autonomous trucks

Working remotely as an owner-operator — autonomous remote-pilot test driver profiled

Ex-owner-op Jeff Runions today is working as a "test driver" for the San Francisco-based Starsky Robotics tech start-up, whose remote-pilot exploits in the "autonomous trucks" realm have made news in recent months.

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FMCSA seeks public input on how current regs impact autonomous testing, deployment

FMCSA is seeking information from the trucking industry, safety advocates, the motoring public and ADS manufacturers on any current regulations that could hinder the development and testing of ADS-equipped trucks.

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Technology and maximizing your most precious resource

How technology is "changing some of what I want to believe about my business," in the words of owner-operator Gary Buchs, in this his debut on the Overdrive Extra blog. Among tech's benefits: freeing up the resource of time "to study the markets and pursue new customers, making my business more efficient."

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Waymo hits Atlanta-area roadways with autonomous truck tests

The tests “will let us further develop our technology and integrate it into the operations of shippers and carriers,” the company said in a blog post Friday. “As our self-driving trucks hit the highways in the region, we’ll have highly trained drivers in the cabs to monitor and take control if needed.”

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Uber looks to ‘take the driver out of the vehicle’ on long-haul lanes, demonstrates transfer-hub system for loads

Uber ATG, the self-driving-tech side of Uber's business, is moving freight with at least one carrier and shipper partner each across Arizona in ongoing tests of their autonomous technology and a transfer-hub trailer hand-off system the company envisions being "what trucking and freight could be" primarily in the future.

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Uber, who’s invested big in autonomous truck tech, says driver jobs will shift, not disappear

While long haul driving jobs could succumb to the market pressures of self-driving rigs, the company concludes there will be a spike in the number of drivers needed for localized driving jobs. Uber researchers also project that the industry will move away from per-mile pay structures in favor of hourly pay.

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The automatic circle of life

Wendy on the slow burn of the "autonomous" buzzword: "I'd much rather pay a little more for Richard the Bakery Clerk than suffer the horror of losing my French braid while self-slicing cheap French bread, wouldn't you? Welcome to automatic hell, y'all."

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Will they go round in circles?

"A 'song that ain't got no melody' makes a pretty good analogy for my personal thoughts on the current plans for autonomous and self-driving commercial vehicles."

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Fresh evidence prompts judge to delay autonomous tech trial between Google, Uber

The trial for a high-profile lawsuit between two of Silicon Valley’s biggest players, Uber and Alphabet (Google’s parent company) involving trade secrets and patents behind autonomous vehicle technology has been delayed until February. The Department of Justice has also announced it is pursuing a criminal investigation against Uber over the accusations made against the company.

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Worship the robots: What a man at the center of Google’s self-driving tech lawsuit against Uber wants you to do

Self-driving truck startup Otto's cofounder Anthony Levandowski has established a "Way of the Future" church to develop an AI Godhead. Before we jump to the pews in science-fiction-turned-reality joy, let's keep the source in mind.

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