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Volvo Offers Self-Driving Truck with No Cab as Way to Address Shortage of Drivers

Sweden’s Volvo, the world’s second-biggest truck maker, presented a new self-driving electric truck on Wednesday, which it said should help respond to the boom in e-commerce and a shortage of freight drivers. Volvo said the truck, which does not have …

U.S. Senate Panel Gives Green Light to Bill to Speed Use of Self-Driving Cars

A U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday unanimously gave the green light to a bill aimed at speeding the use of self-driving cars without human controls, a measure that also bars states from imposing regulatory road blocks. The bill still must …

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 …

Uber’s Plans for Trucking Industry Hit Detours

Uber Technologies Inc.’s drive to become a major player in the trucking business is off to a bumpy start, with analysts and industry executives questioning what exactly the company can bring to the sprawling $700-billion industry. The San Francisco ride-services …

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 …

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, …