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January 24, 2018 - Industry News

Teamsters Try to Nix UPS Drones, Self-Driving Vehicles

Photo courtesy of UPS.

The Teamsters union is seeking to prevent UPS from using driverless vehicles or drones to deliver packages, the latter of which the parcel delivery company had already performed a number of tests on, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Tags: UPS, Drones, Autonomous Vehicles, Labor Unions, Drivers

January 24, 2018 - Industry News

Fuso Begins Truck Platooning Tests in Japan

Daimler Trucks is testing Fuso Super Great heavy trucks in platooning runs with other truck brands on public roads outside Tokyo. Photo: Fuso

Daimler's Fuso subsidiary has begun platooning test operations outside of Tokyo as part of the Japanese government's plans to boost technology investment and deployment in the near future.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Japan, Daimler, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles, Connected Vehicles, Global, Daimler Trucks

January 23, 2018 - Industry News

Volvo: Electric Trucks Viable for Hauling Freight Here and Elsewhere

Volvo initially sees electrically powered trucks delivering goods in city centers “without disturbing noise and exhaust gases.” Photo: Volvo Trucks

Sweden-based AB Volvo announced on Jan. 23 that it will start selling electric trucks in Europe in 2019, with the first units entering service with select customers sometime this year – and the company's North American operations say they see a future for "electromobility" here as well.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles, Alternative Fuels

December 18, 2017 - Industry News

Embark's New Road to Autonomous

Embark says its initial autonomous vehicle control system will focus on weather-friendly routes with high freight volumes. Photo: Embark

Embark COO Mike Reid says his company's approach to autonomous trucks will help resolve driver shortage issues while delivering immediate value for fleets.

Tags: Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-Drive, Embark

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

House Committee Hears Testimony on Autonomous Truck Tech

House members listen to Greer Woodruff, senior vice president of safety, security and driver personnel at J.B. Hunt. Photo via ATA Twitter feed.

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

Tags: Truck Drivers, U.S. House of Representatives, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Autonomous Vehicles, Drivers

November 21, 2017 - Industry News

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

Autonomous technology could offer trucking net savings between $100 billion and $125 billion, according to a report by Wall Street analysts. Photo: Jack Roberts

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.

Tags: Operating Costs, Fleet Management, Tesla, Driver Pay, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Tesla Semi

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

Embark Transports Appliances Over 300 Miles with Autonomous Trucks

Photo: Embark

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.

Tags: Pilot Program, Vehicle Testing, Autonomous Vehicles

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Demonstrates Autonomous Truck Technology

Photo: Volvo Group

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.

Tags: Ports, Volvo Group, Asia, Autonomous Vehicles, Global

November 14, 2017 - Industry News

Business Interests Spur Autonomous Vehicle Policy Moves in Wisconsin

Racine, WI, city officals felt they were "ahead of the curve" on traffic issues, until a business considering locating there asked about autonomous vehicle infrastructure. Photo: Peloton

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.

Tags: Infrastructure, Traffic Congestion, Business, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, I-94, Wisconsin

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

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

Source: Securing America's Future Energy

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.

Tags: Legislation, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous Vehicles, Freight Efficiency, Truck Platooning

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

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

Many questions regarding Tesla's much-anticipated electric truck are due to be answered this Thursday night at a press event in California. Photo: Tesla

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."

Tags: Tesla, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks, Elon Musk, Autonomous Vehicles

November 10, 2017 - Industry News

NTSB to Investigate Latest Autonomous Vehicle Crash

NTSB will investigate the latest autonomous vehicle crash, which occured the first day on the job for this AAA/Keolis electric van. Photo: Twitter

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.

Tags: AAA, NTSB, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

October 31, 2017 - Industry News

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

Amazon's entry into last-mile delivery markets could be a game-changer for trucking. Photo: Amazon

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.

Tags: Logistics, Holiday Driving, Parcel Delivery Service, Last Mile Delivery, Amazon.com, Autonomous Vehicles, Q&A

October 25, 2017 - Industry News

ATA Issues First-Ever Autonomous Truck Policy Guidelines

ATA has issued 21 policy points aimed at smoothing the eventual deployment and operation of autonomous trucks. Photo: Freightliner

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

Tags: Regulations, ATA, Autonomous Vehicles, ATA MC&E

October 22, 2017 - Industry News

Autonomous Technologies Could Mean 'Transformational' Change in Trucking

Larry Burns tells ATA attendees his vision of how autonomous vehicles could affect trucking. Photo: Evan Lockridge

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?

Tags: ATA MC&E, Autonomous Vehicles, Disruptive Technology

October 11, 2017 - Industry News

Volkswagen Truck and Bus Reveals Future Transport Vision

Volkwagen Truck and Bus CEO Andreas Renschler outlines the company's vision of tuture transporation at it Innovation Day summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo: VW

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.

Tags: Emissions, Volkswagen, Navistar, International Trucks, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Connected Vehicles, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuels

October 11, 2017 - Industry News

DHL to Deploy Electric, Autonomous Delivery Trucks in Germany

Photo courtesy of ZF.

ZF and DHL plan to deploy a fleet of electric, autonomous vehicles as early as next year in real-world delivery operations.

Tags: DHL, ZF, Last Mile Delivery, Autonomous Vehicles, Global, Delivery Fleets, Germany

October 6, 2017 - Industry News

GM to Show Hydrogen-Powered Truck Chassis to Military Buyers

Photo of SURUS courtesy of GM.

General Motors has developed a medium-duty chassis cab truck powered by a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain for commercial buyers that the company is also pitching to the U.S. military, the company announced.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Military, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, General Motors, Autonomous Vehicles

October 4, 2017 - Industry News

Senate Committee Advances Self-Driving Bill

Photo of self-driving car courtesy of SmartUSA/Mercedes-Benz.

The legislation, intended to eliminate barriers to the safe testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles, still faces a vote by the full Senate.

Tags: Regulations, U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

September 13, 2017 - Industry News

Senate Panel Hears Pros and Cons of Autonomous Trucks

ATA chief Chris Spear testifying on autonomous truck technology to Senate panel on Sept. 13. Photo: ATA, via Twitter

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.

Tags: U.S. Senate, Autonomous Vehicles

September 12, 2017 - Industry News

NTSB Faults Trucker and Motorist in Fatal Tesla Crash

Joshua Brown's Tesla sedan, after the crash with a truck that took his life. Photo: NTSB/Florida Highway Patrol

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.

Tags: NTSB, Tesla Model S, Autonomous Vehicles, Semi-Autonomous, Tesla

September 11, 2017 - Industry News

Senate to Hold Hearing on Automated Trucks

Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) at a U.S. Senate Commerce Committee hearing. Photo: Office of Sen. John Thune

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

Tags: Senate, Senate Commerce Committee, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-Drive, Semi-Autonomous

September 7, 2017 - Industry News

Self-Driving Trucks Need to Gain Traction on Capitol Hill

Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor used to demonstrate Daimler’s Highway Pilot Connect autonomous technology on German roads. Photo: David Cullen

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.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-Drive

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

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

Countries should begin working together now to ensure smooth adoption of autonomous truck technologies, says a new report. Photo: Freightliner

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.

Tags: Fleet Drivers, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Disruptive Technology, Truck Drivers, Global

August 28, 2017 - Industry News

UK Announces Series of Truck Platoon Tests

The British government has awarded a grant of €8.1 million to test truck platooning on public roadways. Photo: Scania

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.

Tags: United Kingdom, Europe, England, Scania, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles

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