Autonomous Technology

Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Kodiak Robotics Autonomous Technology Headed to Asia

Kodiak Robotics truck Video footage from inside the cab shows Kodiak Driver controlling an 18-wheeler on the interstate. (Kodiak Robotics Inc. via YouTube)

Self-driving truck technology company Kodiak Robotics Inc. announced a deal with one of South Korea’s largest conglomerates to bring Kodiak Driver to the Asia-Pacific markets.

May 26, 2021
Business, Autonomous

Plus Hires Former FMCSA Official Wiley Deck

A Plus autonomous truck Self-driving truck technology company Plus, formerly, is headquartered in Cupertino, Calif. (Plus)

Former FMCSA Deputy Administrator Wiley Deck has been tapped by autonomous truck technology firm Plus to head government affairs and public policy.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
May 6, 2021
Government, Business, Autonomous

Automation to Have Extreme Impact on Workforce, FMCSA’s Meera Joshi Says

Meera Joshi “Nothing will happen overnight, but automated vehicles will certainly make inroads into [the professional driver] workforce," FMCSA's Joshi says. (FMCSA)

Impact of automation on the transportation workforce will be “extremely real and broad," FMCSA acting Administrator Meera Joshi says.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 11, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

DOT Expands AV TEST Program

AV TEST tracking tool AV TEST tracking tool by

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has expanded the Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing (AV TEST) Initiative from a pilot to a full program.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 12, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

FMCSA Plans Information Collection on Automated Driving Systems

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced plans to submit an Information Collection Request associated with a project to learn more about trucking industry representatives’ opinions of automated driving systems.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 2, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

AAA: Partially Automated Driving Systems Don’t Always Work

An Argo AI test vehicle navigates Pittsburgh streets in 2018. A test vehicle from Argo AI, Ford's autonomous unit, navigates Pittsburgh streets in 2018. (Keith Srakocic/Associated Press)

Two tests by AAA during the past two years show that partially automated driving systems don’t always function properly, so the auto club is recommending that car companies limit their use.

Tom Krisher | Associated Press
August 6, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Satellite Firm Develops Long-Distance System for Delivery Drones

Man flies a drone. (Chip Chipman/Bloomberg News)

Inmarsat Group Holdings Ltd. says it has found a way to safely fly civil drones over long distances, a step that may help pave the way for mass adoption by industries from transportation to energy and infrastructure.

Thomas Seal | Bloomberg News
June 11, 2020
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Amazon Buying Zoox May Save $20 Billion, Put Tesla on Its Heels

A Zoox autonomous car takes a test drive in November 2019 in San Francisco. A Zoox autonomous car takes a test drive in November 2019 in San Francisco. (Andrej Sokolow/dpa via Getty Images)

Amazon .com Inc.’s talks to buy driverless vehicle startup Zoox Inc. has analysts speculating the deal could save the e-commerce giant tens of billions a year and put auto, parcel and ride-booking companies on their heels.

Katie Roof and Spencer Soper | Bloomberg News
May 27, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Autonomous-Driving Startup Takes on Last-Mile Delivery

A modified Hyundai vehicle is displayed at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, China, in August 2019. A modified Hyundai vehicle is displayed at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, China, in August 2019. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

With autonomous-vehicle companies parked by COVID-19, Pony .ai has teamed up with Los Angeles-based e-commerce site Yamibuy to deliver packages and groceries in the city of Irvine, Calif.

Edward Ludlow | Bloomberg News
April 17, 2020
Government, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Secretary Elaine Chao: Consumers Will Be Key in Determining AV Technology

Elaine Chao at 2020 CPAC "innovation is a trademark of who we are as Americans. That is our greatest export,” Chao said during the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 28. (Restore Public Trust Press via YouTube)

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao recently asserted that the American consumer will have a lot to say in determining the course of autonomous vehicles. Here's your Capitol Agenda look at the week ahead for trucking on Capitol Hill.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
March 2, 2020