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Autonomous trucking will make commercial driving a safer, more enjoyable job

Autonomous vehicles have great potential for improving existing, high-demand transportation services, moving everything from passengers to packages. While most attention is focused on cars and drones, the autonomous industry sees the greatest near-term potential in another commercial trucking.


Autonomous Vehicles News

Don’t look for completely autonomous vehicles on your local roadways in the next few months unless you live in the Phoenix area. But do expect this unprecedented corporate R&D project to impact all of our lives over the next few years (November 22, 2017)

Despite there being no official pricing information available to date, Walmart, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, retailer Meijer Inc, and Canadian grocery giant Loblaws have all placed orders for Tesla’s new heavy-duty all electric transport semi-trucks. (November 19, 2017)

Embark is working to make the self-driving future a reality, and while most of the spectacle has been around passenger vehicles, Embark believes that commercial trucking, the backbone of the U.S. economy, stands to reap untold benefits by deploying autonomous trucks, particularly during the “long haul” stretches. (November 19, 2017)

In this report, the International Council on Clean Transportation, ICCT, assess zero-emission heavy-duty vehicle technology to support decarbonization of the freight sector and compare the evolution of heavy-duty diesel, diesel hybrid, natural gas, fuel cell, and battery electric technologies in the 2025–2030 timeframe. (November 18, 2017)

Elon Musk finally showed off Tesla's new all-electric semi-truck design yesterday, aptly named the ‘Tesla Semi’ and the Class 8 vehicle will have 500 miles of range and is more aerodynamic than a Bugatti Chiron supercar. (November 17, 2017)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has turned on the publicity machine announcing on Twitter that tomorrow's Tesla Semi unveiling will be live streamed and will “blow your mind” and not just any blow your mind, but in epic proportions that will send it “clear out of your skull and into an alternate dimension.” (November 15, 2017)

Around the world, drones equipped with cameras and sensors are providing companies with clearer, more comprehensive views of their businesses, and the opportunities and threats that surround them. (November 01, 2017)

This report details how the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General set out to examine autonomous vehicles capabilities now and to interview experts about its future potential. (October 17, 2017)

The United States Postal Service filed a notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission of price changes to take effect Jan. 21, 2018, while at the same time the Office of Inspector General announced they are researching autonomous vehicles in order to increase driver safety, reduce fuel costs, and improve worker productivity. (October 17, 2017)

Cummins unveiled a revolutionary new all-electric powertrain in a demonstrator truck to the media yesterday, a few weeks ahead of Tesla's planned revealing of its own electric "semi" truck. (August 30, 2017)












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