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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

Cruise, Waymo Cope With Robotaxi Backlash in San Francisco

Robotaxi backlash is intensifying against Waymo and Cruise just as self-driving vehicles begin to gain real traction in San Francisco after years of development.

David Welch and Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
August 24, 2023

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Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, Private

Walmart, Alphabet to Test Wider Drone Deliveries

Walmart Inc. is planning its longest drone deliveries yet by teaming up with Alphabet Inc.’s Wing unit at two Dallas-area stores.  

Brendan Case | Bloomberg News
August 24, 2023
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Cruise Could Bring Robotaxis to Raleigh

Cruise, the taxi company that uses self-driving cars, is preparing to come to Raleigh and may be interested in Durham, N.C., as well.

Richard Stradling | The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)
August 24, 2023
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Cruise to Cut San Francisco Fleet in Half After Crashes

General Motors’ Cruise autonomous vehicle unit has agreed to cut its fleet of San Francisco robotaxis in half as authorities investigate two recent crashes in the city.

August 19, 2023
Business, Technology, Autonomous

San Francisco Tests Out Driverless EV Shuttle

San Francisco has launched an autonomous shuttle service less than a week after California regulators approved the expansion of robotaxis despite traffic and safety concerns.

Terry Chea | Associated Press
August 18, 2023
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Cruise Robotaxi Collides With San Francisco Firetruck

A Cruise robotaxi collided with a firetruck late Aug. 17 in San Francisco, injuring the vehicle’s passenger.

Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
August 18, 2023
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

San Francisco Wants Halt to Cruise, Waymo Expansion Ruling

San Francisco asked California regulators Aug. 16 to halt its approval of Cruise’s and Waymo’s unrestricted commercial expansion in the city, arguing the city “will suffer serious harm.” 

Ricardo Cano | San Francisco Chronicle
August 17, 2023
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Driverless EV Shuttle Set to Debut in Downtown Orlando

Starting later this month, an electric, self-driving shuttle operated by Beep Inc. will whisk passengers around a 1-mile loop in downtown Orlando for no charge, officials said Aug. 16.

August 16, 2023
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

TuSimple Faces Report Deadline as Tucson Site Is Up for Sale

Self-driving truck developer TuSimple Holdings says it won’t be able to file its second-quarter 2023 financial report on time to meet a deadline imposed by the Nasdaq Stock Market.

David Wichner | The Arizona Daily Star
August 14, 2023
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

San Francisco Approves Waymo, Cruise Operation 24/7

SAN FRANCISCO — California regulators on Aug. 10 approved an expansion that will allow robotaxi services Waymo and Cruise  to operate throughout San Francisco at all hours.

Michael Liedtke | Associated Press
August 11, 2023