Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Alphabet's Self-Driving Unit Finds Another Maintenance Partner

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AutoNation Inc., the largest car-dealer group in the U.S., reached an agreement to maintain and help manage fleets for Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Alphabet Inc.

Jamie Butters | Bloomberg News
November 2, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Canada, a Leader in AI, Is Now Taking Aim at Driverless Cars


Having built an impressive lead in artificial intelligence, Canada is keen to do the same in driverless cars — specifically the lidar (laser radar) technology that lets these vehicles see where they’re going.

Natalie Wong | Bloomberg News
November 1, 2017
Government, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Trump Administration Shelves Plan for Talking Car Mandate

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The Trump administration has quietly set aside plans to require new cars to be able to wirelessly talk to each other, auto industry officials said, jeopardizing one of the most promising technologies for preventing traffic deaths.

Joan Lowy | Associated Press
November 1, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Pioneer Leaps Into Driverless Vehicle Fray With Microscopic Mirrors

Pioneer Corp.

When it comes to helping driverless cars see, automakers have a choice between bulky top-mounted contraptions or cheaper but unproven laser-on-a-chip technology. Pioneer Corp. thinks it can deliver the best of both worlds

Pavel Alpeyev and Kevin Buckland | Bloomberg News
November 1, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous, TCA

Waymo Offers Peek at its Secluded Test Bed For Self-Driving Cars


A bicyclist pedaled alongside the road and a pedestrian wandered into the crosswalk, as a self-driving minivan headed through a maze of roads in a desolate landscape. As the vehicle turned right, its steering wheel rotated above the empty driver’s seat.

Carolyn Said | San Francisco Chronicle
November 1, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Regulators Move to Rewrite Rules for Self-Driving Cars

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering eliminating regulations that currently block self-driving vehicles designed without steering wheels, brake pedals or other driver controls from hitting the road.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
November 1, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment

Army Corps Awards $213 Million to Port of Charleston

South Carolina Ports Authority CEO Jim Newsome SouthCarolinaETV via YouTube

The Army Corps of Engineers awarded $213.3 million to dredge the Charleston Harbor Entrance Channel in South Carolina, a critical step for the Port of Charleston to compete for business from international steamship lines.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
November 1, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Biggest Miner Tracking Trucker Brain Waves in Technology Race

Heavy earth moving trucks at the Tom Price iron ore mine, operated by Rio Tinto Group, are lit up by the afternoon sun in Pilbara, north Western Australia. Jack Atley/Bloomberg News

Truck drivers employed by the world’s biggest mining company are wearing baseball caps and hard helmets with sensors mounted inside to track their brain waves so they can get early warnings of fatigue and cut accidents.

David Stringer | Bloomberg News
November 1, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Trump’s Nominee to Lead FMCSA Backs ELD Mandate

FMCSA nominee Ray Martinez Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

The White House’s nominee to become the country’s top trucking regulator said he would review potential hardships an upcoming mandate on electronic logging devices could have on smaller carriers, while at the same time ensuring the agency he would oversee would carry out the rule.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
October 31, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment

Eaton Notches Third-Quarter Gains, Cites Class 8 Market

Eaton transmission at 2017 MATS An Eaton transmission on display at the 2017 Mid-America Trucking Show. (Philip Scott Andrews for Transport Topics)

Eaton Corp. improved third-quarter revenue and earnings, in part, on the improved strength of the Class 8 market.

Transport Topics
October 31, 2017