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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, Fuel, Autonomous, TCA

Pennsylvania Turnpike Explores Electrified Road Services for EVs

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is jumping into solar energy production to power its maintenance and office buildings with a long-term goal: using solar-generated power to electrify portions of the toll road so electric vehicles can charge as they travel.

Ed Blazina | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
September 12, 2022

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Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Tesla Weighs New Lithium Refinery in Texas

Tesla Inc. is plotting a potential lithium refinery on the gulf coast of Texas, a move that would bolster the company’s battery production efforts and further expand its footprint in the state.

September 9, 2022
Business, Technology, Autonomous

First Aerial Delivery Drone Granted Design Approval by FAA

U.S. aviation regulators approved designs for the first flying drone built specifically for shipping packages, a major step forward for the fledgling remote delivery industry.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
September 7, 2022
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Aurora CEO Floats Possible Sale to Apple or Microsoft

Aurora Innovation Inc. CEO Chris Urmson recently laid out a range of options for the self-driving company to respond to worsening market conditions and partners pushing out timelines, including a possible sale to Apple Inc. or Microsoft Corp., according to a document seen by Bloomberg.

September 6, 2022
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Locomation to Begin Runs With Oklahoma Carrier

Autonomous truck developer Locomation announced an eight-year agreement with El Reno, Okla.-based Stevens Trucking Co. to provide the carrier with its human-guided Level 2 autonomous relay convoy turnkey system.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
August 31, 2022
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, TCA

Autonomous Truck Firm Gatik to Begin Deliveries in Dallas

Gatik, a California-based autonomous trucking company, will begin a Dallas route in partnership with century-old business equipment firm Pitney Bowes.

Alexandra Skores | The Dallas Morning News
August 31, 2022
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, Private

Private Fleets, Shippers Harness Digitization to Improve Operations

CHICAGO — The growing adoption of information technology in the transportation industry is creating new opportunities for shippers and private fleets to enhance logistics planning and improve the driver experience.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
August 26, 2022
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, Private, TCA

Walmart Drone Delivery Service DroneUp Expands

DroneUp, the sole drone partner of Walmart, announced plans to expand its headquarters and establish a research and training facility outside Petersburg, Va., creating 655 new jobs.

Trevor Metcalfe | The Virginian-Pilot
August 24, 2022
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Daimler, Waymo Partner on Autonomous Test in Texas

Waymo will soon begin on-highway testing of self-driving Freightliner Cascadia models equipped with redundant systems and components designed to eventually support unmanned operation.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
August 24, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Musk Doesn’t Want to Hear Complaints About Driving System

Elon Musk doesn’t want to hear complaints from customers trying out the driver-assistance system that Tesla Inc. plans to start charging $15,000 for in the coming weeks.

Craig Trudell | Bloomberg News
August 24, 2022