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U.S. Automated Vehicles Testing Program Expands to 52 Participants

The federal government’s program working with states and developers of automated vehicles has grown from a pilot operation to one with 52 participants. Participants in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s AV TEST program use an online tracking tool to …

Autonomous Deliveries Will Likely Catch on Before Taxis, Says Waymo CEO

True driverless cars have arrived from Waymo, the self-driving unit of Alphabet Inc., but the company’s chief executive officer says robot ride hailing may not be the first form of automotive autonomy to take off commercially. Waymo has begun running …

Volvo’s Autonomous Trucking Offer Bundles Pilots, Insurance, Services

Swedish truckmaker AB Volvo’s first commercial autonomous truck deal shows how it is bundling services to generate revenue from a technology that is years away from wide deployment. Driverless transportation has been hailed as a transformative revenue opportunity, with the …

U.S. Post Office Testing Driverless Trucks Between 2 Cities

The United States Postal Service is going to put mail on self-driving trucks. Starting on Tuesday morning, letters and packages moving between Phoenix and Dallas will travel on customized Peterbilt trucks run by TuSimple, an autonomous startup based in San …

Federal Safety Agency Seeks to Remove Roadblocks to Autonomous Trucks, Buses

Federal regulators are taking the first step toward creating a policy guiding the development of autonomous transportation beyond self-driving cars to include trucks, buses and other ground-based modes. The U.S. Transportation Department will soon publish four requests for public comment …

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 …