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Tesla’s EV Semi Likely to Fall Short of Long-Haul Norms

Truck is limited to 300 miles per charge compared with 1,000-mile range.

by on Aug.25, 2017

Set to be revealed next month, Tesla's new semi-truck is expected to get between 200 and 300 miles on a single charge.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed recently the company planned to unveil a semi-truck in September, adding it would be capable of handling long-haul loads.

Apparently, he forgot to add “just barely.”

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The new truck, which Musk has implied in the past would be on par with current trucks or better. However, a new Reuters report reveals that the new truck will be capable of 200 to 300 miles on a charge. Most long-haul trucks can go 1,000 miles before refueling. (more…)

Teamsters Pushing for Role in Shaping Autonomous Truck Laws

Union pushing for local sovereignty for self-driving truck laws.

by on Jun.30, 2017

A pair of autonomous Otto trucks carrying prototype autonomous Volvos being tested by Uber. The Teamsters are watching autonomous laws carefully.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is zeroing in on federal legislation regarding ‘self-driving’ technology.

The union, which represents thousands of truck drivers and package delivery drivers employed by companies such as UPS, says any legislation must take into account public safety and the safety of working Americans employed in transportation and related industries.

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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have begun discussing 14 pieces of draft legislation on self-driving vehicles that are at center of a technological revolution that would eliminate the need for drivers either behind the wheel or in the front seats of vehicles, ranging from tractor-trailers to small delivery vans. (more…)

Waymo Latest to Push into Self-Driving Trucks

Study Warns up to 70% of trucking jobs at risk.

by on Jun.05, 2017

A pair of Otto trucks carrying prototype autonomous Volvos being tested by Uber.

Waymo, the autonomous vehicle spin-off of Google, is the latest on an expanding list of companies looking to develop self-driving trucks.

Now a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent, Waymo said it believes that fully driverless trucks could take over long-haul duties in the future, though human drivers might continue to be needed for shorter routes, especially those involving pickup and deliveries. Other companies are looking at ways to go driverless even on short-haul routes.

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Separately, a new report from the International Transport Forum warned that anywhere from 50% to 70% of all trucking jobs could be eliminated by end of the next decade through the introduction of autonomous and driverless vehicles.

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Americans Still Want to Park Their Own Cars

Despite the fact that their vehicle may be better at it.

by on Sep.23, 2015

While the autonomous system may be a better parallel parker, Americans don't believe it.

While the future isn’t entirely now when it comes to autonomous vehicles, some aspects, such as self-parking, are; however, Americans seem to be unsure if they’re willing to give up control.

A new survey from AAA shows that when it comes to parallel parking, they feel like they’re better at than the best autonomous vehicles on the road. Eighty percent of those surveyed were confident in their ability to squeeze their vehicle between two cars and next to the curb. However, just one in four were willing to let the vehicle do it on its own.

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“Autonomous features, such as active park assist, are rapidly being introduced into new vehicles, yet American drivers are hesitant to let go of the wheel,” said John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. (more…)