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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, Autonomous

Communication, Teamwork Necessary to Adopt Autonomous Technology, Experts Say at TRB

Washington State Transportation Secretary Roger Millar Washington State Transportation Secretary Roger Millar at TRB. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Cooperation from both private sector and federal partners can ease the process for states that are in the midst of adopting automated technology, according to Washington State Transportation Secretary Roger Millar.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 14, 2019

Transport Topics Podcasts: AOBRDs and ELDs

RoadSigns podcast

Check out the latest podcast episodes of our RoadSigns programs. Episode 1 and 2 of Season Two, "The AOBRD Phaseout" and "What Does the Future Hold for ELDs?" are now available. Check back here often as new content is always being added!

Transport Topics
March 12, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Autonomous

Electric, Automated Trucks Offer Glimpse of Industry’s Future at CES

Automated Trucks Event organizers say more than 182,000 technology professionals convened in Las Vegas for CES 2019. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

LAS VEGAS — Amid a sea of gadgets, drones, robots and virtual reality demos, commercial trucking carved out a significant niche for itself here at the Consumer Electronics Show, the world’s largest technology event.

Seth Clevenger and Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporters
January 11, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Editorial: Trucks and Tech at CES

If anyone needed more proof that trucking is a tech-savvy industry, look no further than the bright lights of Las Vegas, where the annual CES technology show featured a string of announcements from major industry players.

Transport Topics
January 10, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Wise Systems Closes $7 Million Series A Round

Wise Systems, an autonomous dispatch and routing software provider for delivery fleets, has raised $7 million in its Series A round, according to a Dec. 6 press release.

January 10, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

AAA Acquires Nation’s Largest Autonomous Vehicle Test Site

New Facility AAA NorCal

The largest autonomous vehicle test site in the United States has been acquired by AAA of Northern California, Nevada and Utah, one of the most familiar car-club brands in the country.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
January 9, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Drone Company Flytrex Closes $7.5 Million Series B Round

Flytrex A Flytrex drone makes a delivery. (Flytrex via YouTube)

Drone-delivery technology company Flytrex announced it has raised $7.5 million in Series B funding, according to a Jan. 8 press release. This round brings the company’s total to $11 million.

January 8, 2019
Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

Race for Next-Generation Battery Supremacy Has an Early Leader

Tesla charger A Tesla Supercharger station in Kriegstetten, Switzerland. (Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg)

To deliver an electric vehicle that’s cheaper, safer and capable of traveling 500 miles on a single charge, the auto industry needs a breakthrough in battery technology. Easier said than done.

David Stringer and Kevin Buckland | Bloomberg News
January 8, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Daimler, Bosch Cruise Into Robotaxi Era With Slow Shuttles

Concept vehicle Daimler’s Vision Urbanetic with electrically powered chassis has switchable bodies to transform into a cargo-version sibling. (Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg News)

Four years ago, Daimler AG dazzled with a self-driving luxury lounge in Las Vegas. This year the Mercedes-Benz maker is back at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, though with a more utilitarian slant: a bubble-like autonomous shuttle designed to reliably ferry people and goods around town at limited speeds.

Christoph Rauwald | Bloomberg News
January 7, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous

Infrastructure, Trade Loom Large for Trucking in the New Year

Infrastructure stellalevi

Infrastructure and trade loom large for trucking in the year ahead as freight carriers adjust to a slower, but still positive, rate of economic growth in 2019, according to industry experts interviewed by Transport Topics.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
January 4, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Robots Aren’t Yet Killing Off All Our Jobs, World Bank Says

Robot Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg News

The rise of automation has so far had a negligible impact on jobs at a global scale, the World Bank chief economist said, despite common gloomy predictions that humans are set to be replaced by machines.

Natalia Drozdiak | Bloomberg News
January 3, 2019