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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

Self-Driving Cars Still Trying to Navigate Bad Weather

WaveSense technology Technology from Boston-based WaveSense may solve the bad-weather conundrum autonomous vehicles face — that they can't read the road when it's covered with accumulated snow. (WaveSense)

As things stand today, the driverless car of the future can’t handle more than a dusting of snow.

Kyle Stock | Bloomberg News
September 17, 2018

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Transport Topics
October 22, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Report: Machines to Handle More Than Half of Workplace Tasks by 2025

Automated robots at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights, Mich. Automated robots at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights, Mich. (Paul Sancya/AP)

GENEVA — More than half of all workplace tasks will be carried out by machines by 2025, organizers of the Davos economic forum said in a report released Sept. 17 that highlights the speed with which the labor market will change in coming years.

Jamey Keaten | Associated Press
September 17, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Logistics, Autonomous, Top 50

North Carolina Town Eyes Drones as Future of Package Delivery

A Flytrex delivery drone Flytrex

Holly Springs, N.C., hopes to be among the first spots in the United States where drones are used for package delivery.

Joe Antoshak | Staff Writer
September 17, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Autonomous Vehicles to Bring Groceries to Oklahoma City Residents

Udelv self-driving vehicle Udelv

Don’t worry, you haven’t fallen, but the turnip truck is about to start driving itself.

David Dishman | The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
September 14, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Uber to Invest More Than $150 Million in Toronto Driverless Car Hub

Uber Self-Driving zombieite/Flickr

Uber Technologies Inc. will spend more than $150 million in Toronto to support driverless car research.

Natalie Wong | Bloomberg News
September 14, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Volvo Trucks Develops Autonomous Vehicle Called Vera

Volvo Vera Volvo Truck Corp.

Volvo Trucks, the manufacturing arm of Volvo Group, underscored its commitment to offering autonomous commercial vehicles in the near future with the announcement recently that it has developed a self-driving, battery-electric, tractor-like unit it calls Vera.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
September 13, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Federal Standard on Autonomous Vehicle Technology Is Needed, Rep. Latta Says

Autonomous concept Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Congress needs to ensure autonomous vehicle technology operates under a national directive instead of a patchwork of guidelines from the states, a key House authorizer said Sept. 13.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 13, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

France Mulls Autonomous Trains

 Autonomous Trains SNCF train. (Nicolas Enriquez/Bloomberg News)

As billions go into building driverless everything — from cars to buses and airplanes — France is taking a cheaper shortcut to autonomous transport.

Ania Nussbaum and Marie Mawad | Bloomberg News
September 12, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Simulators Provide Virtual Scenarios for Real-World Autonomous Driving

Real-World Autonomous Driving Shutterstock

Self-driving cars virtually have made every mistake imaginable inside the office of Applied Intuition. But that's a good thing, according to the autonomous technology company.

Mark Bergen | Bloomberg News
September 12, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Tesla Bull Analyst Says Stock ‘No Longer Investable’

Tesla Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg News

Nomura Instinet analyst Romit Shah downgraded Tesla to neutral from buy in a note titled “No Longer Investable.” The note to clients starts by pointing out that previously he’s been one of the biggest bulls on the Street since initiating coverage last October.

Joe Weisenthal | Bloomberg News
September 11, 2018