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Daimler delivers automation, leaves truck drivers in control

February 16, 2019 by John Smith

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – It can be a little disconcerting to watch a steering wheel move back and forth on its own, but there it is. One of the latest new Cascadias to roll off Freightliner’s assembly line nudges left and right to keep within tracked lane markings, even when hands are off the wheel for a few seconds. Welcome to Level 2 automation.

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Explaining the magic of driver assistance systems (ADAS)

February 12, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are getting better at figuring out what’s going on around a vehicle. Here’s a look at the science behind the magic.

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Electrics, electronics and e-commerce transforming the aftermarket

January 29, 2019 by John Smith

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The repair and upkeep of Canada’s Class 6-8 trucks and trailers is no small matter. Analysts at MacKay and Company say the business is worth $4 billion a year and growing. And it’s being radically transformed before our eyes.

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CES showcased the possible and plausible for trucking

January 14, 2019 by John Smith

The only constant in life is change, and the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) demonstrates that very thing. The Las Vegas event, long known as a showcase for technological marvels, attracted tech experts from around the world this year as […]

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Look Ma, No Hands – Truck steering heads into the future

January 10, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Steering hasn’t been considered a chore since “armstrong” steering went the way of the Caterpillar truck engine. Before hydraulic power steering became commonplace in the 1980s, drivers had to plant their feet firmly on the floor and […]

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Daimler makes autonomous truck tech leap, abandons platooning

January 7, 2019 by John Smith

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Daimler will produce North America’s first SAE Level 2 automated truck in the form of a new Cascadia that offers automated steering, acceleration and braking in certain situations. And the company is hardly stopping its autonomous journey there.

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Autonomous technology improving, people unpredictable

December 13, 2018 by John Smith

Probably most of us believe that the onset of autonomous vehicles is inevitable, cars and trucks alike. But does anyone think it will go smoothly? I sure don’t. For the most part we’re seeing very capable technology, and it will […]

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‘Canada has gone fantastic,’ says Volvo exec

October 29, 2018 by John Smith

AUSTIN, Texas – As Volvo Trucks expands its market share around the world, some of the biggest gains in North America appear to have been realized in Canada. “It’s exciting times,” said Peter Voorhoeve, recently named president of Volvo Trucks North America.

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Trucking firmly on BlackBerry’s radar

October 5, 2018 by John Smith

As transportation-related technologies like tracking systems, electronic logging devices and autonomous vehicles emerge, BlackBerry – yes, that Blackberry — is betting future success on the need for robust security.

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The autonomous job killer? California researchers think so.

September 13, 2018 by John Smith

Driverless? Autonomous Trucks and the Future of the American Trucker is the most cogent look at trucking that I’ve seen in a long time.

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Kodiak Robotics pursues autonomous trucks

August 8, 2018 by John Smith

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Uber may have shelved plans to develop an autonomous long-haul truck, but Kodiak Robotics has emerged with $40 million in financing to pursue the dream. Founded by Otto co-founder Don Burnette and former venture capitalist Paz Eshel, it is dedicated to developing “autonomous technology for long-haul trucking”.

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Few truck driving jobs to be lost through automation: study

August 8, 2018 by John Smith

YPSILANTI TWP, Mich. – Few truck drivers will lose their jobs to automated vehicles as the technology begins to emerge, according to a report by the American Center for Mobility, led by Michigan State University and supported by the Texas […]

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Automation listening session draws few voices

July 13, 2018 by John Smith

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 […]

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Is Autonomy Necessary? The answer might be ‘yes’.

July 13, 2018 by John Smith

How on earth can distracted human driving be the cause of a crash involving a vehicle under autonomous control? Sounds like a good question, doesn’t it? But that’s exactly what happened last March in the accident involving an Uber “taxi” […]

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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 …