Transportation


Drink too much beer at a Dallas Cowboys game? Now a free robot-driven van will scoop you up afterward.

Washington Post

Things are not only bigger in Texas, they're also hotter, more sprawling and increasingly traffic-clogged thanks to a population boom that has lasted nearly a decade. In many of the state's fast-growing, car-dependent cities, these realities make for lousy walking conditions and long commutes. For the self-driving car company Drive.ai, Nearly four months after the Mountain View, Calif.-based start-up launched a six-month pilot program in nearby Frisco, Tex., the company deployed its second self-driving service on public roads in Arlington, Tex., on Friday. The service -- which is free to use -- will operate multiple routes in geo-fenced areas in downtown Arlington, according to Drive.ai


Drink too much beer at a Dallas Cowboys game? Now a free robot-driven van will scoop you up afterward.

Washington Post

Things are not only bigger in Texas, they're also hotter, more sprawling and increasingly traffic-clogged thanks to a population boom that has lasted nearly a decade. In many of the state's fast-growing, car-dependent cities, these realities make for lousy walking conditions and long commutes. For the self-driving car company Drive.ai, Nearly four months after the Mountain View, Calif.-based start-up launched a six-month pilot program in nearby Frisco, Tex., the company deployed its second self-driving service on public roads in Arlington, Tex., on Friday. The service -- which is free to use -- will operate multiple routes in geo-fenced areas in downtown Arlington, according to Drive.ai


How Robots and Drones Will Change Retail Forever

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Companies are using artificial intelligence and robotics to transform everything from appliance shopping to grocery delivery. The world's companies are in the initial stages of what might be called the "physical cloud," an e-commerce ecosystem that functions like the Internet. Although fully automated warehouses are still a few years away, companies such as Amazon and Walmart have patented blimp-like warehouse structures that will float 1,000 feet in the air, with drones ready to deliver consumer goods to people's homes. However, before this becomes a reality, robots need to be able to perform every warehouse task without human intervention. After warehouses, delivery vehicles will be the next stage of e-commerce automation; some companies are developing systems to get packages from a self-driving van to the consumer, either by deploying a smaller autonomous vehicle or delivering to a locker in the neighborhood.


Audi A8: An evolution in luxury and tech

Engadget

Driving the Audi A8 along the gorgeous Northern California coastline near Big Sur is a joy. But no matter how wonderful the car may be, it had the opportunity to be better. Instead, Audi originally announced that Traffic Jam Pilot, its level-three autonomous feature, was coming to the luxury sedan. Alas, the company had to scrap those plans. The world wasn't ready for a car that drives itself for a short period of time in select situations.


How Microsoft (MSFT) Is Making Inroads Into The Connected Car Space

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The shift of focus from'under the hood' to the'car console' has opened doors for advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, big data and machine learning into the automobile world. These technologies are instrumental in bridging the gap between fiction and reality when we talk about connected and autonomous vehicles. Here's a how Microsoft (MSFT) has made inroads into the connected car space. Cognizant defines the connected car as, "a vehicle using mechatronics, telematics and artificial intelligence technologies to interact with the environment to provide greater safety, comfort, entertainment and, importantly, a'connected-life' experience." The connected car is deemed to save considerable time and resources, while making mobility more efficient, safer and enjoyable.


Drive.ai Brings Its Self-Driving Cars to Dallas Cowboy Fans

WIRED

Nearly halfway into the NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys are 3–3 and sit 20th out of 32 on ESPN's power ranking index, which gives them a less than 50–50 shot at making the playoffs. So fans of America's Team don't have a whole lot to get excited about. Unless, that is, they like riding in robot cars. Today, startup Drive.ai is launching a self-driving car service in Arlington, Texas, which sits halfway between Dallas and Fort Worth and is home to the Cowboys' AT&T Stadium. The service will run several routes in multiple parts of the city, bustling to and from big venues including that stadium, Globe Life Park (where baseball's Texas Rangers play), and the Arlington Convention Center.


Navya Autonomous and Electric Vehicles - Impakter

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What is the future of mobility? According to NAVYA, an innovative French company, it is both autonomous and electric. The benefits of such technology in terms of mobility are incredible. Whilst using electric propulsion reduces CO2 emissions, autonomous driving should reduce traffic congestion and could also be an innovative way to have more efficient public transportation. It is quite a busy moment for NAVYA, who became listed on the stock market last summer.


Paul Allen's Stratolaunch, completes test days after his death

Daily Mail

The world's largest plane, Stratolaunch, has a completed a key taxi test ahead of taking to the skies for the first time. The gigantic plane, which is the vision of late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, is believed to be close to its first flight after reaching a record-breaking 90mph during medium-speed taxi testing at the Mojave Air & Space Port. Allen died Monday in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, aged 65. The massive plane has a wingspan longer than a football field and comes equipped with two cockpits, 28 wheels and six engines normally used to power 747 jumbo jets. Eventually it will be used to transport rockets carrying satellites and even a newly revealed manned space plane into the Earth's upper atmosphere, where they will blast off into space.


Shaken by hype, self-driving leaders adopt new strategy: Shutting up

Washington Post

Three former executives at Google, Tesla and Uber who once raced to be the first to develop self-driving cars have adopted a new strategy: Slow down. At their new company Aurora Innovation, which is developing self-driving technology for carmakers including Volkswagen and Hyundai, the rules are simple: No flashy launches, mind-blowing timelines or hyper-choreographed performances on closed tracks. "No demo candy," said Chris Urmson, a co-founder and former head of Google's self-driving car team. Aurora's long-game technique reflects a new phase for the hyped promise of computer-piloted supercars: a more subdued, more pragmatic way of addressing the tough realities of the most complicated robotic system ever built. In the wake of several high-profile crashes that dented public enthusiasm in autonomous cars, Aurora's executives are urging their own industry to face a reality check, saying lofty promises risk confusing passengers and dooming the technology before it can truly take off.


Tumblr finds major security bug that could have leaked people's most personal information

The Independent

Tumblr has found a major security bug in its platform that could have leaked people's most personal information, it has said. A problem with the innocent looking "recommended blogs" screen could have given up people's email addresses, passwords, old accounts, and where they were. The issue has now been fixed and there is no evidence that it was actually used, Tumblr said. Users don't need to do anything to keep their account secure. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph.