Fuel / Technology: Autonomous

Driverless middle-mile deliveries could begin by next summer (with video)

October 23, 2020If plans pan out, Walmart e-commerce shoppers in Bentonville, Arkansas, could be picking up orders delivered by fully autonomous vehicles by next summer.

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Waymo: Lessons from Light-Duty Shaping Class 8 Autonomous Project

October 17, 2020Before the industry began eyeing the possibility of driverless semis, there was a little car secretly driving around the country with no one at the wheel.

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From Waymo, a smattering of detail about its autonomous trucking technology

October 14, 2020Autonomous vehicle company Waymo provided a glimpse of its autonomous truck technology in a blog post this week, as the Alphabet-backed startup best known for self-driving passenger vehicles steps up its delivery and freight program.

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Waymo Continues Autonomous Trucking Development Push

October 13, 2020Waymo, the self-driving unit of Google owner Alphabet Inc., is talking more about its push into autonomous trucking.

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Torc, Daimler to test self-driving trucks on Southwest roads

October 12, 2020Torc Robotics will test autonomous trucks in the Southwest in early 2021 using prototypes developed with Daimler Trucks, according to a Thursday news release. Torc’s level 4 self-driving technology will be equipped on a Freightliner Cascadia.

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HART Launches Tampa Bay Area’s First AV Pilot

October 12, 2020Hillsborough Area Regional Transit  is launching the first, fully electric automated vehicle pilot in the Tampa Bay region, funded by the Florida Department of Transportation.

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Einride Readies US Test for Automated Podlike Truck

October 9, 2020Einride, the Swedish autonomous truck startup, plans to expand its range of podlike self-driving trucks and launch a pilot program in the U.S. with tire manufacturer Bridgestone.

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Torc to scale self-driving fleet with DTNA test trucks in early 2021

October 9, 2020According to both companies, the goal is to co-develop a Level 4 Freightliner Cascadia that includes safety-critical redundancy components, as well as integration of additional computes and hardware that are required for self-driving technology.

via Fleet Owner

Daimler, Torc Expanding Autonomous Testing With Next-Gen Test Trucks

October 8, 2020Torc Robotics and Daimler Trucks North America’s co-development of autonomous truck technology takes the next step, as the second iteration of test trucks designed to work with Torc’s SAE Level 4 autonomous self-driving technology hit the road for testing.

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Einride Says First Self-Driving ‘Pods’ Available for Pre-Order

October 8, 2020Einride is launching the next generation of its electric and self-driving ‘Pod’ cargo vehicle. Available on the global market for the first time, this series of Autonomous Electric Transport (AET) vehicles, ranging from AET 1 to AET 4, has been designed and developed for SAE Level 4 self-driving.

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5 questions and answers about autonomous trucks

October 8, 2020Autonomous trucks promise a remedy to problems such as the driver shortage and safety, but the path to adoption presents challenges.

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Ayro, Karma Automotive to Design Light-Duty Electric Vehicles

October 1, 2020This partnership will utilize Karma’s state-of-the-art Innovation and Customization Center, Karma Engineering resources and the Karma Design Studio to provide expertise and contract manufacturing services for the next generation of Ayro’s light-duty vehicles.

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Einride secures $10 million to speed truck deployment

October 1, 2020The Swedish autonomous technology company is known for its electric “T-Pod” truck that doesn’t have a cab or driver.

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Rep. Bob Latta Introduces Self-Driving Vehicle Legislation

September 28, 2020House Republican policymakers aim to update the country’s rules pertaining to self-driving vehicles as the current session of Congress comes to a close.

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Consortium Completes First-Ever Automated Bus Specification

September 24, 2020The Automated Bus Consortium, a collective of U.S. transit and transportation agencies formed to investigate the feasibility of implementing pilot automated bus projects, announced the completion of the country’s first-ever automated bus performance specification.

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Wilson buys 1K autonomous Locomation units for truck platooning

September 24, 2020Missouri-based carrier Wilson Logistics ordered Locomation’s Autonomous Relay Convoy technology to be equipped on a minimum 1,120 of its tractors, with the first units delivered in early 2022.

via Transport Dive