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.
It’s official, Nuro has received the first ever Autonomous Vehicle Deployment Permit from the State of California. This means the company can now launch the first commercial autonomous vehicle service in the state, which provides safety, economic, and environmental benefits to many people in the future. The R2 EV has been used on public roads in California under the testing permit issued by the CA DMV earlier this year, but now, it can make autonomous deliveries with new as well as existing retail partners in San Mateo / Santa Clara counties soon. Read more for a video and additional information.
Think of the MINI Vision Urbanaut as an all-electric autonomous living room on wheels. Featuring an expansive interior space that can be used in multiple ways and offers a whole new ease of movement inside the vehicle. How so? When you’ve arrived at the destination, it can transform into a living room in just a few steps. Passengers enter the futuristic cabin through a large sliding door in the side of the car, thanks to a cutting-edge slide and swivel mechanism, as there are no other doors on the driver’s side or front passenger side. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
There are plenty of autonomous drones, but what about helicopters? Meet the Kawasaki K-Racer. Put simply, it’s essentially a compound helicopter sporting two small wings with motors on either side of the chassis for forward flight and a horizontal stabilizer rotor. It’s capable of flying at high speeds that were not technically possible for conventional helicopters. When in forward flight, the main wings share lift, thus reducing the load on the main rotor, which has a diameter of 157.4 inches. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Einride Pod has been undergoing road-testing since last year, and now, this autonomous, all-electric freight truck may be ready for the actual streets. No human driver inside the cabin is required, as it can operate completely autonomously while traveling between 80-110 miles per charge, transporting up to 18 pallets in back, with a maximum cargo weight of 16 tonnes. As for technology, the self-driving system consists of a freight management platform, electric cargo hauling and autonomous technology. Read more to see its record-setting run on the Top Gear test track.
For those who missed its debut at the 2020 CES in Las Vegas, the Sony Vision-S is essentially an all-electric concept sedan designed in collaboration with components manufacturer Magna International, Continental AG, Elektrobit and Benteler / Bosch. It showcases the latest Sony technology, and features always-on connectivity, complete with 33 sensors, including CMOS, solid state lidar, radar, as well as time-of-flight cameras that collectively form an advanced driver assistance suite called “Safety Cocoon”. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Jaguar Land Rover has officially unveiled Project Vector, which is a part of the company’s Destination Zero journey, or its vision of an autonomous, electric, connected future for urban mobility. This compact, flexible pod concept measures just 4-meters in length and is designed for the city, with its battery and drivetrain components all stored beneath its flat floor, thus freeing up space for a variety of uses. Read more for a video and additional information.
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.