Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

VW Considers Sharing Autonomous-Car Tech to Defray Development Costs

Workers at a Volkswagen plant Workers on the production line at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Mark Elias/Bloomberg News)

Volkswagen AG is open to sharing future autonomous-vehicle systems with other manufacturers as it races to catch up with the likes of Waymo LLC in cost-intensive technologies that could transform the way people and goods move, according to an executive at the German automaker.

Christoph Rauwald | Bloomberg News
November 6, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Lawyer David Estrada Takes On Autonomous Safety Questions at Nuro

Autonomous safety questions Kroger and Nuro's R1 driverless delivery vehicle. (Andrew Brown/The Kroger Co. via Associated Press)P)

Silicon Valley lawyer David Estrada is taking on a new role at Nuro Inc., a Mountain View, Calif.-based self-driving car startup founded by two of his former Google colleagues and backed by nearly $1 billion from SoftBank Group Corp.’s Vision Fund.

Brad Stone | Bloomberg News
November 6, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Why Truck Makers Are Skipping Level 3

Driver inside ZF demo truck A ZF demo truck simulates an autonomous yard move. Highly automated trucks will require redundant systems. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

What do the 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447 and a seminal 2012 study by Google on how people interact with self-driving cars have in common?

B. Cameron Gain | Contributing Writer
September 20, 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
Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous

Daimler, Torc Begin Testing Self-Driving Trucks in Virginia

DTNA test truck A Freightliner Cascadia test truck outfitted with Torc’s self-driving software and lidar sensors, cameras and radar. (Daimler Trucks North America)

Daimler Trucks has begun testing highly automated heavy-duty trucks on Virginia highways in partnership with its subsidiary, Torc Robotics, the companies said.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
September 9, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous Enters Joint Venture With Chinese Truck Maker FAW Jiefang, a startup providing self-driving technology, announced a joint venture to develop autonomous trucks with FAW Jiefang, China’s oldest and largest truck manufacturer.

September 6, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Peloton to Develop System for Driverless Following Truck in Platooning

Two Peloton trucks Peloton is developing Automated Following, a system that relies on vehicle-to-vehicle communication to connect a driverless, fully automated following truck with a driver-controlled lead truck in a platoon. (Peloton)

Peloton Technology Inc. announced it is expanding its vision for truck platooning and driver productivity.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
July 17, 2019
Government, Business, Safety, Autonomous

Louisiana’s Autonomous Truck Rules Will Take Effect Aug. 1

Autonomous truck The law allows autonomous trucks to operate in Louisiana without a human driver in the vehicle as long as the vehicle meets certain criteria. (ZF Group)

Louisiana’s recently approved regulations for autonomous commercial motor vehicles will take effect Aug. 1.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
July 15, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Parts Makers Must Change With Times as Autonomous Tech Evolves

Autonomous car An employee sits behind the steering wheel of a Inc. autonomous vehicle as it travels along a road during a demonstration in the Nansha district of Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China, on April 10, 2019. (Qilai Shen/Bloomberg News)

The car industry is reinventing the wheel to prepare for autonomous vehicles.

July 15, 2019
Business, Technology, Autonomous

VW May Invest in Ford-Backed Argo as Alliance Talks Advance

Argo Self-driving Car Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press

Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Co. are nearing a framework agreement to join forces on electric and self-driving vehicles, capital-intensive areas that are reshaping the auto industry and straining carmakers’ finances across the globe.

November 9, 2018