autonomous trucks

Regs relief, autonomous trucking highlight topics for FMCSA committee meeting next month

Regs relief, autonomous trucking highlight topics for FMCSA committee meeting next month

FMCSA says it’s asking MCSAC for recommendations, related to autonomous vehicles, on CDLs, driver qualifications, ELDs, hours of service and inspection and maintenance and how the agency should navigate those issues, as they pertain to vehicle automation, through the federal regulatory framework.

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Tech giants Google, Uber battling in court over autonomous truck secrets

Tech giants Google, Uber battling in court over autonomous truck secrets

Google and its subsidiary Waymo claim Uber and Otto Trucking stole thousands of documents and company trade secrets. Uber denies the claims. A judge Monday issued an injunction against Uber and Otto.

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A nine-year-old’s view of the so-called ‘autonomous future’

"When I asked if she could imagine a big truck going down the road maneuvering with its own controls, with no person behind the wheel, the look of horror that passed across her face was fairly priceless."

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ATRI research goals for ’17 include hours flexibility, autonomous trucks, cost of regs

ATRI research goals for '17 include hours flexibility, autonomous trucks, cost of regs

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) plans to examine distracted driving, hours or service flexibility, the impact of trucking regulations and more in 2017.

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Will ELDs or autonomous trucks make the bigger splash in the driver pool?

Will ELDs or autonomous trucks make the bigger splash in the driver pool?

Progress from Google, Tesla and others with self-driving cars, including the occasional mention of Class 8 trucks, fuels speculation that driverless big rigs are about to rule the highway.

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Senators ask GAO to assess autonomous trucks’ potential to displace workers

In the wake of the FMCSA's Monday listening session on regulating the highly automated driving environment expected in the future, Senators Susan Collins and Jack Reed request GAO study the issue of job displacement -- more commentary from the session explored here.

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Hours reform, importance of manned vehicles highlight FMCSA session on autonomous trucks

With several companies jockeying to bring autonomous trucks to market, industry stakeholders this week stressed to a panel of top officers from FMCSA the importance of manned control for tractor-trailers, at least for the foreseeable future. Commenters also noted the potential for hours of service reform.

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FMCSA holding autonomous trucks meeting next week

FMCSA holding autonomous trucks meeting next week

During the meeting, FMCSA is looking for information relating to the design, development, testing and deployment of "highly autonomous" vehicles, specifically dealing with CDLs, qualification of drivers, the use of electronic devices, hours-of-service for drivers and inspection, repair and maintenance of the trucks.

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Cutting through the ‘autonomous’ hype with Bendix’s Fred Andersky

Listen in on Andersky's "Drivers and the Automated Future" tech talk at the Bendix booth at the Mid-American Trucking Show two weeks back -- likewise a talk on PM procedures for slack adjusters.

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An ‘Autonomous Trap’: The limits of technology, illustrated

A new video is a a fairly cheeky expression of the limits of technology in the face of the human mind and its proclivities for art, invention and persistence, by British artist James Bridle, trapping an autonomous car in a salt circle. Might it work on auto-trucks as well? ...

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