Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Self-Driving Trucks and Presidential Politics

Ike truck Self-driving truck developer Ike envisions automation shifting driver jobs from longhaul to shorthaul routes. (Ike)

The introduction of self-driving truck prototypes over the past five years has fueled an ongoing conversation about how this emerging technology will change the freight transportation industry in the decades ahead.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
December 6, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Senate Panel Says NHTSA Lax on Autonomous Regulation

Ford Argo AI test car A test car from Argo AI, Ford's autonomous vehicle unit, navigates in Pittsburgh. (Keith Srakocic/AP)

WASHINGTON — The nation’s road-safety regulator is under fire again for what critics call lax oversight of tests involving autonomous vehicles.

November 21, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Autonomous, Electric Infrastructure Will Expand With Demand, Experts Say

 Rick Mihelic, director of future technologies studies at the North American Council for Freight Efficiency Rick Mihelic is the director of future technologies studies at the North American Council for Freight Efficiency. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

DALLAS — Infrastructure required for autonomous and electric vehicles will follow demand for such products, according to technology experts.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 2, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Stakeholders Keep Pushing for Congressional Action on AVs

 Huei Peng and Ron Thaniel Huei Peng (left) and Ron Thaniel via YouTube

The absence of autonomous vehicles legislation before congressional committees has not discouraged industry stakeholders from continuing to insist lawmakers establish a set of federal policies for the technology.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 1, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Self-Driving Trucks: A Reality Check

Kodiak Robotics self-driving truck Companies such as Kodiak Robotics are testing self-driving trucks, but the development and deployment of this technology will be gradual. (Kodiak Robotics)

No discussion of the future of the trucking industry is complete without considering the advance of automated driving technology, and how it might support the movement of freight in the years and decades ahead.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
September 20, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Automated Trucking Levels Up

Daimler Trucks North America Freightliner Cascadia truck Daimler Trucks North America is introducing Level 2 automation with its Active Lane Assist feature, which will become widely available in early 2020. (Daimler Trucks North America)

After several years of fanfare and debate over when and how self-driving commercial vehicles would reach the market, early forms of this technology are beginning to become an option in new trucks.

B. Cameron Gain | Contributing Writer
September 20, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, Perspective

Perspective: Preparing for Autonomous Repairs

As more and more vehicles with autonomous components enter the transportation landscape, the issue of repair and maintenance for those systems becomes more important for trucking fleets.

Michael Buck | President, MCB Fleet Management
September 18, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Wabco Partners With Silicon Valley Firm Plug and Play

Wabco Holdings Inc. announced it has signed a three-year agreement to be an anchor partner with Plug and Play, a global innovation platform leader headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. The Swiss company will gain access to Plug and Play’s global partnership network, which includes many startups, market disruptors and industry leaders.

September 13, 2019
Government, Technology, Autonomous

Ohio Announces DOT Grant for Automated Driving Program

TRC Smartcenter demo TRC SMARTCenter Demo by Ohio DOT

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded an Ohio-based team of industry, academic and community partners a $7.5 million grant to develop self-driving vehicles.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 11, 2019
Government, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Cities Need ‘Sophisticated Urban Freight Policies,’ Report Says

Crowded New York City street A traffic jam in New York City. The report said city officials will need to rethink urban freight policies to accommodate the changing transportation landscape. (U.S. DOT)

Officials aiming to facilitate the flow of freight amid advancements in autonomous vehicle technologies need policies designed to reduce the frequency of freight trips while enhancing safety, a new report by the National Association of City Transportation Officials concluded.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 10, 2019