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Quantum sensors could let autonomous cars ‘see’ around corners

November 25th, 2020 at 10:48 am » Comments Off

High-precision metrology based on the peculiarities of the subatomic world Quantum computers get all the hype, but quantum sensors could be equally transformative, enabling autonomous vehicles that can “see” around corners, underwater navigation systems, early-warning systems for volcanic activity and earthquakes, and portable scanners that monitor a person’s brain activity during daily life. Quantum sensors […]



UK Army could be 25-percent robotic by 2030, says British general

November 21st, 2020 at 12:44 pm » Comments Off

Do you want Skynet? Because this is how you get Skynet The big picture: The UK military is moving forward with plans to develop and deploy several thousand combat robots, some which might be autonomous. So far, militaries worldwide have avoided using unmanned technologies in combat situations. Semi-autonomous drones have a pilot who is always […]



Autonomous delivery startup Nuro hits $5 billion valuation on fresh funding of $500 million

November 21st, 2020 at 12:42 pm » Comments Off

Nuro R2 delivery bot Nuro, the autonomous delivery startup founded by two former Google engineers, has raised $500 million, suggesting that investors still have an appetite for long-term pursuits such as robotics and automated vehicle technology. Nuro now has a post-money valuation of $5 billion. The Series C round was led by funds and accounts […]



Inside China’s iPhone factory: Fascinating footage shows Apple components being made in a fully automated plant manned by robots

November 19th, 2020 at 1:17 pm » Comments Off

The manufacturer in southern China’s Shenzhen is entirely staffed by robots The automated plant is dubbed ‘lights-out’ factory with AI-powered machines It can save costs on labour and energy while improving product quality, it is said Apple devices and iPhone components are now being produced in a Chinese out-source factory from dusk till dawn without […]



China deploys trash collecting robots amid automation wave

November 19th, 2020 at 12:59 pm » Comments Off

  A “smart garbage sorting robot” was recently launched on the streets in eastern China, able to pick up and sort trash for an entire workday.



Chinese Tesla rival Xpeng steers clear of robotaxis, says self-driving trucks more likely to succeed

November 18th, 2020 at 1:27 pm » Comments Off

Xpeng’s autopilot system Xpilot 3.0 is expected to be included in its P7 smart sedan in early 2021. Photo: HandoutXpeng’s autopilot system Xpilot 3.0 is expected to be included in its P7 smart sedan in early 2021. It is difficult for self-driving systems to replace human drivers, especially in densely populated cities, Xpeng’s head of […]



DARPA awards contracts for autonomous ‘Sea Train’

November 18th, 2020 at 1:22 pm » Comments Off

DARPA concept  The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded contracts for its Sea Train program, which seeks to enable autonomous vessels to perform long-range transit operations. In September, Applied Physical Sciences Corp., Gibbs & Cox Maritime Solutions and Mar Technologies were chosen for the program, which will include two 18-month phases. The contract awards’ […]



Lexus is addressing autonomous car anxiety with innovative designs

November 18th, 2020 at 1:17 pm » Comments Off

Lexus is reimagining the future of self-driving cars. Although the future of autonomous cars is certainly exciting, much of what it will look like remains unknown. Will we still sit in the “driver’s” seat or will the interiors of new cars look more like a café? This is one of thquestions that Lexus is trying […]



‘Robot soldiers could make up quarter of British army by 2030s’

November 17th, 2020 at 12:14 pm » Comments Off

General Sir Nick Carter, chief of the Defence Staff, Thirty thousand “robot soldiers” could form an integral part of the British army in the 2030s, working alongside humans in and around the frontline, the head of the armed forces said in a television interview on Sunday. Gen Sir Nick Carter said the armed forces needed […]



How a hyperrealistic robo-dolphin is paving the way for animatronic aquariums

November 13th, 2020 at 1:10 pm » Comments Off

Imagine, if you will, that David Attenborough or Jacques Cousteau was put in charge of a technologically advanced theme park like the one on the TV series Westworld, offering visitors a plethora of robots to interact with that are so compellingly lifelike as to be indistinguishable from the real thing. Now imagine that, instead of […]



Robot courier delivering food from shop to home

November 8th, 2020 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

  From the last week of September onwards, customers of REDI shopping centre may have spotted a small, wheeled robot moving about on its own. Its task is to deliver meals on demand from K-Supermarket to the Majakka high-rise building. Customers can place an order via the building’s Asumi service on their computer or mobile […]



How South Korea’s smart crossings are cutting road deaths

November 7th, 2020 at 2:12 pm » Comments Off

Crossings in South Korea alert drivers when people are approaching, and warn pedestrians when cars are nearby The crossing has been preparing for you before you set foot on it. Radar and thermal cameras detect your approach and notify a central control system, which triggers rows of LED warning lights on either side of the […]



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