Tesla

Truckers: No to ‘beta’ testing when lives at stake

Truckers polled this month agreed by and large with much of Consumer Reports’ "Too much autonomy too soon" verdict about the 'Autopilot' technology deployed in the Tesla Model S in 'beta' form, recently in use during a fatal crash in Florida.

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POLL: Should Tesla’s ‘Autopilot’ system be pulled from its vehicles?

With NHTSA investigating crashes (one fatal and involving a truck) that occurred with automaker Tesla's beta 'Autopilot' function enabled, Tesla says it's on balance saving lives with the function, but Consumer Reports said otherwise: 'Too much autonomy too soon.' Weigh in yourself here.

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Don’t call me Shirley, Otto

Self-driving trucks? "My personal feeling is you 'Otto' run far and fast if you ever see one of these trucks on the road."

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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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Electric truck startup co. promises no-emissions big rig

“We are not aware of any zero emission truck in the world that can haul 80,000 pounds more than 1,000 miles and do it without stopping. The Nikola One requires only 15 minutes of downtime before heading out for the next 1,000 miles.”

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Car haul for the long haul: Moving the Tesla with Earl Jackson

A run-in at a Nashville-area TA with veteran car hauler Earl Jackson, company driver today for small fleet The Finest Carrier, piloting a 2015 KW T680 w/ 144-inch ARI super sleeper hooked to an enclosed Kentucky trailer loaded with Tesla Model S and Model X cars bound for buyers.

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Smokin’ Joe Lee Smith rides into the sunset

Today, a salute, a send-off, for Smokin' Joe Lee Smith, a hardworking free spirit of a driver well-known for his 1989 album of rock 'n' roll truck-driving music, Smokin' Joe in Overdrive. I wrote about Smith after his record found a second life back in 2010. (Find a more detailed story about the record and Smith in this story, part of my column for Truckers News at the time.) Longtime friend from the Texas-based owner-operator (Smith was ...

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Channel 19

Check out this dose of trucking humor, oddities and coverage in the media.

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