Today's Trucking

Semi Autonomous: Automated controls won’t replace truck drivers anytime soon

March 13, 2019 John G. Smith

It’s easy to become excited by all the talk about autonomous controls. If you buy into the hype, you might convince yourself that trucks will soon be able to accelerate, brake, and steer on their own. Daimler Trucks North America […]


Automation listening session draws few voices

July 13, 2018 by elizabeth

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) says it’s listening to the trucking industry when it comes to developing rules for assisted driving technology, but one of the first sessions designed to do that very thing generated […]


Bosch unveils emerging safety, self-driving tech

May 28, 2018 by John Smith

FLAT ROCK, Mich. — With technology about to transform transportation as we know it, global automotive technology supplier Bosch is right in the thick of things. The company has an extensive list of partnerships with new and established “mobility” manufacturers extending across automation, connectivity and electrification …


Burns offers vision of industry to come

October 23, 2017 by John Smith

ORLANDO, FL – Automated vehicle technologies, vehicle electrification, and the rise of transportation as a service (think ride-share services like Uber and Lyft) are creating a “transformational change” in the transportation industry. But what does that mean for trucking?


Joint venture releases automated transmission

October 6, 2017 by John Smith

ATLANTA, GA – The first product unveiled through a joint venture between Eaton and Cummins has officialy emerged in the form of a 12-speed automated transmission.


FMCSA demos platooning this week

September 13, 2017 by elizabeth

CENTREVILLE, VA – The United States Federal Highway Administration (FMCSA), in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Transportation, is culminating a four-year research project by taking a major leap forward this week.
The groups will be demonstrating three-truck platooning on highway I-66 for two days September 14 and 15.


Industry faces time of change: Laskowski

May 1, 2017 by John Smith

BANFF, AB – From discussions about driver training to negotiations around the North American Free Trade Agreement, Canada’s trucking industry is facing a time of significant change. And the Canadian Trucking Alliance is in the midst of it all.


Fully autonomous vehicles still years away: panel

May 1, 2017 by John Smith

BANFF, AB – Announcements about various advances in autonomous vehicles are coming fast and furious. Demonstrations have been held on tracks and highways alike. In its latest budget, Ontario even committed $80 million over five years to create an Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network. Just don’t expect driverless trucks to be a reality anytime soon.


Long haul share shrinks, automation grows: Volvo

June 28, 2016 by John Smith

SHIPPENSBURG, PA – Volvo Trucks North America expects long haulers to account for a shrinking portion of the truck market in coming years, as the industry responds to pressures including a driver shortage and recent upgrades to the Panama Canal.


Obama Earmarks $4B for Vehicle Automation Projects

January 15, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2017 budget request will include nearly $4 billion over a decade for the development of automated vehicles through pilot projects, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Jan. 14.