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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, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Sept. 10: Welcome to Normaltown

U.S. Capitol building Present! Tour of the U.S. Capitol Building via YouTube

For all of the hysteria pundits have heaped on Washington in recent weeks, the current state of affairs really isn't abnormal. Here's a look ahead to the week for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 10, 2018

Transport Topics Podcasts

RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns and LiveOnWeb programs. Episode 1 of our Season Intersession of RoadSigns, "How Does Congress Say Trucking," is now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
October 22, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Daimler Plots Two-for-One Autonomous Van for City Transport

Autonomous van Daimler's Urbanetic rendered as a people carrier. (Daimler AG)

Daimler AG is developing an autonomous electric vehicle that can toggle between a people carrier and a delivery van as the German manufacturer seeks an edge over rivals such as Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo and Deutsche Post AG in shaping the future of mobility.

Leonard Kehnscherper | Bloomberg News
September 10, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

AI Hedge Fund Is Said to Liquidate After Less Than Two Years

AI Hedge Fund Menno van Dijk/Getty Images

The fledgling world of AI hedge funds is claiming one of its first casualties.

Saijel Kishan and Alistair Barr | Bloomberg News
September 7, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Lack of Action in Congress on Autonomous Technology Could Hinder States, Lawmaker Warns

hands-free driver Getty Images

WASHINGTON — The small role Congress currently plays in policy for autonomous vehicle technology could eventually slow, or impede, progress for states and firms testing such systems, a key House transportation authorizer warned on Sept. 5.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 6, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Utah Driver Sues Tesla After Crashing in Autopilot Mode

Damaged Tesla and firetruck A May 11 collision involving a Tesla Model S sedan with a fire department mechanic truck stopped at a red light in South Jordan, Utah. (South Jordan Police Department via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah driver who slammed her Tesla into a stopped firetruck at a red light earlier this year while using the vehicle’s semi-autonomous function has sued the company, saying salespeople told her the car would stop on its own in Autopilot mode if something were in its path.

Brady McCombs | Associated Press
September 6, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Bendix Updates ADAS Technology With Eye on the Future

Mack Anthem Fusion is standard on the Mack Anthem. (John Sterling Ruth Photography/Mack Truck)

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems announced the next generation of both its Wingman Fusion advanced driver assistance system and its BlindSpotter side object detection system.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
September 6, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Waymo, Uber Driverless Projects Make Scanning Sensors Cheaper

Waymo Eric Risberg/Associated Press

Google’s Waymo, Uber and carmakers GM and Mercedes-Benz are among the companies working to put driverless vehicles in showrooms. That competition also should help lower prices that can reach $75,000 apiece for the sensors that scan a car’s surrounding environment so it knows how to drive itself.

Jie Ma | Bloomberg News
September 5, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Daimler Equips Mercedes Actros With Automated Steering, Braking

Actros New Mercedes-Benz Actros. (Mercedez-Benz via Youtube)

Daimler AG is equipping its flagship Mercedes-Benz truck with technology that can take the wheel in situations ranging from stop-and-go city driving to highway cruising.

Christoph Rauwald | Bloomberg News
September 5, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Fiat Chrysler Spends $30 Million on Self-Driving Test Site Near Detroit

Fiat logo on vehicle Gene J. Puskar/AP

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is adding more muscle to its self-driving vehicle testing efforts. The company will spend more than $30 million at a new testing and development facility at its Chelsea Proving Grounds west of Detroit.

Eric D. Lawrence | Detroit Free Press
September 5, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Tesla’s RoboTaxi Worth a Fraction of Waymo, Morgan Stanley Says

RoboTaxi Musk (Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg News)

Tesla has let more than a few investors down of late, and one part of the company hasn’t quite lived up to expectations at Morgan Stanley either.

Esha Dey | Bloomberg News
September 4, 2018