Today's Trucking


The autonomous job killer? California researchers think so.

September 13, 2018 Rolf Lockwood

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.


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”.


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 […]


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 […]


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

July 13, 2018 Rolf Lockwood

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” […]


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 …


Feeling Disconnected: Platooning has promise, but barriers remain

March 13, 2018 John G. Smith

The idea of platooning trucks has been released to great fanfare, and for good reason. Double-digit fuel economy gains can be realized by allowing one tractor-trailer to tuck closely behind the next, drafting much like race cars as long as […]


Canada ill-prepared for autonomous vehicles: Senate committee

January 31, 2018 by John Smith

OTTAWA, ON – Canada is ill-prepared for the arrival of autonomous and connected vehicles – even though driverless cars are already a reality, Canada’s Senate Committee on Transport and Communications has concluded.

The committee responded this week with 16 recommendations to help prepare for the technology to come, calling for such things as a national strategy and cybersecurity measures to maintain public safety and confidence.

“We are on the cusp of a transportation revolution, and Canada must be ready. Cities were ill-prepared when ride sharing came to Canada. We cannot afford to repeat this mistake,” said Senator Dennis Dawson, deputy chairman of the committee.


Talking Tesla: Is this the game changer?

December 19, 2017 by John Smith

LOS ANGELES, CA — Elon Musk was not the first to unveil an electric truck. Not by a long shot. Established manufacturers have unveiled a series of electrified plans, prototypes, and production models in recent months, particularly in the form of medium-duty vans and drayage tractors.


Ontario investing in autonomous vehicle research

November 13, 2017 by elizabeth

VAUGHAN, ON – The Government of Ontario has signaled it’s serious about ushering self-driving vehicles, including those in commercial fleets, into the province.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Ontario Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca were with the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) last week to announce an $80 million government investment in the development of the vehicles through the launch of the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN).


Is this Tesla’s new tractor?

October 3, 2017 by John Smith

PALO ALTO, CA — A post on the Tesla “subreddit” of shows a concept vehicle that appears to be Tesla’s unannounced electric road tractor.


Stop thinking about ‘driverless’ trucks: CTA

September 22, 2017 by John Smith

OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance has told Canada’s Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications that truck drivers will continue to be needed as automated vehicle technologies advance. In fact, the technologies could make the idea of operating a commercial vehicle more inviting and accessible to a new generation of drivers.


Volvo’s vision automated, electrified, connected

September 19, 2017 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, DC – Change is said to be one of the certainties in life, and Volvo Trucks is preparing for a future that is electrified, automated, and connected. But the company doesn’t expect fully autonomous or electric linehaul trucks anytime soon.
“It’s a time of revolution when it comes to engineering and technologies,” Chief Technology Officer Lars Stenqvist said during a media roundtable in Washington, DC. “This is the most fascinating and challenging era ever.”
While Volvo expects electric trucks to emerge, the company’s electrification strategy is focusing on applications like ports, urban centers, and construction rather than the open road.


Wabco turns to steering with Sheppard deal

August 24, 2017 by John Smith

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – Wabco Holdings has signed an agreement to acquire RH Sheppard — a U.S. maker of power steering gears — securing access to a key piece of technology needed for self-driving vehicles.


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.