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June 29, 2016 - Industry News

Wabco, ZF Unveil Advanced Braking and Steering Technology [VIDEO]

Evasive Maneuver Assist first warns the driver of an impending and will take automonous evasive action if the driver fails to do so. Photo by Jim Park

Automated collision avoidance is several steps closer to reality. At a demonstration event held in Germany on Wednesday, ZF and Wabco revealed a prototype collision avoidance technology for commercial vehicles called Evasive Maneuver Assist.

Tags: ZF, Wabco, Global, Collision Avoidance Technology, Autonomous Vehicles

June 28, 2016 - Industry News

ZF CEO Sommer to Stay Until 2021

 ZF CEO Dr. Stefan Sommer Photo by Jim Park

ZF CEO Stefan Sommer's contract renewal positions the company for growth in emerging safety technologies and autonomous vehicle sectors.

Tags: ZF, TRW, Global, Autonomous Vehicles, Leadership, People

June 28, 2016 - Industry News

Sneak Preview of the World’s Largest Truck Show

Henrik Henriksson, CEO of Scania, said autonomous trucks in the first round will go to the mining industry. Photo: Sven-Erik Lindstrand

Connected and autonomous vehicle technology, as well as electric power, are three disruptive technologies that will highlight the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in September in Germany.

Tags: IAA, Global, Autonomous Vehicles, Connected Vehicle Technology

June 15, 2016 - Industry News

Autonomous Vehicle Technology Aim of Bendix Parent Company Acquisition

Bendix’s German parent company Knorr-Bremse is making an acquisition to position it for future autonomous vehicle technology.

Tags: Bendix, Global, Mergers & Acquisitions, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Autonomous Vehicles

June 7, 2016 - Industry News

TRB Website Details “Transformational Technologies”

Image: TRB

The Transportation Research Board has launched a special webpage devoted to what it calls "Transformational Technologies."

Tags: Connected Vehicle Technology, Autonomous Vehicles, TRB

May 17, 2016 - Industry News

Startup Says it's Developing Add-On Autonomous Truck Technology

Former employees from Google, Apple and Tesla have jumped into the “self-driving trucks” waters, saying they’ll develop a retrofittable autonomous-driving technology for on-highway commercial heavy trucks.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

How Automation, Technology Will Change Trucking in the Next Decade

The changes currently happening in technology and automation are likely to change trucking as profoundly as the development of the Interstate Highway System, predicted Noel Perry Thursday in FTR’s monthly State of Freight webinar.

Tags: FTR, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

April 7, 2016 - Industry News

European Platooning Challenge Delivers 'Promising' Results

Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks driving in a connected convoy (truck platoon) using the Highway Pilot Connect system. Photo: Daimler

Volvo, Daimler Trucks, DAF Trucks, Iveco, MAN Truck & Bus and Scania all participated in the challenge, driving platooned convoys thousands of miles across multiple borders in countries that included Sweden, Germany and Belgium.

Tags: European Union, Global, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles

March 21, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler Blueprints the Connected Truck

Wolfgang Bernhard speaking on connected trucks. Photo: Daimler AG

Daimler Trucks sees connectivity as the means to leverage the data generated and shared by trucks to radically transform transportation logistics. Executive Editor David Cullen has more on the truck maker's connected vision, reporting from Dusseldorf, Germany.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Connected Vehicle Technology, Daimler Trucks North America

March 21, 2016 - Industry News

Daimler Unveils Highway Pilot Connect Truck Platooning

Daimler demonstrates a platoon of three trucks with Highway Pilot Connect. Photo: Daimler Trucks

Daimler Trucks Monday unveiled the Highway Pilot Connect, a truck platooning system that has already been approved for use in a limited area in Germany, while its Highway Pilot autonomous driving system has been approved for use throughout the country.

Tags: Global, Daimler Trucks North America, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles

March 11, 2016 - Industry News

DOT Slates Public Hearings on Autonomous Vehicle Safety

Freightliner Inspriation autonomous truck at its rollout last Spring. Photo: Stephane Babcock

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has announced that DOT will hold two public hearings, one in Washington, D.C., and one in California, to get input on “how to best integrate the safe operation of automated vehicles.”

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles

March 10, 2016 - Industry News

Hybrid Electric-Drive Trailer Tandem Being Developed

Prototype uses a belt and pulleys to transfer energy between the axle differential and a motor-generator. Production version will mount the motor inside the differential where it will be gear-driven.

The system captures energy as a tractor-trailer brakes and runs downhill, and reapplies energy through a drive axle to help the truck launch and run uphill. Operation on the trailer is completely autonomous.

Tags: Trailers, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Hybrid Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

February 11, 2016 - Industry News

Gauging Trucking’s Digital Disruptors

Respondents to an industry survey expect the most likely disruptor of the freight transportation market over the next few years will be Big Data.

No fewer than five technology-based “disruptors” to freight transportation were identified in a recent survey of carrier/3PL/broker, shipper and trucking supplier executives conducted by Princeton Consulting.

Tags: Stifel Nicolaus, Big Data, Autonomous Vehicles, Freight Uberization, Drones, Information Technology, Future Trucks, Truck Platooning, Internet of Things

January 14, 2016 - Industry News

Obama Aims to Invest $4B in Automated Vehicle Technology

Transportation Secretary Foxx announcing autonomous vehicle proposal at auto show in Detroit. Photo: DOT

The Obama administration wants to spend nearly $4 billion over ten years to fund pilot to projects aimed at accelerating the development of connected and automated vehicles.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Autonomous Vehicles, General Motors

November 25, 2015 - Industry News

DOT to Host Self-Driving Vehicle Talk with Google Expert

Chris Urmson Photo: U.S. DOT

The U.S. Department of Transportation will host a talk on self-driving vehicles with the director of Google’s Self-Driving Car Program, Chris Urmson.

Tags: Google, U.S. DOT, Events, Autonomous Vehicles

October 2, 2015 - Industry News

Daimler Takes the Next Step Toward Autonomous Trucks

Daimler Trucks testing the first series-production autonomous truck on public roads. Photo: Daimler

In Germany Friday, Daimler Trucks is operating what it says is the first series-production truck to operate on an automated basis on the highway.

Tags: Daimler, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

September 16, 2015 - Industry News

Freightliner Maps Long Road Ahead for Autonomous Truck Technology

Hands off on the highway... Image: DTNA

It will take rewriting a sheaf of regulations and presenting a compelling business case on safety and fuel-economy gains to fleet operators before a Level 3 autonomous truck, like the Freightliner Inspiration demonstration truck, becomes a production tractor.

Tags: DTNA, Freightliner, Autonomous Vehicles

August 26, 2015 - Industry News

Kenworth Execs Talk Trucks and Trucking

Kenworth GM Preston Feight talks with trucking reporters at Kenworth's headquarters. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

In a wide-ranging discussion with trucking journalists at its headquarters Tuesday, Kenworth executives shared their insights on topics ranging from autonomous trucks to the safety of the industry.

Tags: Economy, Kenworth, Truck Platooning, Autonomous Vehicles, Vertical Integration

July 20, 2015 - Industry News

Test Site Opens for Automated and Connected Vehicles

Photo via University of Michigan

Navistar is the latest truck maker to get involved in autonomous vehicles, with its involvement in a project that aims to implement a connected and automated mobility system on the streets of southeastern Michigan by 2021.

Tags: Navistar, Connected Vehicle Technology, University of Michigan, Autonomous Vehicles

May 31, 2015 - Industry News

Peterbilt Shows off 'Cruise Control of the Future'

Brent Hankins with Peterbilt's Advanced Technology Group demonstrates the system at the Texas Motor Speeday. The screen mounted to the right shows the pre-programmed course the truck is taking. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Peterbilt showed off its take on autonomous vehicle technologies to reporters Friday during a Technology Showcase at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Tags: Peterbilt, Autonomous Vehicles

May 11, 2015 - Industry News

Video: The Autonomous Truck Comes to Life

Photo by Jim Park

HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park gets a right-hand-seat view of Daimler Truck's Inspiration Truck and the Highway Pilot autonomous control system in action.

Tags: DTNA, Freightliner Cascadia, Autonomous Vehicles, Freightliner, Daimler Trucks North America

May 5, 2015 - Industry News

Autonomous Freightliner Premieres With Hoover Dam Fanfare

Daimler Trucks North America used Hoover Dam to create a record-setting display to premier its Inspiration Truck. Photo: Daimler Trucks

Daimler Trucks North America introduced its new autonomous Freightliner Inspiration Truck Tuesday night at Hoover Dam, using the historic dam as the world's largest projection screen in its dramatic premier.

Tags: Freightliner, Nevada, Daimler Trucks North America, Autonomous Vehicles

May 5, 2015 - Industry News

Freightliner Autonomous Truck First Licensed for U.S. Highways

Reporters try to grab photo and video of the Freightliner Inspiration Truck as it heads out on its inaugural autonomous run. Photo: Stephane Babcock

"Thank you for looking at the impossible and finding a safe way to make it possible." That's what Nevada Gov. Brian Sondoval said to Daimler Trucks North America officials when he officially granted the first license for an autonomous commercial truck to operate on an open public highway in the United States.

Tags: Freightliner, Autonomous Vehicles, Nevada

April 27, 2015 - Industry News

Volvo Invests in Platooning Technology

Photo: Peloton

A Volvo Group subsidiary is investing in Peloton Technology, which is working on a truck "platooning" system that would save fuel and reduce congestion by allowing trucks to travel in a close-following "platoon" on the highway.

Tags: Volvo Group, Truck Platooning, Peloton Technology, Autonomous Vehicles

December 17, 2014 - Industry News

Autonomous Vehicles Near for Delivery Work, Report Says

A trend report published by DHL outlines the potential of autonomous technologies in transportation and logistics, and that the industry is well suited to take advantage of such technologies.

Tags: Technology, Autonomous Vehicles, DHL

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