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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, Equipment, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

MCE 2018 to Focus on Cooperation, Trucking Industry Promotion

MCE 2018 Spear speaks during MCE 2017. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

When trucking officials gather at the annual American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition in Austin, Texas, Oct. 27-30, the major theme they will hear is how the industry can work together nationally and locally to promote trucking.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
October 20, 2018

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Transport Topics
January 3, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Tesla Secures Land in Shanghai for First Foreign Factory

Elon Musk Tesla CEO, Elon Musk. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)

BEIJING — Electric auto brand Tesla Inc. said it signed an agreement Oct. 17 to secure land in Shanghai for its first factory outside the United States, pushing ahead with development despite mounting U.S.-Chinese trade tensions.

Joe McDonald | Associated Press
October 17, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Tesla Model 3 Output Tops 100,000 in Milestone for Musk

Tesla model 3 sedan Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Tesla Inc. just reached a significant round-number milestone: 100,000 Model 3 electric cars have left the factory, according to the latest estimates from the Bloomberg tracker.

Tom Randall | Bloomberg News
October 12, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Senate Autonomous Bill Negotiations Continue After Heated Confirmation Fight

Autonomous vehicles on road concept Shutterstock

Senators are negotiating safety provisions in an autonomous vehicles bill that proponents insist could advance before lawmakers leave Capitol Hill ahead of the midterm elections next month.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 11, 2018
Government, Technology, Autonomous

Air Cargo Looks to Single-Pilot Jets as Autonomous Flight Nears

Airplane Cockpit SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg News

A range of companies, from such aerospace giants as Boeing Co. and Airbus SE to tiny startups, are working on various aspects of a difficult puzzle: how to create the next generation of air travel—one whose pilots are far less ubiquitous and new flying vehicles communicate with each other.

Justin Bachman | Bloomberg News
October 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous, Top 50

XPO Logistics to Use 5,000 Robots in Warehouses

XPO robotics in warehouse XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics said it plans to deploy 5,000 robots to work with humans in the company’s warehouses and distribution centers in North America, the United Kingdom and eight countries in Europe.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
October 9, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Musk Takes Swipe at SEC After Fraud Settlement

Elon Musk Charles Sykes/Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Elon Musk is taunting the government regulators who threatened to oust him as CEO of electric carmaker Tesla just days after he settled a case alleging he duped investors.

Michael Liedtke | Associated Press
October 5, 2018
Government, Technology, Autonomous

Elaine Chao Releases Updated DOT Autonomous Vehicle Guidelines

Elaine Chao Chao displays the updated autonomous vehicle guidelines. (U.S. DOT via YouTube)

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Oct. 4 unveiled AV 3.0, the agency’s policy update of autonomous vehicle technology guidelines.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 4, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Platooning Tries to Move Past a Work in Progress

Platooning trucks A pair of trucks utilize platooning technology in a demonstration by Peloton, Meritor Wabco and Denso. (Meritor Wabco)

The head of Daimler Trucks has questioned, but not completely written off, the business case for heavy-duty truck platooning in light of other emerging technologies and fuel gains from new combination vehicles operating independently.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
October 3, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Daimler, Renault-Led Alliance Ready for Self-Driving, Mobility Cooperation

Dieter Zetsche Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche (Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg News)

Daimler AG and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance see opportunities to collaborate on mobility offerings as well as connected and self-driving cars, a move that would push their partnership into new territory.

Christoph Rauwald and Ania Nussbaum | Bloomberg News
October 3, 2018