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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, TCA

Texas Forms Self-Driving Car Task Force

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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
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
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

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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
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Tesla Reduces Model S, Model X Production Hours; Shares Drop

Tesla Tesla Model S (Justin Chin/Bloomberg News)

Tesla Inc. reduced the amount of hours it is producing Model S sedans and Model X crossovers, adding to concerns about demand for the electric-car maker’s higher-priced and more profitable vehicles. Shares dropped on the news.

Dana Hull and Josh Eidelson | Bloomberg News
January 23, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Amazon to Test Delivery Robots on Seattle-Area Sidewalks

Delivery Robots Amazon Scout ( will use robots to deliver packages in the suburbs north of Seattle, its latest experiment to automate the last mile of delivery that is a labor-intensive and costly component of buying products online.

Spencer Soper and Matt Day | Bloomberg News
January 23, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Waymo Announces Plan for Autonomous-Vehicle Factory in Michigan

Waymo-equipped Chrysler Pacifica undergoes testing A Chrysler Pacifica, equipped with Waymo's self-driving system, undergoes testing in Arizona. Waymo says its new factory will create 400 jobs to create autonomous vehicles. (Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg News)

LANSING, Mich. — Google self-driving car spinoff Waymo said Jan. 22 that it will bring a factory to Michigan, creating up to 400 jobs at what it describes as the world’s first plant “100%” dedicated to the mass production of autonomous vehicles.

David Eggert and Tom Krisher | Associated Press
January 23, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Developers Seek to Advance Truck Platooning Through Higher Automation, Global Demonstrations

Scania platooning Scania trucks travel in a platoon in Europe. The manufacturer seeks to combine truck platooning with higher levels of automated driving technology. (Scania)

WASHINGTON — Truck platooning has not yet advanced beyond the testing and development stage, but proponents and developers of the technology continue to explore ways to eventually deploy it in real-world freight operations.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
January 23, 2019