Autonomous trucking

Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

DOT Launches AV TEST Initiative

AV Test AndreyPopov/Getty Images

The U.S. Department of Transportation has launched a program to increase transparency and inform members of the public about automated vehicle technologies.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
June 15, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous, Top 100

California Becomes Epicenter of Emerging Truck Technology

California Self-driving truck firm TuSimple’s headquarters are in San Diego. The company is testing and developing SAE Level 4 automated driving technology for heavy-duty trucks. (TuSimple)

With its emissions mandates, tough labor laws, inspection requirements and extensive regulations, California has become both a difficult and expensive environment for trucking.

Jerry Hirsch | Contributing Writer
May 22, 2020
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Self-Driving Startups Work Through Health Crisis

Just like the rest of the industry, trucking companies working to commercialize autonomous heavy-duty trucks are adapting to the uncertainties and disruptions caused by the coronavirus.

Roger Gilroy | Senior Reporter
April 28, 2020
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
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 | Senior 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 | Senior 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 | Senior 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