Self-driving vans are already bringing some online shoppers their groceries

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Autonomous delivery vehicles are making drop-offs in London as part of a trial program and study spearheaded by University of Oxford self-driving spin-off Oxbotica, as well as Ocado Technologies, a developmental division of the UK-based, online-only supermarket service. The project aims to test out an emission-free, electric self-driving van—dubbed the CargoPod—as a low-impact last step in the fulfillment chain to get orders to customers. The trial is limited to a few developments in the Royal Borough of Greenwich as part of the larger, government-backed GATEway Project.

Source: Self-driving vans are already bringing some online shoppers their groceries

Groupe PSA’s safe and intuitive autonomous car tested by the general public at the Innovation Days – Automotive World

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Groupe PSA is rolling out its Autonomous Vehicle for All (AVA) program starting today, with the aim of offering its customers cars equipped with safe, reliable, intuitive and easily accessible autonomous functions. Early driving assistance functions are already available on the latest Peugeot, Citroën and DS models. Automated driving functions will now be rolled out, starting in 2018. From 2020 onwards, new and progressively autonomous functions will offer drivers the possibility of delegating driving to the vehicle without supervision. They will allow the driver to experience his journey differently, without constraints and fatigue, especially in monotonous driving situations. The technology will be accessible to all thanks to simple and intuitive interfaces.To meet these challenges, Groupe PSA is developing:- A new electronic architecture (NEA) – in short, the car’s central nervous system – that guarantees safe operation in all situations, passenger safety and data security. The NEA is ingenious thanks to its modularity and scalability.- Perception technologies serving to reconstruct the vehicle’s environment, backed up by automatic control algorithms integrating artificial intelligence building blocks.Groupe PSA is also actively involved in changes to regulations and standards in response to the arrival of autonomous cars, including approvals and harmonisation of infrastructure.These Innovation Days offer a chance to test level 3 (eyes off) and level 4 (mind off) Groupe PSA’s autonomous demonstrators in real traffic conditions.Participants also test the driving assistance functions that are already fitted to the new Peugeot 3008 and 5008, the Citroën C4 Picasso and SpaceTourer, and which will soon be featured on the DS 7 CROSSBACK.*Automotive World is not responsible for the content of this news release.

Source: Groupe PSA’s safe and intuitive autonomous car tested by the general public at the Innovation Days – Automotive World

gov.sg | Autonomous vehicle trials to be expanded beyond one-north: Khaw Boon Wan [Channel NewsAsia]

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The trial for autonomous vehicles (AVs) will be expanded beyond one-north to neighbouring areas, including the National University of Singapore, Singapore Science Park 1 and 2, Dover and Buona Vista, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said on Friday (Jun 23).In a Facebook post, Mr Khaw said the trial of AVs have been taking place at one-north since July 2015 “with good results”, and it is now the time to take the next step. He added that residential areas like Dover and Buona Vista will also be included as trial sites “in time to come”. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said in a separate press release on Friday that the new areas will add another 55km to the existing AV trial routes.To conduct trials in the mixed-use, residential estates in Dover and Buona Vista, trial participants will first be required to demonstrate to LTA and the Traffic Police their readiness to handle more dynamic traffic environments in autonomous mode, the agency said. “The expansion will allow the AV trial participants to experience more traffic scenarios, so the scientists and designers can improve their technology. This will bring us another step closer to our vision of a future where commuters can call for on-demand, shared AVs in their neighbourhood,” the minister said.”This will make our first- and last-mile commute more comfortable, convenient and inclusive for everyone.”He added that there is “great potential” for this technology to raise the quality of life here, and to make Singapore a smart city.

Source: gov.sg | Autonomous vehicle trials to be expanded beyond one-north: Khaw Boon Wan [Channel NewsAsia]

Autonomous People Movers Headed to Arlington, Texas’ Globe Life Park

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Earlier this year, Arlington was one of five cities in Texas chosen for a pilot program testing the effectiveness of autonomous vehicles.Although the 12-person shuttles as part of the test program will be driverless, operators will be on board to watch over things.”One day our kids and grandkids are going to be saying, ‘Did you really drive? Wasn’t that dangerous?'” Williams said.

Source: Autonomous People Movers Headed to Arlington, Texas’ Globe Life Park

Japanese automakers race to create their own self-driving cars – San Francisco Chronicle

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What’s different about this autonomous test drive is that it took place not in a prototype but in a model that began selling in Japan last year. It’s a huge bet not just for its manufacturer but for the island nation’s car industry. Nissan and other Japanese automakers have a goal to bring semiautonomous vehicles to city roads by 2020, the same year the Summer Olympics will take place in Tokyo.If Japan’s auto industry misses that opportunity to show off its self-driving prowess, it could fall further behind. Once a colossus that threatened America’s image as the world’s primary industrial superpower, Japan now finds itself flat-footed in the race to develop driverless vehicles. As agile code development has supplanted lean manufacturing as the key ingredient for future cars, Silicon Valley holds a clear advantage.

Source: Japanese automakers race to create their own self-driving cars – San Francisco Chronicle

Driverless cars being tested in New York

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At the time, the rule seemed pretty straightforward and non-controversial. But as autonomous vehicles have moved from the realm of science fiction to becoming a real thing, the law became a real roadblock.  Companies like Google and Uber have been testing the technology in other states for years.But the state budget approved in April included a pilot program to allow testing of driverless vehicles under certain strict conditions.Each vehicle must have at least $5 million in insurance coverage and have a licensed driver in the passenger seat. The companies must also pay for a State Police escort while they’re testing.

Source: Driverless cars being tested in New York

Ford Demonstrates Autonomous Development Progress In Michigan

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Work on Ford’s autonomous technologies continues – the company is developing a Fusion self-driving prototype with highly advanced sensors, radars, and software. The Blue oval brand demonstrated what it has achieved so far at the University of Michigan and its Mcity facility.Mcity simulates urban environment which allows Ford to safely test up to Level 4-capable autonomous vehicles in “scenarios like traffic in intersections, pedestrians in crosswalks, different traffic signals, and even bicyclists.” During the demonstration earlier this week, autonomous Fusion prototypes “successfully piloted themselves around the faux city landscape, top speed around 25 miles per hour,” as Automotive News reports.

Source: Ford Demonstrates Autonomous Development Progress In Michigan

Cyber-physical systems and manufacturing’s new frontier | Robotics & Automation News

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to recap:the first industrial revolution was brought about by mechanisation and steam power;the second industrial revolution was essentially about electrification and mass manufacturing;the third industrial revolution is said to have been led by computers and automation systems; andthe fourth industrial revolution is where everything is connected together into what are called “cyber-physical systems” – meaning the integration of software and hardware and even humans.“Industry 4.0 really references the next revolution in manufacturing, which, simply defined, is mapping the physical and digital world together,” says Steve Shepley, principal at Deloitte, and one of the speakers at the Exponential Manufacturing conference.

Source: Cyber-physical systems and manufacturing’s new frontier | Robotics & Automation News

Google Now Employs AI to Help You Land a New Job

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Google launched it’s personalized job search function in the U.S. today as part of its efforts to utilize artificial intelligence in everything it does. Now, you can search for jobs that you prefer without the hassle of going through multiple sites and job boards.

Source: Google Now Employs AI to Help You Land a New Job

“Virtual bubble” for autonomous cars would mean goodbye traffic lights

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Autonomous vehicles not only stand to make our lives safer, but could make them a whole lot more convenient as well. One way they could do this is by smoothing traffic flows through cities, and one technology that could play a part in this is a new algorithm developed by researchers in Singapore. The system would see autonomous cars adapt their speed to cross intersections inside a safe “virtual bubble,” without ever needing to come to a stop.The system was developed by a team at Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) and the thinking is that by employing a mix of smart cruise control with inter-vehicle communications, we can one day do away with traffic lights and give everyone a smoother ride through town.

Source: “Virtual bubble” for autonomous cars would mean goodbye traffic lights

Dubai’s autonomous flying taxis will take flight later this year

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The crafts are fully electric, with 18 rotors and nine independent battery systems that can pick up the slack to keep the craft in the air if anything fails mid-flight. Volocopter claims the quick-charge battery can be fully juiced in as little as 40 minutes for a max flight time of about 30 minutes. That’s at the standard cruising speed of 50 km/h (around 30 mph) and a top speed of 100 km/h (about 62 mph).

Source: Dubai’s autonomous flying taxis will take flight later this year

Autonomous cars advance in Nevada – The Nevada Independent

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Gov. Brian Sandoval stopped by UNR on Friday to sign several pieces of legislation, including a bill that gives autonomous cars more freedom on the road and a measure providing more than $40 million in funding for a new engineering building at UNR.Sandoval arrived at UNR in an autonomous car provided by the university. He was met by UNR President Marc Johnson as well as a number of Nevada cheerleaders, engineering students and professors.AB69 allows for self-driving cars to navigate the streets with only passengers inside.

Source: Autonomous cars advance in Nevada – The Nevada Independent

France plans for conductorless ‘drone trains’ on tracks by 2023

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The conductor-free TGVs (the French acronym for high speed trains) would bring self-driving tech to some of the fastest vehicles in the world, which regularly travel at speeds around 200 mph.  The trains are projected to hit the tracks in 2019 for prototype testing, according to a FranceInfo report, and will only transport cargo to start. The TGVs could take on passengers by 2023 for routes between Paris and southeast France.

Source: France plans for conductorless ‘drone trains’ on tracks by 2023

Le Mans Hybrids Will Race on Electric-Only Power for Short Segments Starting in 2020

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Today’s two top-level Le Mans Prototypes, the Porsche 919 and the Toyota TS050 (shown above), use hybrid drivetrains to offer staggering performance. Soon, LMP1 cars will be required to use even more electric propulsion. In a new set of regulations announced today, the World Endurance Championship (WEC) governing body revealed that it will require LMP1 hybrids to run portions of races on electric-only power starting in 2020.

Source: Le Mans Hybrids Will Race on Electric-Only Power for Short Segments Starting in 2020

Human Drivers Are Afraid to Hand the Wheel to Robots – Bloomberg

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A Michigan test facility for autonomous autos is looking at opening its proving grounds to the public to promote acceptance of driverless technology, said John Maddox, president of the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti.“What we’re considering in Michigan is the second Sunday or the fourth Sunday of every month, we would invite the public in and let them actually experience this technology,” Maddox told a panel of lawmakers on Wednesday. “Driving it and experiencing it is worth a thousand words and pictures.”Sit Back, Human Driver. Computers Will Take the Wheel: QuickTakeThe opportunity for autonomy to make a meaningful impact on public safety is immense. Last year, 40,200 people died in motor-vehicle accidents on U.S. roads, the National Safety Council estimates. That was up 6 percent from the year before.

Source: Human Drivers Are Afraid to Hand the Wheel to Robots – Bloomberg