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PACCAR and Aurora partner to develop and commercialize autonomous Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks

January 20, 2021PACCAR and Aurora have signed a global, strategic agreement to develop, test and commercialize autonomous Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks.

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Werner Invests in TuSimple to Spur Autonomous Trucking

January 20, 2021Transportation and logistics provider Werner Enterprises announced it invested in TuSimple, an autonomous trucking technology company founded in 2015, and described it as an important milestone in the journey to become an environmental leader.

via Transport Topics Online

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GM, Microsoft Lead $2 Billion Funding Round for Cruise

January 19, 2021General Motors Co. and Microsoft Corp. are leading a $2 billion investment round in self-driving car startup Cruise in a deal that will bring the software giant’s cloud and edge-computing capabilities to the venture.

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NHTSA issues final rule for driverless cars

January 19, 2021The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued its final rule on driverless vehicle safety standards.

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Kodiak Begins Regular Disengage-Free Autonomous Deliveries

January 19, 2021Kodiak Robotics Inc. announced trucks equipped with its Kodiak Driver autonomous system have begun making regular disengage-free customer deliveries on the middle-mile route on Interstate 45 between Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston.

via Transport Topics

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NHTSA Eyes Exemptions From Some Safety Rules for Self-Driving Cars

January 14, 2021The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Jan. 14 it is beginning to craft rules to “clarify ambiguities in current occupant protection standards for vehicles equipped with automated driving systems that are designed without traditional manual driver controls.”

via Transport Topics

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DOT Expands AV TEST Program

January 12, 2021The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has expanded the Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing Initiative from a pilot to a full program.

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Study Weighs Use of AV Fleets as First, Last Mile Solution

January 11, 2021MTI researchers examined three types of access services to transit in the San Francisco Bay Area: a fleet of AVs for single passenger service, shared microtransit service, and meeting point multi-passenger service.

via Metro Magazine

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TuSimple among autonomous truck companies to join Self-Driving Coalition

January 11, 2021The coalition to form policies and build public trust surrounding self-driving vehicles was founded by Ford, Lyft, Uber, Volvo, and Waymo. The new group of Embark, Kodiak, and TuSimple are the first to be exclusively dedicated to autonomous vehicles.

via Fleet Owner

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FHWA Awards Grant Supporting AV Truck Project at Port of Virginia

January 7, 2021The Federal Highway Administration recently awarded $49.6 million to support projects that incorporate transportation-related technologies, including an effort to develop autonomous truck accommodations at the Port of Virginia.

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What Biden Presidency Means for AV Industry

January 5, 2021As the world looks to technological solutions to bolster the efficiency and safety of their communities, the U.S. will need to prioritize AV regulation on the federal level and embrace technological collaboration on an international level.

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How Truck Automation May Change Roadside Inspections

January 3, 2021But what might happen in the perhaps-not-so-distant future at one of those routine occurrences when your truck is highly or fully automated? And how might a truly “driverless” truck be inspected at an accident scene?

via TruckingInfo.com

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Nuro Acquires Ike, Gets Approval for Autonomous Deliveries in California

December 28, 2020Robotics company Nuro announced Dec. 23 that it has acquired Ike Robotics Inc., which builds automated trucking technology.

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GAO issues automated technologies workforce recommendations

December 28, 2020The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) a series of recommendations regarding automated technologies workforce recruitment and skill set.

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Toyota shows e-Palette geared towards practical MaaS applications

December 23, 2020Toyota Motor Corporation is introducing an operations management system to support the providing of services that will enable practical use of the e-Palette, a battery-electric vehicle for autonomous mobility as a service (Autono-MaaS) applications.

via Green Car Congress

Maryland Framework Offers Connected, Automated Vehicle Guide

December 22, 2020With an eye toward the future of transportation technology, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan released the state’s Connected and Automated Vehicle Strategic Framework.

via Transport Topics