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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, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, Private

Amazon’s Robotaxi Arm Zoox Coming ‘Sooner Than People Expect’

The CEO of Zoox, Amazon .com Inc.’s self-driving unit, expects autonomous vehicles to be present in cities “sooner than people expect,” but stopped short of saying when her own company’s product would appear on roads.

September 28, 2022

TT Podcasts: RoadSigns

Host Seth Clevenger chats with Torc Robotics CEO Peter Vaughan Schmidt about the realities of autonomous truck technology and how they fit into the freight transportation industry. Second of a three-part series on autonomous vehicles.

Government, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

FMCSA Plans Study on Driver Effect of Automated Driving Systems

Federal trucking regulators are planning a study that will examine the effect of human driver factors for Level 2 and Level 3 automated driving systems on commercial trucks.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 27, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

States Get Final OK to Build Highway EV Charging Network

WASHINGTON — All 50 states received final approval Sept. 27 to begin construction on a first nationwide network of electric vehicle charging stations that places one roughly every 50 miles along interstate highways, part of the Biden administration’s plan to spur widespread adoption of zero-emission cars.

Hope Yen | The Associated Press
September 27, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Pony.ai to Test Autonomous Vehicles in Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. — Pony.ai, a developer of self-driving cars based in China and Silicon Valley, will begin testing its autonomous vehicles in Tucson, with trained safety drivers behind the wheel, in a partnership with Pima Community College.

David Wichner | The Arizona Daily Star
September 23, 2022
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Inflation Reduction Act Sparks Interest in Battery Industry

Battery upstarts are salivating over elements in the Inflation Reduction Act, particularly the tax credits for manufacturing components in the U.S.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
September 23, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Ford Breaks Ground on $5.6 Billion Complex for EVs, Batteries

Ford Motor Co. has begun construction of its $5.6 billion electric vehicle manufacturing complex in western Tennessee, the largest factory project in the automaker’s 119-year history.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
September 23, 2022
Business, Technology, Autonomous, For-Hire

Torc, Schneider Partner on Level 4 Autonomy

Driverless technology company Torc Robotics and Schneider are preparing to launch a pilot program to further implement autonomous longhaul trucking, the companies announced Sept. 20.

September 21, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Autonomous

Daum Stresses Green Technology, Collaboration

HANOVER, Germany — Daimler Truck CEO Martin Daum said his company is pursuing a clean-energy strategy built around electric and fuel cell technology, setting aside natural gas as a component of the plan.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
September 20, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Autonomous

Batteries Battle Fuel Cells for Top Spot for Electric Trucks

Nikola President Michael Lohscheller was beaming when he unveiled the U.S. startup’s fuel cell truck for the European market at the region’s biggest commercial vehicle show this week.

September 20, 2022
Business, Technology, Autonomous

GM’s Cruise Pushes Past Glitches to Map Robotaxi Expansion

It was a bit surprising when Cruise, the autonomous vehicle startup that’s 80% owned by General Motors, said it planned to expand its robotaxi service to Phoenix and Austin over the next three months.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
September 16, 2022