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.
September 3, 2020
Locomation and Wilson Logistics partnered on an eight-day pilot project for the autonomous convoy concept, which saw 14 commercial loads successfully transported from Portland, Oregon, to Nampa, Idaho.
August 12, 2020
Nikola and Republic Services will partner on a battery-electric refuse recycling-collection truck based on the Nikola Tre chassis, a single platform with integrated bodies, service, and warranty.
August 10, 2020
Electric heavy-duty trucks – including a Euro-style high cabover for the North American market – could begin driving off the assembly line at Nikola's new Coolidge, Arizona, manufacturing facility in as little as 12-14 months, albeit in hand-built, very limited numbers.
August 3, 2020
A collaboration between Navistar and TuSimple will accelerate testing and proving of technology capable of running commercial trucks at full driverless Level 4 operation by 2024.
July 15, 2020
Richard Bishop, AI industry analyst and intelligent vehicle applications specialist, spoke with Jim Park about autonomous trucks for an episode of the HDT Talks Trucking podcast.
April 6, 2020
Early in 2020, Mack Trucks handed the keys to its first fully electric refuse truck to the New York City Department of Sanitation. Equipment Editor Jim Park gives us a tour of the truck and a few early driving impressions.
March 27, 2020
There are only a few hundred Mitsubishi Fuso eCanters on the planet, but there were two of the electric trucks at the 2020 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. Equipment Editor Jim Park drove one; watch as he shares his experience.
March 23, 2020
Mack Trucks pulled back the curtain on the first working Mack LR Electric, a fully electric version of the LR refuse model, which will be delivered to the New York City Department of Sanitation before the end of January.
January 9, 2020
Rick Mihelic, director of future technology studies for the North American Council of Freight Efficiency (NACFE), talks with Equipment Editor Jim Park on the economics of truck batteries.
October 22, 2019
Thinking of going electric? There's more to worry about than the price of the trucks and the weight of the batteries.
October 9, 2019
Autonomous trucks aren’t as far off as you might think, or hope. Equipment Editor Jim Park got a chance to see how one such system works in a test scenario at the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty, Ohio.
July 2, 2019
Medium-duty truck builders will soon have a groundbreaking transmission to add to their data books, and heavy-truck makers will have more steering assist options thanks to recently demonstrated technologies from German supplier ZF.
June 20, 2019
Beginning next year, ZF will use a two-lens camera system to improve the performance and functionality of various advanced driver safety features. A second lens enables redundancy for Level2+ autonomous functions and offers wide-angle field of view for pedestrian detection.
June 13, 2019
Hyliion founder and CEO Thomas Healy explains how his electric axle integrates with a Class 7 and 8 truck to improve gas mileage under acceleration and up hills.
May 17, 2019