Nuro, a company founded by two former Google engineers, unveils their third-generation autonomous delivery vehicle, and it’s the most advanced zero-occupant vehicle yet. This model is designed to carry more goods and enable more deliveries, thanks to twice the cargo volume of its predecessor. Modular inserts enable users to customize storage, while new temperature-controlled compartments keep goods warm or cool. In case of emergency or accident, an external airbag will automatically be deployed. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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There are a host of self-driving cars on the road today, but John Deere wanted to make life easier for farmers with the latest autonomous technology. So, they combined Deere’s 8R tractor, a TruSet-enabled chisel plow, GPS guidance system, and new advanced technologies, to make a fully autonomous version that will be available later this year. It comes equipped with six pairs of stereo cameras, which enables 360° obstacle detection and distance calculation. Read more for two videos and additional information.
IBM and ocean research non-profit ProMare announced this week that the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS400) has officially started its transatlantic crossing journey in international waters. There is no human captain or onboard crew, as it utilizes artificial intelligence and energy from the sun to traverse the waters. The ship works in tandem with scientists and other autonomous vessels, providing a flexible and cost-effective platform for deepening understanding of critical issues such as climate change. Read more for a video and additional information.
Domino’s announced today that it has partnered with Nuro, the leading self-driving delivery company, to launch an autonomous pizza delivery robot in Houston. Customers who place a prepaid order on the Domino’s website on certain days and times can select to have their pizza delivered by Nuro’s R2 robot, the first completely autonomous, passenger-less on-road delivery vehicle with a regulatory approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Long before Tesla’s FSD (Full Self Driving) technology, Han Min-hong was already testing his self-driving car on the roads of Seoul back in 1993. Fast forward to 1995, it successfully navigated 185-miles from Seoul to the southern port of Busan, on the most heavily-traveled expressway in South Korea. AI-powered systems didn’t yet exist, or at least in vehicles, so Han used an Intel 386-chip-powered desktop computer, complete with monitor and keyboard, located in the passenger seat. Read more for a video of it in-action and additional information.
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No, we’re not talking about the touchscreen-based personal computers and interactive whiteboards from Microsoft, but a fully autonomous vehicle that would be a perfect Apple competitor when they get their own car into production with either Hyundai or Kia. Designer Yang Gu-Rum previews what a Microsoft Surface Car would look like, or at least the exterior. Sticking with a minimalist approach, there are LED light bars both up front and in the rear, while a small Windows logo lights up the grille. Read more for additional pictures.
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MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and the Senseable City Lab aim to create the world’s first fleet of autonomous boats for the City of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Their most recent robotic boat, the “Roboat II,” measures 6-feet and capable of carrying passengers. It used powerful algorithms to autonomous navigate Amsterdam’s canals for three hours, collecting data, before returning back to its start location with an error margin of less than 7 inches. Read more for a video and additional information.
Toyota Research Institute (TRI) collaborated with Stanford University to develop self-driving technology that may help prevent accidents on the road, and the testing involves installing autonomous systems in modern cars, like the GR Supra. To showcase this achievement, they recently installed the system on Toyota’s latest sports car and computer-controlled drifting ensued. For those who remember, Standford created a self-drifting DeLorean back in 2019. Read more for the video and a bonus.
Tesla has activated full self driving in a limited capacity, but aside from a few short tests, we haven’t seen just how advanced it really is. This feature is made possible with large neural networks for Autopilot, thanks to a Tesla-designed system on a chip that can process 2,300 frames per second (fps). This marks a 21x improvement in image processing compared to HW2.5, which is capable of 110 fps. Read more to see one vehicle navigating from San Francisco to Los Angeles without human intervention.
Volkswagen’s Mobile Charging Robot can be summoned either with a free app or Car-to-X communication, and it operates completely autonomously. It’s capable of steering the vehicle to be charged and then communicates with it, whether that means opening the charging socket flap or connecting the plug / unplugging. The entire charging process happens without any human involvement whatsoever. To charge several electric vehicles simultaneously the mobile robot moves a trailer, or a mobile energy storage unit, to the vehicle, connects, and then uses this to charge the batteries. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.