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March 3, 2017 - Industry News

New Autonomous Startups Have Different Takes on Self-Driving Tech

Screenshot via Starksy Robotics YouTube Video

Startup companies Starsky Robotics and Drive.ai are the two latest additions to the burgeoning autonomous vehicle market, each offers a unique take on self-driving technology.

Tags: Start up, Autonomous Vehicles

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Trucking Alliance Endorses Developing Autonomous Trucks

Hands-off on the highway in the Freightliner Inspiration, a demo vehicle for autonomous-driving technologies. Photo: David Cullen

The Board of Directors of the Alliance for Driver Safety & Security (aka the Trucking Alliance) has announced its unanimous support for the development of autonomous driving technologies for commercial vehicles

Tags: The Trucking Alliance, Autonomous Vehicles

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

ATA’s Spear Sees Trucking as “Test Bed” for Autonomous Technology

Spear speaking at Omnitracs Outlook conference. Photo: Stephane Babcock

According to president and CEO Chris Spear, the American Trucking Associations has “shaped the interstate highway system” in the 84 years since its inception, something that needs to continue during the Trump administration.

Tags: ATA, Omnitracs, Autonomous Vehicles

February 24, 2017 - Industry News

Waymo Sues Uber, Otto, Alleging Stolen Autonomous Technology

Waymo self-driving car prototype. Photo via Waymo.com

Alphabet’s self-driving car unit Waymo is suing Uber and its Otto autonomous trucking subsidiary for stealing the company’s autonomous vehicle sensor technology. Alphabet is also the parent company of Google.

Tags: Lawsuits, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto, Waymo, Global

February 24, 2017 - Industry News

Startup Firm Unveils Prototype Autonomous Truck

Prototype autonomous truck in Nevada desert. Photo: Embark

Yet another startup tech firm has rolled into the autonomous truck arena. San Mateo, Calif.-based Embark publicly revealed its prototype self-driving truck on Feb. 24.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

January 23, 2017 - Industry News

Three States Agree to Collaborate on Autonomous Vehicles

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Transportation agencies in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan have formed the Smart Belt Coalition that will focus on automated and connected vehicle initiatives.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Connected Vehicle Technology, Pennsylvania DOT, Ohio DOT, Michigan DOT, University of Michigan

January 20, 2017 - Industry News

Tesla AutoPilot Crash Investigation Yields Autonomous Tech Insights

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

The government has closed its investigation into a fatal crash between a Tesla on AutoPilot and a tractor-trailer that raised questions about the safety of autonomous vehicles, and the report offers a number of insights into the advanced driver assist technologies on the path to “self-driving” vehicles.

Tags: Tesla, NHTSA, Autonomous Vehicles, Tesla Model S

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Council Head to Advise DOT on Automation

         Deborah Hersman

National Safety Council CEO Deborah Hersman will provide the Department of Transportation counsel on issues related to the use of automation to prevent road deaths.

Tags: National Safety Council, U.S. DOT, Autonomous Vehicles

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

ATA’s Chris Spear Named to DOT Automation Committee

ATA president Chris Spear fielding reporters' queries on autonomous policymaking at last year's Managment Conference and Exhibition. Photo: Evan Lockridge

American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear, who has emphasized the need for trucking to have a seat at the table when it comes to autonomous vehicle technology, has been named to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s automation advisory committee.

Tags: Regulations, ATA, U.S. DOT, Autonomous Vehicles

January 3, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Looking to Electrify F-150, Transit Custom Van by 2020

Ford has announced that the F-150 will be electrified by 2020. Pictured is a gasoline powered 2017 F-150 XLT courtesy of Ford.

Ford announced seven global electrified vehicles that it plans to introduce in the next five years, which includes hybrid versions of the F-150 pickup and a plug-in hybrid Transit Custom van.

Tags: Ford F-150, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Ford, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles, Ford Transit Custom

January 3, 2017 - Industry News

China Paving a Way for Autonomous Trucks

With cooperation from the Chinese government, TuSimple, a Chinese autonomous driving startup, has signed an agreement that will allow it to test autonomous trucks on public roads by Oct. 2017.

Tags: China, Autonomous Vehicles, Global

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

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