Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Logistics, Autonomous, TCA

Commerce Department: Autonomous Vehicle Technology Will Create Winners and Losers in Transport Industries

Tony Avelar/AP

Workers in the trucking and other industries that move people and goods could find themselves squeezed out of those jobs by the rise of self-driving trucks.

Skip Descant | Government Technology
September 5, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Colorado DOT Purchases World’s First Automated Self-Driving Construction Vehicle

autonomous self-driving construction vehicle Colorado DOT

When Robert Roy was helping to create the world’s first self-driving construction truck, he traveled across the country and talked to people in the construction industry. One of the people he spoke with, the president of a company in Louisiana, told him the story of how one of his employees almost died while working on a highway.

Tommy Simmons | Greeley (Colo.) Tribune
August 21, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Unions Urge Slowdown as Self-Driving Car Laws Pick Up Speed

Autonomous Truck Daimler

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.

By Ryan Beene and Josh Eidelson | Bloomberg News
July 28, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

These Truckers Work Alongside the Coders Trying to Reconfigure Their Jobs

Starsky Robotics Starsky Robotics

Just before Stefan Seltz-Axmacher offers a job to an engineer at Starsky Robotics Inc., a driverless trucking startup in San Francisco, he gives them “the talk.”

Max Chafkin and Josh Eidelson | Bloomberg News
June 26, 2017
Business, Autonomous

Daimler, Uber to Partner on Self-Driving Cars

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

Car and truck maker Daimler AG plans to introduce and operate self-driving cars on Uber’s ridesharing network “in the coming years” under a new partnership between the companies.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
January 31, 2017
Government, Business, Autonomous

Self-Driving Cars Must Meet 15 Benchmarks in US Guidance

Daimler AG

The Obama administration’s proposed guidelines for self-driving cars, to be formally unveiled Sept. 20, include 15 benchmarks automakers will need to meet before their autonomous vehicles can hit the road.

Jeff Plungis | Bloomberg News
September 20, 2016
Business, Autonomous

When Self-Driving Vehicles Take to the Road, Impact on Jobs is Uncertain


Millions of Americans make a living by driving trucks, delivery vans, taxis and ride-hailing cars. When technology takes the wheel, what will happen to their livelihoods?

David R. Baker and Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
September 6, 2016
Business, Autonomous

Uber Acquires Self-Driving Truck Startup Otto

Alexandria Sage/Reuters

Ridesharing company Uber said it has acquired Otto, a startup firm that is developing a self-driving aftermarket kit for heavy-duty trucks.

Transport Topics
August 18, 2016
Business, Autonomous

Automaker Group Warns Timetable for Self-Driving Vehicle Guidance Too Aggressive

Daimler Trucks

An automaker trade association warned April 8 that U.S. auto safety regulators' timetable for unveiling guidance on the deployment of self-driving cars may be too aggressive.

David Shepardson | Reuters
April 12, 2016
Government, Business, Autonomous

Google's Self-Driving Car Software Considered a Driver by NHTSA

Google Inc.

Google Inc.’s artificial-intelligence system will be interpreted as a driver by federal regulators, a step toward compliance that would help the tech giant’s self-driving cars hit U.S. roads.

Craig Trudell and Jack Clark | Bloomberg News
February 10, 2016