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Economists May Be Underestimating How Fast the Robots Are Coming for Your Job

Aether Films

Economists may be underestimating the impact on labor markets of increasing automation and the rise of artificial intelligence, according to a post published on the Bank of England’s staff blog on March 1.

Scott Hamilton | Bloomberg News
March 1, 2017
Business, Technology

Starsky Robotics Sees 'Last Mile' Solution for Driverless Trucks

Starsky Robotics

California-based Starsky Robotics said on Feb. 28 it has a solution to on- and off-highway deliveries by self-driving trucks, including the "last mile" issue for how a driverless vehicle will deliver cargo at its final destination.

Paul Lienert | Reuters
February 28, 2017
Government, Business, Technology

Capitol Agenda for the Week of Feb. 27: We The Rural States

During a Feb. 26 meeting with the governors, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao acknowledged public-private partnerships are unlikely to work well for small town USA.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 28, 2017
Letters to the Editor, Business, Safety, Government, Technology, Logistics

Letters: Entry-Level Driver Training; Accident Reporting

This week's letters present thoughts on the entry-level driver-training proposal and on sharing accident data.

February 27, 2017
Business, Technology

UPS Tests Drone That Uses Delivery Truck as Its Home Base

UPS Inc.

UPS Inc. completed a successful test of a truck-mounted delivery drone at a Florida blueberry farm last week, demonstrating how unmanned aerial devices might be used as part of the company’s residential delivery service and as a way to cut costs by reducing the number of miles traveled by UPS trucks to make deliveries in rural locations.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
February 27, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Fuel, Logistics, Autonomous

ATA Voices Support for New NACV Show

American Trucking Associations will be a supporter of the new North American Commercial Vehicle Show that debuts in Atlanta on Sept. 25-29.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
February 27, 2017
Business, Technology

Tech Startup Joins Push for Driverless Trucks

Embark

A new technology company has joined the race to develop autonomous driving systems for commercial trucks.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
February 27, 2017
Business, Autonomous, Technology

Otto Accused of Stealing Google's Self-Driving Secrets

Levandowski by John Sommers II for TT

It took Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo seven years to design and build a laser-scanning system to guide its self-driving cars. Uber Technologies Inc. allegedly did it in nine months. Waymo claims in a lawsuit filed Feb. 23 that was possible because an ex-employee, Anthony Levandowski, co-founder of Uber-owned Otto, stole the designs and technology and started a new company.

February 24, 2017
Business, Technology

Embark Enters Race to Develop Autonomous Trucks

Embark

A new technology company has joined the race to develop autonomous driving systems for commercial trucks. Embark, a startup based in San Mateo, California, is working to build self-driving technology that would allow trucks to run on highways with no human input.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
February 24, 2017
Editorial, Business, Safety, Technology, Government, Logistics

Editorial: Young Minds, New Roads

Coming soon to a theater near you: How to build roads and bridges. The American Society of Civil Engineers last week screened a documentary titled, “Dream Big: Engineering Our World,” which spotlights efforts to encourage young people to pursue careers in engineering. Included in that mix are bridge and road design, fields that — if recent data are any indication — will require expertise for years to come.

February 20, 2017

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