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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, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Cruise Sponsorship Patch Now Part of Giants’ Jerseys

Cruise patch on Giants jerseys

Cruise, which offers a driverless ride-hailing service in San Francisco, now has a patch with the company logo on the shoulder of San Francisco Giants players' jerseys.

Joseph Dycus | Bay Area News Group
August 4, 2023

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Business, Technology, Autonomous

Backup Driver in Autonomous Uber Death Pleads Guilty

Investigator at scene of Tempe fatality

PHOENIX — The backup Uber driver for a self-driving vehicle that killed a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix in 2018 pleaded guilty July 28 to endangerment.

July 28, 2023
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Semi-Automated Trucks to Be Tested on Ohio-Indiana Route

Interstate 70 highway sign

Ohio and Indiana have agreed to test partially automated trucks on a 166-mile stretch of Interstate 70 between Columbus, Ohio, and Indianapolis beginning as early as October.

Thomas Gnau | Springfield News-Sun (Ohio)
July 27, 2023
Business, Technology, Autonomous

AI Startup Helps Diesel Trains Clean Up Their Emissions

GE locomotive assembly

RailVision Analytics has developed artificial intelligence-enabled software to help locomotive engineers make  adjustments in train driving that could lead to savings in diesel fuel.

Coco Liu | Bloomberg News
July 27, 2023
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

House Transportation Leaders Tout Self-Driving Technology

John Bozzella

Ensuring nationwide standards for self-driving technology would assist with safety and efficiency, the leadership of a House panel said recently.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
July 26, 2023
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Waymo Via to Focus on Ride-Hailing Over Autonomous Trucking

Waymo vehicle

Waymo, the self-driving unit owned by Alphabet Inc., is slowing the development of autonomous trucking that’s being done by its Via subsidiary.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
July 26, 2023
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Congress Wades Into Self-Driving Debate With New House Bills

The U.S. Capitol at sundown

Congress is wading into the debate over whether automakers should be allowed to sell more self-driving cars while manufacturers seek federal permission to expand testing of the technology.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
July 25, 2023
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Aurora Details Financial Plan, Unveils Lidar Breakthrough

Aurora trucks

Autonomous technology developer Aurora says it has set itself up financially for up to the next two years with a new round of public and private funding. 

Dan Ronan | Senior Reporter
July 25, 2023
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Amazon, Six Other Companies Commit to AI Safeguards

President Biden speaks on AI safeguards

President Joe Biden said the U.S. must guard against threats from artificial intelligence as he detailed new company safeguards and promised government actions on the emerging technology.

July 21, 2023
Business, Technology, Autonomous, Private, TCA

Amazon to Roll Out Palm Payment Technology at Whole Foods

Amazon palm payment

Customers at Amazon’s Whole Foods Market stores will soon be able to pay for their groceries with a wave of their hand.

Madison Iszler | San Antonio Express-News
July 21, 2023