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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.

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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)

Tesla's forthcoming long-haul, electric semi-truck will offer a self-driving mode and move in "platoons" that automatically follow a lead vehicle, Tesla and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles are in discussions to begin testing a prototype. (August 10, 2017)

Apple Inc is concentrating on technology for self-driving cars, Chief Executive Tim Cook said for the first time in an interview with Bloomberg Television's Emily Chang. (June 16, 2017)

The gathering momentum of next generation advanced driver assistance systems technology will revolutionize both the automobile itself and the auto industry, with a handful of automakers have already committed to introducing self-driving vehicles as early as 2020. (June 16, 2017)

Unless Musk and Tesla has a radical bit of battery technology squirreled away, even he may not be able to deliver a long-haul truck capable of displacing the diesel burners roaming America’s highways. (June 02, 2017)

Uber has fired the head of its self-driving vehicle unit, Anthony Levandowski, amid the continuing fallout from the engineer’s alleged theft of trade secrets from his former employer, Google. (May 30, 2017)

Over the past several months, workers at Tesla became increasingly aware of the potential safety hazards at the company’s flagship vehicle plant in Fremont, California, and in April, workers first requested copies of the OSHA Form 300, the log of work-related injuries and illnesses that companies are required by law to make available to their employees. (May 24, 2017)

A new report obtained by "CBS This Morning" shows the number of recordable injuries in 2015 at Tesla's factory in Fremont, California, was 31 percent higher than the industry average, and the rate of serious injuries was about double the industry rate. (May 24, 2017)

YARA and KONGSBERG have entered into a partnership to build world's first autonomous and zero emissions ship called "YARA Birkeland" - YARA will reduce diesel-powered truck haulage by 40,000 journeys a year and KONGSBERG will integrate sensor, control, communication and electrical systems. (May 10, 2017)

Over the past two years, Amazon has been seeking to take over more shipping duties from the likes of UPS and FedEx by leasing trucks, planes, and ships, and now the e-commerce giant could be eyeing driverless car technology as a way to get items to people's doors faster. (April 24, 2017)

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