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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, Safety, Autonomous

Autonomous Technology Promises Safety Benefits, TRB Speakers Say

Neil Pedersen TRB Executive Director Neil Pedersen. (Transportation Research Board via Twitter)

WASHINGTON — While the debut of automated vehicles in the marketplace remains years away, the technology already available has the potential of improving safety for commercial drivers, officials and experts at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board here said.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 23, 2019

Transport Topics Podcasts: AOBRDs and ELDs

RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns programs. Episode 1 and 2 of Season Two, "The AOBRD Phaseout" and "What Does the Future Hold for ELDs?" are now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
March 12, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Jan. 21: Autonomous Anxiety

Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao by Jim Stinson/Transport Topics

Why don't consumers trust autonomous vehicles? Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao says it's partly because manufacturers need to do a better job explaining the vehicles' capabilities. Here's the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 22, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Germany’s Mercedes-Benz Plans Assembly Plant in Egypt

Mercedes-Benz Vision van A Mercedes-Benz Vision van is displayed during the opening of the Brussels Auto Show on Jan. 18. (Virginia Mayo/AP)

BERLIN — German automaker Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz Cars unit says it is developing plans to open an assembly plant in Egypt.

The Associated Press
January 18, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Presence of Autonomous Vehicles Felt in US

Autonomous Vehicles A Nuro vehicle. (Nuro via Facebook)

WASHINGTON — Technology is changing the transportation landscape as freight carriers move toward self-driving vehicles and public officials look for new ways to develop infrastructure and prepare for what could be a major shift in traffic patterns and driving behavior.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
January 17, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Parcel Lockers, EVs Combine for Energy Savings in Final Mile, Researcher Says

WASHINGTON — Electric trucks and vans show great promise for energy savings in making suburban deliveries for companies such as UPS Inc., according to an Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientist who presented her findings to a forum at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
January 16, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

TuSimple Proceeds With Plans to Build World’s Largest Self-Driving Truck Fleet

TuSimple self-driving truck TuSimple says it will have 40 self-driving trucks operating in the United States by June. (TuSimple)

LAS VEGAS — Autonomous truck developer TuSimple said it will expand its U.S. test fleet to 40 vehicles by June, which the company claims will make it the world’s largest self-driving truck business.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
January 15, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Robotic Vehicles, Loading Zone Updates Seen as Tools for Final-Mile Delivery

An autonomous parcel delivery robot, developed by Starship Technologies. An autonomous parcel delivery robot, by Starship Technologies. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg News)

WASHINGTON — More freight is moving and e-commerce is booming, but there is a finite amount of urban space for road use and parking for delivery vehicles. It’s a problem known as the final mile, and it’s especially profound in cities.

Jim Stinson | Staff Reporter
January 15, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

VW, Ford Join to Build Pickup Trucks, Explore Work on Autonomous Vehicles

Ford at Auto Show Ford Motor Co. President and CEO, Jim Hackett, left, meets with Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen AG, Jan. 14, 2019, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. (Carlos Osorio/Associated Press)

Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Co. will join forces to build pickup trucks, delivery vans and possibly more, pledging to put old rivalries aside and work together to confront a rapidly changing auto industry.

Christoph Rauwald and Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
January 15, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Jan. 14: The Transportation Industry's Big 12

Graphic of TRB's Top 12 issues for policymakers 2019 Debra Devine/Transport Topics

Organizers for this year's gathering of the Transportation Research Board in Washington have come up with a list of a dozen topic areas that policymakers need to address to ensure a sustainable transportation network.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
January 15, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Announces Proposal Covering Drone Operations

Chao Chao (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation is ready to issue a new proposed rule that will allow more freedom for people operating drones, according to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 14, 2019