Fuel / Technology: Artificial Intelligence

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VW Plans to Have Autonomous Microbus Ready for Roads in 2025

May 12, 2021Volkswagen AG plans to offer a highly automated version of the hippie-era microbus it’s reviving as an electric van as the carmaker commercializes self-driving technology along with startup Argo AI.

via Transport Topics

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TuSimple/Navistar: 6,775 Reservations for Autonomous International LT Trucks

May 11, 2021TuSimple has received 6,775 reservations for a new line of SAE Level 4 International LT Series autonomous trucks. The trucks will be equipped with TuSimple’s advanced autonomous driving system and manufactured by Navistar beginning in 2024.

via Fleet Forward


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Pony.ai and Luminar launch autonomous driving platform

May 11, 2021Pony.ai, a leading autonomous driving technology company, introduced its newly designed sensing platform in collaboration with lidar hardware and software company Luminar Technologies, Inc.

via Green Car Congress

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Can Kodiak Robotics compete with the big boys of autonomous trucking?

May 7, 2021Kodiak Robotics is one of several Silicon Valley autonomous trucking software developers. But it gets less attention than players that started earlier. It also lacks the fundraising and manufacturer partnerships that competitors have.

via Freightwaves

Cabless autonomous pod developer Einride raised $110 million in a Series B funding round.

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Cabless pod developer Einride raises $110M from new and existing investors

May 6, 2021Sweden-based Einride, whose driverless and cabless freight pods run on electricity, has raised $110 million in a Series B funding round.

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Optibus, Hitachi Europe Partner to Decarbonize Bus Fleets

April 29, 2021Hitachi Europe, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., and Optibus are partnering to help cities and mass transport providers decarbonize their bus fleets.

via Metro Magazine

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ATRI: Class 8 Carriers Hesitant of ADAS Adoption

April 29, 2021While the industry is ready with advance driver assistance system technologies (like active braking, steering and warning systems), and Class 8 trucks are generally capable of accepting them, adoption of ADAS is lacking today, according data presented during a virtual session at the ATA Technology & Maintenance Council’s spring meeting.

via TruckingInfo

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Canadian Experts Warn of Autonomous-Vehicles Hacking Risks

April 28, 2021Canadian auto dealers, whose sales of high-tech vehicles may be hampered by safety concerns linked to hacking and computer viruses, are being assisted by a new university cyber-protection unit allied to parts makers.

via Wards Auto

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Outrider CEO: ‘Yard of the future’ is autonomous and electric

April 27, 2021Outrider’s automated electric yard trucks can autonomously navigate in the yard, back up to a trailer, hitch to it, connect to the airline to release the brakes, move the trailer, safely dock it and unhitch it, leaving the truck ready for its next move.

via Freightwaves

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Auto Group Backs Guidelines for Partially Automated Vehicles

April 27, 2021The trade association representing most major automakers is offering guidelines for manufacturers to advertise partially automated driving systems and to make sure drivers are paying attention while using them.

via Transport Topics Online

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Plus will automate Cummins Westport natural gas engine

April 27, 2021Self-driving trucking software maker Plus will work with the natural gas joint venture Cummins Westport to apply its supervised PlusDrive system to a 12-liter natural gas engine, pairing what eventually could be driverless technology with a powertrain featuring near-zero carbon emissions.

via Freightwaves

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Donlen Places Pre-Order for 1k Autonomous Delivery Vehicles

April 23, 2021Fleet leasing and management provider Donlen announced the first pre-order of 1,000 Transporters, an autonomous electric delivery vehicle from Udelv. The non-binding pre-order is believed to be the largest to date for an autonomous delivery vehicle.

via TruckingInfo

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Crowley completes first US design for fully electric tug with autonomous technology

April 20, 2021Crowley Engineering Services has completed the design of the first fully electric US tugboat with autonomous technology.

via Green Car Congress

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The (Robot) Pizza Guy Is Here: Delivery Pods Gain Ground

April 19, 2021Nuro, with a fleet of self-driving pods that look like giant toasters, started shuttling orders for Domino’s in Houston this week, adding to its freight from Kroger’s and CVS.

via Transport Topics

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TuSimple’s Mullen Maps Out Trucking’s Self-Driving Future

April 19, 2021Truly driverless tests are scheduled in Arizona later this year as the San Diego-based company continues on its path to offer Level 4 trucks by 2024 via its production partnership with Navistar.

via Fleet Owner

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Domino’s Uses Nuro Vehicles for Autonomous Delivery in Houston

April 13, 2021Domino’s, the world’s largest pizza company, on April 12 began offering autonomous pizza delivery services to select customers in Houston through a partnership with self-driving delivery vehicle company Nuro.

via Transport Topics