With the likes of Daimler, Volvo, and Uber working on self-driving trucks, it's no surprise that the granddaddy of autonomous vehicles, Waymo, is getting in on the big-rig action too.
Waymo (formerly the Google driverless car program, and now a standalone company under the Alphabet umbrella) is working to commercialize its technology, and today confirmed it's exploring how its self-driving know-how can transform the trucking industry.
Self-driving technology can transport people and things much more safely than we do today and reduce the thousands of trucking-related deaths each year, Waymo said in a statement.
Former National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator Mark Rosekind referred to the final years of the Obama administration as the era of Big Recall, but safety groups are concerned that the age of muscular enforcement of federal rules for auto safety may come to an end under President Donald Trump.
Obama's second term saw record fines for automakers: General Motors Co. was forced to pay a then-record $900 million fine over its handling of vehicles with a dangerous ignition-switch defect ultimately linked to 124 deaths and hundreds of injuries.
Volkswagen Group paid $2.8 billion in criminal fines and $1.5 billion in civil penalties for programming its diesel cars to trick federal testers into believing the engines released far less pollution into the air than they do.
U.S. automakers should and almost certainly will ignore President Donald Trump's decision to abandon the Paris climate agreement.
Doing otherwise isn't just bad for life on Earth. It's bad business. Companies rooted in science and technology should acknowledge the mountain of data showing the planet is growing warmer at an alarming rate.
The evidence that human action is involved is overwhelming, but even if it's wrong, the only downside to lower greenhouse emissions and fossil fuel consumption is a cleaner world for our descendants, as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., memorably pointed out in one of his campaigns.
Self-driving cars might make your future commute a lot more pleasant, but they won't eliminate traffic.
Execs like Google cofounder Sergey Brin have touted traffic reduction as one of the many benefits of having self-driving cars on the road. The idea is that autonomous cars will eliminate accidents caused by human error, a major contributor to traffic.
But experts say the vehicles' impact on traffic will either be minimal or negative.
A new study from Intel and the research firm Strategy Analytics claims that driverless vehicles will be behind $7 trillion worth of economic activity and new efficiencies annually by 2050.
That activity, according to the report, will include nearly $4 trillion from driverless ride-hailing and nearly $3 trillion from driverless delivery and business logistics.
The big number also includes $203 billion from new use cases for pilotless vehicles in sectors like tourism and healthcare. These previously unimagined applications could include, to cite just two examples, mobile hair salons or rolling restaurants.
Geotab’s data tools have been reenvisioned and improved, with fleet managers in mind.
Elon Musk’s perpetual joker grin is probably a little wider today. The Chevrolet Bolt, the proletariat machine that beat his nascent Model 3 to market by the better part of a year, is, well, not bolting at all.
Creeping would be a better word.
After six months on the market, only 6,529 Bolts have found their way out of dealerships and into the wild. That’s far less than sales of the all-electric Nissan Leaf and either of the existing Tesla models over the same period.
By Mark Boada, Senior Editor
At the SmartDriving Summit at Princeton University this past month, host Professor Alain Kornhauser asked why Americans weren’t buying more hybrid vehicles: “Their fuel efficiency and their resale values are better, so where are all the hybrids?”
The question is justified. Since they were introduced into the U.S. market in 1999, hybrid vehicles have accounted for a bit more than 2 percent of the passenger cars sold. This is despite the fact that for the consumer who keeps his or her new car for 6.5 years (the national average), a hybrid makes financial sense. Its better fuel economy can save the owner thousands of dollars over that period compared to a gasoline-fueled car, and hybrids retain their value better when resold. Combined, these factors more than offset a hybrid’s higher initial price.
But for sedan fleets, it’s a different story.