Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Partially Autonomous Truck Undergoes Tests in Illinois

Autobon A view from "behind the wheel" of a past Autobon AI test at the Chicagoland Speedway. (Autobon AI via Youtube)

Krystian Gebis did not have to keep his hands on the wheel when he operated a specially modified Peterbilt semi truck along a test track last month. The steering wheel turned by itself.

Mary Wisniewski | Chicago Tribune
November 25, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous, Top 100

Tech Startups Cite Progress on Path to Self-Driving Trucks

Kodiak Robotics truck on highway Kodiak Robotics

Over the past year, startups working to commercialize highly auto­mated heavy-duty trucks competed for more capital and engineers, and each pushed deeper into systems development.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
September 20, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

UD Trucks Tests Level 4 Autonomous Driving in Japan

UD Trucks recently tested a Level 4 autonomous truck in Japan. The specially adapted Level 4 heavy-duty Quon model from UD Trucks. (UD Trucks)

Japanese truck maker UD Trucks, a unit of Volvo Group, announced it showcased Level 4 autonomous driving together with the nation’s largest logistics firm and a 100-year-old agricultural cooperative — calling the technology an important tool to address the contracting work force.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
September 10, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Autonomous Transportation Technologies Touted by Senators

Autonomous Transportation's Brent Hutto testifies at the hearing. (Jeremy Kirkpatrick/American Trucking Associations)

WASHINGTON — Trucks and cars equipped with automated features have the potential to enhance safety along the country’s freight and commuter corridors, facilitate the movement of freight and provide access to mobility for disabled individuals, members of the Senate Commerce Committee said recently.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
June 27, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Self-Driving Truck Startup Embark Releases Performance Data

Embark autonomous truck Embark

Self-driving truck startup Embark has issued a voluntary report on the performance of its automated trucks, providing a more detailed look at its testing process and the current capabilities of its technology.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
January 30, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Experts Discuss Autonomous Tech’s Effect on Freight

Plano, Texas, Mayor Harry LaRosiliere Plano, Texas, Mayor Harry LaRosiliere by Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics

WASHINGTON — As they become more prevalent, autonomous technologies will bear a bigger impact on freight transportation, according to panelists assembled at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ winter meeting.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 24, 2019
Government, Business, Autonomous

Communication, Teamwork Necessary to Adopt Autonomous Technology, Experts Say at TRB

Washington State Transportation Secretary Roger Millar Washington State Transportation Secretary Roger Millar at TRB. (Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics)

WASHINGTON — Cooperation from both private sector and federal partners can ease the process for states that are in the midst of adopting automated technology, according to Washington State Transportation Secretary Roger Millar.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 14, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

I-5 in Washington, Oregon Best Route to Deploy Self-Driving Semis, Report Says

I-5 South near Everett, Wash. I-5 South near Everett, Wash. A new report rates the I-5 corridor the most productive for self-driving trucks. (Getty Images)

Of all the freeways in the United States, the most productive corridor for self-driving trucks appears to be Interstate 5 through Washington and Oregon, according to a report released this week by the Kirkland, Wash.-based Inrix data company.

Mike Lindblom | The Seattle Times
September 20, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Volvo Exhibits Autonomous Vera Concept

Volvo's Vera autonomous truck concept Volvo's autonomous Vera concept vehicle has a fifth-wheel — but no cab. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

HANOVER, Germany — Volvo Trucks exhibited an autonomous truck concept that entirely removes the cab from the tractor and highlighted its investments in electric vehicles at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
September 20, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Federal Standard on Autonomous Vehicle Technology Is Needed, Rep. Latta Says

Autonomous concept Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Congress needs to ensure autonomous vehicle technology operates under a national directive instead of a patchwork of guidelines from the states, a key House authorizer said Sept. 13.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
September 13, 2018