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After ‘Driver-Out’ Milestone, TuSimple CEO Cheng Lu Outlines Vision for Autonomous Trucking

TuSimple TuSimple illustrates where its trucks are currently operating. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

LAS VEGAS — When TuSimple completed its first “driver-out” autonomous truck run in December, it marked a significant step toward a commercial launch of the company’s driverless truck technology.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
February 11, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, Top 100

Suppliers Detail Supply Chain Challenges

Embark truck Embark Trucks Inc. launched its Truck Transfer Program with Knight-Swift. (Embark)

Leaders of commercial vehicle suppliers weighed in, during recent earnings calls, on challenges to the supply chain and related concerns.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
February 10, 2022
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Senators Demand Answers About Tesla Feature That Runs Stop Signs

Markey Markey speaks at a past Senate hearing. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

A pair of Democratic U.S. senators demanded answers Feb. 8 from Tesla Inc. about a feature of its so-called Full Self-Driving system that permitted its vehicles to slowly roll through intersections without stopping as well as complaints about cars that suddenly brake at high speeds.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
February 8, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Elon Musk Looks Isolated as Automakers Embrace Lidar

Musk Elon Musk at a past event. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News)

Elon Musk is skeptical of putting lidar sensors on vehicles, but a growing number of his competitors are quietly adding the technology to their lineup.

Colin McKerracher | Bloomberg News
February 8, 2022
Autonomous

Amazon in Pact for Potential Stake in Sensor Maker Velodyne

Velodyne A Velodyne Lidar Inc. puck sensor sits in the bonnet of a self-driving Toyota Motor Corp. Prius hybrid car, operated by Yandex.Taxi. (Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg News)

Velodyne Lidar Inc. shares more than doubled in late trading Feb. 7 after Amazon.com Inc. acquired warrants that could lead to a stake in the auto-sensor maker.

Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
February 8, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

TuSimple to Haul Union Pacific Goods Between Tucson, Phoenix

TuSimple TuSimple/Nati Harnik/Associated Press

Self-driving truck developer TuSimple says Union Pacific Railroad will be its first customer to move freight on the company’s fully automated trucking route between Tucson and Phoenix, after making a test run on a similar route in December.

David Wichner | The Arizona Daily Star
February 4, 2022
Government, Technology, Autonomous

ATA Presses Congress for AV Policy Directives

Kodiak Robotics truck A fourth-generation Kodiak Robotics autonomous truck. ATA is urging the adoption of a federal framework of policies that covers autonomous vehicles. (Kodiak Robotics Inc.)

WASHINGTON — Setting standards for a framework on autonomous vehicle technologies in trucking is a policy priority American Trucking Associations called on federal transportation lawmakers to pursue.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 3, 2022
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

GM’s Cruise Begins Offering Driverless Rides

A volunteer loads bags of food into a Cruise LLC self-driving training car A volunteer loads bags of food into a Cruise LLC self-driving training car at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank in San Francisco. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News)

Cruise LLC, the self-driving car startup that is majority owned by General Motors Co., is offering free rides to nonemployees in San Francisco for the first time, a move that triggers another $1.35 billion from investor SoftBank Vision Fund.

David Welch | Bloomberg News
February 1, 2022
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Biden’s EV Plan Faces Jam From Cultural Divide

2022 Bolt electric vehicles outside a Chevrolet dealership in Englewood, Colo. 2022 Bolt electric vehicles outside a Chevrolet dealership in Englewood, Colo., in September 2021. (David Zalubowski/Associated Press)

President Joe Biden wants electric vehicles to account for 50% of new car sales by 2030. But to meet that target he may have to sell the cars to a skeptical demographic: Donald Trump voters.

Gregory Korte | Bloomberg News
February 1, 2022
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Tesla Agrees to Drop Self-Driving Feature That Runs Stop Signs

Tesla David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

Tesla Inc. is disabling a feature of its so-called Full Self-Driving system that permitted its vehicles to slowly roll through intersections without coming to a complete halt when no other cars or pedestrians were present.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
February 1, 2022

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