
October 12, 2018

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Transport Topics
October 22, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Senate Autonomous Bill Negotiations Continue After Heated Confirmation Fight

Autonomous vehicles on road concept Shutterstock

Senators are negotiating safety provisions in an autonomous vehicles bill that proponents insist could advance before lawmakers leave Capitol Hill ahead of the midterm elections next month.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 11, 2018
Government, Technology, Autonomous

Air Cargo Looks to Single-Pilot Jets as Autonomous Flight Nears

Airplane Cockpit SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg News

A range of companies, from such aerospace giants as Boeing Co. and Airbus SE to tiny startups, are working on various aspects of a difficult puzzle: how to create the next generation of air travel—one whose pilots are far less ubiquitous and new flying vehicles communicate with each other.

Justin Bachman | Bloomberg News
October 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, Top 50

XPO Logistics to Use 5,000 Robots in Warehouses

XPO robotics in warehouse XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics said it plans to deploy 5,000 robots to work with humans in the company’s warehouses and distribution centers in North America, the United Kingdom and eight countries in Europe.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
October 9, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Musk Takes Swipe at SEC After Fraud Settlement

Elon Musk Charles Sykes/Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Elon Musk is taunting the government regulators who threatened to oust him as CEO of electric carmaker Tesla just days after he settled a case alleging he duped investors.

Michael Liedtke | Associated Press
October 5, 2018
Government, Technology, Autonomous

Elaine Chao Releases Updated DOT Autonomous Vehicle Guidelines

Elaine Chao Chao displays the updated autonomous vehicle guidelines. (U.S. DOT via YouTube)

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Oct. 4 unveiled AV 3.0, the agency’s policy update of autonomous vehicle technology guidelines.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 4, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Platooning Tries to Move Past a Work in Progress

Platooning trucks A pair of trucks utilize platooning technology in a demonstration by Peloton, Meritor Wabco and Denso. (Meritor Wabco)

The head of Daimler Trucks has questioned, but not completely written off, the business case for heavy-duty truck platooning in light of other emerging technologies and fuel gains from new combination vehicles operating independently.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
October 3, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Daimler, Renault-Led Alliance Ready for Self-Driving, Mobility Cooperation

Dieter Zetsche Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche (Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg News)

Daimler AG and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance see opportunities to collaborate on mobility offerings as well as connected and self-driving cars, a move that would push their partnership into new territory.

Christoph Rauwald and Ania Nussbaum | Bloomberg News
October 3, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous, Top 50, Top 100

XPO Logistics Set to Acquire 5,000 Robots From Peter Thiel-Backed Startup

XPO logistics robot arm XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics Inc. will buy 5,000 warehouse robots from a Singapore startup backed by billionaire Peter Thiel as part of a deal that makes XPO the only logistics provider to use the technology in North America, the U.K. and eight other European countries.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
October 3, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Oct. 1: T&I Chairmanship and the Elephants in the Room

Reps. Sam Graves (left) and Jeff Denham Republican Reps. Sam Graves of Missouri (left) and Jeff Denham of California. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

The two Republicans vying for the chairmanship of the transportation panel in the House say they will make it a priority to craft legislation aimed at rebuilding the country’s roads and bridges. Here's a look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 1, 2018

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