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KIT Researchers Developing Autonomous Platooning Electric Bus System in Munich

June 21, 2021Autonomous electric buses could make short-range transit safer and more efficient; however, articulated buses or those with passenger trailers require too much energy and are not flexible enough to accommodate the highly fluctuating passenger numbers. The solution could be platooning, in which several vehicles follow each other at short distances, the vehicles being controlled electronically.

via Green Car Congress

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Bridgestone Kodiak Investment to Enable Smart Tire Tech in Autonomous Trucks

June 17, 2021Bridgestone Americas is taking a minority investment in Kodiak Robotics, which will allow the integration of Bridgestone’s smart-sensing tire technologies and fleet solutions into Kodiak’s Level 4 autonomous trucks.

via Heavy Duty Trucking

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FedEx Rolls out Nuro Autonomous Delivery Vehicle in Houston

June 15, 2021FedEx has been testing an autonomous delivery vehicle in the Houston area since April. The vehicle, a Nuro R2 model, is delivering parcels as part of a multiyear, multiphase agreement to pilot autonomous last-mile delivery.

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Refraction AI Sees Big Opportunity in Texas

June 15, 2021Refraction AI, a last-mile delivery platform and robotics company launched in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has expanded to deliver food in Austin, Texas.

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ACT Expo’s Advanced Transportation Investor Summit to Highlight Incredible Industry Momentum

June 15, 2021ACT Expo’s Investor Summit offers attendees a full picture of the current state of the industry, as well as key trends and projections for the coming year.

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Truck of the Future Project to Address Blind Zones in AI Pilot

June 14, 2021The Together for Safer Roads coalition, with Anheuser-Busch InBev, Republic Services, and the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services, will work with a behavioral AI company to test ways to reduce blind zones around the truck as part of the new Truck of the Future project.

via Heavy Duty Trucking

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Why You’ll Have to Wait for Self-Driving Cars

June 12, 2021As it turns out, it’s not easy to get self-driving cars ready for the general public, even with the auto industry investing hundreds of millions of dollars in the technology.

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Locomation and PGT Trucking Inc., agree to autonomous relay convoy deployment

June 11, 2021Locomation, the world’s first technology platform to offer human-guided autonomous truck convoying, announced a multi-year agreement with PGT Trucking Inc. to deploy Locomation autonomous truck technology for use on PGT Trucking routes.

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J.B. Hunt, Waymo Partner to Test Self-Driving Trucks in Texas

June 10, 2021J.B. Hunt Transport Services has partnered with autonomous vehicle developer Waymo to move freight with self-driving trucks in Texas.

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Bosch Opens Chip Factory to Help Relieve Global Shortage

June 7, 2021Bosch opened a $1.2 billion semiconductor chip factory that gradually should help alleviate supply constraints and herald broader efforts to make Europe less dependent on imports from Asia or the U.S.

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Aurora Innovation Reportedly Next in Line for SPAC

June 6, 2021Aurora could agree to a business combination with Reinvent Technology Partners Y, the third SPAC launched by LinkedIn co-founder and Aurora investor Reid Hoiffman, Zynga Inc. founder Mark Pincus and managing partner Michael Thompson.

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Data vs. Instinct: How Autonomous Trucks Operate in Stormy Conditions

June 4, 2021Radar, lidar and cameras substitute for — and even exceed — a human driver’s senses. But that doesn’t mean AVs can drive in every type of adverse condition. They may need to pull over in extreme weather, just like humans do.

via Transport Dive

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EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: DTNA’s New CEO on EVs, Infrastructure, Autonomy, and the Next Steps in the Company’s Ongoing Evolution

June 3, 2021John O’Leary, president and CEO of Daimler Trucks North America, discusses how the OEM is pushing through this past year and beyond.

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DHL Extends Warehouse Automation Partnership with Locus Robotics

June 2, 2021DHL Supply Chain has announced a framework agreement with Locus Robotics to continue expanding its automation collaboration that began in 2017 as an important piece to DHL’s Accelerated Digitalization Strategy.

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Kodiak Robotics To Bring Autonomous Trucking Tech to Asia

May 26, 2021Kodiak Robotics announced it has partnered with South Korea-based SK to bring Kodiak’s autonomous truck technology to the Asia-Pacific market. Under the partnership, SK will sell and distribute Kodiak’s “self-driving” technology in Korea and China.

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When Will Trucks Drive Themselves?

May 24, 2021The road to autonomous trucking is long and littered with obstacles, but developers of self-driving systems for commercial vehicles are making clear and tangible progress in their mission to bring this technology to market.

via Transport Topics