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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, Equipment, Autonomous

Freight Transportation Profits, Prospers

Without a doubt, 2018 was a banner year for trucking and almost every other form of freight transportation. Business investment took off, hiring picked up and freight volume soared with both domestic and international shipments sharing in the bounty.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
December 27, 2018

Transport Topics Podcasts

RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns and LiveOnWeb programs. Episode 2 of our Season Intersession of RoadSigns, "Is Trucking Charging Toward an Electric Reality?" is now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
January 3, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Driverless Cars Deliver From Kroger-Owned Store in Arizona

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

The nation’s largest grocery chain stepped into the driverless delivery market Dec. 18, bringing milk, eggs and other items to a customer’s home in a vehicle with nobody at the wheel.

Cathy Bussewitz | AP Business Writer
December 27, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Zoox Wins First Permit to Ferry California Public in Robot Rides

California highway traffic Traffic on Interstate 60 outside Los Angeles. (City of Industry)

Driverless car startup Zoox Inc. became the first company to win approval to transport members of the public in its driverless test vehicles in California, according to a statement from the California Public Utilities Commission.

Gabrielle Coppola and Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
December 27, 2018
Government, Business, Autonomous

Uber Puts First Self-Driving Car Back on the Road Since Death

An Uber self-driving car Uber’s modified Volvo XC90 sport-utility vehicle. (Uber)

Uber Technologies Inc., which halted its self-driving car program after the death of a pedestrian in March, resumed testing of self-driving cars on public roads in Pittsburgh on Dec. 20, the company said.

Eric Newcomer | Bloomberg News
December 22, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Drone Industry Fears Political Attack After Gatwick Shutdown

Drone Industry Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg News

Analysts and executives are concerned that political reaction may hinder the rapid growth of the drone industry after travel was disrupted at London’s Gatwick Airport for nearly two days before police arrested two people in a nearby town.

Stefan Nicola and Jeremy Kahn | Bloomberg News
December 21, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Levandowski Launches New Venture Pronto to Offer Level 2 Automation to Class 8 Truckers

Levandowski, while he was still head of Uber's self-driving program Levandowski, when he was still head of Uber's self-driving program. His new venture, a software company called Pronto, is out with its first product, CoPilot. (Eric Risberg/Associated Press)

Autonomous vehicle pioneer Anthony Levandowski has formed a new software company called Pronto. Its first aftermarket product, Copilot, provides camera-based self-driving technology for the Class 8 market.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
December 21, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, Top 100

FCC Evaluates Sharing Connected Vehicle Spectrum With Wi-Fi

Two trucks platooning Two trucks platooning. (Peloton Technology)

The Federal Communications Commission is deciding whether further testing is needed to determine if communications between connected vehicles, including trucks, can share a slice of spectrum with Wi-Fi broadband services seeking to use it, too.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
December 19, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Tesla Year-End Push May Drive Cash Flow Higher, Expert Says

Tesla Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg News

Tesla Inc.’s extraordinary efforts to deliver Model 3s before the end of the year could drive a substantially higher cash flow in the fourth quarter, Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas said.

Esha Dey and Ryan Vlastelica | Bloomberg News
December 18, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous, Opinion

Opinion: Picking a Path for Autonomous Data

Artificial intelligence and automation could someday disrupt major sectors of the global economy, including trucking. While much is said about how automated operation could help mitigate the driver shortage, many developmental challenges remain before wide deployment of Class 8 trucks can be realized.

Ronny Cohen | Co-Founder and CEO, VAYAVISION
December 18, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Electric Trucks Advance

Freightliner's all-electric eCascadia Freightliner's eCascadia all-electric heavy-duty truck. (Daimler Trucks North America)

As electric vehicle technology becomes increasingly viable for commercial trucking, fleets and manufacturers are preparing to put the first generation of battery-electric trucks on the road.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
December 14, 2018