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Uber Freight, Waymo Via Partner to Advance Autonomous Trucking

Uber Freight-Waymo Via collaboration The collaboration's objective is to enable an ecosystem in which human drivers and autonomous trucks co-exist in a hybrid network to move freight. (Waymo Via)

Uber Freight and Waymo Via have entered into a strategic partnership that aims to marry Uber’s freight marketplace with Waymo’s automated truck technology, the companies announced June 7.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
June 7, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Driverless Trucks to Deliver Household Goods to Dallas Sam’s Clubs

Gatik truck Gatik via YouTube

Self-driving trucks soon will make deliveries to Walmart Inc.’s Sam’s Club stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, marking a significant expansion of autonomous vehicles operating in live traffic.

Brendan Case | Bloomberg News
June 7, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

FMCSA Technology Chief Says Automated Truck Proposal Targeted for Late 2022

TuSimple TuSimple was one of the companies mentioned during the panel discussion. (TuSimple)

A top Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration official told safety executives attending a commercial vehicle safety conference that a proposed rulemaking for fully automated heavy trucks is targeted for later this year.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 6, 2022
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Tesla Faces Increase in Complaints Over ‘Phantom Braking’

Tesla A Tesla Inc. logo on the construction site office at the Tesla Gigafactory building site in Gruenheide, Germany. (Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg News)

Tesla Inc. is facing stepped-up scrutiny from U.S. regulators who have received 758 complaints of cars made by the company that suddenly brake at high speeds, more than double the number of reported incidents earlier this year.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
June 3, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Tesla Pauses Hiring, Musk Says Need to Cut Staff by 10%

Tesla A Tesla at a Colorado dealership. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

Electric carmaker Tesla Inc. needs to cut staff by around 10%, CEO Elon Musk said, noting he had a “super bad feeling” about the economy, according to an internal email seen by Reuters.

Katrina Nicholas | Bloomberg News
June 3, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

California Regulators Approve State’s First Robotic Taxi Fleet

Cruise General Motor's autonomous electric Bolt EV with Cruise's technology is displayed in Detroit. (Associated Press Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

California regulators on June 2 gave a robotic taxi service the green light to begin charging passengers for driverless rides in San Francisco, a first in a state where dozens of companies have been trying to train vehicles to steer themselves on increasingly congested roads.

Michael Liedtke | Associated Press
June 3, 2022
Business, Technology, Autonomous

ATA Leader Chris Spear Doesn’t See Automation as Threat to Drivers

Chris Spear Chris Spear by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear said he doesn’t view the ongoing advancement of autonomous trucking as a threat to drivers, since economic factors will ensure demand for drivers for years to come.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
June 3, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Futurist Outlines What Could Be Ahead for Driver Recruiting

Nikolas Badminton Nikolas Badminton describes some future possible trends in driver recruiting. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Futurist Nikolas Badminton explored June 2 how the trucking industry could change in the years ahead and what that means when it comes to driver recruitment.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
June 2, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Elon Musk’s Boring Co. Pitched Texas on Tunnels for Cars, People, Water

Boring Co. Tesla Inc. electric vehicles pass through an underground tunnel during a tour of the Boring Co. Convention Center Loop in Las Vegas last year. (Bridget Bennett/Bloomberg News)

Before the end of Year One of the COVID-19 pandemic, Elon Musk did something a lot of other people were doing at the same time: He moved. Once in Texas, several of his business ventures followed, including Boring Co., a startup seeking to create underground transportation systems.

June 1, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Ford Delivers First Electric F-150

Ford F-150 Lightning The Ford Electric F-150 Lightning pickup. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Nicholas Schmidt of Standish, Mich., became owner No. 1 of Ford Motor Co.’s first electric pickup, the F-150 Lightning.

Craig Trudell | Bloomberg News
May 27, 2022