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February 7, 2018 - Industry News

Embark's Self-Driving Truck Goes L.A. to Florida in Latest Journey

Embark's self-driving truck just completed a five-day, 2,400-mile journey across the U.S. Photo: Embark

Autonomous vehicle technology company Embark has completed a 2,400-mile, coast-to-coast journey in one of its self-driving trucks.

Tags: Startups, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Embark

February 2, 2018 - Industry News

Details Emerge on Tesla's Planned Electric Truck Charging Network

According to a Reuters report, Tesla is working with several leading North American fleets to install a network of electric truck charging stations. Photo: Jack Roberts

A report by Reuters indicates Tesla is working with Anheuser-Busch, PepsiCo and UPS to put an electric truck charging network in place ahead of the truck's start of production next year.

Tags: Tesla, Electric Vehicles, UPS, PepsiCo, Anheuser-Busch, Future Trucks

January 31, 2018 - Industry News

Canada Senate: Country Not Prepared for Autonomous Vehicles

Is Canada ready for the global adoption of autonomous vehicles? Photo: Daimler

As the U.S. government mulls guidelines for autonomous vehicles that often don’t consider heavy trucks, a Canadian government panel has concluded that our neighbor to the north is ill-prepared for the arrival of autonomous and connected vehicles.

Tags: Canada, Autonomous Vehicles, Regulations, Future Trucks, Infrastructure

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

Startup Tests Autonomous Delivery Vehicle on Public Route

The udelv autonomous vehicle successfully made deliveries to two nearby customers on a 2.5-mile route that included traffic lights, lane changes, unsignaled left turns, and multiple stops. Photo: udelv

California startup udelv recently finished a public test of its autonomous, last-mile delivery vehicle along a stretch of road in San Mateo, California.

Tags: Vehicle Testing, Delivery Truck, Startups, Last Mile Delivery, Autonomous Vehicles, Future Trucks

January 18, 2018 - Industry News

Thor Trucks Takes Different Approach to Electric Trucks

Thor Trucks is a new electric truck company initially focused on regional-haul applications. Photo: Thor Trucks

A new electric truck company thinks its modest approach will captivate regional-haul trucking fleets. The Thor Trucks team is focused on providing long-haul electric truck solutions that it says are “reasonable and profitable now.”

Tags: Electric Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks, Regional Haul

January 9, 2018 - Industry News

Truck Technology Takes the Stage at the Consumer Electronics Show

Paccar's Innovation Booth at CES. Photo: Peterbilt

For the first time, truck manufacturers are showing off their latest technological advancements at one of the most influential technology shows on the planet in Las Vegas this week.

Tags: Toyota, Kenworth, Paccar, Information Technology, Peterbilt, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Future Trucks

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

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 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

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, Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks, Elon Musk, Autonomous Vehicles

November 13, 2017 - Industry News

Siemens Begins Zero-Emissions Highway Testing in California

Three different types of trucks are being tested: one battery-electric truck, a clean natural-gas hybrid-electric truck, and a diesel-hybrid truck. Photo: Siemens

Overhead power lines deliver electric power to test trucks on a stretch of zero-emissions highway being evaluated by Siemens and the South Coast Air Quality Management District near Long Beach, California.

Tags: Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Future Trucks, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Smart Highways, TransPower, California, Battery-Electric 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

November 6, 2017 - Industry News

Workhorse to Unveil N-Gen Drone Delivery Platform at CES

The SureFly Octocopter and W-15 pickup will be shown at the 2018 CES in Las Vegas. Photo: Workhorse Group

Workhorse Group has announced that it will unveil the N-Gen low delivery-platform electric van with an integrated HorseFly drone at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.

Tags: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Workhorse, Electric Vehicles, Delivery Fleets, Drones, Future Trucks

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, Connected Vehicle Technology, International Trucks, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuels

September 14, 2017 - Industry News

UPS to Test Mitsubishi Fuso's All-Electric Cabover

Mitsubishi Fuso's all-electric eCanter truck has a daily range of approximately 60 miles, based on configuration.  Photo: Mitsubishi Fuso

Three of the new all-electric trucks will be deployed in North America by UPS for testing and evaluation.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, UPS, Daimler Trucks North America, Future Trucks, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Cabovers, Battery-Electric Vehicles

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 31, 2017 - Industry News

Will Future Tech Have a Domino Effect on Fleets?

Although the use of electric trucks will likely rise in the coming years, diesel will remain the fuel of choice for fleets, said analyst Rick Mihelic. Photo: Mercedes Benz

Transportation analyst Rick Mihelic says electric powertrains and autonomous vehicles will only be the beginning of the changes fleets will have to deal with in the near-term future.

Tags: Fleet Management, Technology, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Batteries, Electric Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks

July 21, 2017 - Industry News

Engineers Eye Adaptive Cruise Control as Platooning Enabler

A new study found that adaptive cruise control systems can help maintian mobility, safety, driver comfort, and fuel consumption in platooning operations. Photo: Peloton

According to a new research paper published by the Transportation Research Board, adaptive cruise control has proven to be the best method of maintaining longitudinal vehicle control in platooning applications.

Tags: Vehicle Platooning, Truck Platooning, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

Global Self-Driving Market Expected to Grow 40% by 2027

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

The global autonomous vehicle market revenue is expected to grow at a compound average growth rate of 39.6% over the next 10 years - resulting in a $126.8 billion market by 2027, according to Infoholic Research.

Tags: Autonomous Vehicles, Future Trucks, Safety, Global, Research

June 15, 2017 - Industry News

Cummins Makes Big Electrification Move

In the long term, Cummins officials say electrification will come to every market segment it serves today in one form or another. Photo: Cummins

Cummins announced it will have an all-electric transit powertrain available in 2019 with an extended-range electric vehicle ready in 2020.

Tags: Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Mass Transit, Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks, Cummins, Buses

May 19, 2017 - Industry News

Finnish Companies to Develop Hybrid Powertrain For Heavy Trucks

The new hybrid-electric drive system is designed to work with Mercedes Benz diesel-powered Sisu Polar truck models. Photo: Sisu Auto

A new electric-hybrid parallel power system unveiled by Visedo and Sisu Auto is designed to work with Mercedes-Benz OM471 and OM473 diesel engines. The diesel engine is the primary power source, with the electric motor kicking in during peak energy demand periods.

Tags: Diesel-Electric Hybrids, Finland, Future Trucks, Hybrid Trucks, Global

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Platooning to Become Reality This Year

Peloton CEO Josh Switkes says attitudes in the trucking industry toward the viability of truck platooning have shifted dramatically in the past couple of years. Photo: Peloton Technology

Peloton CEO Josh Switkes says early-adopter platooning fleets are "chomping at the bit" and ready to go. An infusion of funding led by Omnitracs will help make that happen.

Tags: Technology, Omnitracs, Truck Platooning, Future Trucks, Peloton Technology

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

September 21, 2016 - Global News

Daimler Shows Off Vision of Future at IAA Show

Daimler Trucks kicked off the IAA international Commercial Vehicle Show on Tuesday with the debut of its Urban eTruck. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Daimler Trucks kicked off the IAA international Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, Germany, by focusing on the future of the urban city, with the unveiling of its Urban eTruck.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Daimler Trucks North America, Concept Vehicles, Future Trucks, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks

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, Autonomous Vehicles, Future Trucks

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