Business, Technology, Autonomous

Former Chief Tesla Vehicle Engineer Doug Field Returns to Apple

Doug Field Tony Gutierrez/AP Images

Apple Inc. said it rehired Doug Field after the executive spent about five years at Tesla Inc. in charge of vehicle engineering.

Mark Gurman and Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
August 10, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Self-Driving Truck Startup Kodiak Secures $40 Million in Series A

Kodiak Robotics co-founders Don Burnette and Paz Eshel Kodiak Robotics co-founders Don Burnette (left) and Paz Eshel. (Kodiak Robotics)

Kodiak Robotics, founded in April by Don Burnette and Paz Eshel, said it has raised $40 million from a group of venture capital investment firms, including Battery Ventures, CRV, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Tusk Ventures.

Joe Antoshak | Staff Writer
August 9, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

RoadSigns podcast

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Touts Department’s Approach to Autonomous Policy

Driver in autonomous car with hands off wheel Getty Images

An update of federal guidelines on autonomous technology that would encompass trucks, transit systems, infrastructure, cars and other modes of transportation will emphasize safety, the country’s top transportation officer said Aug. 8.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
August 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Ford Aims to Be Major Player in Autonomous Technology

Autonomous technology A fully autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid research vehicle on streets of Dearborn, Mich. (Ford Motor Co.)

The autonomous technology gap between Ford Motor Co. and its rivals from Detroit and Silicon Valley can be measured in years. Yet even a company playing catch-up in the race to turn self-driving technology into high-margin businesses is drawing interest from outside investors, an indicator of just how much money is pouring in.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
August 9, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber Doubles Down on Freight Business

Lior Ron Uber Freight app. (Aether Films)

Although Uber Technologies Inc. recently halted its self-driving truck program, the ride-hailing pioneer is doubling down on its Uber Freight load-matching business and announced that Otto co-founder and former Uber executive Lior Ron will rejoin the company to run that unit.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
August 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Elon Musk Considers Taking Tesla Private

Tesla private Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg News

Elon Musk said he’s considering taking Tesla Inc. private in a radical step that would ease pressure on the money-losing automaker.

Bloomberg News
August 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber Crash May Have Been Avoidable With Volvo’s Tech, IIHS Says

Uber Crash An Uber Volvo self-driving sports utility vehicle sits on the road after a high-impact crash in Tempe, Ariz. (Mark Beach/Fresco News via Bloomberg)

The Uber Technologies Inc. self-driving test vehicle that killed a pedestrian in Arizona earlier this year may have been able to avoid the crash had the ride-hailing company not disabled Volvo Cars’ safety system, according to a safety group.

Sarah Gardner | Bloomberg News
August 7, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, Opinion

Opinion: Automated Technology Ready Now Can Ease Capacity Crunch

What if I told you that another form of automated technology could help ease the industry’s capacity crunch right now? Automated routing and scheduling can maximize the usage of available driver time, take some recruiting pressure off of fleets and address the very real challenge of keeping drivers on your staff and behind the wheel once you’ve found them.

William Salter | CEO, Paragon Software Systems
August 7, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Waymo Program in Arizona Focuses on Commuters Using Public Transit

Waymo A Waymo customized Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid near the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. (Getty Images)

Self-driving vehicles typically are described as a disruptive technology that will make traditional modes of public transportation obsolete, but a recent announcement by Chandler-based Waymo is challenging that narrative.

Wayne Schutsky | East Valley Tribune (Mesa, Ariz.)
August 6, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

GM to Hire Hackers to Find Bugs in Car Computers

GM fights back against hackers Getty Images

Highly computerized cars or trucks could mean consumers’ data is vulnerable or the driver safety might be endangered if car companies aren’t prepared to cut off at the pass any data breach or threat to cybersecurity.

Jamie L. LaReau | Detroit Free Press
August 3, 2018