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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 […]

Walmart unveils an AI-powered store of the future, now open to the public

April 29th, 2019 at 3:47 am » Comments Off

Walmart this morning unveiled a new “store of the future” and test grounds for emerging technologies, including AI-enabled cameras and interactive displays. The store, a working concept called the Intelligent Retail Lab — or “IRL” for short — operates out of a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Levittown, N.Y. The store is open to customers and […]

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