Autonomous Technology

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
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Outrider Gets $53 Million to Automate Truck Yards

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Technology company Outrider closed out an early stage of financing with $53 million to automate truck yards, the company announced Feb. 19.

Connor D. Wolf | Staff Reporter
February 19, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

DOT Requests Public Comment on AV 4.0

Autonomous concept Autonomous vehicle concept by Getty Images

The Department of Transportation and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy are inviting public comments on AV 4.0, the latest federal update of autonomous vehicle technology guidelines.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 5, 2020
Government, Business, Autonomous

Self-Driving Mass Transit Arrives on American Streets

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An electric-powered shuttle funded mostly by the federal government will give residents access to services that have slowly vanished from a part of Columbus, Ohio.

Kevin Miller | Bloomberg News
February 5, 2020
Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

UPS-Waymo Partnership to Start in Near Future

UPS-Waymo partnership beginning soon The partnership will feature Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacificas shuttling packages from The UPS Store locations in Phoenix to a local UPS sorting facility for processing. (UPS Inc.)

UPS and Waymo announced Jan. 29 a pilot program for autonomous vehicle package pickup in Phoenix.

January 30, 2020
Government, Business, Autonomous, TCA

Autonomous Vehicle Test in Rhode Island Shows Promise for Other Cities

Edwin Olson, CEO of May Mobility, stands with one of the Little Roady autonomous vehicles at the project announcement in Providence in February 2019. Edwin Olson, CEO of May Mobility, stands with one of the Little Roady autonomous vehicles at the project announcement in Providence in February 2019. (Steve Szydlowski/The Providence Journal)

The six electric vehicles known collectively as Little Roady navigate a 5-mile loop in regular traffic and steer themselves into 10 curbside stops, giving lawyers and laborers alike a free ride.

Mike Lindblom | The Seattle Times
January 24, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

DOT Unveils Updated AV Guidance at CES 2020

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao at CES 2020 U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announces the guidelines for AV 4.0 at CES 2020 in Las Vegas on Jan. 8. (CES)

The Department of Transportation has released AV 4.0, which serves as the agency’s policy update of autonomous vehicle technology guidelines.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 8, 2020
Government, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

North Carolina Pays Researchers to Prep for Autonomous Vehicles

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Teams of researchers based at three state universities will spend the next three years developing ways to help North Carolina prepare for autonomous vehicles and other new transportation technologies.

Richard Stradling | The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)
December 18, 2019
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

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