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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.

Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel, Autonomous

Tesla Tripled Austin Workforce to More Than 12,000 in 2022

Tesla Inc.’s sprawling manufacturing hub in Austin, Texas, more than tripled its employee ranks last year, the company told county officials.

Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
April 5, 2023

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Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, Private

Walmart Bets on Automation, Dangles Profit Potential

Walmart Inc. is betting on greater supply chain automation and hinting that a recent investment binge might lift profit beyond the retailer’s stated long-term goals.

Brendan Case | Bloomberg News
April 4, 2023
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Aurora Driver Enters Final Stage of Development Process

Aurora Innovation Inc. has entered the final phase of development for a new version of its integrated hardware and autonomous truck system, the company announced April 3.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
April 3, 2023
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Nikola Announces Secondary Stock Offering

Nikola Corp. plans to raise $100 million from a secondary stock offering to the public at $1.12 per share, the company announced March 30.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
March 31, 2023
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Elon Musk, Scientists Call for Pause in AI Race

Artificial intelligence experts and industry leaders, including Tesla CEO Elon Musk, are calling on developers to hit the pause button on training powerful AI models.

March 29, 2023
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Ford CEO Says Next Electric Pickup Truck Will Drive Itself

Ford Motor Co. plans to make driver-assistance features central to the next electric F-Series pickup — so much so that you might be able to take a snooze at 60 mph.

March 24, 2023
Business, Technology, Autonomous, Private

Walmart Cuts Staffing Levels at Some E-Commerce Warehouses

Walmart Inc. is cutting staffing levels at some e-commerce fulfillment centers in the U.S. as the nation’s largest private-sector employer steps up investment in automation.

Brendan Case | Bloomberg News
March 23, 2023
Business, Technology, Autonomous, Top 100

Forward Air, Kodiak Partner on Autonomous Route

Forward Air Corp. has partnered with self-driving trucking company Kodiak Robotics to run one of their busiest freight lanes near continuously with an autonomous truck.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
March 21, 2023

Cruise Weighs Expanding Self-Driving Car Tests

DETROIT — General Motors’ Cruise autonomous vehicle unit on March 20 asked California for permission to test the cars across the entire state.

March 21, 2023
Business, Technology, Autonomous, Private, TCA

Pie From the Sky? Walmart Drone Deliveries Take Off

Drone delivery is no longer a thing of the future. It’s happening in Hampton Roads, Va., and soon, at Walmart stores across the country.

Trevor Metcalfe | The Virginian-Pilot
March 20, 2023