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Waymo expanding partnership with UPS
In the coming weeks, Waymo will begin testing Class 8 trucks equipped with the Waymo Driver autonomous system with UPS in Texas. Also: New Orleans woman pleads guilty in ongoing staged-accident fraud scheme; Averitt celebrates 50 years.
November 19, 2021
Autonomous trucking firm Kodiak plans to double workforce, add 15 trucks with new funding
Kodiak Robotics announced it received $125 million in Series B funding from a variety of investors. Also: DTNA, Platform Science team up on open OEM platform.
November 15, 2021
Ryder, Georgia Tech team up to study impact of autonomous trucking
The researchers’ Autonomous Transfer Hub Network and optimization models significantly reduced the number of miles driven with empty trailers, which accounts for a large part of the cost reduction.
November 12, 2021
Walmart's autonomous partner takes safety driver out of middle-mile delivery route
The fully driverless operation, which began in August, involves consistent, repeated delivery runs multiple times per day, seven days per week on public roads.
November 8, 2021
The world is square
Today’s autonomous vehicle (AV) developers describe the driving experience in terms of a square or other geometric shape with edges and corners.
October 31, 2021
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Senator intros bill to exempt truckers from COVID vaccine
Proposed legislation would exempt truck drivers from vaccine mandates. Also: DHL is partnering Embark and plans to deploy autonomous trucks in 2024; T680 auction to benefit Truckers Against Trafficking; Cargo Transporters raises driver pay again.
October 29, 2021
What's it like from the pilot seat of an autonomous truck?
Ruben Cardenas, safety driver for autonomous truck startup Plus, is both active driver and emergency fail-safe for the system when the truck is operating in autonomous mode.
October 21, 2021
Cummins partnering with driverless tech upstart | FleetPride adds parts ordering function to website
Cummins, Locomation ink joint testing, integration deal. Also: FleetPride beefs up its website to now include order capabilities; Driverless tech company Aurora debuts subscription service.
October 14, 2021
Experts say driverless trucks likely decades away, 'like going to the moon'
While the march toward true Level 5 technology will be long the safety benefits of autonomous-like driver assistance features have been immediate.
October 7, 2021
Daimler, Torc Robotics hit three-year mark on driverless partnership
In its march toward driverless trucking, Torc CEO Michael Fleming said his company has honed in on one OEM truck platform – Freightliner's Cascadia – one business case (long-haul trucking), and one environment (U.S. interstate highways).
September 29, 2021
ACT: Freight volumes, rates remain strong despite August dip
ACT Research's For-Hire Trucking Index for August saw a drop in volumes and pricing, despite a strong supply-demand balance. Also: Kodiak announces fourth-gen autonomous truck; Maverick offering new sign-on bonuses; Penske's new Fort Worth facility.
September 29, 2021
FedEx partners with Aurora, Paccar for self-driving hauls between Dallas and Houston
Interstate 45 has become a hotbed for commercial implementation of driverless tech.
September 22, 2021
Ryder partnering with self-driving startup on freight network
Embark first pioneered its transfer point model in 2019 with sites in Los Angeles and Phoenix.
September 17, 2021
Walmart set to launch autonomous final-mile delivery in three U.S. cities
The last-mile delivery service will use Ford self-driving test vehicles equipped with the Argo AI Self-Driving System to deliver Walmart orders to customers.
September 15, 2021
Aurora showcases Volvo’s first commercial autonomous truck for the U.S.
Self-driving truck startup Aurora this week shared a glimpse of its prototype Aurora-powered Volvo VNL. Also: Cargo Transporters, TCA host the inaugural America Rolls Strong Parade; PrePass safety Alerts system upgrade.
September 15, 2021
Aurora debuts next-generation self-driving hardware
Aurora expects to debut the suite on its Class 8 trucks in commercial pilots that will hit public roads at the end of this year.
August 27, 2021
Tighter capacity utilization, volume and fuel costs driving tough environment for shippers
FTR's Shippers Conditions Index fell in June, signifying a tough market for shippers and a strong market for carriers. Also: ZF, Locomation ink tie-up; FMCSA wants to know how many carriers are operating under the COVID emergency declaration.
August 27, 2021
Port fleet moves toward electric with new Peterbilt 579EVs
Drayage fleet Shippers Transport Express took delivery of 10 Peterbilt 579EV tractors for operations at the Port of Oakland. Also: Goodyear partners with autonomous developer Plus; recalls for medium-duty Peterbilt, KW trucks and Wabash reefers.
August 24, 2021
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California 88K lb. load limit targeting port congestion dubbed 'lipstick on a pig'
While California Gov. Gavin Newsom believes a larger 88,000-lb. gross truck weight can help reduce port congestion, trucking experts feel otherwise.
Troubleshooting aftertreatment woes starts early
Used truck prices likely to extend climb into 2022
Cargo theft likely to spike over the next seven days
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