Boeing announced on Tuesday that the company will collaborate with AI technology leader SparkCognition to deliver unmanned aircraft traffic management systems. Artificial intelligence and blockchain technology will be used to track unmanned aerial vehicle in flight and on the ground while allocating appropriate corridors for traffic routing to ensure safe, effective transportation. The program will also aim to provide a standardized development interface for package delivery, industrial inspections, and other commercial applications. Boeing HorizonX Ventures previously invested in SparkCognition for support developing an analytics platform for the reliability of data technology. Founder and CEO of SparkCognition Amir Husain said, "Estimated by some analysts at $3 trillion, the urban aerial mobility opportunity will lead to the creation of the largest new market in our lifetimes.
They may resemble giant metal toasters on wheels, but these strange-looking vehicles could one day save you a trip to the supermarket. The American grocery store chain Kroger is teaming up with Nuro, a Silicon Valley-based robotics company, to test a fleet of robotic cars this fall in a yet-to-be-announced city. The new autonomous technology is designed to meet changing demands in the grocery market. "Our customers are increasingly wanting different ways of fulfilling their food and shopping needs," said Yael Cosset, Kroger's chief digital officer. The deliveries will be carried out by Nuro's R1 car bots, which have a top speed of 25 miles per hour, stand 6 feet tall and measure about "half the width of a Toyota Corolla," Nuro CEO Jiajun Zhu told NBC News MACH in an email.
If a tree falls in a forest and there's nobody around, does the truck that comes in to pick it up make a noise? Not much of one, if it's the latest offering from Swedish startup Einride, an all-electric autonomous semi looking to carve out a niche in an increasingly crowded (but not yet entirely real) market. The new truck, unveiled today at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, is the T-log. Like on the T-pod, the truck Einride unveiled last year, there's no cab or engine, just a skinny, sculpted, white slab up front. At the back are upright supports to hold the logs in place.
China's Suning Holdings group and German software company SAP have partnered to conduct research in artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), big data, cloud computing, and blockchain technologies in China's retail, financial, and sports sectors. The agreement, signed by Suning Holdings Group chairman Zhang Jindong and Digital Business Services Organisation leader at SAP Michael Kleinemier, will see the companies conduct R&D of "small retail innovations" and explore the application of "digitised economy technology". This will include establishing a platform for China's retail industry through supply chain solutions such as store management, product sourcing, logistics, and payment services for retail SMEs. They will also focus on "intelligent warehousing and delivery", and in the sports sector, the companies said they will create a digitised platform for Chinese football clubs and youth training systems to help development of the sport. Also announced this week, Suning Logistics has signed a self-driving vehicle partnership with Baidu Apollo for logistics development in China.
Amazon just received a patent for hijack-proof delivery drones. The company filed a patent titled "Hostile takeover avoidance of unmanned vehicles" two years ago, and it was finally approved last week. The patent is specifically designed for delivery vehicles, and its aimed at preventing "nefarious individuals" from taking over the company's drones. Although there's no guarantee that this patented technology will ever see the light of day, it's still considered a major development -- especially for an e-commerce giant like Amazon -- since it could revolutionize the company's delivery capabilities. Amazon discussed the possibility of having drones deliver people's goods within an hour, so this is one step closer to that goal.
Kroger and Nuro executives said delivering groceries without drivers--while still years away--would make such services cheaper and easier to introduce in less densely populated parts of the country. Nearly a third of 4,504 adults surveyed by Forrester Analytics earlier this year said they didn't do more grocery shopping online because of costs including delivery charges. "We are not trying to be a dollar cheaper than regular delivery. We are trying to be an order of magnitude cheaper," said Dave Ferguson, who helped lead Google parent Alphabet Inc.'s GOOGL 0.21% self-driving vehicle arm before co-founding Mountain View, Calif.-based Nuro in 2016. The Nuro partnership is the third deal Kroger has made in the past two months that aims to aid in how it sells to customers as competitors Amazon.com
Autonomous vehicles will open up a wide range of benefits by removing the human from the driver's seat. They free up valuable time, enabling us to be more productive during trips or they can complete deliveries and other services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. While a range of different sensors and high performance AI supercomputers running redundant and diverse algorithms will safely pilot the vehicle, some tricky obstacles may pop up during neighborhood or delivery driving. A new construction site may not appear on a robotaxi's map, and a detour may not be readily apparent. A moving truck may block an autonomous delivery vehicle's path, and it can't see a way around.
Kroger's efforts to play catch-up with Amazon in grocery delivery have taken it to the fringes of the "last mile" and a new partnership with an autonomous-driving startup that was hatched by guys who were involved in getting Google's driverless-car operation off the ground. It's the latest indication that the commercial logistics business is likely to have much more to do with shaping the early days of self-driven automotive transportation than the consumer side is. The Cincinnati-based supermarket chain, largest in the United States, said that it will begin piloting an "on-road, fully autonomous delivery experience" with Nuro, maker of the world's first unmanned road vehicle, in a city that the retailer hasn't yet announced, beginning this fall. The partnership will allow customers to place same-day delivery orders through Kroger's ClickList digital ordering system and Nuro's app. During the test, orders will be delivered by Nuro's fleet of autonomous vehicles, with human safety drivers to start out.
When a major grocery store chain starts using driverless cars to deliver groceries, it's a good sign that autonomous tech has gone mainstream. Supermarket chain Kroger and autonomous robots startup Nuro announced Wednesday that the two were partnering to deliver groceries using a fleet of driverless delivery vehicles. The autonomous vehicles will start delivering milk, eggs, and bread through a pilot program this fall in an unspecified market. Eventually Kroger is hoping to use Nuro's vehicles at its 2,800 stores across America. But the partnership takes ClickList one step further -- instead of picking up your online order in your car, a self-driving vehicle will take your grocery list from the store to your front door.
Nuro's first project since emerging from stealth mode in January will be a grocery delivery pilot using its robotic vehicles with Kroger. Nuro, a Silicon Valley startup created by two Google Self-Driving Car Project veterans, has arranged a big debut for its little autonomous vehicles with plans for an on-demand grocery delivery pilot program with supermarket giant Kroger. Nuro emerged from stealth mode early this year with a $92 million fundraising announcement, and the project is the first for its miniature robot van that looks like a toaster on wheels. Kroger and Nuro said in a statement on Thursday that the pilot program begins late this year in a city to be named later. For it's a "pure partnership play," with no investment by Kroger, Kristal Howard, a spokeswoman for the Cincinnati-based grocery company, said.