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Business, Technology, Autonomous

At Tokyo Auto Show, Visions for Cars of the Future, but no Ghosn

Akio Toyoda Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda at the Tokyo Motor Show. (Koji Sasahara)

TOKYO — The Tokyo Motor Show opens this week with plenty of futuristic technologies but absent one of the auto industry’s hugest influencers: Nissan’s former chairman, Carlos Ghosn.

Yuri Kageyama | Associated Press
October 23, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Renault Joins Toyota, Mercedes With Hydrogen Van

Renault Kangoo hydrogen van Anthony Bernier/Renault

Renault SA will offer its electric Kangoo van with added hydrogen fuel cells before the end of the year and roll out the technology to another model in 2020.

Ania Nussbaum | Bloomberg News
October 23, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, Top 100, TCA

UPS, AmerisourceBergen Plan Drone Drug and Device Delivery

UPS drone UPS Flight Forward drone by UPS Inc.

UPS Inc. and AmerisourceBergen, the Chesterbrook, Pa.-based drug distributor, are working together to use UPS’ new Flight Forward “drone airline” to ship drugs and supplies to hospitals through small, unmanned aircraft across the U.S.

Joseph N. DiStefano | The Philadelphia Inquirer
October 22, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Rio to Produce Lithium in California, Joining Electric Car Battery Race

Man charging electric car Rich Pedroncelli/AP

Rio Tinto Group is starting pilot production of lithium in California and will consider an expansion to become the top domestic supplier in the U.S. as the world’s biggest miners look to boost their exposure to the electric car battery revolution.

David Stringer | Bloomberg News
October 22, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Einride Adds Investors, Eyes US Market

Einride vehicle Einride’s Head of Operations, Niklas Reinedahl (left), with Michelin Group’s CEO Florent Menegaux in front of the T-pod during the Movin’On Summit 2019 in Montreal. (Einride)

Einride, the Swedish provider of an autonomous, all-electric transport vehicle, announced $25 million in Series A funding to assist in expanding to the United States, among other goals.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
October 21, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

FedEx Completes First Commercial Drone Delivery

FedEx drone delivery in partnership with Alphabet's Wing. The drone makes its delivery. (FedEx Corp.)

FedEx officials said the company’s test drone program completed the first U.S. residential delivery of commercial goods, a scheduled trip to a home in Christiansburg, Va., on Oct. 18.

October 21, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous, Top 100

Dependable Supply Chain Services Adds Two Orange EV Tractors to Increase Sustainability

Orange EV yard truck Mike Saxton demonstrates an Orange EV yard truck. (Mindy Long)

ONTARIO, Calif. — Dependable Supply Chain Services has deployed two electric terminal trucks from Orange EV at its facility here.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
October 18, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Volvo Reports Modest Gains in Q3 Net Income, Revenue

Volvo grille Justin Ide/Bloomberg

Volvo Group reported a marginal increase in net income and a modest bump in revenue in the third quarter, citing slowing markets for trucks, construction equipment, and marine and industrial engines.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
October 18, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Russia’s Yandex Joins the Self-Driving Car Million-Mile Club

Yandex car A Yandex Toyota Prius self-driving taxi trial on open roads in Moscow. (Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg News)

Yandex NV, Russia’s largest internet firm, said its self-driving cars have passed 1 million miles in fully autonomous driving since it started testing the technology in December 2017, joining an elite group in the emerging robotaxi industry.

Ilya Khrennikov | Bloomberg News
October 18, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Future of Workforce a Priority Amid AI Push, Lawmakers Say

Autonomous concept Getty Images

WASHINGTON — The advancements in artificial intelligence will require a national strategy that ensures workers are able to adapt to sweeping changes, two members of Congress active in this national debate said Oct. 16.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 17, 2019