Technology
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous, TCA

Task Force to Study Autonomous Technology Underway in Oklahoma

Oklahoma welcome sign J. Stephen Conn/Flickr

Oklahoma state officials have held the first meeting of a task force that will study autonomous vehicles and how agencies and local governments should respond to the emerging technology.

Dale Denwalt | The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City)
August 13, 2018
Business, Technology

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Says ‘Funding Secured’ Tweet Followed Meeting With Saudis

Tesla closeup AP

Tesla’s Elon Musk said in a blog post he reported the funding was secured for a go-private transaction after meeting with the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund July 31, after the Saudi fund bought almost 5% of Tesla stock.

Polina Noskova | Bloomberg News
August 13, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

RoadSigns podcast

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment

Utility Selects New Curtain for Trailers

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. announced the Kin-Sider from Kinedyne will be the new standard curtain installed on Utility’s Tautliner curtain-sided trailers.

Transport Topics
August 10, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Former Chief Tesla Vehicle Engineer Doug Field Returns to Apple

Doug Field Tony Gutierrez/AP Images

Apple Inc. said it rehired Doug Field after the executive spent about five years at Tesla Inc. in charge of vehicle engineering.

Mark Gurman and Dana Hull | Bloomberg News
August 10, 2018
Business, Technology

Loop’s Fuel Cell Range Extender to Be Evaluated in SoCal

Loop Energy announced its heavy-duty fuel cell range extender will power two zero-emissions, hybrid-electric Class 8 drayage trucks as part of a fuel cell truck project in Southern California.

Transport Topics
August 10, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Self-Driving Truck Startup Kodiak Secures $40 Million in Series A

Kodiak Robotics co-founders Don Burnette and Paz Eshel Kodiak Robotics co-founders Don Burnette (left) and Paz Eshel. (Kodiak Robotics)

Kodiak Robotics, founded in April by Don Burnette and Paz Eshel, said it has raised $40 million from a group of venture capital investment firms, including Battery Ventures, CRV, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Tusk Ventures.

Joe Antoshak | Editorial Researcher
August 9, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Touts Department’s Approach to Autonomous Policy

Driver in autonomous car with hands off wheel Getty Images

An update of federal guidelines on autonomous technology that would encompass trucks, transit systems, infrastructure, cars and other modes of transportation will emphasize safety, the country’s top transportation officer said Aug. 8.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
August 9, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Ford Aims to Be Major Player in Autonomous Technology

Autonomous technology A fully autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid research vehicle on streets of Dearborn, Mich. (Ford Motor Co.)

The autonomous technology gap between Ford Motor Co. and its rivals from Detroit and Silicon Valley can be measured in years. Yet even a company playing catch-up in the race to turn self-driving technology into high-margin businesses is drawing interest from outside investors, an indicator of just how much money is pouring in.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
August 9, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Environmental Services Companies File Joint HOS Exemption Request

HOS Exemption Request Hurrican Harvey response (Texas Military Dept photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Pruitt)

Four environmental services companies have submitted a joint application for exemption from hours-of-service regulations to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
August 8, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Uber Doubles Down on Freight Business

Lior Ron Uber Freight app. (Aether Films)

Although Uber Technologies Inc. recently halted its self-driving truck program, the ride-hailing pioneer is doubling down on its Uber Freight load-matching business and announced that Otto co-founder and former Uber executive Lior Ron will rejoin the company to run that unit.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
August 8, 2018

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