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What Rules is FMCSA Working on This Year?

What Rules is FMCSA Working on This Year?

Chief among the key rulemakings the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will focus on this year are actions pertaining to autonomous trucks, broker financial responsibility, and safety fitness.

March 2, 2022

Waymo: Lessons from Light-Duty Shaping Class 8 Autonomous Project

Waymo: Lessons from Light-Duty Shaping Class 8 Autonomous Project

Before the industry began eyeing the possibility of driverless semis, there was a little car secretly driving around the country with no one at the wheel. This has now evolved into a new project, Waymo Via, which is looking to make autonomous trucking and local delivery a reality.

October 17, 2020

Q&A: AI Expert Talks Autonomous Trucks

Q&A: AI Expert Talks Autonomous Trucks

Richard Bishop, AI industry analyst and intelligent vehicle applications specialist, spoke with Jim Park about autonomous trucks for an episode of the HDT Talks Trucking podcast.

April 6, 2020

Penske, Waymo Share Vision for Future of Autonomous Trucking

Penske, Waymo Share Vision for Future of Autonomous Trucking

Penske’s Bill Combs and Waymo’s Charlie Jatt believe the trucking industry can reap the benefits before achieving Level 5 autonomy through repositioning warehouses that are optimized for AVs, employing tele-operations, and adapting automated safety technologies available now.

March 3, 2020

3 Reasons AV Fleets Will Proliferate Private Sites First

3 Reasons AV Fleets Will Proliferate Private Sites First

Autonomous vehicles may first deploy in planned communities, campuses, government facilities, and industrial sites because they offer lower risk, fewer regulations, and clearer business models than public environments.

September 20, 2019

Commentary: What a Car-Trends Survey Tells Us About Future Truck Tech
Commentary: The Ethics of Autonomous Vehicles
Q&A: ZF on How Advanced Technologies Can Improve Trucking Efficiency and Safety
Commentary: The Fatal Uber Crash Revisited

Commentary: The Fatal Uber Crash Revisited

Armed with more information, executive contributing editor Rolf Lockwood revisits the fatal crash of an autonomous Uber vehicle in Arizona to determine who or what was really at fault.

August 3, 2018

Bosch Demonstrates Emerging Safety, Self-Driving Technology

Bosch Demonstrates Emerging Safety, Self-Driving Technology

Technology presented at the Bosch Mobility Experience in Flat Rock, Michigan, could migrate into the commercial vehicle space very soon, such as system redundancy and advanced driver assistance systems – precursors on the path to automated driving.

May 25, 2018

Commentary: Are We Moving Too Fast on Autonomous Vehicles?

We can’t afford to be afraid of change, especially not these days when anything seems possible – but we also can’t afford to be cavalier about the path we take in finding new and better ways to do things. Commentary by Executive Contributing Editor Rolf Lockwood.

May 7, 2018

Fleets Talk ELDs, Specs, Self-Driving Trucks on FTR Equipment Panel

Fleets Talk ELDs, Specs, Self-Driving Trucks on FTR Equipment Panel

How fleets think about equipment, electronic logging devices and even the future of autonomous vehicles were in the spotlight Wednesday afternoon at the annual FTR Transportation Conference in Indianapolis, as three trucking fleet people spoke on a panel about the challenges they face in today’s uncertain trucking environment.

September 13, 2017

Quick Spin: ZF’s Reax Electronic Steering System

Quick Spin: ZF’s Reax Electronic Steering System

ZF's Reax is a smart, electronic control system that takes input data from various sensors around the vehicle, including the driver, and either loosens, or tightens steering response based on what the truck is doing and what the driver needs in terms of steering inputs to do it safely.

August 29, 2017

Continental Safety Technologies Help Build Road to Autonomous Vehicles
Self-Driving Trucks and the Platooning Stepping Stone: How Soon?

Self-Driving Trucks and the Platooning Stepping Stone: How Soon?

While it seems pretty certain that some forms of autonomous trucking are definitely on the way, the vision varies on just what that’s going to look like and how fast it’s going to get here. That was the takeaway from a panel discussion on platooning and autonomous vehicle technologies at the American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition.

October 5, 2016

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