In Europe, autonomous buses are successfully moving passengers both short and long distances, and related self-driving technology is proliferating among crowded cities seeking new public transportation options for commuters.
Opinions are split as to whether the U.S. or Europe is ahead in self-driving truck development. But there’s agreement that the competition to stake a claim to be first with a technology that promises to revolutionize commerce is intensifying.
Self-driving trucks face myriad technical and regulatory hurdles before they will become common on highways, said Volvo Truck tech expert Torbjörn Holmström.
In the first commercial use of a self-driving truck, Otto, the autonomous truck company acquired by Uber, hauled Budweiser beer across the U.S.
Pickup trucks, long considered by Europeans as symbols of American excess, are about to get a new push on the continent as Mercedes-Benz and Fiat bring out new models.
Trade imbalances have stranded a surplus of shipping containers in some regions, prompting entrepreneurs to recycle them into housing, stores and micro-farms.
A new report states that autonomous and self-driving technology for long-haul trucks will trigger an economic boom that will transform the industry.
Former executives in Google's self-driving car program have launched Otto, a San Francisco start-up developing technology and conversion kits to create autonomous trucks.
Each gadget that is installed in the cab or under the hood potentially expands the number of targets for increasingly sophisticated and well-funded hackers.
Nikola Motor Co., a small Salt Lake City start-up, plans to build an electric semi-truck, named the Nikola One.