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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: Self-driving truck now making deliveries in Dallas

Good day, Kodiak Robotics is now making commercial deliveries in the Dallas, Texas, area with its self-driving Kenworth trucks. The company, founded in April 2018, is running loads out of its North Texas facility. “We could not be more excited to announce our expansion into Texas, with an office in the DFW area,” said Don Burnette, CEO …

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Maritime agency wants feedback on U.S. port automation

The Trump Administration wants to support automation at U.S. ports and is looking for advice from the government and private sectors on how to do it. In a request for information published on August 2, the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd), part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, asked for comment from state and local agencies, …

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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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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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Nvidia to partner with Volvo on self-driving trucks

The Volvo Group and Nvidia have announced a joint partnership to develop artificial intelligence (AI) for self-driving trucks. Work will begin immediately in Gothenburg, Sweden and Santa Clara, California. The announcement comes a week after Volvo, the world’s second-largest truck maker after Daimler, said its self-driving truck “Vera” would begin transporting goods from a logistics …

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TuSimple and Pima Community College launch first-ever AV certificate program for truck drivers

Seeking to help drivers take advantage of job opportunities created by automation, self-driving truck startup TuSimple has partnered with Pima Community College (PCC) in Tucson, Arizona, on a first-of-its-kind autonomous vehicle certificate program for truck drivers. The “Autonomous Vehicle Driver and Operations Specialist” program launches in September 2019 and comprises five courses covering technology deployed …

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Trucking seeks higher profile on automated vehicle policy

A wide-ranging Capitol Hill hearing on trucking safety managed to drill into a policy sticking point for the industry – maintaining a seat at the table on discussions around automated vehicle (AV) regulations . Titled “Under Pressure: The State of Trucking in America,” the June 12 hearing before the Highway and Transit subcommittee of the …

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TuSimple revs up U.S. Postal Service

Self-driving truck startup TuSimple announced today that the United States Postal Service (USPS) has awarded it a contract to perform five round trips, for a two-week pilot, hauling the agency’s trailers more than 1,000 miles between the USPS distribution centers in Phoenix, Arizona and Dallas, Texas. “We’re very excited about this,” said Robert Brown, TuSimple’s …

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Starsky Robotics tests self-driving truck on Florida highway

As some technology companies scale back or eliminate their self-driving programs, Starsky Robotics is pushing forward with its autonomous truck technology. The self-driving truck startup completed a series of road tests, with a driver behind the wheel, on a section of the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway near Tampa, Florida, during the week of May 13. …

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