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Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Senate Panel to Review Autonomous Vehicles Policy June 13

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While senators wait for Republican leaders to schedule a vote on an autonomous vehicles bill, a Senate committee will examine the potential impact allowing such vehicles could have on the country’s surface infrastructure.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
June 12, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Driverless Delivery Startup Uses $92 Million to Focus on Safety

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In an abandoned lot on the outskirts of Sacramento, Calif., R1, a domed gray vehicle half the size of a Toyota Corolla, is practicing driving itself. It stops at stop signs, yields to people, and handles sharp turns, as other self-driving vehicles do on test courses in Silicon Valley, Detroit, and China.

Mark Bergen | Bloomberg News
June 11, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

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Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Government, Business, Autonomous

Capitol Agenda for the Week of June 11: A Rare Sighting

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The U.S. Senate plans to work through much of what would have been its August recess, an event about as rare as the sighting of a white rhino. Here's what they hope to accomplish then, as well as what's ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill this week.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
June 11, 2018
Technology, Autonomous

How Drivers and Autonomous Trucks Could Work Together to Move Freight

How Drivers and Autonomous Trucks Could Work Together to Move Freight Illustration by Joseph Terry/Transport Topics

The advent of automated driving technology is poised to transform the trucking industry in the years and decades to come, but it is clear that autonomous trucks will not be ready to handle all driving tasks and conditions anytime soon.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
June 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Ford Refuses to Rush Into Robo-Taxis, Even After GM, Waymo Deals

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General Motors Co. and Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo rocked the auto industry last week with self-driving deals that will have each deploying thousands of robo-taxis onto U.S. roads over the next 18 months. Ford Motor Co., meanwhile, will continue biding its time.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
June 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Defining Driver Responsibility When Trucks Begin to Drive Themselves

A driver takes his hands off the wheel as a ZF concept truck drives itself on a test track. Managing handoffs between the driver and system is among the challenges facing developers. (ZF Group)

As truck makers and technology developers work toward introducing vehicles with some level of automated driving features in the years ahead, it will be essential for drivers to have a clear understanding of what those systems can and cannot do and how much they can rely on them.

B. Cameron Gain | Contributing Writer
June 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

The Eyes of Autonomy

Uber Advanced Technologies Group Some self-driving truck developers, including Uber's Advanced Technologies group, are using lidar to track the vehicle's surroundings. (Uber Advanced Technologies Group)

Advances in sensor technology will play a key role in the development of increasingly sophisticated driver- assist systems and the eventual deployment of self-driving trucks in commercial fleets.

B. Cameron Gain | Contributing Writer
June 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

The Future Is Autonomous, Not Jobless

Technology firm Embark Technology firms such as Embark aim to deploy unmanned trucks on freeways, but those trucks will need to work together with piloted trucks to move freight from origin to destination. (Embark)

If autonomous vehicles are the future of the trucking industry, what is the future of the truck driver? On the surface, it might appear to some casual observers that automation could soon spell the end of the truck driving profession, but that perception quickly falls apart when examining the current limitations of the technology and the stark realities of trucking’s labor needs.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
June 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Cyberattacks Called a Growing Threat to Trucking Industry

Ross Froat, Chris Cooper, Randy Goggans Ross Froat (left), Chris Cooper and Randy Goggans address the conference. (Robert Braswell/TMC)

RALEIGH, N.C. — The threat of cyberattacks to the trucking and logistics industries is real, the number of attacks are growing and each attack has the potential to cripple a company, according to a panel of experts June 6 at the Fleet Data Management and Cybersecurity Conference here.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
June 7, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Daimler Plans Automated Truck Research Center in Portland

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Daimler Trucks is opening an automated truck research and development center here at its North American headquarters to help pave the way for highly automated commercial vehicles.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
June 6, 2018

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