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Swarms of teeny robo-tractors will outmaneuver Tesla’s driverless cars

January 14th, 2020 at 11:12 am » Comments Off

While Elon Musk and Waymo get all the attention — and regulations — autonomous vehicles for farming face fewer tech barriers and could be just as important Between 2009 and 2015, Google spent $1.1 billion on autonomous vehicles for its Waymo subsidiary, which have so far roamed more than 10 million miles of city streets […]

General Motors wants to do away with the steering wheel

January 10th, 2020 at 12:08 pm » Comments Off

Almost all major automakers are gearing up to enter the new era of self-driven cars. Taking this concept further is General Motors, which wants to do away with the steering wheel altogether in its latest self-driven model. The automaker has put in a request to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to allow it […]

Uniqlo’s robots have already replaced 90% of its human workers at its flagship warehouse, now they’ve cracked the difficult task of folding T-shirts

December 29th, 2019 at 12:12 am » Comments Off

Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo. Uniqlo is coming close to full automation at its flagship warehouse in Tokyo, according to a new report from The Financial Times. According to The FT, Uniqlo’s parent company, Fast Retailing, has partnered with a Japanese startup that develops industrial robots to create a two-armed robot that is able to pick […]

Smart intersections could cut autonomous car congestion

December 26th, 2019 at 12:50 pm » Comments Off

Researchers have developed a first-of-its-kind model to control traffic and intersections in order to increase autonomous car capacity on urban streets of the future, reduce congestion and minimize accidents. In the not-so-distant future, city streets could be flooded with autonomous vehicles. Self-driving cars can move faster and travel closer together, allowing more of them to […]

Waymo is taking the safety drivers out to its autonomous taxis

December 26th, 2019 at 12:48 pm » Comments Off

No Hands! Waymo, the Google-affiliated self-driving car company, has finally started to operate its self-driving taxi service without any humans sitting behind the wheel. That means passengers using the company’s Uber-like Waymo One service might find themselves shuttled around Arizona in the back seat of an otherwise-empty minivan, as one reporter for The Verge did. […]

A self-driving truck delivered butter from California to Pennsylvania in three days

December 21st, 2019 at 2:54 am » Comments Off

A Silicon Valley startup has completed what appears to be the first commercial freight cross-country trip by an autonomous truck, which finished a 2,800-mile-run from Tulare, California to Quakertown, Pennsylvania for Land O’Lakes in under three days. The trip was smooth like butter, 40,000 pounds of it., a 3-year-old company in Cupertino, announced the […]

Coca-Cola test-drives Einride’s autonomous truck in Sweden

December 21st, 2019 at 2:46 am » Comments Off

An Einride vehicle will ferry goods between warehouses operated by Coca-Cola European Partners and Axfood, one of Sweden’s largest food retailers. Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), the brand’s local bottling partner, will deploy the Einride autonomous electric transport system to its Swedish distribution network, according to a news release. As part of a commercial pilot, an […]

We would rather lose our jobs to robots than humans, a study shows

December 5th, 2019 at 2:21 am » Comments Off

Losing your job to a human stings more than getting replaced by a robot, research found.  The question has a surprising psychological factor for workers now and in the future. Losing a job can be stressful and demoralizing. Seeing your role replaced by automation is an additional stressor that more workers will have to contend […]

NYC threatens to seize any Fedex delivery bots on city streets

December 5th, 2019 at 2:17 am » Comments Off

In February, FedEx debuted its SameDay Bots, which are parcel delivery robots that use a combination of artificial intelligence and motion sensors to navigate city streets and sidewalks. Last week, social media users began reporting sightings of the bots in New York City. But based on a tweet from Mayor Bill de Blasio, FedEx never […]

Workers in these 10 US areas are more likely to be replaced by robots

December 4th, 2019 at 12:56 pm » Comments Off

A new report maps the top 10 areas of the US with the highest robot intensity In the last decade, the number of manufacturing robots has more than doubled in the US to almost 2 per 1,000 workers Some studies predict as many as 50% of all workers are at risk of losing their jobs […]

The robots of Black Friday

November 30th, 2019 at 1:31 pm » Comments Off

Delivery robot from Dutch supermarket Albert Heijn. Photo: Niels Wenstedt/AFP via Getty Images Look out for the first of the retail robots as you shop this year. Why it matters: From machines that can restock shelves to robot deliverers, automation is creeping into the retail industry. The first-ever cargo-carrying robot for consumers comes from Italian […]

Here’s how quantum computer supremacy will impact self-driving cars

November 23rd, 2019 at 1:08 pm » Comments Off

  Quantum supremacy, achieved? The news recently was agog with the claim that the so-called and highly sought “quantum supremacy” had been achieved via an effort undertaken by Google researchers. Not everyone agreed though that the Google effort warranted waving the superlative supremacy flag. That’s not to say that the use of their 54-qubit Sycamore […]