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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, Autonomous

Self-Driving Truck Startups TuSimple, Ike Attract More Investment to Fuel Development

Ike automated vehicle A worker checks a sensor on a test truck operated by Ike, which is developing automated driving technology for commercial vehicles. (Ike)

Self-driving truck startups TuSimple and Ike both announced new funding in February to fuel the continued development of their automated driving systems for commercial vehicles.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
February 13, 2019

Transport Topics Podcasts: AOBRDs and ELDs

RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns programs. Episode 1 and 2 of Season Two, "The AOBRD Phaseout" and "What Does the Future Hold for ELDs?" are now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
March 12, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous, TCA

Robot Package Delivery Trucks Developed in Detroit Ready for China, US

Quadrobot CEO and Chairman Mike Wang Quadrobot CEO and Chairman Mike Wang via Detroit Free Press/Tribune Content Agency

Looking like a delegation of toasters from space, a generation of electrically powered, self-driving mail trucks will roll out of a suburban Detroit industrial park later this year. Their mission: Revolutionize mail and package delivery.

Mark Phelan | Detroit Free Press
February 11, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Infrastructure Stakeholders to Congress: Fix the Highway Trust Fund

Highway Trust Fund UPS Freight President Rich McArdle. (House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure via YouTube)

Nearly a dozen stakeholders representing local governments and the freight and commuter sectors on Feb. 7 urged a House transportation panel to identify a sustainable source of funding for an infrastructure bill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
February 7, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Waymo Linked to AV Deal With Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance

Waymo Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg News

Waymo is in advanced talks with Renault SA, Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. to develop autonomous cars, according to sources familiar with the matter, in a move that would join a leading self-driving force with the world’s largest automotive alliance.

Gerrit De Vynck and David Welch | Bloomberg News
February 5, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Texas Forms Self-Driving Car Task Force

texas Getty Images

The Texas Department of Transportation is moving forward with the formation of a Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Task Force, made up of membership from state and local governments, academia, TxDOT staff and the autonomous vehicle industry.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
January 31, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Autonomous Trucking Still Distant

Autonomous Trucking Steve Banker (Jim Stinson/Transport Topics)

ATLANTA — The future of autonomous trucks is further down the road than people believe, but final-mile delivery by robots is closer to larger use, said Steve Banker of ARC Advisory Group, giving his assessment of future disruption at the SMC3 Jump Start conference.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
January 30, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Self-Driving Truck Startup Embark Releases Performance Data

Embark autonomous truck Embark

Self-driving truck startup Embark has issued a voluntary report on the performance of its automated trucks, providing a more detailed look at its testing process and the current capabilities of its technology.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
January 30, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Paccar CEO Outlines Path Toward Zero-Emission Trucks, Automated Driving

Ron Armstrong Paccar CEO Ron Armstrong discusses emerging truck technologies at the ATD Show. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

SAN FRANCISCO — Paccar Inc. CEO Ron Armstrong said the trucking industry is moving toward ever-cleaner and more energy-efficient vehicles and will adopt increasingly advanced automated driving technology to assist drivers.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
January 28, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Experts Discuss Autonomous Tech’s Effect on Freight

Plano, Texas, Mayor Harry LaRosiliere Plano, Texas, Mayor Harry LaRosiliere by Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics

WASHINGTON — As they become more prevalent, autonomous technologies will bear a bigger impact on freight transportation, according to panelists assembled at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ winter meeting.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 24, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber Contemplates Outside Investors for Autonomous Car Unit

Uber An Uber self-driving Volvo. (zombieite/Flickr)

Uber Technologies Inc. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said it was “possible” the ride-hailing giant would look for outside investors for its self-driving car unit, but isn’t currently searching for backers.

Erik Schatzker and Jeremy Kahn | Bloomberg News
January 23, 2019

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