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Autonomous Trucking

Copilot by Pronto: driver-assist technology does just that! (with video)

As a commercial vehicle driver, I have more than two million miles behind the wheel. But I have never driven an automatic truck nor one with any form of collision mitigation, lane-centering or traffic-aware cruise technology. Therefore, my first experience was full of surprises. The new 579 Peterbilt truck fitted out with Pronto’s Copilot driver-assist …

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Today’s Pickup: German politician wants to boost truck tolls for rail

Good day, A prominent conservative politician in Germany wants to increase tolls on trucks and invest the proceeds in rail to fight climate change.  Andreas Jung, a member of Parliament who is in the Christian Democratic Union party, told the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper that the toll would apply to trucks 3.5 tons and above on …

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2020 Freightliner Cascadia evolves into technological tour de force

Already the undisputed Class 8 sales leader, the 2020 Freightliner Cascadia arriving this fall is a technological tour de force that allows the truck to do most of the work of driving. For fleets focused on fuel savings, an optional aerodynamic package smooths the exterior and closes gaps on the cab and chassis to push …

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Today’s pick-up: Goodies coming from transport Santa; Raise the financial roof for inland waterways

Good day:There are two immutable laws about federal transportation spending bills. First, they are  bipartisan. Second, they have lots of goodies for special interests. One of those Christmas tree trimmings, hung by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Sen. Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota), would add a provision to support more biofuel refueling onto language to fund …

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Volvo Trucks makes active safety standard on most models via Bendix Wingman Fusion

Truck makers are making advanced safety systems standard on new models faster than fleets are asking for them because avoiding fatal crashes saves millions of dollars that even a single death can cost. Volvo Trucks North America (NASDAQ:VLVLY) is the latest to improve its active safety system and price it into the cost of a …

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BMW Group and Daimler AG partner to put autonomous cars on the road by 2024

German original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) BMW Group and Daimler AG inked a partnership on July 4 for a long-term strategic cooperation in autonomous driving, focusing on jointly developing next-generation technologies for driver assistance systems, automated driving on highways, and self-parking – in essence, an SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicle.  Commercial deployment of the technology in …

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Starsky Robotics tests first unmanned autonomous truck on public highway in Florida (with video)

Starsky Robotics tested its fully unmanned autonomous truck on a 9.4-mile stretch of public highway on the Florida Turnpike on June 16. The company had previously been testing its self-driving technology on private roads. “We are now the only autonomous company that’s testing trucks without having people in the cabs on public roads with the …

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Blockchain provides trustability in the age of mobility services and autonomous vehicles

Harry Behrens, head of the blockchain factory, Daimler Financial Services, spoke at the Blockchain Europe expo in Amsterdam, highlighting the disruption that awaits mobility systems and how blockchain can be leveraged to provide trustability and enable end-to-end real-time financial transactions without manual intervention. “Private ownership is going down, and mobility is going towards a stage …

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FreightWaves Freight Intel Group researches “everything freight and logistics”

As another service of FreightWaves SONAR, the Freightwaves Freight Intel Group was launched recently and is publishing in-depth research on “everything freight and logistics,” as Senior Research Analyst and team member Seth Holm described the Group’s mission. “We will be doing deep dives into topics that are most important to our industry, the inner workings …

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Volvo’s autonomous vehicle Vera enters port duty

First announced last year, Volvo Trucks’ Vera autonomous vehicle is moving quickly in testing –  it is now hauling containers from a logistics center to a port terminal in Gothenburg, Sweden. The test is part of a collaboration between Volvo Trucks (OTC: VLVLY ) and DFDS, a ferry and logistics company. “We want to be …

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