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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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Daimler Trucks Puts Autonomous Big Rig on the Road

German maker believes its self-driving semi will be ready by 2025.

by on Jul.03, 2014

Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard shows off Daimer Truck's Future Truck 2025 that uses the maker's Highway Pilot System to drive autonomously.

In the ‘70s classic movie, “Duel,” a seemingly driverless tanker truck terrorizes an innocent salesperson driving to his next call along a remote stretch of highway. Could a driverless big rig – minus the stalkerish behavior – be part of our future?

Daimler Trucks thinks so. In fact, it’s betting big on it and showed its ante with the introduction of its Future Truck 2025 earlier today in Germany. Using the truckmaker’s Highway Pilot system, the prototype semi-truck is capable of driving itself while hauling a full load at speeds exceeding 50 mph, according to the company.

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“The truck of the future is a Mercedes-Benz that drives itself.” Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, the member of Daimler’s Board of Management responsible for Daimler Trucks and Buses, at the debut of the truck earlier today. (more…)