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A virtual ride-along in Waymo Via’s latest Class 8 autonomous truck

March 25, 2021Waymo Via took to the freeways outside Phoenix on Wednesday to demonstrate its fourth generation of Level 4 autonomous Class 8 trucking. The system is still “years away” from production. And while the drive was real, invited media experienced it virtually.

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Self-driving truck startup TuSimple files for public ownership

March 24, 2021Self-driving truck startup TuSimple filed on Tuesday to become a public company. It is seeking to sell at least $100 million in shares. It could sell as much as $1 billion in stock depending on investors’ appetite.

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Help wanted: Transport startups hire for the ‘sweet spot’ between tech and policy

March 23, 2021TuSimple, Locomation and Waymo are preparing for driverless operations to hit the road. And they’re recruiting Washington insiders to make it happen.

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Gatik deploys electric autonomous, middle-mile box trucks

March 15, 2021Gatik’s mission is to deliver goods using autonomous vehicles. With a fleet of light- and medium-duty trucks, it focuses on short-haul B2B logistics for the retail industry.

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Ontario Province Partners with Canadian Tire, NuPort Robotics on Autonomy Test

March 12, 2021On Mar. 11, Canadian Tire Corporation and NuPort Robotics Inc., a Toronto-based autonomous trucking company, announced a partnership with the Ontario government on an autonomous heavy-duty trucking test.

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Is legislation blocking autonomous shipping?

March 11, 2021After almost two years of work, the MARLab project recently released its final report on the regulatory barriers that are currently hindering trials of autonomous ships in British waters. We explore MARLab’s main discoveries and its continued work with the Maritime Future technologies team.

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Why self-driving cars should be all-electric cars

March 11, 2021One of the largest electric vehicle charging stations planned in North America — with 25 fast chargers and 50 ports — could start operating in a waterfront San Francisco neighborhood sometime next year.

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Automation to Have Extreme Impact on Workforce, FMCSA’s Meera Joshi Says

March 11, 2021Understanding the impacts of automation on people’s lives and preparing members of the workforce who may be affected by such technologies were priorities highlighted by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration acting Administrator Meera Joshi.

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Plus, Nvidia Partner on Next-Gen Autonomous Trucking Systems

March 10, 2021Plus (formerly Plus.ai) announced it will equip the next generation of its autonomous truck driving system with the Nvidia Drive Orin system-on-a-chip. The company plans to roll out this next-generation system in 2022 across the United States, China and Europe.

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Will machines teach the next generation of truck drivers?

March 8, 2021While the trucking industry continues to enhance efforts to recruit and retain quality drivers, AI and machine learning are offering a more unconventional approach to driver learning and training.

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Damen and Sea Machines Robotics to accelerate adoption of autonomous technologies

February 12, 2021Damen Shipyard has signed a deal with Sea Machines Robotics to accelerate the adoption of several navigating technologies and increase autonomy levels on its vessels.

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Cruise Posted Most California AV Testing Miles in 2020

February 10, 2021Cruise clocked the most miles of any company testing self-driving vehicles in California in 2020, according to new reports from the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Apple More Than Doubled Autonomous Road Tests in 2020

February 10, 2021Apple Inc. more than doubled road testing of its self-driving cars in 2020 as its autonomous technology improved, according to a report filed with the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Aurora Partners With Toyota in Bid to Bring Autonomy to Masses

February 9, 2021Aurora Innovation Inc., a Silicon Valley-based autonomous-driving startup with at least a $10 billion valuation, has agreed to a long-term strategic partnership with Toyota Motor Corp. and its supplier Denso Corp. that aims to mass produce autonomous vehicles and launch them on ride-hailing networks, including Uber’s, over the next few years.

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CA DMV issues autonomous vehicle testing permit to Vietnam’s VinFast

February 8, 2021The California Department of Motor Vehicles has issued an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit (with a driver) to VinFast. VinFast—a Vietnamese company —is the 57th company to be issued such a testing permit.

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Daimler to Spin off Truck Business, Cites ‘Zero-Emissions Future’

February 3, 2021Daimler plans to spin off Daimler Truck as a separate business and establish two independent pure-play companies, eventually renaming the car part of the business as Mercedes-Benz. The Germany-based company said this “fundamental change in its structure” is “designed to unlock the full potential of its businesses in a zero-emissions, software-driven future.”

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