Transportation


Amazon could be developing a drone that will SELF-DESTRUCT

Daily Mail

Amazon could be developing drones that disintegrate mid-air if they get into difficulty to protect people on the ground. The idea is outlined in a patent that describes how a malfunctioning drone could rip itself apart automatically during a delivery. Conditions that could cause the drone to resort to such drastic Mission Impossible-style measures include extreme heat, cold, wind, rain or high pressure systems. First filed back in June 2016, the patent has a release system that includes'attachment mechanisms, such as clips, latches, hooks'. The idea is outlined in a patent that describes how a malfunctioning drone could rip itself apart automatically halfway through its delivery.


No more Uber, Hertz, or even car owners: How Amazon and Apple will take us all for a ride

ZDNet

Driven to distraction: Why IBM's Watson is getting onboard with self-driving vehicles and impatient passengers IBM has teamed up with Local Motors for a new autonomous vehicle. Here's how it will handle difficult passengers - and why you won't be able to buy one. I am, as a product of Generation X, perhaps one of the final generations to be obsessed with the notion of car ownership. I love the different body designs. I love how each one drives differently.


Designing Streets for Self-Driving Cars: Parks Instead of Parking Meters

WIRED

Urban planners talk about two visions of the future city: heaven and hell. Hell, in case it's not clear, is bad--cities built for technologies, big companies, and vehicles instead of the humans who actually live in them. And hell, in some ways, is here. Today's US cities are dominated by highways there were built by razing residential neighborhoods. It's all managed by public policies that incentivize commuting in your car.


Elon Musk shares video of massive Model 3 stamping machine

Daily Mail

In a new video posted to Instagram, the electric car-maker has revealed the firm's massive stamping machine, which works in tandem with two robotic arms to swap out the body panels. The new video posted to Instagram reveals the firm's massive stamping machine operating in real time, which works in tandem with two robotic arms to swap out the body panels. The stunning footage released on Instagram shows one of the vehicles on the'body line' as four huge red mechanisms carry out different tasks The new video comes just a week after the Tesla boss admitted the team was in'production hell,' as the company produced just 260 of the targeted 1,500 for the quarter. Last week, Elon Musk revealed the firm is delaying plans to unveil its electric truck to boost battery production for Puerto Rico and focus on the Model 3.


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Engadget

But while automakers are still dropping level 2 and sometimes level 3 vehicles into the market, NVIDIA has announced its first AI computer, the NVIDIA Drive PX Pegasus that it says is capable of level 5 autonomy. The computing needed to power a self-driving car's AI and data crunching not to mention the huge amounts of data coming from potentially dozens of cameras, LiDAR sensors, short and long-range radar is staggering and usually means there's a small server room stored in the trunk. The new NVIDIA Drive PX Pegasus AI computer is the size of a license plate and uses far less power than the current model. The delivery service is looking to deploy a pilot fleet with the current Drive PX in 2018.


The US Postal Service Is Working on Self-Driving Mail Trucks

WIRED

That's all according to the postal service's Office of the Inspector General, which oversees the agency and last week released a report on its plans to work autonomy into its 228,000-vehicle fleet. Those plans are already in motion: The post office has partnered with the University of Michigan to build what it's calling an Autonomous Rural Delivery Vehicle, which it wants to launch on 28,000 rural routes nationwide as early as 2025. In this vision, the postal worker sits behind the wheel but lets the truck do the driving, sorting mail and stuffing letters and packages into mail boxes while rolling down the street. According to the report, Michigan researchers will deliver their first semiautonomous delivery truck prototype in December of this year.


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International Business Times

Tesla Motors' mass-market Model 3 electric cars are seen in a handout picture from Tesla Motors on March 31, 2016. Robotic arms can be seen working away as sparks fly from the structural body of the vehicle mid production. The site currently says that there is a 12 to 18 month expected wait time for deliveries, "As we ramp up production, deliveries for Model 3 reservations placed today are not expected to be delivered until mid 2018." The plan for 2017 was to achieve production of the long range battery necessary for the car, begin custom deliveries in October and to begin producing the standard battery in November.


Elon Musk shares video of Tesla's assembly robot in action

Daily Mail

The stunning footage released on Instagram shows one of the vehicles on the'body line' as four huge red mechanisms carry out different tasks The first models of the 35,000 (£27,000) electric vehicle begin production this week. Last week, Elon Musk revealed the firm is delaying plans to unveil its electric truck to boost battery production for Puerto Rico and focus on the Model 3. 'Diverting resources to fix Model 3 bottlenecks & increase battery production for Puerto Rico & other affected areas.' Tesla said on Monday its deliveries rose 4.5 percent in the third quarter from the prior-year period, but said'production bottlenecks' had left the company behind its planned ramp-up for the new Model 3 It had targeted 1,500 sedans in the quarter and to take production to 5,000 a week by the end of the year.


Tesla delays truck to boost Puerto Rico battery production

Daily Mail

Elon Musk has revealed the firm is delaying plans to unveil an electric truck to boost battery production for Puerto Rico and focus on its Model 3 car. 'Diverting resources to fix Model 3 bottlenecks & increase battery production for Puerto Rico & other affected areas.' It began production in July of the Model 3, which starts at $35,000, half the starting price of the Model S. Tesla launched production of the Model 3 in July and said in early August that it was'confident' it could hit production of just over 1,500 cars per week in the third quarter. The company rushed this year to launch the Model 3 sedan and quickly ramp up production to reach a target of 500,000 cars per year in 2018 Tesla said on Monday that a handful of systems at its Fremont, California, car plant and its battery factory in Reno, Nevada, 'have taken longer to activate than expected.'


Tesla tumbles as firm admits it has made just 260 Model 3

Daily Mail

Tesla said on Monday its deliveries rose 4.5 percent in the third quarter from the prior-year period, but said'production bottlenecks' had left the company behind its planned ramp-up for the new Model 3 The first models of the 35,000 (£27,000) electric vehicle begin production this week. Tesla said it delivered 26,150 vehicles in the third quarter, including 14,065 Model S vehicles and 11,865 Model X cars, up 17.7 percent from the second quarter of this year. The company, based in Palo Alto, California, delivered just 220 Model 3 sedans and produced 260 during the quarter. It began production in July of the Model 3, which starts at $35,000, half the starting price of the Model S. Tesla launched production of the Model 3 in July and said in early August that it was'confident' it could hit production of just over 1,500 cars per week in the third quarter.