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FMCSA Denies Pronto.ai’s HOS Exemption Request

Interior of Pronto autonomous car Pronto.ai's Copilot advanced driver assistance system undergoing a test in a car. (Pronto.ai via Vimeo)

FMCSA has denied an application from Pronto .ai requesting an exemption from the 11-hour driving limit and the 14-hour driving window in the hours-of-service requirements.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 25, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Amazon’s Drone Delivery Fleet Hits Milestone With FAA Clearance

Amazon drone Amazon.com unveils its Prime Air delivery drone during an event in Las Vegas in June 2019. (Joe Buglewicz/Bloomberg News)

Amazon­.com took a leap toward delivering goods from the sky by becoming one of only a few companies certified by the U.S. government to operate as a drone airline.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
September 25, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Self-Driving Car Bill Reintroduced in House Minus Biggest Backer

People load into a Daimler Freightliner Inspiration self-driving truck for a demonstration in 2015. People load into a Daimler Freightliner Inspiration self-driving truck for a demonstration in Las Vegas in May 2015. (John Locher/Associated Press)

Legislation that would allow carmakers to sell as many as 100,000 self-driving vehicles per year in the U.S. is being reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, but one of its biggest cheerleaders is staying on the sidelines until next year.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
September 23, 2020
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Autonomous

Elon Musk Says Tesla Plans $25,000 Autonomous EV in 3 Years

Tesla CEO Elon Musk on stage at September 2020 shareholders meeting Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks from the stage during an outdoors shareholders meeting Sept. 22, 2020. (Tesla via YouTube)

Tesla Inc. plans to manufacture a car that will cost $25,000 in about three years’ time, fulfilling an elusive long-term objective to sell a cheap mass-market electric vehicle, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said Sept. 22.

Dana Hull and Akshat Rathi | Bloomberg News
September 22, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Tesla Falls on Musk Cautioning Battery Output Is Years Away

Tesla shares fell ahead of its Battery Day as Elon Musk tweeted to temper expectations. Tesla shares fell ahead of its Battery Day as Elon Musk tweeted to temper expectations. (Nina Riggio/Bloomberg News)

Elon Musk tempered expectations for Tesla Inc.’s long-awaited battery day by cautioning that the company will unveil something that won’t be widely produced for two years.

September 22, 2020
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

FedEx Seeks to Add Small Self-Flying Planes for Remote Areas

A FedEx cargo plane sits parked at San Diego International Airport on April 27. A FedEx cargo plane sits parked at San Diego International Airport on April 27. (Bing Guan/Bloomberg News)

FedEx Corp. is looking at using small self-flying cargo planes to serve remote areas after experimenting with a technology startup on autonomous aircraft, CEO Fred Smith said.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
September 21, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Elon Musk Gets Shot to Deliver on Tesla’s ‘Battery Day’ Hints

A battery pack sits on a trolley before a Tesla Model X at a factory in Netherlands. A battery pack sits on a trolley before a Tesla Model X at a factory in Netherlands. (Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg News)

Tesla Inc. will provide a highly anticipated technology update Sept. 22 when Elon Musk takes center stage at an event the CEO has dropped hints about for months — and which has helped propel the company’s sky-high valuation.

Dana Hull and Akshat Rathi | Bloomberg News
September 21, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Amazon’s Zoox Gets Green Light for Robotaxi Tests in California

A Zoox self-driving car is operated outside the company's headquarters in California. A Zoox self-driving car is operated outside the company's headquarters in California. (Michael Short/Bloomberg News)

Amazon .com Inc.’s self-driving-car unit, Zoox Inc., is getting a green light from California to test autonomous vehicles on public roads without a safety driver, becoming the fourth company to receive the state’s blessing for truly driverless testing.

Chester Dawson | Bloomberg News
September 18, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous, TCA

Tesla’s Austin Site Plan Outlines Footprint for Huge Truck Factory

Tesla has filed its truck factory plan with the city of Austin. (Nina Riggio/Bloomberg News)

Bulldozers and other construction equipment have been at work for weeks at the location of Tesla’s future $1.1 billion electric vehicle factory in southeast Travis County, but a site plan filed by the company is providing the first public indication of the facility’s huge eventual footprint.

Bob Sechler | Austin American-Statesman
September 18, 2020
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous, TCA

GM Introduces ‘Ultium Drive’ to Power EVs

A teaser image of the GMC Hummer EV, which will debut on Oct. 20. A teaser image of the GMC Hummer EV, which will debut on Oct. 20. (GMC)

General Motors Co.'s future electric vehicles are expected to be powered by five drive units and three motors known as “Ultium Drive,” which will help the company transition its lineup to all-electric, the automaker said Sept. 16.

Kalea Hall | The Detroit News
September 16, 2020

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