Autonomous Vehicles

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December 7, 2017

House Committee Hears Testimony on Autonomous Truck Tech

During a House subcommittee hearing on emerging transportation technology Thursday, representatives found themselves pondering the societal impact autonomous vehicles may have on American workers.

December 6, 2017

Q&A: Bendix's Bracht on the Changing Truck Industry

We recently caught up with Berend Bracht, president and CEO of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, at an industry event to talk about his first two years on the job in a rapidly changing industry, from electrification to connectivity to automation.

November 22, 2017

10 Tesla Takeaways: Part II

We learned a lot during the Tesla Truck launch last week. But there are still things we don't know about the splashy new electric truck. HDT Senior Editor Jack Roberts takes a look at what we need to know from Tesla going forward.

November 21, 2017

10 Tesla Takeaways: Part I

The Tesla Semi launch in California last week answered many questions while leaving others hanging in the air. Jack Roberts' Truck Tech Blog highlights five things we learned after the truck's debut – and in Part 2, five lingering questions Tesla needs to answer.

November 21, 2017

Report: Autonomous Vehicles Could Save Trucking $300 Billion in Labor Costs

A report by a Wall Street analyst firm says the potential savings from autonomous technology are huge, but notes that new costs will be created as it takes hold in trucking.

November 16, 2017

Which Way to the Smart Highway?

If you were asked to describe a smart highway, you might say it swiftly collects tolls. You might say it speeds the flow of goods. You might say it advances safety. You might even say it glows. And you might say, how on Earth do I merge onto this ribbon of wonder?

November 16, 2017

Embark Transports Appliances Over 300 Miles with Autonomous Trucks

Autonomous vehicle technology company Embark has partnered with Ryder System and household appliance maker Frigidaire, on a pilot test program to transport goods on public highways in the Southwest.

November 16, 2017

Volvo Demonstrates Autonomous Truck Technology

The Volvo Group demonstrated a new self-driving truck, designed to travel autonomously from one hub to another, at the Volvo Group Innovation Summit in Beijing, China.

November 14, 2017

Business Interests Spur Autonomous Vehicle Policy Moves in Wisconsin

A multinational electronics manufacturer is considering building a new facility near Racine, Wisconsin, that would employee 13,000 workers – provided the city has a plan to develop autonomous vehicle infrastructure in the area.

November 13, 2017

Report Cites Twin Trailers, Platooning to Cut Fuel Consumed by Long-Haul Trucks

Securing America's Future Energy found that long-haul trucks account for 13% of daily petroleum consumption. Its new report says adopting 33-foot twin trailers and platooning technologies in the trucking industry could help save fuel and reduce U.S. dependence on oil.

November 13, 2017

Tesla's Musk Teases 'Mind-Blowing' Truck Launch

In a weekend tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk promised that the launch of his new, all-electric truck this week would blow onlookers' heads "right out of their skull."

November 10, 2017

NTSB to Investigate Latest Autonomous Vehicle Crash

Despite human error appearing to be the cause of the crash of an autonomous shuttle van in Las Vegas earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board is sending investigators to look at the accident more closely, according to a report by Reuters News Agency.

November 9, 2017

Truck Driver Gets the Blame in Driverless Shuttle Bus Crash

Media outlets are reporting a collision between a driverless shuttle bus and a tractor-trailer in Las Vegas just hours after the bus was unveiled - and the truck driver was blamed. Equipment Editor Jim Park has more in his On the Road blog.

October 31, 2017

Q&A: Kenco's Richard Scott on Amazon's Fleet and Trucking Technologies

New technology and new, big-name players are rapidly transforming trucking. Richard Scott, vice president of logistics solutions provider Kenco, gives his thoughts on the fast pace of change in trucking.

October 25, 2017

ATA Issues First-Ever Autonomous Truck Policy Guidelines

ORLANDO – The American Trucking Associations issued its first-ever policy guidelines concerning the deployment of autonomous trucks in interstate commerce operations.

October 22, 2017

Autonomous Technologies Could Mean 'Transformational' Change in Trucking

ORLANDO - Automated vehicle technologies, vehicle electrification, and the rise of transportation as a service (think ride-share services like Uber and Lyft) are creating a “transformational change” in the transportation industry. But what does that mean for trucking?

October 20, 2017

The Human Element, First and Foremost

The rate of change and complexity of new technology can be daunting. But technology is simply a tool to make our jobs -- and our lives -- easier.

October 17, 2017

Commentary: Let's Look More Closely at Automation in Trucking

As it currently stands, autonomous technology is impractical anywhere except on smooth and easy highways in good weather, says Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood in his October column.

October 11, 2017

Volkswagen Truck and Bus Reveals Future Transport Vision

Germany's Volkswagen Truck and Bus Group laid out its long-term plans for shaping the future of transportation this week at its Innovation Day Summit, held in Hamburg, Germany.

October 11, 2017

VW to Electrify Commercial Trucks in Europe

Volkswagen has developed a battery-electric powered distribution truck and is working on additional electric solutions for medium- and heavy-duty distribution transport for the European market.

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