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Otto who? Tesla is ready to test electric, self-driving big rigs in Nevada and California
Otto who? Tesla is ready to test electric, self-driving big rigs in Nevada and California

You can say a lot of things about Tesla and its CEO, Elon Musk, but you certainly can't call them slackers. They've crafted a plan for world domination that includes electric cars, self-driving technology, solar power, and energy storage, among other things--and they're not done yet. For Tesla's...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 concept, 2014 Hannover Commercial Vehicle Show
Congress keeps self-driving big rigs in the slow lane (but for how long?)

There are certain things that most Americans agree on nowadays. For example: Global warming is real and is caused by human activities. Smoking and second-hand smoke are both harmful. Congress is a complete and utter crapfest. Another thing we accept: autonomous cars are coming, whether we like it...Read More»

IIHS tests show benefits of side underride guards for semitrailers
IIHS tests side underride guards on semis (and the results are worth watching)

One year ago, in May 2016, Joshua Brown's Tesla Model S collided with the side of a big rig in Florida. The sedan's top was sheared off by the semi, killing Brown instantly. The car rolled 100 feet further before coming to a stop. The story made headlines for months because Brown may not have been...Read More»

Kenworth big rig (photo by Raymond Clarke Images via Flickr)
Should big-rigs be speed-limited?

For over two years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been considering new rules that would require speed-limiters on future trucks and buses over 26,000 pounds. Unsurprisingly, many truckers dislike the proposal. NHTSA says that between 2004 and 2013, over 1,000 people died...Read More»

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Samsung Creates A See-Through 18-Wheeler To Curb Highway Collisions

The world is filled with two-lane highways that make overtaking vehicles difficult, if not downright dangerous. The situation gets worse when 18-wheelers are added to the equation, since drivers trailing them have a tougher time seeing oncoming traffic. The problem is particularly pronounced in...Read More»

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Speed Limiters May Be Mandated On 18-Wheelers, Could Cut Top Speed To 68 MPH

Federal officials have a slew of new auto regulations in the works, including backup cameras, data recorders, and -- further down the line -- autonomous car standards. But the Department of Transportation's most controversial new rule might not involve passenger cars at all. According to the...Read More»

Semi truck goes drifting video
Nitrous Laden Semi Goes Drifting Gymkhana Style: Video

Drifting is a relatively new form of motorsport where the driver intentionally over steers, causing loss of traction in the rear wheels through turns, while maintaining vehicle control and a high exit speed. It usually involves cars with a low center of gravity, light to moderate weight and plenty...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Malibu - IIHS rear impact with semi-trailer, severe underride
IIHS Petitions Feds For Better Underride Guards On Big Rigs

When cars rear-end semi tractor-trailers—on an icy road, for instance, where traffic ahead is stopped—the consequences can be quite deadly. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), that's because the underride guards—those cheap-looking bars that hand below...Read More»

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Bright Spot In A Dim Economy: Big-Rig Fatalities Way Down In 2009

The economy has no doubt left some casualties over the past couple of years, but it's also saving lives on the road. In an abrupt trend that can only be attributed to a downturn in freight activity, far fewer crashes involved semis and large trucks in 2009 than in 2008. According to 2009 numbers...Read More»

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