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    Daimler makes autonomous truck tech leap, abandons platooning

    January 8, 2019 12:00AM by John G Smith

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Daimler will produce North America’s first SAE Level 2 automated truck in the form of a new Cascadia that offers automated steering, acceleration and braking in certain situations. And the company is hardly stopping its autonomous journey there.

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    Autonomous technology improving, people unpredictable

    December 13, 2018 12:00AM by Rolf Lockwood

    Probably most of us believe that the onset of autonomous vehicles is inevitable, cars and trucks alike. But does anyone think it will go smoothly? I sure don’t. For the most part we’re seeing very capable technology, and it will

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    ‘Canada has gone fantastic,’ says Volvo exec

    October 29, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    AUSTIN, Texas – As Volvo Trucks expands its market share around the world, some of the biggest gains in North America appear to have been realized in Canada. “It’s exciting times,” said Peter Voorhoeve, recently named president of Volvo Trucks North America.

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    Trucking firmly on BlackBerry’s radar

    October 5, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    As transportation-related technologies like tracking systems, electronic logging devices and autonomous vehicles emerge, BlackBerry – yes, that Blackberry — is betting future success on the need for robust security.

  • Two-year study launched into platooning

    September 25, 2018 9:45AM by John G Smith

    YPSILANTI TWP., Mich. – The American Center for Mobility has gathered the team for a two-year study into platooning commercial and military vehicles — launching what’s described as the first study of its kind in the U.S. Participating organizations include:

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    The autonomous job killer? California researchers think so.

    September 13, 2018 12:00AM by Rolf Lockwood

    Driverless? Autonomous Trucks and the Future of the American Trucker is the most cogent look at trucking that I’ve seen in a long time.

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    Few truck driving jobs to be lost through automation: study

    August 8, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    YPSILANTI TWP, Mich. – Few truck drivers will lose their jobs to automated vehicles as the technology begins to emerge, according to a report by the American Center for Mobility, led by Michigan State University and supported by the Texas

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    Kodiak Robotics pursues autonomous trucks

    August 8, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Uber may have shelved plans to develop an autonomous long-haul truck, but Kodiak Robotics has emerged with $40 million in financing to pursue the dream. Founded by Otto co-founder Don Burnette and former venture capitalist Paz Eshel, it is dedicated to developing “autonomous technology for long-haul trucking”.

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    Is Autonomy Necessary? The answer might be ‘yes’.

    July 13, 2018 12:00AM by Rolf Lockwood

    How on earth can distracted human driving be the cause of a crash involving a vehicle under autonomous control? Sounds like a good question, doesn’t it? But that’s exactly what happened last March in the accident involving an Uber “taxi”

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    Bosch unveils emerging safety, self-driving tech

    May 28, 2018 12:00AM by Jim Park

    FLAT ROCK, Mich. — With technology about to transform transportation as we know it, global automotive technology supplier Bosch is right in the thick of things. The company has an extensive list of partnerships with new and established “mobility” manufacturers extending across automation, connectivity and electrification …

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    Feeling Disconnected: Platooning has promise, but barriers remain

    March 13, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    The idea of platooning trucks has been released to great fanfare, and for good reason. Double-digit fuel economy gains can be realized by allowing one tractor-trailer to tuck closely behind the next, drafting much like race cars as long as

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    Canada ill-prepared for autonomous vehicles: Senate committee

    January 31, 2018 12:00AM by John G Smith

    OTTAWA, ON – Canada is ill-prepared for the arrival of autonomous and connected vehicles – even though driverless cars are already a reality, Canada’s Senate Committee on Transport and Communications has concluded.

    The committee responded this week with 16 recommendations to help prepare for the technology to come, calling for such things as a national strategy and cybersecurity measures to maintain public safety and confidence.

    “We are on the cusp of a transportation revolution, and Canada must be ready. Cities were ill-prepared when ride sharing came to Canada. We cannot afford to repeat this mistake,” said Senator Dennis Dawson, deputy chairman of the committee.

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    Talking Tesla: Is this the game changer?

    December 19, 2017 12:00AM by John G Smith

    LOS ANGELES, CA — Elon Musk was not the first to unveil an electric truck. Not by a long shot. Established manufacturers have unveiled a series of electrified plans, prototypes, and production models in recent months, particularly in the form of medium-duty vans and drayage tractors.

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    Is this Tesla’s new tractor?

    October 3, 2017 12:00AM by Heavy Duty Trucking|Today's Trucking partner

    PALO ALTO, CA — A post on the Tesla “subreddit” of shows a concept vehicle that appears to be Tesla’s unannounced electric road tractor.

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    Stop thinking about ‘driverless’ trucks: CTA

    September 22, 2017 12:00AM by John G Smith

    OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance has told Canada’s Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications that truck drivers will continue to be needed as automated vehicle technologies advance. In fact, the technologies could make the idea of operating a commercial vehicle more inviting and accessible to a new generation of drivers.