Automated Driving

Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

While Self-Driving Car Hype Decelerates, Automated Trucks Grab Attention at CES vehicle Self-driving truck startup showcases tractors outfitted with its technology at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

LAS VEGAS — Even as automated vehicle developers tamped down inflated expectations for fully self-driving passenger cars at CES 2020, several companies continued to tout the market potential for highly automated commercial vehicles.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
March 6, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Tesla to Face Fresh Autopilot Scrutiny After Company Snubs NTSB

Tesla dashboard Tesla dashboard by Christopher Godney/Bloomberg News

The National Transportation Safety Board on Feb. 25 will convene its second hearing on a fatal crash involving Tesla Inc.’s automated driver-assist technology, even though the pioneering automaker hasn’t filed formal responses to recommendations stemming from the first one more than two years ago.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
February 24, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Congressional Policymakers Drafting Autonomous Vehicles Bill

Panelists at Senate Commerce Committee hearing on autonomous vehicles Senate Commerce Committee panelists (left to right) Joel Szabat of USDOT, James Owens of NHTSA and Robert Sumwalt of NTSB address autonomous vehicles. (Commerce.Senate.Gov)

WASHINGTON — Long-awaited legislation that would set a federal regulatory framework for automated vehicles is being drafted by transportation leaders in Congress, the chairman of the Senate panel with jurisdiction over freight affairs confirmed Nov. 20.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
November 20, 2019
Government, Business, Technology

FMCSA Seeking Public Comment on Rules for Automated Commercial Vehicles

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking public comment through May 10 on regulations that may need to be updated, modified or eliminated to “facilitate the safe introduction of automated driving systems for commercial motor vehicles.”

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 28, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Chao Tells Automated Vehicle Summit DOT “3.0” Guidance Could Be Issued in Early Summer

Elaine Chao Elaine Chao via U.S. DOT Media Center/YouTube

WASHINGTON — Updated federal guidance for manufacturers and states seeking to deploy self-driving vehicles could be released as early as summer, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told hundreds of executives attending the automated vehicle policy summit here.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
March 1, 2018
Government, Technology, Autonomous

DOT Schedules March 1 Listening Session on Automated Vehicles

Elaine Chao (Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press)

Executives from the commercial and passenger transportation industries will have an opportunity to recommend policy directives to federal officials during a forum the U.S. Department of Transportation will host March 1.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 22, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Sept. 11: That Truck Is Driving Itself

Aether Films

Super smart robot trucks capable of communicating with other robot trucks while they haul freight along highways, without a driver, is no longer science fiction.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
September 11, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment

Automated Steering Is Next Step

ZF Innovation Truck ZF Innovation Truck (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

Automated steering capabilities are coming soon to commercial vehicles, suppliers of truck steering systems said.

Steve Sturgess | Special to Transport Topics
September 8, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Regulators Scramble to Stay Ahead of Self-Driving Cars

Daimler AG

Self-driving cars are only starting to navigate the nation’s streets, but regulators are scrambling to catch up.

June 26, 2017

ZF Unveils Evasive Maneuvering System, Automated Driving With Active Steering

Seth Clevenger/TT

ALDENHOVEN, Germany — ZF Friedrichshafen unveiled its latest advances in automated driving technology for trucks, including emergency steering to avoid imminent collisions and a highway driver-assist system that automatically keeps the vehicle in its lane while maintaining safe following distances.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
July 11, 2016