Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Federal Regulators Tout Autonomous Vehicles’ Potential Benefits

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Commercial vehicles utilizing automated technology have the potential to increase highway safety and provide a boost to the economy, the country’s top trucking regulator said June 19.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
June 19, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

XPO, Nestle Team on UK Distribution Center

Robotic arm at an XPO Logistics facility Robotic arms such as this one will be featured at the UK distribution center. (XPO Logistics)

XPO Logistics has joined with food and drink giant Nestle to create a 638,000-square foot distribution center that will feature robotics and state of the art automation in Leicestershire, United Kingdom. The center is scheduled to be completed in 2020.

Transport Topics
June 18, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

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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, Equipment, Fuel, Autonomous

Capitol Agenda for the Week of June 18: Have a Pothole? Call Domino’s

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For a limited time only, Domino’s is mixing it up in the infrastructure game. After you order two medium pizzas with any topping and a drink, don’t forget to say you want free refills on the potholes outside your window. Here's a look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
June 18, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Enterprise Picks Up a Partner in First Driverless Car Foray

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Enterprise Holdings Inc., the nation’s largest car renter, is making a foray into self-driving — albeit gingerly.

Mark Bergen and David Welch | Bloomberg News
June 14, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Autonomous Trucking Gaining Ground in China

Trucks sit idle in a parking lot at a logistics park in Chengdu, China, April 11, 2017. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

In China, autonomous trucking is coming faster than expected. Chinese driverless truck startup Fabu Technology said June 12 that its driverless trucks already have taken part in open road tests and it plans to offer intercity cargo transportation this year, which is expected to radically reshape the nation’s freight transportation market.

Cheng Yu | Asia News Network
June 13, 2018
Government, Technology, Autonomous

Deployment of Autonomous Vehicles Could Ease Congestion, Senators Argue

Autonomous car in San Francisco An autonomous car in San Francisco. (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — The looming mainstream deployment of autonomous cars and trucks around the country has the potential to improve traffic safety while reducing congestion along key freight corridors and metropolitan regions, senators on a transportation committee said June 13.

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

Senate Panel to Review Autonomous Vehicles Policy June 13

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While senators wait for Republican leaders to schedule a vote on an autonomous vehicles bill, a Senate committee will examine the potential impact allowing such vehicles could have on the country’s surface infrastructure.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
June 12, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Driverless Delivery Startup Uses $92 Million to Focus on Safety


In an abandoned lot on the outskirts of Sacramento, Calif., R1, a domed gray vehicle half the size of a Toyota Corolla, is practicing driving itself. It stops at stop signs, yields to people, and handles sharp turns, as other self-driving vehicles do on test courses in Silicon Valley, Detroit, and China.

Mark Bergen | Bloomberg News
June 11, 2018
Government, Business, Autonomous

Capitol Agenda for the Week of June 11: A Rare Sighting

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The U.S. Senate plans to work through much of what would have been its August recess, an event about as rare as the sighting of a white rhino. Here's what they hope to accomplish then, as well as what's ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill this week.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
June 11, 2018
Technology, Autonomous

How Drivers and Autonomous Trucks Could Work Together to Move Freight

How Drivers and Autonomous Trucks Could Work Together to Move Freight Illustration by Joseph Terry/Transport Topics

The advent of automated driving technology is poised to transform the trucking industry in the years and decades to come, but it is clear that autonomous trucks will not be ready to handle all driving tasks and conditions anytime soon.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
June 8, 2018