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Trucking Industry Backs Bills Easing Self-Driving Vehicle Regulation

A U.S. trucking trade group and truck maker Navistar International Corp. urged a U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday to include self-driving commercial trucks in proposed legislation intended to speed autonomous vehicles to market. The House last week unanimously approved a …

Munich Re Embraces Driverless Future with Mobileye Fleet Product

Auto insurers, faced with rising accident rates and the emergence of autonomous vehicles that could make them obsolete by removing human error, have reason to love and hate driverless technology. Munich Re, the world’s biggest reinsurer, has decided to embrace …

At Labor’s Urging, House Bill to Speed Self-Driving Vehicles Exempts Trucks

Labor unions are urging a slowdown as lawmakers fast track legislation to allow self-driving vehicles on the road, a potential boon to some union jobs and an existential threat to others. The House Energy & Commerce committee last Thursday advanced …

Volvo Tests Autonomous Garbage Truck for Use in Cities

Volvo Group is working with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova to develop an autonomous garbage collection truck for use in urban areas. The project explores how automation can contribute “to enhanced traffic safety, improved working conditions and lower environmental …

How Uber Plans to Transform the Long-Haul Trucking Business

With its recent acquisition of self-driving truck startup Otto, Uber Technologies Inc. is plotting its entry into the long-haul trucking business, aiming to establish itself as a freight hauler and a technology partner for the industry. Otto plans to expand …

Uber Moves Into Self-Driving Truck Lane with Otto Acquisition

Ride service Uber Technologies Inc. said on Thursday it has acquired the self-driving trucks startup Otto, and it also announced that Volvo Car Group has agreed to a $300 million alliance to develop self-driving cars. Anthony Levandowski, one of Otto’s …

Start-Up Otto in Fast Lane to Test Self-Driving Trucking by Year’s End

Self-driving trucking start-up Otto is poised to put its software in the hands of long-haul truckers by the end of this year for testing, its co-founders said on Thursday. Otto, co-founded by Google car and map project veterans Anthony Levandowski …

Unmanned Work Zone Trucks Promise Road Safety, Savings

Roving construction crews — the kind you see blacktopping a road, painting lines, inspecting a bridge or installing a traffic signal — are often protected from oncoming traffic by a specialized truck outfitted with a crash barrier. The crash trucks, …