Technology, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Truck Hits Autonomous Shuttle on Launch Day

Associated Press

A self-driving shuttle in downtown Las Vegas was involved in a minor wreck Nov. 8, the first day of a yearlong trial period.

Mick Akers | Las Vegas Sun
November 9, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous, TCA

Uber Says It Will Bring Its Flying Taxis to Los Angeles in 2020


In just over two years, Uber says it will let commuters soar over Los Angeles’ snarled traffic in flying taxis.

Tracey Lien | Los Angeles Times
November 8, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Paper Logs Can Ease ELD Transition, FMCSA Officer La Tonya Mimms Says

FMCSA La Tonya Mimms Eleanor Lamb/Transport Topics

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Drivers bracing for the upcoming electronic logging device rule should practice driving with the new units and old-fashioned paper logs, according to La Tonya Mimms, transportation specialist with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
November 8, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

A $290,000 Robot-Car Is French Startup’s Answer to GM, Waymo


Navya Technologies SAS will roll its robot-driven automobiles onto the cobbled streets of Paris in the next few weeks to try and beat behemoths from General Motors Co. to Alphabet Inc. at proving autonomous cars are safe.

Ania Nussbaum and Marie Mawad | Bloomberg News
November 7, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Alphabet Launches the First Taxi Service With No Human Drivers

Waymo CEO John Krafcik Waymo CEO John Krafcik at Web Summit 2017 in Lisbon. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Web Summit via Sportsfile.

For almost a decade, self-driving cars have graced public roads — but always with a person behind the wheel. Now Waymo is yanking the driver.

Mark Bergen | Bloomberg News
November 7, 2017
Business, Technology, Safety

Brake Safety Day Leaves 14% of Trucks Out of Service for Violations, CVSA Says

An inspector takes a look at truck brakes Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

Roughly one out of every seven trucks and buses inspected during a one-day special brake safety law-enforcement effort in September was placed out of service for brake-related violations, according to the group that coordinated the inspections.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 7, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

First Self-Driving Shuttle on Public Roads to Launch in Las Vegas


On Nov. 8, Las Vegas residents and visitors will get a chance to hop on the country’s first autonomous shuttle to operate on public roads, thanks to a partnership with AAA.

Erin Baldassari | East Bay Times
November 7, 2017
Business, Technology

UPS, Coyote Join Blockchain in Trucking Alliance

UPS Inc. announced Nov. 7 it has joined the Blockchain in Trucking Alliance to assist in creating industry standards and protocols to enable blockchain platforms to operate together with established technologies.

Transport Topics
November 7, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Self-Driving Cars Could Save Lives Even Before They’re Perfected, Report Says

chombosan/Getty Images

Putting self-driving cars on the road sooner rather than later could save hundreds of thousands of lives, according to a report released Nov. 6 by Rand Corp., a Santa Monica policy research nonprofit.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
November 7, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Fuel

Pre-Heaters Enable Reliable Engine Starts in Cold Weather

Oregon Department of Transportation de-icing Interstate 97 Oregon Department of Transportation/Flickr

Diesel-fired engine pre-heaters can help ensure reliable engine starts in cold-weather conditions while reducing engine wear, preventing service calls and boosting driver satisfaction, fleets said.

John Baxter | Contributing Writer
November 6, 2017