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When Will Trucks Drive Themselves?

Aurora Peterbilt Autonomous truck developers such as Aurora are testing and validating their technology on public highways, particularly in the U.S. Southwest. (Aurora Innovation)

The road to autonomous trucking is long and littered with obstacles, but developers of self-driving systems for commercial vehicles are making clear and tangible progress in their mission to bring this technology to market.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
May 21, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Likely Growth in Drone Deliveries Prompts NTSB to Expand Its Purview

A drone descends to deliver a COVID-19 test kit to a home in El Paso, Texas. (Mario Tama/Getty Images via Bloomberg News) A drone descends to deliver a COVID-19 test kit to a home in El Paso, Texas. (Mario Tama/Getty Images via Bloomberg News)

The expected increase in commercial drone operations such as delivery flights is prompting accident investigators to expand the types of aviation crashes they plan to review.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
May 20, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Kodiak Robotics Expands Autonomous Truck Operations in Texas

Kodiak Robotics truck driver A safety driver monitors the performance of a Kodiak Robotics truck. (Kodiak Robotics Inc. via YouTube)

SAN ANTONIO — Autonomous truck developer Kodiak Robotics this summer is expanding its routes, adding a Dallas-to-San Antonio run.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
May 20, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Waymo Eyes Raising Up to $4 Billion as Leaders’ Exits Sow Doubts

A Waymo LLC Chrysler Pacifica autonomous vehicle A Waymo LLC Chrysler Pacifica autonomous vehicle. (Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg News)

Waymo is talking to outside investors about raising as much as $4 billion in additional capital to fuel its self-driving efforts. And the company has discussed plans to eventually list publicly, spinning out from its parent Alphabet Inc., according to people familiar with the plans.

May 19, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Phillips Connect Hires Jon Morrison as Executive Consultant

Jon Morrison Jon Morrison (Phillips Connect)

Smart-trailer product developer Phillips Connect announced that former Wabco Americas president Jon Morrison will serve as a strategic executive to the company as it looks to increase its market share in trailer connectivity and support a future with autonomous vehicles.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
May 19, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Elon Musk Loses World’s Second-Richest Ranking

Elon Musk arrives at the Axel Springer Award ceremony in Germany on Dec. 1. (Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg News) Elon Musk arrives at the Axel Springer Award ceremony in Germany on Dec. 1, 2020. (Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg News)

Elon Musk’s Twitter posts keep sending Bitcoin prices tumbling. His own fortune is heading in the same direction. On May 17, Tesla Inc.’s CEO lost his spot as the world’s second-richest person.

Ben Stupples | Bloomberg News
May 18, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Rivian’s Tesla Alums Lead Charge as Debut Nears for First Three EVs

Rivian R.J. Scaringe unveils the R1S SUV in 2018. ( Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

Rivian Automotive Inc. will soon set off on an aggressive sprint to upend the electric-vehicle business, with plans to start selling three models — a pickup truck, SUV and delivery van — in a matter of months. For this ambitious effort, it has harnessed powerful weapons: former Tesla Inc. engineers who launched the company’s Model 3 sedan.

Edward Ludlow and Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
May 18, 2021
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

California Places Tesla’s ‘Full Self-Driving’ Under Review

Tesla The Tesla Model S. (Tesla)

LOS ANGELES — California’s Department of Motor Vehicles is reviewing whether Tesla is violating a state regulation by advertising its vehicles as being fully autonomous without meeting the legal definition of self-driving.

Tom Krisher and Stefanie Dazio | Associated Press
May 18, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Embark Trucks Add HP to Partner Development Program

Embark trucks HP’s first autonomous freight deliveries with Embark will move printers from Los Angeles to Phoenix. (Embark)

Self-driving truck technology developer Embark Trucks Inc. announced HP Inc. is joining its partner development program to test and deploy autonomous freight and provide data and feedback to Embark.

May 14, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

EV Startups Lose More Than $40 Billion After Taking SPAC Route Public

Lordstown vehicle The Lordstown Endurance electric pickup. (Matthew Hatcher/Bloomberg)

At their highs, five electric vehicle startups that went public through mergers with special purpose acquisition companies were worth $60 billion. The corrections that followed have been brutal.

Craig Trudell | Bloomberg News
May 14, 2021

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