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August 31, 2015

Rolling Along Toward Autonomous Trucks

Several news reports in the past week indicate that progress is being made on the road to autonomous commercial trucks.

July 22, 2015

Fleet Technology Expo Attendees Can Enjoy Southern California

With its new location in Southern California, the Fleet Technology Expo offers attendees a chance to combine business and pleasure, say event organizers – even a family vacation.

July 15, 2015

Commentary: The Unmanned Vision

While much has been made about autonomous trucks lately, at least one group is looking ahead to unmanned vehicles altogether.

April 17, 2015

Sensing a Disruption

In his new Passing Zone blog, Executive Editor David Cullen examines vehicle-mounted sensors - a deceptively disruptive technology that has in many ways reshaped the trucking landscape.

April 16, 2015

Commentary: Self-Driving Trucks Sooner Than You Think

Dutch transport officials have a plan that would see self-driving trucks hauling freight from Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port, to other cities in the next five years.

March 20, 2015

Drones And the Future of Package Delivery

The Federal Aviation Administration has granted approval for Amazon to test drone delivery, but don't expect a drone on your doorstep soon.

December 30, 2014

5 Fantastic Future Truck Technologies

For trucking journalists and technology junkies, 2014 was a year that offered tantalizing glimpses of a sci-fi trucking future that may not be too far off. Deborah Lockridge looks at five reasons 2014 was "the year of the future" in trucking.

October 6, 2014

The Self-Driving, Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 (Video)

Daimler shows where the future of trucking might be with this video of a self-driving, fuel-efficient Future Truck 2025 concept truck. 

September 22, 2014

Daimler Trucks Shares its Vision of the Future

When Daimler Trucks revealed to the world the first truly autonomous on-highway truck, it was digitally camouflaged to prevent anyone, including competitors, from getting a close look at it. In Hanover, Germany, the day before the official opening of the 2014 International Commercial Vehicle show (IAA), Daimler took the wraps of the truck and showed the worlds its vision of the future.

September 22, 2014

Daimler Trucks Unveils Mercedes-Benz Future Truck

Daimler Trucks rolled back the curtain a little further on the autonomous commercial vehicle it revealed for the first time in July. The truck, and the self-driving concept, is being developed as part of Daimler Trucks' "Shaping Future Transportation" initiative to conserve resources, reduce emissions and to ensure traffic safety through vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communications.

September 22, 2014

IAA Commercial Vehicles Event to Showcase Trucking Innovations

The 65th IAA Commercial Vehicles exhibition is set to begin Sept. 25 at the Hanover Fairgrounds in Hanover, Germany. The week-long event runs through Oct. 2 and will feature 2,066 exhibitors from 45 countries and the world premieres of 322 new vehicles and innovations.

July 22, 2014

Video: ZF Innovation Truck Parks by Remote Control

An engineer uses a tablet app to maneuver a tractor-semitrailer-trailer. In response to transmitted signals, the tractor steers itself and pushes the trailers to match the instructions. See HDT's coverage of the event here.

July 10, 2014

Remotely Controlled Double-Trailer Rig Parks Precisely at ZF Demo

The ZF Innovation Truck demonstrates how a driver could walk along with a tablet or cell phone, telling the combination vehicle where to go. This could boost efficiency for fleets, the company said this week during a press event that also highlighted a new transmission that could be offered eventually in North America.

July 7, 2014

Daimler Trucks Unveils Long-Term Plan for Autonomous-Driving Trucks

Daimler Trucks on Thursday shared its vision of the future of trucking trucks that can drive themselves, saying they could help solve the driver shortage problem -- but not by taking drivers out of trucks altogether. The autonomous truck project, called Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, was demonstrated on a section of the A14 Autobahn.

May 13, 2014

Truck Platooning System Offers Fuel Savings Potential

Peloton Technology, Menlo Park, Calif., demonstrated its two-truck platooning system May 8 along a stretch of I-80 just east of Reno. The technology makes use of a forward collision avoidance system and vehicle-to-vehicle communication to allow two trucks to travel closer together than would normally be safe.

May 13, 2014

Video: Could Hybrid Multi-Copter Ease Congestion Grief?

A new military hybrid-truck-helicopter flew for the first time recently in the California desert. It's still early days and with a payload limited to 4,000 pounds, it won't replace tractor trailers anytime soon. But you can't help wondering ...

May 12, 2014

Safety Technologies: The New Frontier

From collision avoidance to cameras, from rollover prevention to analytics, technology is rapidly changing the safety landscape.

February 19, 2014

Walmart Shows Off Futuristic Tractor-Trailer

Turbine-electric powertrain and carbon-fiber trailer sides are not yet used in commercial motor trucks, but a concept Walmart tractor's COE layout and trailer's rounded nose hark back to previous times while at the same time evoking a "Jetsons" futuristic feel.

December 9, 2013

8 Things to Expect on Tomorrow’s Trucks

In some ways, the truck of the future is here today. What would a truck driver from decades ago think if he were suddenly transported from his own time into one of today’s state-of-the-art rigs?

October 24, 2013

Project to Test 'Platooning' Trucks

A new Federal Highway Administration research project will test "platooning" two trucks with the goal of saving fuel and decreasing traffic congestion. The team will research partial automation for two-truck platooning, integrating vehicle-to-vehicle communications with adaptive cruise control.

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