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September 12, 2017 - Industry News

NTSB Faults Trucker and Motorist in Fatal Tesla Crash

Joshua Brown's Tesla sedan, after the crash with a truck that took his life. Photo: NTSB/Florida Highway Patrol

The National Transportation Safety Board has ruled that a truck driver’s failure to yield the right of way and a car driver’s “inattention due to over-reliance on vehicle automation” are the probable cause of the May 7, 2016, collision of a tractor-trailer and a Tesla S sedan operating in autonomous mode.

Tags: NTSB, Tesla Model S, Autonomous Vehicles, Semi-Autonomous, Tesla

August 25, 2017 - Industry News

More Details Emerge on Tesla Electric Big Rig

The Reuters News Agency is reporting that Tesla's electric truck will be a day cab model without a sleeper. Photo: Tesla

Tesla's soon-to-be-unveiled all-electric truck will be a day cab model with a 200- to 300-mile daily operating range, according to a report by Reuters.

Tags: Elon Musk, Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles, Day Cabs

August 10, 2017 - Industry News

Telsa Wants to Test Self-Driving Class 8 Electric Truck in Two States

Based on emails obtained by Reuters, it appears Tesla's new electric truck will have some autonomous and platooning capabilities. Photo: Tesla

According to published reports, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has reached out to California and Nevada DMV officials to set up tests of his all-electric Class 8 truck in platooning operations on public highways.

Tags: California, Nevada, Tesla, Truck Platooning, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles

August 7, 2017 - Industry News

VW CEO: Tesla Among Our Top Competitors

In an interview with VW's Inside magazine, CEO Herbert Diess said Tesla is the company's main competitor today. Photo: Volkswagen

In the "old world," VW CEO Herbert Diess watched and worried about Toyota and Hyundai. Today he's keeping an eye on a new American automaker.

Tags: Volkswagen, Connected Vehicle Technology, Tesla, Global, Battery-Electric Vehicles

April 13, 2017 - Industry News

Tesla Gets Set to Run with the Big Rigs with Electric Truck

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted today that his company would unveil a new, electric, autonomous truck this September. Photo: Jack Roberts

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tease-tweets an all-new, electric, autonomous semi truck set to be unveiled this September.

Tags: Elon Musk, Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles

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

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

August 2, 2016 - Industry News

Hybrid-Electric Class 8 Truck Scores Zero Emissions in Testing

The Nikola One concept truck Image: Nikola Motors

Nikola Motor Company’s advanced research and development team says it has achieved 100% zero emissions on the company’s hybrid-electric Class 8 truck, the Nikola One.

Tags: Turbine Truck Engines, Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Zero-Emission Vehicles, Hybrid Trucks

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 22, 2016 - Industry News

Tesla's Master Plan Includes Commercial Trucks

Photo of Elon Musk in 2013 via Dan Taylor/Flickr.

Tesla Motors' CEO Elon Musk plans to build a battery-electric pickup truck, heavy-duty truck, and a bus that would turn the driver into a "fleet manager," according to his Master Plan, Part Deux.

Tags: Tesla, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Class 8, Electric Trucks

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 12, 2016 - Industry News

Missouri Gov. Vetoes Platoon Program After Tesla Incident

Missouri Governor Jeremiah W. Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have established a pilot program for testing automated long-haul trucks using platooning technology.

Tags: Missouri, Tesla, Truck Platooning

May 10, 2016 - Industry News

Specialty Firm Announces New Electric Road Tractor

Nikola One's components sit low on the frame and at the wheels for excellent stability, the company says. Composite body panels offer strength and are light in weight. Image: Nikola Motor Co.

Nikola Motor (as in Nikola Tesla) says it's developing a 2,000-hp turbine hybrid-electric highway tractor whose operating costs will be half that of a diesel truck.

Tags: Tesla, Electric Vehicles, New Vehicles

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