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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, Autonomous

Will Frugal Chrysler Fiat Land Big Payoff in Driverless Sector?

Frugal Chrysler Fiat Manley speaks during the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles press conference during the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News)

When Waymo picks up its first paying customer in a driverless taxi later this year, the car doing the honors will be made by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV. Not the sensors and software — the futuristic technology that allows a robot to drive a minivan will be made by Waymo. The relatively boring minivan itself? That’s pretty much Fiat Chrysler’s only significant contribution to the race to develop autonomous vehicles.

Gabrielle Coppola | Bloomberg News
August 21, 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, Logistics, Autonomous, Top 100, Opinion

Fixing the Final-Mile Delivery Mess

Truck out for delivery in urban area. New approaches are needed to meet the demands of urban final-mile delivery. (TT File Photo)

Though it seems like every week there's a new startup introduced to the field, last-mile retail delivery is still a mess.

Will Salter | CEO, Paragon Software Systems
August 20, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Tesla, Public or Private, Still Will Release Autopilot Safety Data

Tesla logo Alex Kraus/Bloomberg News

Even as CEO Elon Musk pursues the idea of taking Tesla private, the electric automaker has confirmed that it still plans to release safety data on its Autopilot semi-autonomous driving feature.

David R. Baker | San Francisco Chronicle
August 16, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

To Get Ready for Robot Driving, Some Want to Reprogram Pedestrians

Robot Driving Getty Images

You’re crossing the street wrong. That is essentially the argument some self-driving car boosters have fallen back on in the months after the first pedestrian death attributed to an autonomous vehicle and amid growing concerns that artificial intelligence capable of real-world driving is further away than many predicted just a few years ago.

Jeremy Kahn | Bloomberg News
August 16, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Kroger Selects Arizona for Self-Driving Grocery Delivery Pilot

Kroger luna715/Flickr

Kroger Co. is bringing self-driving grocery delivery to Arizona.

Craig Giammona | Bloomberg News
August 16, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

How a Billion-Dollar Autonomous Vehicle Startup Lost Its Way

Rendering of autonomous car Jacky Leung/Getty Images

Quanergy Systems Inc. found itself in the center of a sudden frenzy over self-driving cars in 2014. It makes lidar, which bounces lasers off objects to help autonomous cars know what is nearby.

Joshua Brustein and Mark Bergen | Bloomberg News
August 13, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Task Force to Study Autonomous Technology Underway in Oklahoma

Oklahoma welcome sign J. Stephen Conn/Flickr

Oklahoma state officials have held the first meeting of a task force that will study autonomous vehicles and how agencies and local governments should respond to the emerging technology.

Dale Denwalt | The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City)
August 13, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Former Chief Tesla Vehicle Engineer Doug Field Returns to Apple

Doug Field Tony Gutierrez/AP Images

Apple Inc. said it rehired Doug Field after the executive spent about five years at Tesla Inc. in charge of vehicle engineering.

Mark Gurman and Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
August 10, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Self-Driving Truck Startup Kodiak Secures $40 Million in Series A

Kodiak Robotics co-founders Don Burnette and Paz Eshel Kodiak Robotics co-founders Don Burnette (left) and Paz Eshel. (Kodiak Robotics)

Kodiak Robotics, founded in April by Don Burnette and Paz Eshel, said it has raised $40 million from a group of venture capital investment firms, including Battery Ventures, CRV, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Tusk Ventures.

Joe Antoshak | Staff Writer
August 9, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Touts Department’s Approach to Autonomous Policy

Driver in autonomous car with hands off wheel Getty Images

An update of federal guidelines on autonomous technology that would encompass trucks, transit systems, infrastructure, cars and other modes of transportation will emphasize safety, the country’s top transportation officer said Aug. 8.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
August 9, 2018