Government, Autonomous

Britain to Test Part-Driverless Platoons of Trucks

A platoon of Scania trucks Scania

Britain is set to conduct road trials of self-driving trucks, involving a “platoon” of vehicles controlled by a driver in the front.

August 30, 2017
Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Autonomous Transportation Committee Stalls Under Trump

Tony Avelar/AP

A federal committee created to work on autonomous transportation hasn’t moved an inch under President Donald Trump.

Aaron Aupperlee | The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
August 28, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Where Rosie Once Riveted, Vehicles Will Now Drive Themselves

Mark Chaput, vice president of construction for the American Center for Mobility (ACM), points to future construction during a visit by Representative Debbie Dingell, a Democrat from Michigan, and Representative Bob Latta, a Republican from Ohio, not pict Sean Proctor/Bloomberg News

Self-driving cars will begin taking test laps this December on the site of a famous World War II airplane factory in Michigan where Rosie the Riveter helped produce a shiny B-24 Liberator bomber every hour more than seven decades ago.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
August 25, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Eyes Chattanooga as Testing Ground for Driverless Trucking

Freightliner's Inspiration Truck Daimler Trucks North America

Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s new director said Aug. 23 the lab is considering testing in Chattanooga related to autonomous driving and long-haul trucking.

Mike Pare | Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press
August 24, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Driverless Vehicles of the Future Confront Rules Written for Drivers

A Volkswagen 'Sedric' self-driving automobile Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg News

When the U.S. government finally got around to regulating auto safety in 1967, it insisted that every car have seatbelts and that the steering column be engineered to absorb impact so it wouldn’t spear the driver.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
August 24, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Colorado DOT Purchases World’s First Automated Self-Driving Construction Vehicle

autonomous self-driving construction vehicle Colorado DOT

When Robert Roy was helping to create the world’s first self-driving construction truck, he traveled across the country and talked to people in the construction industry. One of the people he spoke with, the president of a company in Louisiana, told him the story of how one of his employees almost died while working on a highway.

Tommy Simmons | Greeley (Colo.) Tribune
August 21, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

As Robots Take the Wheel, Driving Skills Begin to Hit the Skids

Self-Driving Truck Daimler AG

If your car can hit the brakes in an emergency and check your blind spots, will that make you a worse driver? Increasingly, automakers are worrying it may.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
August 10, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Unions Urge Slowdown as Self-Driving Car Laws Pick Up Speed

Autonomous Truck Daimler

Labor unions are urging a slowdown as lawmakers fast-track legislation to allow self-driving vehicles on the road, a potential boon to some union jobs and an existential threat to others.

July 28, 2017
Government, Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Congressional Panel Moves to Give Feds Say Over Self-Driving Vehicles

Autonomous Truck Daimler

A U.S. House committee July 27 approved legislation to give the federal government final say over the performance of self-driving vehicles, a measure that would preempt states from trying to set their own standards.

Todd Spangler | Detroit Free Press
July 27, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

These Truckers Work Alongside the Coders Trying to Reconfigure Their Jobs

Starsky Robotics Starsky Robotics

Just before Stefan Seltz-Axmacher offers a job to an engineer at Starsky Robotics Inc., a driverless trucking startup in San Francisco, he gives them “the talk.”

June 26, 2017