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Follow the Money if You’re Tracking Autonomous Truck Technology

January 26, 2021“Follow the money,” the old saying goes. And right now, there is a serious glut of cash flowing into the coffers of autonomous truck start-up companies. And perhaps more important, there have been several high-profile partnerships announced between OEMs and autonomous tech companies that indicate the pedal is to the metal on getting this technology...

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Hydrogen power meets autonomous driving in new truck development

January 25, 2021AIDrivers and Hyzon Motors have announced an agreement to jointly develop autonomous hydrogen powered vehicles with the first demo truck in 2021 and fleet deployment in 2022.

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U.S. Express Invests in Autonomous Truck Tech

January 22, 2021TuSimple teamed up with UPS, Penske Truck Leasing, U.S. Xpress, and McLane to launch the Autonomous Freight Network, which it says will lay the groundwork for self-driving autonomous trucks to become commercially available by 2024.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Volkswagen Group Components previews mobile charging robot

December 29, 2020Volkswagen Group Components provided the first glimpse of the prototypes of its mobile charging robot. This is one of the visionary charging concepts that Volkswagen hopes will expand the charging infrastructure over the next few years.

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