Ford, autonomous cars and the edge of the driverless cliff

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Nobody knows for sure what urban transport will look like in 10 years, but one thing’s for sure: self-driving cars are going to cause a massive revolution. This revolution will not only impact the way we get around, but in the way our cities and social lives are designed.

Source: Ford, autonomous cars and the edge of the driverless cliff

Russian internet giant reveals autonomous car project

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Following in the tire treads of Uber, Yandex.Taxi, an on-demand taxi service in Moscow operated by Russian internet giant Yandex, has revealed it is working on self-driving car technology. Video released today shows a prototype vehicle weaving through a barrel obstacle course and avoiding pedestrians, as the company prepares to unleash it on public roads next year.

Source: Russian internet giant reveals autonomous car project

Experts Predict EVs Could Be Cheaper Than Gas-Powered Cars by 2030

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Between now and 2021 the cost of batteries used to power electric cars will continue to drop, lowering the price of electric vehicles significantly. This ongoing trend will eventually allow electric cars to undercut gasoline-powered cars by 2030.

Source: Experts Predict EVs Could Be Cheaper Than Gas-Powered Cars by 2030

Japan turning to robots because there’s not enough humans around | Robotics & Automation News

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Desperate to overcome Japan’s growing shortage of labour, mid-sized companies are planning to buy robots and other equipment to automate a wide range of tasks, including manufacturing, earthmoving and hotel room service.According to a Bank of Japan survey, companies with share capital of 100 million yen to 1 billion yen plan to boost investment in the fiscal year that started in April by 17.5 percent, the highest level on record.

Source: Japan turning to robots because there’s not enough humans around | Robotics & Automation News

Robotic co-pilot autonomously flies and lands a simulated Boeing 737 | Robotics & Automation News

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Aurora’s Alias solution includes the use of in-cockpit machine vision, robotic components to actuate the flight controls, an advanced tablet-based user interface, speech recognition and synthesis, and a knowledge acquisition process that facilitates transition of the automation system to another aircraft within a 30-day period.Aurora is also working on a version of the system without robotic actuation that instead aims to support the pilot by tracking aircraft physical, procedural, and mission states, increasing safety by actively updating pilot situational awareness.

Source: Robotic co-pilot autonomously flies and lands a simulated Boeing 737 | Robotics & Automation News

Smart T-shirt monitors if you’re breathing easy

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Researchers in Canada have focused instead on creating a smart T-shirt with the potential to help diagnose respiratory illnesses or for real-time monitoring of respiratory rates for people with conditions such as asthma, sleep apnea or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).The challenge for the researchers at Université Laval’s Faculty of Science and Engineering and its Center for Optics, Photonics, and Lasers, was creating a smart T-shirt that operates without any wires, electrodes or sensors needing to come into direct contact with the wearer’s body.

Source: Smart T-shirt monitors if you’re breathing easy

Electric road powers Renault EVs

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That wouldn’t be a problem, however, if the vehicle was able to draw power from the road as it was driving. Renault, Qualcomm Technologies and sustainable transportation company Vedecom have taken a step towards making that happen, with the recent demonstration of a dynamic wireless electric vehicle charging (DEVC) system.The demo took place this Thursday on a 100-meter (328-ft) test track built by Vedecom and located in Versailles, France, near Paris.

Source: Electric road powers Renault EVs