General Motors subsidiary Cruise Automation debuted its first vehicle specifically designed to operate without a driver on board. This driverless, electric shuttle is called Origin and does not have manual controls such as pedals or even a steering wheel. Simply put, it’s essentially a curved b box with split sliding doors similar to those on a subway train with all the sensors used to navigate located up top. Read more for a video and additional information.
Skyryse, a startup backed by Bill Ford, unveils Luna, an autonomous helicopter that can fly itself. Today, it completed the world’s first end-to-end autonomous flight for a modified, urban helicopter. The company also introduced Skyryse Flight Stack, a suite of automation technologies that automates flight in FAA-approved helicopters, safety and communication systems, and a network of smart helipads, which is perfect for air taxi service. Read more for a video and additional information.
MIT researchers have developed a self-driving car that can see around corners, thanks to a system of video cameras that focus on a very specific area. In this example, the system analyzes the ground where two perpendicular roads or paths meet, and then uses cameras to capture a series of video frames that can be intelligently processed and analyzed even when the vehicles are in motion. This enables them to detect the presence of shadows and changing lighting conditions from frame to frame. Read more for a video and additional information.
Drones can be picked up for less than the cost of game consoles, but the cutting edge of technology still comes at a hefty price. If you want a drone that is not only autonomous, but can track up to 10 people simultaneously, all the while traveling at 30mph, you’ll need to shell out $999 for the all-new Skydio 2. This drone features NVIDIA Tegra X2-based AI processing that tracks moving subjects, complete with omni-directional awareness of its environment. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Self-driving trucks in customer operations are nothing new, but the Scania AXL does not have a cab and that’s a game changer. The company built upon an existing chassis, and is powered by a biodiesel engine. Unlike its manned counterpart, the AXL utilizes seven cameras, multiple radars, and a laser to help it navigate its environment. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Inspired by Nissan’s ProPILOT 2.0 driver assistance technology, this golf ball can turn just about anyone into a professional, as it uses a predefined route to its goal. How does it work? An overhead camera detects the position of the ball and cup. When it’s hit, a monitoring system calculates the correct route based on the ball’s movement and adjusts its trajectory in real-time. Read more for a video and additional information.
First unveiled last month, the fully-autonomous, electric Bently EXP 100 GT concept imagines an ultra luxurious tourer for the year 2035. Starting on the outside, it comes equipped with a massive mesh grille decorated with 6,000 LED bulbs, rounded, beveled headlights that break the tradition of standard Bentley two-roundels, and of course, the magnificent hood-mounted Flying B. Read more for an up-close look video, additional pictures and information.
Researchers at China’s Tsinghua University recently demonstrated an autonomous bicycle in Beijing that can not only balance itself, but avoid obstacles while doing so. Powered by the Tianjic chip, it’s capable of following certain trajectories and even respond to vocal commands. The chip merges computer science-based machine learning and human brain-inspired networks, which means it can perform several actions independently at the same time. Read more for a video and additional information.
Bentley Motors has unveiled the EXP 100 GT to celebrate its 100th birthday today. This vehicle provides a vision of the future of luxury mobility and reimagines Grand Touring for the world of 2035. Starting of the exterior, the chassis is made from lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber, with driver / passenger doors that pivot outward and upwards for effortless access. You’ll also find dynamic exterior lighting, starting with the smart, illuminated matrix grille and Flying B mascot. The rear boasts a 3D OLED display on which lighting effects can blend in with the rear taillights. Read more for a detailed video tour, additional pictures and information.
Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have successfully tested a plane that can land fully autonomously, without input from the airport. The project is called “C2Land” and to make this possible, the TU Braunschweig team designed an optical reference system, or in other words, a camera in the normal visible range and an infrared camera that can also provide data under conditions with poor visibility. Then custom-tailored image processing software was developed to let the system determine where the aircraft is relative to the runway based on the camera data it receives. Read more for a video and additional information.