Today's Trucking

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”.


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” […]


What’s the Rush? Are we moving too fast on autonomous vehicles?

April 10, 2018 Rolf Lockwood

Perspective is what prevents us from making lousy decisions and watching our stress levels rise as we try to cope with the fallout from those mistakes and misperceptions. Never before, I would argue, has perspective been as necessary as it is now. In life at large and certainly in this industry of ours.


ELDs a hot topic at Mid-America

March 27, 2018 by John Smith

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Mandated electronic logging devices were a hot topic on the floor of the Mid-America Trucking Show this year. Equipment editor Jim Park offers a wrap-up of Friday’s show offerings, ranging from ELDs to new discounts offered through […]


Sobey’s, Ocado partner on grocery delivery

January 26, 2018 by elizabeth

TORONTO, ON – Another grocery giant will be entering the home delivery space in Canada.

Sobey’s is partnering with grocery software and order fulfillment company Ocado Group to build a web shop and Customer Fulfilment Center (CFC) in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).


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?


IN PRINT — The Clock is Ticking: Consumer demands transform trucking

October 3, 2017 by elizabeth

Seventeen years ago, Tom Hanks stood in a shipping yard and lamented that 87 hours was an eternity. Castaway was on the big screen, and the Hollywood superstar was playing a time-obsessed operations manager for a world-wide shipping company. Shouting that “the cosmos [were] created in less time. Wars have been fought and nations toppled in 87 hours. Fortunes made and squandered,” Hanks was forecasting the future of the supply chain.

From 87 hours to just 24 or less, time is running out for goods that take more than a day to get to consumers, and trucking is undergoing massive changes, all thanks to a store that sells just about everything: Amazon.


Uber Struggle: Uber disrupted taxis, but trucking will be harder

July 5, 2017 John G. Smith

The role of a road warrior on the Today’s Trucking editorial team takes me across North America, and at times these stops don’t include a personal car. If I want to keep moving, the options have been limited to the kindness of companies I visit, shoe leather, or taxis.

Until I uploaded the Uber app on my phone.


Autonomous vehicles need “political engineering”: speaker

October 5, 2016 by John Smith

LAS VEGAS, NV — Advances in technology are bringing autonomous vehicles closer to reality, but first they will have to overcome some significant government-related barriers.


Uber buys self-driving Otto truck startup, aligns with Volvo

August 19, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Ride-hailing network Uber reports that it has acquired Otto, a 90-plus person technology startup from former Google execs that has so far focused solely on the concept of retrofit kits that turn typical trucks into self-driving ones.

Anthony Levandowski, Otto’s co-founder, will lead the company’s venture into self-driving technology, reports Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick.

“Anthony is one of the world’s leading autonomous engineers: his first invention, a self-driving motorcycle called Ghostrider, is now in the Smithsonian,” said Kalanick in a statement about the deal. “Just as important, Anthony is a prolific entrepreneur with a real sense of urgency.”