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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

Training Programs Vital as AI Becomes More Prevalent, Experts Say

Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, speaks at the National Governors Association’s winter meeting Feb. 23. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Education and training programs can help members of the workforce adjust to the difficulties that artificial intelligence will present to certain jobs, said policy expert Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan organization.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 23, 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
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Opportunity Exists for Advancing Autonomous Vehicles Bill This Congress, Sen. John Thune Says

Autonomous Vehicles Bill Thune (Zach Gibson/Bloomberg News)

Legislation aimed at popularizing the use of autonomous vehicles in commercial and commuter settings is gaining supporters in the Senate, signaling its consideration possibly as early as this spring.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 21, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

DTNA Unveils New Driver-Assist Technology in Freightliner Cascadia

Freightliner Cascadia Freightliner Cascadia with Level-2 Driver Assist. (Dan Ronan/Transport Topics)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Truck manufacturer Daimler Trucks North America recently demonstrated automated driver-assist technology that’s set to debut in its 2020 Freightliner Cascadia Class 8 model later this year, and said the system promises to make driving a truck — and the highways overall — safer.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
February 19, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Self-Driving Truck Startup Pronto Pursues Gradual Path to Automation

Anthony Levandowski, co-founder of Pronto CEO Anthony Levandowski courtesy of Pronto

Pronto, the new self-driving truck startup launched by Anthony Levandowski, is pursuing a more incremental path toward autonomous driving than many of its competitors in the increasingly crowded race to bring automation to trucking.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
February 19, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Samsara Offers New Dash Camera, Invests in Artificial Intelligence

Samsara dash cam Samsara

Samsara, a San Francisco-based tech firm that is developing internet-connected sensors to monitor mobile assets, has unveiled a dash camera that uses artificial intelligence to identify dangerous driving behaviors.

February 15, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Wabco Reports Record Annual Revenue

Wabco booth at MC&E Wabco's booth at a recent industry trade show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Commercial vehicle supplier Wabco Holdings Inc. reported lower net income and revenue for the fourth quarter, while full-year revenue set a record despite a slowdown in certain key markets.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
February 15, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

VW, Ford Discuss Alliance on Self-Driving Cars

Ford Daniel Acker.Bloomberg News

Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG are progressing toward an agreement to join forces on self-driving cars and have overcome earlier obstacles, according to people familiar with the talks.

Keith Naughton and Christoph Rauwald | Bloomberg News
February 15, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Nuro Raises Nearly $1 Billion From SoftBank Vision Fund

Kroger and Nuro's R1 driverless delivery vehicle Kroger and Nuro's R1 driverless delivery vehicle. (Andrew Brown/The Kroger Co. via AP)

Nuro, a robotics company specializing in automating local commerce deliveries, has secured $940 million in funding from the SoftBank Vision Fund, according to a Feb. 11 press release.

February 14, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

GM Cruise Falls Short of Self-Driving Test Miles Projection

GM David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

In late 2017, the co-founder of General Motors Co.’s self-driving unit told investors the company was on the verge of putting 1 million miles a month on its autonomous test cars. That projection proved to be quite a stretch.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
February 14, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, Top 100

Federal Framework on Autonomous Vehicles Policy Essential, UPS Executive Says

Tom Jensen Thomas Jensen of UPS speaks at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation panel. (Eugene Mulero/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Nationwide policy for autonomous cars and trucks has the potential of facilitating the flow of freight while improving safety, according to a senior executive at UPS Inc. on Feb. 12.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 13, 2019