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UPS Starts Drone Delivery of COVID Vaccines

Drones A drone at the delivery zone. (Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist)

UPS Inc. started delivering coronavirus vaccines with the use of drones as part of a new initiative announced Aug. 24.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
August 24, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Waymo Brings Self-Driving Taxis to San Francisco — With a Catch

A Waymo LLC Chrysler Pacifica autonomous vehicle Waymo via Facebook Video

Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo will offer rides in its autonomous vehicles to select passengers in San Francisco, marking its second launch of a taxi service and a hint of the company’s commercial ambitions.

Mark Bergen | Bloomberg News
August 24, 2021
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Nikola Awarded DOE Grant to Research Hydrogen Refueling

Nikola Corp. headquarters Nikola headquarters in Arizona. (Ash Ponders/Bloomberg News)

Nikola Corp. announced the U.S. Department of Energy awarded it a grant of $2 million to advance research into autonomous refueling technologies for future hydrogen fueling stations.

August 23, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Goodyear, Plus Announce Autonomous Trucks Collaboration

Plus truck with Goodyear tires Plus truck with Goodyear tires. (PR Newswire)

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced a collaboration with automated driving company Plus to integrate Goodyear’s suite of services with Plus technology.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
August 23, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

NTSB’s Jennifer Homendy Says Automated Driving Claims Erode Public Trust

NTSB Jennifer Homendy at a past event. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg News)

The nation’s new chief accident investigator wants to send a message: growing public confusion over automated driving systems in the U.S. is threatening to undermine the potential safety benefits of the technology.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
August 20, 2021
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Tesla Swaps Year-Away Robotaxis for Year-Away Humanoid Robot

Tesla Robot The planned Tesla Robot, according to Musk, will look something like this. (Tesla via YouTube)

More than two years after touting plans to turn Tesla Inc. vehicles into robotaxis that have yet to materialize, Elon Musk held another highly technical event about autonomous driving development.

Dana Hull and Ed Ludlow | Bloomberg News
August 20, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

FTC Should Probe Tesla Autopilot Claims, Senators Say

The dashboard of a Tesla Model S car equipped with Autopilot The dashboard of a Tesla Model S car, equipped with Autopilot. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Two U.S. senators are urging the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Tesla Inc. uses deceptive marketing practices by labeling its driver-assistance systems “Autopilot” and “Full Self-Driving.”

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
August 18, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Waymo to Build Facility in Dallas, Partner With Ryder on Maintenance

Rendering of a proposed Waymo-Ryder maintenance facility Rendering of a planned Dallas maintenance facility. (Waymo)

Autonomous truck developer Waymo Via announced plans to build a nine-acre facility near Dallas that will serve as a regional hub for advancing operations and service for automated Class 8 trucks.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
August 18, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Does Tesla Probe Signal a Get-Tough Era at NHTSA?

A Tesla dashboard displaying Autopilot An instrument panel illustrates the road ahead using Autopilot technology in a Tesla. (Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg News)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s investigation into a possible defect involving Tesla Inc.’s Autopilot may signal a more activist approach by the Biden administration to regulating technology that is crucial to the auto industry’s future.

August 17, 2021
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Bridgestone, Einride Partner on Sustainable Mobility Solutions

Bridgestone Einride truck As part of the arrangement, Bridgestone will become an official U.S. launch partner for Stockholm-based Einride and be its exclusive tire supplier for the U.S. market. (Bridgestone Americas)

Tire company Bridgestone and Einride, which develops electric and autonomous freight mobility solutions, formed a partnership designed to create sustainable mobility solutions for electrified and autonomous Class 8 trucks.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
August 16, 2021

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