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Inside the Cab of an Autonomous Truck

A TuSimple test driver (on the left) and software tech (right seat) pair to both keep the truck...

Testing autonomous trucks is more complex than it seems. The men and women sitting in the left seat of the nation's burgeoning fleet of robotic trucks are often called safety drivers. Their responsibilities are far more comprehensive than just keeping the truck out of trouble.

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Ford Takes Telematics In-House and Hardware Free

The Ford Telematics Drive app allows drivers to complete daily vehicle checks through a digital...

Manufacturers are partnering with telematics providers to allow access to data from OEMs’ factory-installed modems. Meanwhile, Ford has introduced its own telematics system that takes advantage of its factory modem to maximize the depth and breadth of that data for fleets.

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What Can Autonomy Do for the Middle Mile?

The Gatik fleet completes autonomous middle-mile deliveries by doing a “constrained Level 4”...

The middle mile in the supply chain is ripe for efficiency gains, while its repeatable routes make it a fit for early autonomous transportation adoption. Gatik’s Sam Saad explains when, how, and why.

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Three Mobility Opportunities Emerging from the Lockdown

Urban planners will usher in a Renaissance for clean, livable cities with slow streets as...

Issues forced on us from the pandemic — such as managing passenger loads on public transit, pedestrian-only city streets, and demand for cashless transactions — will present new opportunities for traditional and startup transportation players alike.

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How Will Waymo Monetize Autonomy?

It is unlikely for Waymo to monetize individual users, and more likely to monetize either rides...

The largest windfalls from autonomous services won’t come from making driverless cars or advertising in them. Look instead to what Google does best when disrupting and democratizing technology.

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Q&A: Starsky's Seltz-Axmacher on Autonomous Trucks

Starsky had planned to launch its own fleet of autonomous trucks this year and offer unmanned...

Starsky Robotics had to give up on its goal of truly driverless trucks earlier this year after failing to secure additional needed funding. HDT Equipment Editor Jim Park recently spoke to founder Stefan Seltz-Axmacher about what happened and why true self-driving truck technology may be harder than we think.

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