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Cruise Origin people mover has no controls, completely autonomous

February 4th, 2020 at 12:13 pm » Comments Off

Cruise Origin offers a self driving mini bus for cities It seems these days that there is no shortage of startups promising new vehicles with electric motors and self-driving systems, and now the joint operation between GM and Honda, Cruise, has unveiled its driverless people mover sans any human controls. The Cruise Origin, billed as […]



Kubota unveils radical autonomous electric tractor in Japan

February 2nd, 2020 at 2:18 am » Comments Off

The X tractor is being presented in commemoration of Kubota’s 130th year in business  According to agricultural machinery manufacturer Kubota, there are now fewer farmers in Japan, trying to manage increasingly large amounts of land. With that problem in mind, the company recently unveiled a concept for helping those farmers out – a driverless tractor. […]



Are we one step closer to pilotless commercial jets?

January 30th, 2020 at 12:34 pm » Comments Off

(CNN) — The concept of pilotless commercial jet flight has been bandied about for years. But while the technology has been there, there’s been little concrete evidence to suggest autonomous flying could ever really get off the ground — until now. Airbus has confirmed one of its test aircraft took off automatically at Toulouse-Blagnac airport […]



Swarms of teeny robo-tractors will outmaneuver Tesla’s driverless cars

January 14th, 2020 at 11:12 am » Comments Off

While Elon Musk and Waymo get all the attention — and regulations — autonomous vehicles for farming face fewer tech barriers and could be just as important Between 2009 and 2015, Google spent $1.1 billion on autonomous vehicles for its Waymo subsidiary, which have so far roamed more than 10 million miles of city streets […]



Waymo is taking the safety drivers out to its autonomous taxis

December 26th, 2019 at 12:48 pm » Comments Off

No Hands! Waymo, the Google-affiliated self-driving car company, has finally started to operate its self-driving taxi service without any humans sitting behind the wheel. That means passengers using the company’s Uber-like Waymo One service might find themselves shuttled around Arizona in the back seat of an otherwise-empty minivan, as one reporter for The Verge did. […]



A self-driving truck delivered butter from California to Pennsylvania in three days

December 21st, 2019 at 2:54 am » Comments Off

A Silicon Valley startup has completed what appears to be the first commercial freight cross-country trip by an autonomous truck, which finished a 2,800-mile-run from Tulare, California to Quakertown, Pennsylvania for Land O’Lakes in under three days. The trip was smooth like butter, 40,000 pounds of it. Plus.ai, a 3-year-old company in Cupertino, announced the […]



NYC threatens to seize any Fedex delivery bots on city streets

December 5th, 2019 at 2:17 am » Comments Off

In February, FedEx debuted its SameDay Bots, which are parcel delivery robots that use a combination of artificial intelligence and motion sensors to navigate city streets and sidewalks. Last week, social media users began reporting sightings of the bots in New York City. But based on a tweet from Mayor Bill de Blasio, FedEx never […]



Robocar: Watch the world’s fastest autonomous car reach its record-breaking 282 km/h

November 6th, 2019 at 12:51 pm » Comments Off

Autonomous cars are set to take over the world’s roads, transforming the way we travel. Leading the pack is Robocar, a futuristic self-driving electric vehicle from British start-up Roborace. Roborace demonstrated its robot’s capabilities by taking the car to 282.42 km/h (175.49 mph) – an average confirmed by the UK Timing Association – at RAF […]



Waymo tells riders that ‘completely driverless’ vehicles are on the way

November 6th, 2019 at 12:46 pm » Comments Off

‘You can enjoy having the car to yourself’ Waymo, the self-driving division of Alphabet, is about to put more passengers its fully driverless Chrysler Pacifica minivans. The company emailed its customers in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona, to let them know that “completely driverless Waymo cars are on the way.” It’s a sign that Waymo […]



Baidu wins China’s first commercial license for self-driving buses

October 23rd, 2019 at 12:15 am » Comments Off

  A self-driving bus with Baidu’s Apollo autonomous driving open platform is displayed at the 2018 Baidu World conference. © Reuters  City of Wuhan also picks two other operators for network using Huawei 5G CHONGQING — Chinese search engine giant Baidu is among three companies to win a license from the city of Wuhan to […]



Self-driving carmakers urge regulators to toss the steering wheel out the window

September 23rd, 2019 at 12:16 pm » Comments Off

Waymo, Cruise, and others call on the NHTSA to take action on human controls The federal government should rewrite the safety rules for automobile manufacturing so self-driving carmakers can deploy vehicles without traditional controls like steering wheels and pedals, according to public comments submitted by top car and tech companies. And they should be quick […]



Meet Olli 2.0, a 3D-printed autonomous shuttle

September 11th, 2019 at 2:42 am » Comments Off

From afar, Olli resembles many of the “future is now!” electric autonomous shuttles that have popped up in recent years. The tall rectangular pod, with its wide-set headlights and expansive windows nestled between a rounded frame, gives the shuttle a friendly countenance that screams, ever so gently, “come along, take a ride.” But Olli is […]



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