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December 13, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Proposes V2V Rule for Cars; Could One for Trucks Be Far Behind?

Artist rendering of connected vehicles on the road Image: U.S. Department of Transportation

While the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission issued a proposed rule on Dec. 13 aimed at getting vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology on all new light-duty vehicles, NHTSA confirmed for HDT that there is “no [similar] rulemaking as of yet” in the works for commercial vehicles.

Tags: ATA, V2V, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles

December 9, 2016 - Industry News

Michigan Law Opens a Door for Platooning

Screenshot via Peloton

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed S.B. 995 into law on Dec. 9, authorizing electronically coordinated truck platooning on Michigan roads by creating an exception to the state’s minimum following distance for commercial vehicles.

Tags: Michigan, Connected Vehicle Technology, Vehicle Platooning, Peloton Technology, Autonomous Vehicles

December 7, 2016 - Industry News

Pennsylvania Releases Autonomous Vehicle Recommendations

A Freightliner demo driver demonstrates autonomous mode for Daimler Trucks North America's Inspiration Truck, the first autonomous truck to have a license to legally operate on U.S. public highways. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Pennsylvania’s Autonomous Vehicles Testing Policy Task Force has delivered recommended guidance to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to help develop policies for testing highly automated vehicles.

Tags: Pennsylvania, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

November 30, 2016 - Industry News

Ohio DOT, Otto Initiate 'Smart Mobility Corridor'

Otto's self-driving tractor pulls an Ohio DOT-owned tanker along U.S. 33 northwest of Columbus. The state will install sensors and fiber-optic cable along the route to support further autonomous and connected-vehicle testing. Photos: Ohio DOT

The State of Ohio is investing $15 million to install advanced highway technology along its the 35‑mile stretch of U.S. 33 northwest of Columbus.

Tags: Connected Vehicle Technology, Smart Highway, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto, Ohio DOT

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

Otto to Test Autonomous Rig in Ohio

Otto has tested its self-driving rigs in western states, and this week will begin demonstrations amid midwestern terrain in Ohio. Photo: Otto

A demonstration on Monday, using a 35-mile stretch of U.S. 33 northwest of Columbus, was postponed, but may be rescheduled. Next week, the Otto truck will run on the Ohio Turnpike.

Tags: Ohio, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto, Ohio DOT

November 17, 2016 - Industry News

ATRI Report on Autonomous Vehicles Examines Industry Concerns

Photo: Daimler Trucks

Hours of service, CSA scores and the driver shortage are all areas identified as being impacted by autonomous vehicle technology in a new report from the American Transportation Research Institute.

Tags: CSA, Hours of Service, Driver Shortage, ATRI, Autonomous Vehicles

November 8, 2016 - Industry News

NHTSA Slates Public Meeting on Autonomous Vehicle Policy

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will hold a public meeting on Nov. 10 to gain input on the federal policy on automated vehicles.

Tags: Fleet Policies, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles

October 25, 2016 - Industry News

Budweiser Delivers First Shipment Using Autonomous Truck

The driver monitored the 120-mile trip on I-25 from the sleeper. Photo courtesy Otto.

Otto and Budweiser announced Tuesday that they have reached a major milestone on the road to autonomous trucking with the completion of the world’s first shipment using a self-driving truck.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

October 20, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Committee to Offer Autonomous Vehicle Advice

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced plans to establish an Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation to help frame federal policy on the development and deployment of autonomous cars and trucks.

Tags: Tesla, U.S. DOT, Autonomous Vehicles

October 18, 2016 - Industry News

NHTSA Official Talks Autonomous Vehicles, Safety Tech at FTX

Photo by Thi Dao.

In his keynote address at the 2016 Fleet Technology Expo, the director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Vehicle Research and Test Center provided an overview of vehicle safety technologies, covering systems that have recently been introduced to the market as well as technologies currently being developed, such as autonomous vehicles.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, NHTSA, Fleet Technology Expo, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

October 5, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Aims for Zero Traffic Deaths Within 30 Years

The NHTSA held a conference to introduce its Road to Zero campaign and to address the increase in traffic deaths over the past year. Screenshot via NHTSA

Three DOT agencies and the National Safety Council have teamed up to launch a new initiative with the goal of eliminating traffic deaths on U.S. roads within the next 30 years, and truck safety is one of the targeted areas of the effort.

Tags: Highway Fatalities, U.S. DOT, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

October 3, 2016 - Industry News

Bosch Shows off Concept of Trucking Future at IAA

Bosch's VisionX project details what trucks and the driver's job may look like in a decade. Photo: Bosch

Bosch shared its vision of the truck of the next decade, and showed off its latest advanced technology, at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Germany.

Tags: IAA, Driver Assistance Systems, Bosch, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

October 2, 2016 - Industry News

ATA’s Spear: Trucking Must “Take Seat at the Table” for Making Autonomous-Driving Policy

ATA president Chris Spear fielding reporters' queries on autonomous policymaking. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Because autonomous driving technologies offer “a lot of potential but also a lot of unknowns,” Chris Spear, ATA president, said trucking must “take our seat at the table with other industries to develop a [policy] framework without stymying innovation.

Tags: ATA MC&E, Autonomous Vehicles

September 30, 2016 - Industry News

ZF Emphasizes Safety with Newest Innovation Concept Truck

ZF Innovation Truck 2016 Photo: ZF

ZF rolled out its Innovation Truck 2016 concept vehicle at the IAA show in Hannover, Germany, to demonstrate its capabilities for developing autonomous-driving technologies.

Tags: IAA, ZF, Autonomous Vehicles

September 27, 2016 - Industry News

Don’t Wait: FTX Room Discount Ends Friday

Time is running out to take advantage of the hotel room discount for the Fleet Technology Expo (FTX), which will be held October 17-19 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill.

Tags: Bobit Business Media, Fleet Technology Expo, Autonomous Vehicles, Gamification

September 22, 2016 - Industry News

Wabco Partnerships Aimed at Advancing Autonomous Vehicle Tech

Wabco Holdings is collaborating with Peloton Technology and Mobileye to advance the company’s autonomous vehicle technologies, the company announced at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hannover, Germany.

Tags: Wabco, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles

September 20, 2016 - Industry News

Feds Release Autonomous Vehicle Policy

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx discusses new federal guidelines for autonomous vehicles during a Sept. 20 press conference. Screen shot courtesy of U.S. DOT.

The new guidelines include a 15-point safety assessment framework that provides vehicle performance standards for manufacturers and developers.

Tags: U.S. DOT, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles

September 16, 2016 - Industry News

FTR: Future Transportation Will Require a Whole New Playbook

FTR's Noël Perry and Larry Gross talk about the future of trucking and other freight transportation modes on the final day of the FTR Transportation Conference in Indiana. Photo: Evan Lockridge

Changes on the way for trucking could be as sweeping as the deregulation of the early 1980s or the invention of the Interstate Highway System, according to analysts with FTR at the company's transportation conference.

Tags: FTR, Intermodal, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

September 15, 2016 - Industry News

FTR Conference: Digital Disruptions and the Future of Trucking

Steve Sashihara, CEO of Princeton Consultants, talks about digital disruption at FTR's annual conference. Photo: Evan Lockridge

INDIANAPOLIS -- Expect big changes over the years in the way trucking and supply chains are managed, including turning it upside down. That was one of the messages those attending the FTR Transportation Conference heard Thursday morning.

Tags: Information Technology, FTR, Autonomous Vehicles, Freight Uberization, Drones

September 7, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Deploys Autonomous Truck in Underground Mine

Screenshot via Volvo Group

Volvo is testing a fully autonomous truck in operations deep underground in the Kristineberg Mine in Sweden as part of a development project aimed at improving transport flow and safety in the mine.

Tags: Volvo Group, Autonomous Vehicles

August 18, 2016 - Industry News

Uber Buys Autonomous Truck Startup Otto

Photo: Otto

Uber is upping its efforts to expand from the ride-sharing market to commercial freight movement by acquiring Otto, the technology startup that’s developing an aftermarket version of autonomous technology for Class 8 trucks.

Tags: Mergers & Acquisitions, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

August 2, 2016 - Industry News

ZF Takes Stake in Autonomous Tech Firm

Per ZF, its Innovation Truck prototype was developed to “identify product ideas through technology transfer” from passenger cars to commercial vehicles. Photo: ZF

ZF has announced it has acquired a 40% minority stake in Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH. The Hamburg-based company is a market leader in lidar (light detection and ranging) technology.

Tags: ZF, Autonomous Vehicles, Lidar, Global

July 28, 2016 - Industry News

Safety Advocates Slam NHTSA for Pushing “Robot Car Technology”

Still from YouTube video of Tesla S owner using autopilot mode

The National Highway Traffic Administration should stop pushing the adoption of “robot car technology” until more testing is done and enforceable safety standards are promulgated, according to a July 28 letter sent by three advocacy groups to NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind.

Tags: Highway Safety, Tesla, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles

July 14, 2016 - Industry News

Veto of Truck Platooning Bill a Mistake, Says Industry Consultant

Both drivers steer in this test of a platooning system in the western U.S. In the Tesla car crash, the autopilot was in full control – though the driver should've intervened. Photo: Peloton Technology

Car and truck technologies are "completely different," and Missouri's governor erred is equating one with the other in his veto of legislation that would've allowed testing in that state, says a consultant involved in development.

Tags: Active Safety Systems, TMC, Tesla, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

July 1, 2016 - Industry News

White Trailer Proved Invisible to Tesla's Autonomous System

Still from a YouTube video of a Tesla S model owner using the vehicle's autopilot mode.

A white semitrailer on a bright day proved invisible to the self-driving system of a Tesla S sedan, which failed to brake and ran under the trailer as it crossed in front of the car, said authorities investigating the first fatal crash of an autonomous car in the United States, which happened in early May.

Tags: Trailers, Underride Guard, Underride, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

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