More proof the revolution in self-driving vehicles is happening far away from roads


Seegrid, which makes self-guided vehicles for materials handling, is the latest robotics company to announce record-setting results for 2017. The company's revenue and profit milestones track broader trends for industrial robotics companies helping fill automation gaps in a number of growing industries. They also suggest that real growth in self-guided technology is already happening, though it has nothing to do with Waymo or Tesla. "Manufacturing and e-commerce companies are under pressure to modernize their operations and transform their facilities into the smart factories of the future," explains Jim Rock, CEO of Seegrid. "Our customers expect a partner who can not only deliver a quality product, but help shepherd the transition into a more automated, data-driven environment."

Robots could replace 1.7 million American truckers in the next decade


Trucking paid for Scott Spindola to take a road trip down the coast of Spain, climb halfway up Machu Picchu, and sample a Costa Rican beach for two weeks. The 44-year-old from Covina now makes up to $70,000 per year, with overtime, hauling goods from the port of Long Beach. He has full medical coverage and plans to drive until he retires. But in a decade, his big rig may not have any need for him. Carmaking giants and ride-sharing upstarts racing to put autonomous vehicles on the road are dead set on replacing drivers, and that includes truckers.

Tesla Model S On Autopilot Rams Into Parked Fire Truck On Freeway

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A Culver City firefighting truck was hit by a Tesla on Monday morning, reports stated. The crash occurred while the crew was responding to an accident on the 405 freeway in Washington Boulevard, CBS Local reported. According to the authorities, the Tesla Model S was on autopilot mode when it crashed into the back of a parked fire truck which was attending the scene of the accident. No injuries were reported in the crash. The Culver City firefighting department confirmed the crash on Twitter.

TechX365 - Industry 4.0: What Enterprises Need to Do to Thrive, Not Simply Survive


Businesses of the future will be defined by technologies such as the Internet of Things, supercomputing, virtual reality, robotics and artificial intelligence. They form a critical part of so-called "Industry 4.0" and the rise of automation and big data in a wide variety of sectors. Technological revolutions come and go. The first industrial era dawned in the 1700s when sophisticated mechanical systems emerged. Then came electricity and the rise of computers.

This how Americans really see the rise of automation


The vast majority of Americans (87%) would favor a requirement that all driverless vehicles have a human in the driver's seat who can take control of the vehicle in the event of an emergency, with 53% favoring this policy strongly. And in the event that robots and computers are able to do most of the jobs that are done by humans today, 85% of Americans are in favor of limiting machines to performing primarily those jobs that are dangerous or unhealthy for humans. Majorities also say they would favor the federal government offering a guaranteed income (60%) or creating a national service program that would pay people to perform tasks even if machines could do the job faster or more cheaply (58%).

In an AI-powered world, what are potential jobs of the future?


With virtual assistants answering our emails and robots replacing humans on manufacturing assembly lines, mass unemployment due to widespread automation seems imminent. But it is easy to forget amid our growing unease that these systems are not "all-knowing" and fully competent. As many of us have observed in our interactions with artificial intelligence, these systems perform repetitive, narrowly defined tasks very well but are quickly stymied when asked to go off script -- often to great comical effect. As technological advances eliminate historic roles, previously unimaginable jobs will arise in the new economic reality. We combine these two ideas to map out potential new jobs that may arise in the highly automated economy of 2030.

Aptiv, Formerly Delphi, Eyes Mobility's Big Prize


TROY, MI – The future of mobility will be data driven, says Glen De Vos, chief technical officer of Aptiv, and the former Delphi electronics unit wants to be the engine behind the transformation. "It is a big change for us," De Vos says of Aptiv's new role in the industry as chiefly a software company after decades of supplying automakers with components and parts hardware now considered low-margin commodities. De Vos would be happy to keep selling the hardware, too, and the Gillingham, U.K.-based company likely will for many years to come, but it will take a back seat to the software its customers need to raise the connectivity, improve the safety and reduce the unfavorable environmental impact of the vehicles they make. The supplier officially launched Dec. 5 with Kevin Clark, president and CEO of Aptiv, saying the company has an opportunity to play a large role in an industry transformation underpinned by the promise of autonomous vehicles. "Aptiv is built on a strong foundation of industry firsts and has the knowledge, capability and agility to win with traditional OEM customers and emerging mobility players," Clark says of the former Delphi Automotive.

How Automation Will Transform Farming


When Kyler Laird imagines the future of his 1,700-acre Indiana farm, he sees robots playing a major role. I need this technology because I really can't afford to hire anyone. Besides, finding a skilled operator who is willing to work 24 hours a day for three or four days a year is ludicrous," he says. "I can't hire that, but I can make that very inexpensively." For the last two growing seasons Laird, who has a master's degree in ag engineering, has developed autonomous machines to drill, harvest, and plant his crops.

Autonomous Driving Levels 0–5 Implications


Autonomous driving systems are changing the way we think about the future of personal transportation. How soon will we have access to vehicles that don't require human control? Are driverless cars just around the corner? What will our travel be like if we're spending a lot less time behind the wheel? What technology actually makes autonomous driving possible?