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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, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Wabco Announces Partnerships, New Technology

Wabco A Stralis truck. (Iveco/Flickr)

Wabco Holdings Inc. announced partnerships with truck makers and technology companies as well as new safety systems, among others.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
September 25, 2018

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

China Targets Silicon Valley for Driverless Technology

Driverless Technology Baidu Inc.'s autonomous car. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

China’s homegrown search giant, much like its U.S. counterpart, has a division focused entirely on driverless vehicles. And just like its rival, Google-born Waymo, both efforts are based in Silicon Valley.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
September 24, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Autonomous

Bosch Pursues Electric, Fuel Cell Powertrains

Fuel-Cell Powertrains Bulander (right) and Heyn at IAA 2018. ( Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

HANOVER, Germany — Bosch presented a range of products and innovations to support the trucking industry’s movement toward vehicle electrification and automated driving here at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
September 20, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous

Electrification, Technology Take Center Stage at IAA 2018

IAA 2018 The Daimler display at IAA features everything from highway tractors to medium- and light-duty trucks and vans. (Joe Howard/Transport Topics)

HANOVER, Germany — The global truck manufacturers and suppliers exhibiting here at the massive IAA Commercial Vehicles show expressed a broadly shared vision that connectivity, automated driving and electric power are the dominant trends that will mold the future of commercial vehicles.

Seth Clevenger and Joe Howard | Staff Reporters
September 20, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

I-5 in Washington, Oregon Best Route to Deploy Self-Driving Semis, Report Says

I-5 South near Everett, Wash. I-5 South near Everett, Wash. A new report rates the I-5 corridor the most productive for self-driving trucks. (Getty Images)

Of all the freeways in the United States, the most productive corridor for self-driving trucks appears to be Interstate 5 through Washington and Oregon, according to a report released this week by the Kirkland, Wash.-based Inrix data company.

Mike Lindblom | The Seattle Times
September 20, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Volvo Exhibits Autonomous Vera Concept

Volvo's Vera autonomous truck concept Volvo's autonomous Vera concept vehicle has a fifth-wheel — but no cab. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

HANOVER, Germany — Volvo Trucks exhibited an autonomous truck concept that entirely removes the cab from the tractor and highlighted its investments in electric vehicles at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
September 20, 2018
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

ZF Pushes Ahead With Vehicle Electrification, Autonomy

ZF The ZF Innovation Van. (ZF Friedrichshafen AG)

Commercial vehicle supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG announced it would spend 12 billion euros over the next five years on its e-mobility and autonomous driving technologies aimed at a logistics industry in need of new vehicles to deal with rising delivery volumes and clean air issues.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
September 19, 2018
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Automation, Electrification Could Advance Faster in Intermodal

Automation Suhonen (left), Saxton, Long and Boyd discuss the future of autonomous and electric technologies. (Mindy Long for Transport Topics)

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Autonomous technologies and electrified equipment will have specific roles in the transportation and intermodal sectors and already are increasing safety and improving efficiency. As the technology continues to advance, it may gain adoption faster in the controlled situations within intermodal yards and drayage environments.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
September 18, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Sept. 17: ‘Iggy,’ the Doctor of Truckology, Fondly Remembered

Chris "Iggy" Ignowski at 2016 NTDC Chris "Iggy" Ignowski received the Lifetime Volunteer Award at the 2016 National Truck Driving Championships in Indianapolis (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Chris Ignowski left a lasting impression at FedEx and the National Truck Driving Championships as a safety proponent whose knowledge of the industry's rules and regulations was unmatched.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 17, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Connecticut to Offer Self-Driving Pilot Program in Four Communities

Self-driving car delivers groceries A self-driving car delivers groceries to a customer in San Jose, Calif. (Ryan Nakashima/Associated Press)

Self-driving cars could be on the road in large numbers sooner than anyone expected — possibly by 2021 — even if public support for autonomous vehicles appears to be dropping.

Bill Cummings | Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, Conn.)
September 17, 2018

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