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The autonomous car industry is about to get hammered

May 24th, 2020 at 3:19 pm » Comments Off

Today on Speed Lines: The “coronavirus economy” means a huge potential setback for self-driving car tech. Good morning and welcome back to Speed Lines, The Drive’s morning roundup of what’s going on in the world of transportation. I think it’s Wednesday, although I’m not really sure anymore, let alone what that even means. A ‘Bumpy […]



Exam anxiety : How remote test-proctoring is creeping students out

May 24th, 2020 at 3:04 pm » Comments Off

As schools go remote, so do tests and so does surveillance The stranger on the Zoom call appeared to be sitting in a tent. He wore a black headset and a blue lanyard around his neck. Behind him was white plastic peppered with pictures of a padlock. “Hi,” the stranger intoned. “My name is Sharath […]



San Antonio robotics firm becomes first to prove its robots kill coronavirus

May 19th, 2020 at 5:39 pm » Comments Off

Xenex’s patented LightStrike robots have been deployed in more than 500 healthcare facilities worldwide to destroy pathogens like SARS-CoV-2 that can cause deadly infections. San Antonio robotics company Xenex Disinfection Services has become the first to scientifically prove its robot can sterilize a room of the SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – and […]



Cars could go completely driverless ‘very soon,’ says CEO of Chinese autonomous driving tech start-up

May 17th, 2020 at 11:56 am » Comments Off

AutoX rolls out self-driving robotaxis in Shanghai’s ride-hailing market  KEY POINTS Despite current regulations and safety concerns over self-driving cars, the time that cars could really go driverless is coming “very soon,” according to Jianxiong Xiao, CEO and founder of AutoX, a start-up developing autonomous driving technology based in Shenzhen. It had received approval from […]



10 technology trends to watch in the COVID-19 pandemic

May 15th, 2020 at 12:31 am » Comments Off

The coronavirus demonstrates the importance of and the challenges associated with tech like digital payments, telehealth and robotics. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated 10 key technology trends, including digital payments, telehealth and robotics. These technologies can help reduce the spread of the coronavirus while helping businesses stay open. Technology can help make society more resilient […]



The pandemic is bringing us closer to our robot takeout future

May 10th, 2020 at 11:20 am » Comments Off

Starship “We saw that business double overnight,” startup says of UK grocery deliveries. On the morning of March 30, I set out from my home in Washington, DC, to the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. In only a few hours, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam would issue coordinated […]



Robot deliveries might end up being common, post-Coronavirus Pandemic

May 2nd, 2020 at 12:58 pm » Comments Off

Having an unoccupied vehicle deliver your food makes a lot more sense now. Delivery robots helped deliver food and medicine in Wuhan, China, during the coronavirus-related quarantine. In the United States, autonomous shuttles from the French company NAVYA have been repurposed as delivery robots to transport COVID-19 tests. Most of these delivery robots still have […]



Self-driving startups Beep and Navya explore driverless transport for coronavirus lab specimens

April 25th, 2020 at 12:43 pm » Comments Off

Most Consumers Believe They’ll Prefer Riding In Self Driving Cars In Ten Years Autonomous vehicle startups Beep and Navya are using four driverless shuttles to transport coronavirus tests around the Mayo Clinic campus in Jacksonville, Florida. Because the routes are isolated from public traffic, the shuttles can be operated without a human safety driver, which […]



A coronavirus recession will mean more robots and fewer jobs

April 14th, 2020 at 11:50 am » Comments Off

Automated delivery bots are already working in the small town of Milton Keynes, England. All economic downturns increase automation. This one will be worse. The novel coronavirus pandemic is certainly not good for the labor market. Recent weeks have seen unemployment claims surge to record levels as businesses and entire industries shutter in order to […]



The failure of this self-driving truck company tells you all you need to know about self-driving vehicles

April 10th, 2020 at 12:10 pm » Comments Off

Starsky Robotics is a self-driving truck company that was the first company to run an unmanned semi on a public highway. It’s now shutting down though, and its co-founder has some unusually sensible and honest things to say about the industry, unusual only because the industry is stuffed with charlatans. Stefan Seltz-Axmacher co-founded Starsky around […]



Despite setbacks, coronavirus could hasten the adoption of autonomous vehicles and delivery robots

April 8th, 2020 at 11:16 am » Comments Off

This week, nearly every major company developing autonomous vehicles in the U.S. halted testing in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19, which has sickened more than 250,000 people and killed over 10,000 around the world. Still some experts argue pandemics like COVID-19 should hasten the adoption of driverless vehicles for passenger pickup, transportation […]



Coronavirus: Robots use light beams to zap hospital viruses

March 31st, 2020 at 11:13 am » Comments Off

The UVD robot takes about 20 minutes to treat a room “Please leave the room, close the door and start a disinfection,” says a voice from the robot. “It says it in Chinese as well now,” Simon Ellison, vice president of UVD Robots, tells me as he demonstrates the machine. Through a glass window we […]



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