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Daimler brings in the truck equivalent of Tesla’s Autopilot

Freightliner Cascadia is Daimler's most autonomous truck.Image: Daimler AG Daimler trucks are going autonomous — eventually. For now, Level 2 (L2) partial automation will have to suffice. The vehicle company behind Mercedes-Benz cars announced Monday at CES 2019 that its new Freightliner Cascadia big-rig will include higher levels of robotic driving. The semi-autonomous trucks will start production in July in North America. It’s not fully self-driving, but it’s pushing the trucking industry deeper into an autonomous mode.  SEE ALSO: Uber fired Anthony Levandowski. Now he’s back with a self-driving truck…

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This Trucking Company Keeps Spacecraft Safe on the Interstate

When I ask Bradley Worthington to tell me about that one time people in the southwest thought his trucking company, McCollister's, was moving a UFO across the country, he laughs. There’s not a “that one time.” “It happens frequently,” he says, “especially with oversized things.” And McCollister's hauls a lot of oversized things. From astronaut capsules to weather-monitoring satellites to military aircraft, the company specializes in moving beefy, sensitive objects around securely. They've transported part of Orion, NASA's next astronaut-carrying spacecraft, and the recently-launched Joint Polar Satellite System-1, an environmental-monitoring…

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What Does Tesla’s Automated Truck Mean for Truckers?

On Thursday night, Elon Musk rolled out Tesla's biggest gizmo yet: a fully electric semitruck. The Semi can go a whopping 500 miles between charges, hauling 80,000 pounds along the way. And it can sorta, kinda drive itself—on highways, anyway. The truck comes with Enhanced Autopilot, the second generation of Tesla's semiautonomous technology, equipped with automatic braking, lane keeping, and lane departure warnings. "Every truck we sell has Autopilot as standard," Musk said of the Semi, which goes into production in 2019. "This is a massive increase in safety." That…

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