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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

October 16, 2014 - Industry News

Volvo Safety Technology Gives 360-Degree View

A decade from now, Volvo trucks will be scanning the environment around the vehicle and warning a driver when collisions are imminent. The Swedish company has developed new safety technology that scans the environment around a truck and analyzes that data.

Tags: Driver Safety, Volvo Trucks, Collision Avoidance Technology, Autonomous Vehicles, Global

September 9, 2014 - Industry News

Peterbilt Shows off Autonomous Driving

Peterbilt 579 concept truck.

Peterbilt showcased the latest autonomous driving technologies in a concept truck at the ITS World Congress in Detroit.

Tags: Peterbilt, Concept Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles

July 22, 2014 - Industry News

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute Awarded $55 Million from FMCSA, NHTSA

Richard Hanowski

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has been awarded two federal contracts worth a combined potential $55 million to further study safety efforts for commercial truck drivers and conduct research in the field of automated vehicles.

Tags: Drivers, Research, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Safety & Compliance, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

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

Daimler Trucks' Future Truck 2025, disguised in black and white adhesive foil, obscuring the exterior contours. (PHOTO: Daimler 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.

Tags: Drivers, Global, Daimler Trucks North America, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

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