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Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic is a flexible electric van from the future

September 15th, 2018 at 10:36 am » Comments Off

Its battery-electric platform can be used for a wide variety of purposes. The advent of battery-electric “skateboards,” powertrain platforms that can accommodate a bunch of different bodies on top, means that vehicles can become even more versatile than they already are. Mercedes-Benz has applied this thinking to its vans to create the wild Vision Urbanetic […]



Siemens set to unveil world’s first autonomous tram

September 12th, 2018 at 9:05 am » Comments Off

The Germany-based automation company, Siemens, is set to unveil the world’s first autonomous tram through its division Siemens Mobility, Global Rail News reports. Siemens, alongside its development partner Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam (ViP), will present their findings at InnoTrans 2018 to show how a tram will drive autonomously in real traffic on 18-21 September.



Volvo’s 360c concept car is a fully autonomous bedroom on wheels

September 9th, 2018 at 3:19 pm » Comments Off

Without a combustion engine or a steering wheel, Volvo reimagines the car as a short-haul flight replacement. “In our striving for efficiency, have we lost empathy for the traveler?” These words, from Volvo’s launch video for its new 360c fully autonomous concept car, hit home with me. I fly a lot, so I’m fully familiar […]



Kroger rolls out driverless cars for grocery deliveries

August 20th, 2018 at 10:13 am » Comments Off

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — At a time when big-box retailers are trying to offer the same conveniences as their online competitors, the biggest U.S. grocery chain is testing the use of driverless cars to deliver groceries in a Phoenix suburb. Kroger’s pilot program launched Thursday morning with a robotic vehicle parked outside one of its own […]



Robot laws: Why we need a code of conduct for AI – and fast

August 16th, 2018 at 11:37 am » Comments Off

From election-rigging bots to potentially lethal autonomous cars, artificial intelligence is straining legal boundaries. Here’s what we need to keep it in check. THE car’s computer saw Elaine Herzberg pushing her bicycle across the highway a full six seconds before it struck her. Travelling at just under 70 kilometres per hour, it had more than […]



4 futuristic transport methods that will change how we travel around the world

August 15th, 2018 at 9:39 am » Comments Off

Since the invention of air travel, the world has felt like a smaller place – it’s now possible for pretty much anyone to fly around the globe, learning about different countries and cultures. It’s pretty amazing. But some companies aren’t satisfied with this – they want to make the world seem even smaller, with faster, […]



Kroger to bring driverless cars to grocery delivery

July 14th, 2018 at 10:10 am » Comments Off

Kroger is partnering with autonomous car company Nuro to introduce driverless cars to its grocery delivery. Kroger has made a number of investments toward expanding its digital and online delivery business. “Last mile delivery” is one of the hardest feats in the delivery of fresh food. Kroger announced plans Thursday to partner with driverless car […]



How will I do business in the new world of transportation?

July 6th, 2018 at 8:33 am » Comments Off

Our transport modes and infrastructure will transform the way we work and do business in the next 20 to 30 years. From the office to the movement of goods, retail and advertising, we will see fundamental and fascinating changes. Thomas Frey, senior futurist at the Da Vinci Institute in Colorado, says the haulage and shipping […]



This Armada of Saildrones Could Conquer the Ocean

June 3rd, 2018 at 9:37 am » Comments Off

The Robots Roaming the High Seas Engineer and adventurer Richard Jenkins has made oceangoing robots that could revolutionize fishing, drilling, and environmental science. His aim: a thousand of them. Every spring, thousands of great white sharks begin a mysterious migration. From up and down America’s West Coast, they head straight for a Colorado-size patch of […]



Driverless street cleaning trucks begin trial operations in Shanghai

June 1st, 2018 at 1:30 pm » Comments Off

A fleet of driverless street cleaning vehicles has begun trial operations at an industrial park in Shanghai, according to the Shanghai-based news portal The Paper on Friday. The convoy, which includes a 6m-long truck and a 3m-long minibus, has been designed and developed by Autowise.ai, a Shanghai technology company, for different road widths.



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