Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Self-Driving Shuttle Bus Test to Begin This Year in Columbus, Ohio


Self-driving shuttle buses will be hauling riders around downtown Columbus later this year, a significant move as the city begins initiatives aimed at making it a “smart city” for transportation.

Mark Williams | The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch
July 3, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Automated Ports Help Carriers Get in and Out of Facilities Faster

Autonomous straddle carriers operating at the Port of Los Angeles Autonomous straddle carriers operating at the Port of Los Angeles. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

The development of self-driving trucks and how they might one day revolutionize the shipment of goods inland has been widely reported. However, while lower on the radar screen, automated container ports are increasingly available for use and already have begun to benefit motor carriers in several ways, industry experts said.

B. Cameron Gain | Special to Transport Topics
June 29, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

RoadSigns podcast

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Autonomous Guidance on Docket at July MCSAC Meetings

Autonomous Waymo trucks Waymo autonomous freight trucks. (Waymo)

Autonomous technology will be among the topics to be examined at the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee meetings scheduled for July 30-31, federal trucking regulators announced.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
June 29, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

FHWA Official Says Feds Are Giving Autonomous Technology Developers Latitude

GM Cruise Autonomous Car GM Cruise autonomous car (General Motors Co.)

Preparing for autonomous vehicles on American roads will mean more than getting used to being in a car without a steering wheel.

Jason Laughlin |
June 29, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Paccar Discusses Strong Market, New Equipment at Innovation Center

Matthew Vito Matthew Vito points out features on a Peterbilt electric vehicle. (Mindy Long for Transport Topics)

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — The strength of the overall economy, helped especially by the healthy construction and housing markets as well as fleets’ desires to have late-model equipment to recruit and retain drivers, is bolstering sales for Peterbilt Motors Co.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
June 29, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Kroger Counters Amazon With Self-Driving Grocery Delivery Plans

The Kroger Co.

If your least favorite part of food shopping is the parking lot, take comfort: Driverless cars are coming to the grocery industry.

Craig Giammona | Bloomberg News
June 28, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous, TCA

Autonomous Vehicles Have Ability to Transform Society, Panelists Say

Getty Images

It’s not just hands-free driving that self-guided cars may bring into reality. Autonomous vehicles could unleash new technological and economic development on a level not seen since the dawn of the space age.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
June 28, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Is Tesla’s Elon Musk Wrong About Lidar Technology?

Velodyne Lidar Inc. devices sit on top of a Ford Motor Co. Fusion set-up as an experimental self-driving delivery vehicle on display during the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

Elon Musk has called lidar a crutch. The Tesla CEO believes he can build self-driving and semi-autonomous cars without relying on the technology, which uses lasers to help the cars map and navigate their surroundings.

Eric D. Lawrence | Detroit Free Press
June 27, 2018
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

ZF Outlines Tech Strategy, Including Automated, Electric

Wolf-Henning Scheider Wolf-Henning Scheider by Joseph Howard/Transport Topics

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany — The leader of global supplier ZF believes that commercial applications for automated technology could soon become a reality in certain controlled situations, but believes broader deployment in congested and high-traffic areas will take awhile.

Joe Howard | Executive Editor
June 26, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, TCA

Uberizing the Truck Industry in United Arab Emirates

Trucks in Dubai Construction site with construction machinery, excavator and trucks in Dubai. (Getty Images)

The idea of TruKKer was born at a dinner table when Gaurav Biswas realized how hard it was to find a suitable truck at the right time at a reasonable cost. He was quick to spot a lucrative gap in the market, and the region’s first and fastest growing truck aggregator was born.

Sandhya D’Mello | Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
June 25, 2018