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Satellite Firm Develops Long-Distance System for Delivery Drones

Man flies a drone. (Chip Chipman/Bloomberg News)

Inmarsat Group Holdings Ltd. says it has found a way to safely fly civil drones over long distances, a step that may help pave the way for mass adoption by industries from transportation to energy and infrastructure.

Thomas Seal | Bloomberg News
June 11, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Tesla’s Elon Musk: ‘Time to Go All Out’ on Semi Production

The Tesla assembly plant stands in Fremont, Calif., on May 11. The Tesla assembly plant stands in Fremont, Calif., on May 11. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

CEO Elon Musk sent an email to Tesla employees before the market opened June 10 declaring that it is “time to go all out” and put Tesla’s Semi into volume production.

June 10, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Study: Autonomous Vehicles Won’t Make Roads Completely Safe

An Audi AI:ME self-driving concept vehicle is displayed at the CES tech show in Las Vegas in January. An Audi AI:ME self-driving concept vehicle is displayed at the CES tech show in Las Vegas in January. (John Locher/Associated Press)

A new study says that while autonomous vehicle technology has great promise to reduce crashes, it may not be able to prevent all mishaps caused by human error.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
June 4, 2020
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Self-Driving Startup Argo Completes $2.6 Billion Tie-Up With VW

Cameras are seen on the roofs of Argo AI modified Ford Fusion autonomous vehicles in the company's headquarters in Pittsburgh. Cameras are seen on the roofs of Argo AI modified Ford Fusion autonomous vehicles in the company's headquarters in Pittsburgh. (Justin Merriman/Bloomberg News)

Argo AI, the self-driving startup tightly aligned with Ford Motor Co., completed an expected tie-up with Volkswagen AG involving a $2.6 billion investment from the German automaker.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
June 2, 2020
Business, Technology, Autonomous

ZF Forms New Division After Closing Wabco Acquisition

ZF ZF Group via LinkedIn

ZF Friedrichshafen AG has completed the acquisition of commercial vehicle technology supplier Wabco Holdings Inc., which will become ZF’s commercial-vehicle control systems division.

June 2, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Zipline Medical Drones Begin Flying in the US

A drone launches from Zipline's California test facility. A drone launches from Zipline's California test facility. (Roksenhorn/Creative Commons)

On May 22, before Memorial Day, a six-foot long, red-and-white drone took off from a field in Kannapolis, N.C., flew 15 miles west over suburban Charlotte to Novant Health’s Huntersville Medical Center, and dropped a box of protective masks in a designated spot next to the parking lot.

Ira Boudway | Bloomberg News
May 27, 2020
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Amazon Buying Zoox May Save $20 Billion, Put Tesla on Its Heels

A Zoox autonomous car takes a test drive in November 2019 in San Francisco. A Zoox autonomous car takes a test drive in November 2019 in San Francisco. (Andrej Sokolow/dpa via Getty Images)

Amazon .com Inc.’s talks to buy driverless vehicle startup Zoox Inc. has analysts speculating the deal could save the e-commerce giant tens of billions a year and put auto, parcel and ride-booking companies on their heels.

Katie Roof and Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
May 27, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous, Top 100

California Becomes Epicenter of Emerging Truck Technology

California Self-driving truck firm TuSimple’s headquarters are in San Diego. The company is testing and developing SAE Level 4 automated driving technology for heavy-duty trucks. (TuSimple)

With its emissions mandates, tough labor laws, inspection requirements and extensive regulations, California has become both a difficult and expensive environment for trucking.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
May 22, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

NHTSA Lets Self-Driving Shuttle Resume Carrying People

An EasyMile autonomous shuttle is displayed during an experiment in Paris in November 2017. An EasyMile shuttle is displayed during an experiment in Paris in November 2017. (Christophe Ena/Associated Press)

A self-driving shuttle service that was ordered to stop carrying passengers in February has been cleared to resume operations with new safety precautions.

May 21, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Trump Transportation Nominees Finch Fulton, Diana Furchtgott-Roth Advance to Senate Floor

Transportation Nominees From left: Fulton via Senate Commerce Committee, Furchtgott-Roth via Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

Nominees for senior-level posts at the U.S. Department of Transportation were approved by the Senate Commerce Committee on May 20.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 20, 2020

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