Truck wanted after hitting bicycle and injuring cyclist in Cherokee County, troopers say

South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers are looking for a truck that troopers say hit a bicycle.They said it happened about 5:15 p.m. on March 23 on Dillon Street in Cherokee County. The bicyclist sustained serious injuries, troopers said. Troopers said they are looking for a 1994 – 2002 Dodge pickup. The color is not known. It may be a regular cab or extended cab, troopers said. Troopers said the vehicle should have damage to the passenger side headlight. A $500 reward is being offered for tips that lead to an arrest. Troopers are asking you to call Crime Stoppers at … read more

Hyundai teases sketches of Santa Cruz pickup truck ahead of reveal

Hyundai has released digital sketches of the upcoming Santa Cruz pickup truck. The Sport Adventure Vehicle will combine SUV and pickup truck elements as a competitor to the Honda Ridgeline, and is slated to enter production later in 2021.

The Hyundai Santa Cruz first entered public discussion in 2015 when a conceptual of the same name (and largely the same design) was shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The concept made the auto show rounds and continued to be mentioned over the next few years. Hyundai then announced that due to public interest, the vehicle

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Clemson student dies after motorcycle crashes into pickup truck, troopers say

South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers released information Friday about what led to a crash that killed a Clemson University student.Caleb Griffis, 20, of Rabun County, Georgia, died in the emergency room at Oconee Memorial Hospital at 4:19 p.m. Thursday, Coroner Karl Addis said. Officials were called to the scene around 3:15 p.m. on Seneca Creek Road near the Seneca Creek Boat Ramp access, Addis said.Troopers said that’s about 3 miles south of Clemson.Griffis was wearing a helmet and was thrown from his 2021 Kawasaki motorcycle, troopers said.Griffis was traveling west on Seneca Creek Road and a 2011 Chevrolet pickup truck … read more

Self-driving truck startup TuSimple files for U.S. IPO as AV gold rush continues

Self-driving truck startup TuSimple Holdings Inc. filed for a U.S. initial public stock offering on Tuesday, joining a clutch of companies looking to capitalize on rising investor interest in the sector.

The company did not disclose the number of shares it plans to offer to investors or the price range for its offering.

Dozens of startups, automakers, and large technology companies, including Google’s Waymo and China-based Xpeng Inc., are accelerating work on self-driving car systems to cash in on the technology, which is expected to bring a sea change in the transportation industry.

Other self-driving companies such as Velodyne,

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Self-driving truck startup Kodiak and China’s Hesai partner up

OAKLAND, Calif. — Silicon Valley self-driving truck startup Kodiak Robotics Inc. and Shanghai-based lidar maker Hesai Technology Co. on Wednesday announced a partnership to integrate Chinese lidar technology into autonomous trucks.

Laser-based lidar sensors help detect objects ahead of and around the vehicle, and are a key component to many self-driving systems.

Kodiak will use a Hesai lidar sensor on each side of its trucks and will also keep one forward-facing Luminar lidar, said Kodiak CEO Don Burnette, a co-founder of self-driving truck startup Otto and before that an early engineer working on Google’s self-driving car program.

U.S. lidar maker

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Ford to curtail F-150 production as chip shortage hits truck plants

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. next week will be forced to curtail output of its bestselling, most profitable vehicle because of an ongoing chip shortage.

The automaker told Automotive News on Thursday that its Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan will drop to one shift from three the week of Feb. 8, while the truck side of a Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri will drop to two shifts from three. The two facilities produce the F-150 full-size pickup, which has long been Ford’s main profit driver. The F-Series is the nation’s bestselling pickup.

Both sites are expected to ramp back

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