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Autonomous truck startup Otto set to haul second load, this time in traffic

Unlike last month’s Budweiser delivery, which was done during pre-dawn hours to avoid traffic and pedestrians in the Denver, Colo.-area, this week’s run truck will include driving through traffic.

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Autonomous trucks pave way for hours reform and more, but major roadblocks remain, says ATRI

“Truck driving as a career may become more attractive as Level 3 and Level 4 trucks are commercially available. Automation may relieve some of the stress and monotony of driving long hours and...could allow drivers to work on tasks such as logistics while the vehicle is moving,” ATRI says. “The ability to rest while driving in the Level 4 environment could enable drivers to be at home more often rather than parked at distant ...

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Automated beer run: Self-driving truck makes first delivery, hauls load of Budweiser

Automated trucking hit a milestone last week, with Uber-acquired upstart Otto delivering 51 cases of Budweiser in Colorado Springs, Colo., last week. The truck left Fort Collins, Colo., last Thursday before dawn, navigated through downtown Denver and then made its delivery in Colorado Springs.

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NACFE: Truck platooning boosts fuel economy, ‘next logical automation’

In a two-truck platoon, the potential fuel consumption savings versus an isolated single vehicle varies depending on the separation distance of the trucks, but the report says at a following distance of 40- to 50-feet platooning can lead to 4 percent average savings over the two trucks after accounting for traffic, terrain and time when equipped trucks will not be operating in a platoon.

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Forecasters: Trucking’s autonomous revolution is nigh, and it may be prickly

Transportation forecasters and top brass at truck OEs sent a message to the trucking industry in recent weeks: Autonomous trucking is coming, and its revolution will likely have a greater impact on the industry than deregulation of the early 1980s.

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U.S. DOT initiates regulatory framework for autonomous trucks

The proposed policy initiative comes as both traditional automotive makers and tech giants march increasingly closer to readying such technology for public use.

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Uber enters trucking via Otto acquisition, co.’s announce plans for freight matching system

Trucking tech startup Otto announced Aug. 18 it has been acquired by ride-sharing tech giant Uber. The two companies say they have plans for not only deploying an autonomous retrofit system on tractor-trailers, but also for bringing Uber-type technology to trucking to create a nationwide load-truck matching platform.

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Self-driving Tesla that hit truck, killed driver was speeding at time of crash, NTSB reports

The Tesla hit a tractor-trailer that was crossing the road in front of the car. The Tesla was in its autonomous Autopilot mode, and the car maker said the white trailer disappeared into the bright sky behind it, causing the system to not detect the large vehicle in front of it.

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Daimler adds platooning capabilities to autonomous system, outlines future of truck connectivity

Daimler debuted its Highway Pilot Connect, the next step in it quest for autonomous truck operation. In an on-highway demonstration on the Autobahn on the outskirts of town, Daimler showcased its new capabilities with a platoon of three Highway Pilot Connect-equipped Mercedes Actros trucks.

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Truck platooning viable and could improve fuel efficiency in long-haul operations, study finds

In addition to fuel economy benefits, ATRI concluded platooning could improve traffic flow. The next phase of testing will center on driver satisfaction with the systems.

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