Autonomous Vehicles

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September 15, 2017

Commentary: Can Autonomous Trucks Help You Attract Fresh Talent?

We tend to shake our heads and roll our eyes at the breathless coverage in the mainstream and tech media about “driverless trucks”. But there’s one good thing about all this coverage: It’s helping to make trucking look “cool”, says Editor In Chief Deborah Lockridge in her September editorial.

September 15, 2017

Smart Trucks Have Already Arrived

A new kind of truck is already here. And very soon, the incredible capabilities of these smart, connected vehicles will revolutionize virtually every aspect of fleet operations.

September 13, 2017

Senate Panel Hears Pros and Cons of Autonomous Trucks

While the House has already passed a bill that could help bring self-driving cars to market faster, a Senate panel is taking a more deliberative approach by considering whether such legislation should also help foster the development of autonomous truck technologies.

September 13, 2017

Fleets Talk ELDs, Specs, Self-Driving Trucks on FTR Equipment Panel

How fleets think about equipment, electronic logging devices and even the future of autonomous vehicles were in the spotlight Wednesday afternoon at the annual FTR Transportation Conference in Indianapolis, as three trucking fleet people spoke on a panel about the challenges they face in today’s uncertain trucking environment.

September 12, 2017

NTSB Faults Trucker and Motorist in Fatal Tesla Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has ruled that a truck driver’s failure to yield the right of way and a car driver’s “inattention due to over-reliance on vehicle automation” are the probable cause of the May 7, 2016, collision of a tractor-trailer and a Tesla S sedan operating in autonomous mode.

September 11, 2017

Senate to Hold Hearing on Automated Trucks

On Sept. 13, Sen. John Thune of South Dakota will convene a hearing to examine the potential benefits and impacts of automated commercial vehicles.

September 7, 2017

Self-Driving Trucks Need to Gain Traction on Capitol Hill

Despite the argument that some sort of self-driving truck will become an everyday reality before any self-driving car does, legislation that would ease the application of autonomous driving technology to commercial trucks has so far failed to gain traction on Capitol Hill.

September 5, 2017

Report: Countries Should Act Now to Avoid Social Disruption from Autonomous Trucks

A newly released report by the International Transport Forum says as many as 4.4 million truck driving jobs could vanish by 2030 as a result of autonomous truck technology.

August 29, 2017

Quick Spin: ZF’s Reax Electronic Steering System

A new electronic steering augmentation system from ZF can help drivers reduce stress while boosting safety.

August 28, 2017

UK Announces Series of Truck Platoon Tests

The British government has awarded funding that will enable a series of truck platoon tests on public roadways in the United Kingdom beginning next year.

August 25, 2017

On the Spot: ZF's Reax Electronic Steering [Video]

ZF is bringing its Reax electronic steering system to the North American commercial vehicle market, offering benefits in safety and driver experience and another step toward autonomous trucks. The company demonstrated the system for the press recently and HDT Senior Editor Jack Roberts has this report.

August 25, 2017

More Details Emerge on Tesla Electric Big Rig

Tesla's soon-to-be-unveiled all-electric truck will be a day cab model with a 200- to 300-mile daily operating range, according to a report by Reuters.

August 24, 2017

Wabco Acquires Active Steering Technology Supplier

Wabco Holdings has signed an agreement to acquire RH Sheppard Co., a supplier of commercial vehicle technologies, including vehicle steering capabilities, such as active steering technology.

August 24, 2017

Chinese Company to Test Autonomous Trucks in Arizona

TuSimple, a Chinese autonomous truck startup, has chosen Tucson, Arizona, as the site of its autonomous truck development and testing.

August 23, 2017

Watch Colorado's Self-Driving Work Zone Truck

The Colorado Department of Transportation unveiled a self-driving work zone vehicle designed to advance safety for roadway maintenance crews. Positioned behind road construction crews in order to protect workers from the traveling public, the Autonomous Impact Protection Vehicle increases work zone safety by removing the driver from a truck that is actually designed to be hit.

August 21, 2017

Colo. DOT Debuts Self-Driving Work Zone Vehicle

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) unveiled the world's first self-driving work zone vehicle designed to improve safety for road maintenance crews. The vehicle is positioned behind road construction crews to protect workers from the traveling public.

August 16, 2017

Pushing the Technology Envelope in Trucking

Mark Botticelli, executive vice president, Technology, PeopleNet, described how some wearable devices such as virtual reality goggles or a smart arm band could aid drivers.

August 15, 2017

User Conference Highlights the Fast Pace of Change

Change and its quickening pace was an over-riding theme at Trimble’s in.sight user conference for TMW Systems and PeopleNet customers that kicked off Aug. 14 in Nashville.

August 15, 2017

ATA to California: Don't Mess With Trucking

State governments, especially California, need to understand they can’t “mess with trucking,” said Chris Spear, president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations, at the TMW Systems and Peoplenet in.site User Conference + Expo in Nashville, Tennessee.

August 11, 2017

Autonomous Technology Heats Up in Arizona

Autonomous vehicle developers have apparently decided the Grand Canyon state is the ideal place to test out their new technology.

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