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Uber Expanding Autonomous Truck Testing in Arizona

Company is looking to resolve a couple of problems with testing.

by on Mar.09, 2018

Uber Freight is testing autonomous trucks in Arizona to see what their capabilities are and what system may work best for them.

Uber has moved from testing its self-driving cars in select markets to now putting its autonomous trucks through their paces on delivery runs in Arizona.

According to the company, it began its program in November, including contracting with trucking companies to use its own autonomous Volvo big rigs to take over loads as they traverse the state.

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The program calls for a trucker to meet the self-driving truck at the Arizona state border, which then takes the load across the state before handing it off to a second conventional trucker for the short-haul trip. During the autonomous trip, an Uber employee rides in the driver seat of the autonomous truck to monitor the truck and would only need to drive in the event of an emergency. (more…)

Teamsters Sets Up Road Blocks to Autonomous Semi-Trucks

Union works with politicians to limit self-driving trucks testing.

by on Aug.15, 2017

A pair of autonomous Otto trucks carrying prototype autonomous Volvos being tested by Uber. The Teamsters are watching autonomous laws carefully.

Tesla, Daimler, Uber and other companies are pushing ahead with the development of self-driving semi-trucks, but the International Brotherhood of Teamsters are determined to put up road blocks in an effort that could eventually eliminate the jobs of thousands of truck drivers and union members.

The Teamsters, which has 1.3 million members, has lobbied lawmakers to exclude commercial trucks from a bill that would allow more autonomous vehicles on the roads and limit the ability of individual states to regulate automated vehicles.

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The union also praised Congress for recognizing that a starting point for any discussion on this subject was that no legislation should impact commercial motor vehicles or traditional commercial drivers. (more…)

Daimler to Begin Testing Autonomous Trucks in Germany

Project debuted in Nevada earlier this year.

by on Jul.27, 2015

Daimler expects to begin testing its self-driving Freightliner truck in Germany shortly.

Daimler AG expects to begin rolling out its semi-autonomous heavy truck on German highways “within the next few weeks,” according to a senior executive.

The maker first began testing its Freightliner Inspiration truck in Nevada earlier this year, and hopes to put the technology into production around the end of the decade. But where it would go on sale first has been a question even the automaker says it can’t yet answer as most countries still don’t have in place the laws that would allow the use of hands-free vehicles.

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“We are positive that we will get approval for tests on German motorways within the next weeks,” Daimler board member Wolfgang Bernhard, head of the maker’s truck operations, told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. Once approval is granted, Bernhard said, “Then we will start immediately.” (more…)