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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.

Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Tesla’s Cobalt-Light Batteries Seen Providing Cost Advantage

Tesla Model 3 2018 Tesla Model 3 sedans sit on display outside a Tesla showroom in Littleton, Colo. (David Zalubowski/AP)

Tesla Inc.’s lead in battery technology gives it a cost advantage that may last for several years and help the U.S. electric-car maker face down an onslaught of new competition, according to new research from Bloomberg.

Anthony Palazzo | Bloomberg News
September 4, 2018

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RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns and LiveOnWeb programs. Episode 1 of our Season Intersession of RoadSigns, "How Does Congress Say Trucking," is now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
October 22, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Driver Shortage in Japan Speeds Up Commercial Use of Self-Driving Tech

Regular taxi in Tokyo Regular taxis like this one in Tokyo are sharing the road with self-driving taxis in a trial. (Shizuo Kambayashi/AP)

In Tokyo, self-driving taxis that transport passengers for a fee are being trialed. A serious shortage of taxi drivers lies behind the move, but the development of laws and regulations to deal with accidents and other issues still is lacking.

The (Tokyo) Japan News | Asia News Network
August 28, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Toyota Invests $500 Million in Uber

Uber sign Eric Risberg/Associated Press

Toyota Motor Corp. is expanding an alliance with Uber Technologies Inc. through a new investment and a plan to get self-driving cars on the road, a person familiar with the matter said.

Eric Newcomer | Bloomberg News
August 27, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Volkswagen Reportedly Tried to Buy Self-Driving Car Startup Aurora

Self-Driving Car Startup Aurora self-driving car. (Aurora)

Volkswagen apparently wants to be more than just friends with Aurora Innovation, a self-driving car company testing autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh.

Aaron Aupperlee | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
August 24, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Uber, Airbus Enlist in Japan’s Flying-Car Plan

Japan's Flying-Car Plan Uber's proposed UberAir vehicle. (Uber via Youtube)

Japan is making a push to develop flying cars, enlisting companies including Uber Technologies Inc. and Boeing Co. in a government-led group to bring airborne vehicles to the country in the next decade.

Kiyotaka Matsuda and Jie Ma | Bloomberg News
August 24, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Driverless Startup Zoox Suddenly Removes CEO

Rendering of autonomous car Jacky Leung/Getty Images

Zoox Inc., an autonomous driving startup recently valued at $3.2 billion, has dismissed its chief executive officer, Tim Kentley-Klay, after closing a massive financing round in July.

Mark Bergen and Ashlee Vance | Bloomberg News
August 23, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

In One Texas City, You Can Soon Request an Autonomous Vehicle on Demand self-driving vehicle Arlington plans to deploy a fleet of 19 vehicles from Silicon Valley-based (

Autonomous vehicles are coming to another Dallas suburb.

Melissa Repko | The Dallas Morning News
August 22, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Is Apple Making a Cool Car or Just Dabbling With the Tech?

Apple Cook (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

SAN FRANCISCO — In a few weeks, Apple will unveil its newest iPhone. If the Cupertino, Calif., magic factory truly wanted to once again dazzle audiences at its annual fall event, that category-redefining reveal would involve someone saying, “Siri, bring me my car.”

Marco della Cava | USA Today
August 22, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Lyft Driverless Cars Top 5,000 Rides in Las Vegas

Lyft Driverless Cars Josh Edelson/AP Images for Lyft

Lyft driverless cars have provided more than 5,000 rides to passengers on the Las Vegas Strip since May.

Mick Akers | Las Vegas Sun
August 22, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Why Future Vehicles Are More Likely to Be Painted Light Colors

Future Vehicles A white Google autonomous car. (Getty Images)

Henry Ford famously said a customer can have a car in “any color that he wants, as long as it is black.” But black on self-driving cars could be deadly.

Jamie L. LaReau | Detroit Free Press
August 21, 2018