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Battery-Electric Nikola Tre to Be Made at Iveco Plant in Germany

Nikola Tre Nikola Motor Co.

Nikola Corp. and joint venture partners Iveco and FPT Industrial announced they will manufacture the battery-electric Nikola Tre model at Iveco’s plant in Ulm, Germany, beginning in 2021, after the facility undergoes a $43.9 million upgrade.

February 7, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

NHTSA Grants First Approval for Vehicle Without Human Driver

The Nuro R2 is entirely autonomous and is designed to carry goods such as groceries in temperature-controlled compartments. The Nuro R2 is entirely autonomous and is designed to carry goods such as groceries in temperature-controlled compartments. (Nuro via Associated Press)

For the first time, the U.S. government’s highway safety agency has approved a company’s request to deploy a self-driving vehicle that doesn’t meet federal safety standards for human-driven cars and trucks.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
February 6, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Uber Gets OK to Restart Autonomous Car Testing in California

An autonomous Volvo under development by Uber on display in Pittsburgh in March 2019. An autonomous Volvo under development by Uber on display in Pittsburgh in March 2019. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

Uber has been granted permission from California regulators to test self-driving cars on state roads, the ride-sharing company announced Feb. 5.

Tony Bizjak | The Sacramento Bee
February 6, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

DOT Requests Public Comment on AV 4.0

Autonomous concept Autonomous vehicle concept by Getty Images

The Department of Transportation and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy are inviting public comments on AV 4.0, the latest federal update of autonomous vehicle technology guidelines.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 5, 2020
Government, Business, Autonomous

Self-Driving Mass Transit Arrives on American Streets

Smart Columbus (Smart Columbus)

An electric-powered shuttle funded mostly by the federal government will give residents access to services that have slowly vanished from a part of Columbus, Ohio.

Kevin Miller | Bloomberg News
February 5, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

UPS-Waymo Partnership to Start in Near Future

UPS-Waymo partnership beginning soon The partnership will feature Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacificas shuttling packages from The UPS Store locations in Phoenix to a local UPS sorting facility for processing. (UPS Inc.)

UPS and Waymo announced Jan. 29 a pilot program for autonomous vehicle package pickup in Phoenix.

January 30, 2020
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

UPS to Expand Service, Capacity, Add Operation Hours

UPS A UPS driver makes a delivery. The company said weekend network enhancements will expand residential and commercial Saturday volumes by reaching an additional 40 million U.S. consumers. (UPS Inc.)

UPS Inc. rolled out a series of offerings Jan. 29 aimed at improving service to small and midsize businesses, including an extension of weekend operations.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
January 29, 2020
Business, Autonomous

GM’s Super Cruise to Join Tesla’s Autopilot in the Passing Lane

Mark Reuss, now president of General Motors, speaks at an auto show in Detroit in 2016. Mark Reuss, now president of General Motors, speaks at an auto show in Detroit in 2016. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

The race for first place in hands-free driving will intensify later this year when General Motors Co. begins selling an advanced version of its Super Cruise system.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
January 28, 2020
Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

FHWA Grant Will Support Autonomous Crash Truck in North Dakota

North Dakota Currently, NDDOT uses a truck that has an attenuator mounted onto it and is operated by a human driver. (American Traffic Safety Services Association)

The North Dakota Department of Transportation will use a recently awarded federal grant to deploy an autonomous attenuator truck.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 24, 2020
Business, Autonomous

GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Plant Will Build Cruise Origin Self-Driving Shuttle

The Cruise Origin driverless shuttle stands during a GM Cruise reveal even in San Francisco on Jan. 21. The Cruise Origin driverless shuttle stands during a GM Cruise reveal even in San Francisco on Jan. 21. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

General Motors Co. is expected to announce on Jan. 27 plans to build the all-electric Cruise Origin self-driving shuttle at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Kalea Hall | The Detroit News
January 24, 2020

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