Dueling approaches to AI in autonomous trucking

Autonomous trucking pioneer Chris Urmson and relative latecomer Raquel Urtasun see AI as critical to making autonomous trucking successful. But they do not see eye to eye on the best way to apply it.

Urmson led Google’s Self Driving Car Project that eventually became Waymo. He co-founded Aurora Innovation in 2017.

When Uber sold its Advanced Technologies Group to Aurora in January 2021, Urtasun was Uber ATG chief scientist and head of research and development. She and Urmson know each other’s...

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Uber Freight, Aurora launch autonomous program for carriers

Managed transportation provider Uber Freight announced Tuesday it is teaming up with Aurora Innovation (NASDAQ:AUR) to provide the trucking industry access to autonomous assets. 

Premier Autonomy, available from now until 2030, will enable qualified carriers to buy Class 8 trucks equipped with an Aurora Driver subscription for autonomous driving.

Aurora Driver is the self-driving hardware and software systems that include lidar, radar and cameras to view the driving environment in 360 degrees....

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Could autonomous trucks help save the planet?

It’s understood that autonomous trucks boost fuel efficiency compared to human-driven big rigs.

But the potential energy efficiency gains could be far greater.

In a white paper released Tuesday, Aurora Innovation looked at immediate, medium- and longer-term opportunities and found some obvious and not-so-obvious savings.

The headline factoid: Autonomous trucks could achieve 13%-32% net energy efficiency improvement per loaded mile compared to human-driven miles. It is a lot to digest. 

Aurora makes...

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Aurora’s driverless trucks show they are for real

After numerous rides in autonomous trucks monitored by safety drivers in case of a mishap, I found it almost surreal to climb into Aurora Innovation’s Class 8 driverless truck, buckle up, hear the engine rumble to life and the air brakes disengage, and feel the truck move under its own power — with no one in the driver’s seat.

While two of three Americans still fear autonomous vehicles, according to AAA’s latest survey released Thursday, my three-quarter-mile ride around an Aurora test facility...

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The Whac-A-Mole reality of autonomous trucking regulations

If you thought last year’s veto of a Teamsters-backed ban on heavy-duty autonomous trucking in California put the issue to rest, think again. While 23 states allow at least testing of driverless trucking, emerging challenges resemble the arcade game Whac-A-Mole.

Early-stage commercialized driverless trucking on Interstate 45 in Texas looks likely later this year. The state embraced the technology in 2017. Yet a move to stop driver-out operations percolated in the Texas Legislature last year.

“That...

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Megawatt grants electrify truck charging corridors

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Startup electric truck infrastructure developer WattEV won’t say how much money it has raised from...

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Volvo reveals new long-haul VNL with beefier electrical system

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Volvo Trucks North America’s first new over-the-road VNL in seven years features a more powerful...

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Ryder adds Kodiak Robotics to its autonomous trucking dance card

When it comes to autonomous trucks, Ryder System Inc. plays the field, forming — and sometimes ending — relationships with practically every startup contending for leadership in the medium- and heavy-duty driverless space.

Its first commercial partner appears to be Kodiak Robotics, which is paying for space at an existing Ryder maintenance facility in Houston. The truckport opened in December and enables Kodiak to launch and land autonomous trucks and transfer freight on routes between Houston,...

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Hydrogen rises at CES

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In an event ruled by battery-electric trucks, hydrogen made a splash at the Advanced Clean...

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Kodiak reveals production-ready autonomous truck at CES

LAS VEGAS — Kodiak Robotics on Tuesday revealed its sixth-generation Class 8 autonomous truck, a production-ready model it plans to launch without a human driver later this year in Texas.

After five years of testing and 5,000 driver-monitored autonomous loads covering more than 2.5 million miles, Kodiak reached the finish line with a system capable of being retrofitted on any major Class 8 truck. Kodiak will upfit Kenworth T680s with its redundant braking, steering, power and sensors that...

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