Impact Lab


Subscribe Now to Our Free Email Newsletter

» Currently browsing: Automation


Autonomous cars : Consumer excitement soars despite barriers

June 12th, 2019 at 10:21 am » Comments Off

  Consumers believe autonomous cars will take on a larger role in their daily lives, going beyond the act of driving to also have autonomy in running errands and completing chores. Consumer preference for riding in self-driving cars is set to double within the next five years. While only 25% of consumers would prefer to […]



The USPS test out self-driving trucks for hauling mail

May 31st, 2019 at 11:14 am » Comments Off

Self-driving truck developer TuSimple is running a two-week pilot project with the US Postal Service, moving mail between Phoenix and Dallas. THE UNITED STATES Postal Service has a lot of ways to move the 484.8 million pieces of mail it handles every day. In rural Alaska, postal workers run hovercraft, prop planes, and the occasional […]



Amazon’s new fulfillment center machines pack boxes up to 5x faster than humans

May 28th, 2019 at 10:25 am » Comments Off

From drone deliveries to checkout-free brick-and-mortar stores, Amazon has made no secret of its desire to automate as many parts of the retail experience as possible. While Amazon employs thousands of people in its fulfillment centers, it may be because it hasn’t yet figured out a way to automate their role. Until now, that is. […]



25 ton self-driving trucks to be tested on British roads for the first time

May 19th, 2019 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

The government is testing driverless trucks on the A14 highway Self-driving trucks that could help to speed up roadworks are being tested on Britain’s highways for the first time. A 25-tonne autonomous truck, capable of moving huge amounts of earth without human supervision will take to the roads on a stretch of the A14 between […]



At these factories, robots are making jobs better for workers

May 7th, 2019 at 11:23 am » Comments Off

A worker leads a large industrial robot at the BMW Group Plant Regensburg, Germany. Any minute now, some speculate, workers around the world will be asked to make way for robots. Their arrival may be welcome in some cases. Our latest research suggests that when robots—or automated manufacturing technology—take over jobs that are oriented around […]



Understanding the future through the eyes of a child