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The 30 top artificial intelligence companies most well founded


Artificial intelligence (AI) is currently one of the most disruptive technologies, and it is a great means for startups to achieve their hyper-growth goals. Artificial intelligence has numerous applications in fields such as big data, computer vision, and natural language processing, and is revolutionizing businesses, industries, and people's lives. Among the most well-funded and promising independent startups, the majority of the top Artificial Intelligence companies are from the US or China, with many more countries participating. The benefits of AI in many industries are evident in these two key countries, but each country seems to have slightly different concerns. The largest AI startups in the U.S. are particularly present in the areas of big data analytics and process automation for business, autonomous driving and biotechnology.

Uber Eats is launching two autonomous delivery pilots today in Los Angeles


Uber Eats is launching not just one but two autonomous delivery pilots today in Los Angeles, TechCrunch has reported. The first is via an autonomous vehicle partnership with Motional, originally announced in December, and the second is with sidewalk delivery firm Serve Robotics, a company that spun out of Uber itself. The trials will be limited, with deliveries from just a few merchants including the Kreation juicery and organic cafe. Serve will do short delivery routes in West Hollywood, while Motional will take care of longer deliveries in Santa Monica. "We'll be able to learn from both of those pilots what customers actually want, what merchants actually want and what makes sense for delivery," an Uber spokesperson told TechCrunch.

The Ice Cream You Ordered Is Here. A Drone Just Delivered It


This week, two companies announced they are moving forward with aerial drone delivery services. On Thursday, the Alphabet-owned drone company Wing launched its first commercial delivery flights in Dallas, Texas. Its drones will remain positioned at strategic Walgreens stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, ready to buzz off to nearby homes with health products in their grip. The drones will eventually also deliver pet medicines and Blue Bell Creameries' ice cream. FedEx also announced that it has partnered with the California company Elroy Air to develop its own delivery drone service.

FedEx's newest cargo plane is an autonomous drone


FedEx is trying out a new delivery tool. Starting next year, the delivery company is testing out an autonomous cargo drone from Bay Area aircraft startup Elroy Air. The hybrid-electric vertical take-off and landing plane (that means it doesn't need a runaway and is more like a helicopter) will take packages between FedEx Express sorting facilities in the Fort Worth, Texas, area. For now, the autonomous drone will stick with middle-mile logistics between FedEx buildings instead of dropping packages off at people's doors or picking up from merchants. Elroy was originally focused on autonomous air taxis for passengers but now is dedicated to autonomous cargo delivery.

FedEx will test autonomous cargo flights next year


FedEx plans to test a different method of moving goods between depots starting next year, which could speed up the delivery process. The company has teamed up with Elroy Air, which is developing a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) cargo drone, to transport packages between sorting centers via autonomous flights. Elroy Air unveiled the Chaparral C1 drone in January. The company claims the hybrid-electric system has a range of up to 300 miles and can carry a load of up to 500 pounds in its cargo pod (so FedEx would need a lot of them if it wants to eventually replace planes). The drone has 12 electric motors and 12 propellers.

Automated trucks could cost 500,000 US jobs, researchers say


The University of Michigan, in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, published the findings of a new study that predicts drastic changes in the trucking industry. Titled "Impact of automation on long haul trucking operator-hours in the United States," the study focuses on what the researchers call a "transfer hub" model. These watches provide more data, offer customizable options, track performance, and inspire improvement. Under this plan, human drivers would still carry loads from their origination points to truck ports located within about 150 miles. At the titular transfer hubs, trailers and loads would then be shifted from human-controlled vehicles to automated trucks for the long-haul portions of their journey.

How AI drone delivery services are Transforming the Package Delivery industry?


What if a drone flight lands in your garden and delivers a product you booked online and takes off in seconds. Do you know how this happens? While many people are doubtful experts believe that the adoption of drones also known as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), will become more common in the future. This blog will explain how AI drone services are transforming package industry. Drone delivery is employing unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver packages.

In Texas, driverless trucks are set to take over roads


A giant 18-wheel transport truck is barreling down a multi-lane Texas highway, and there is no one behind the wheel. The futuristic idea may seem surreal, but it is being tested in this vast southern US state, which has become the epicenter of a rapidly developing self-driving vehicle industry. Before driverless trucks are allowed onto roads and highways, however, multiple tests must still be conducted to ensure they are safe. Self-driving lorries are operated using radars, laser scanners, cameras and GPS antennas that communicate with piloting software. "Each time we drive a mile or a kilometer in real life, we re-simulate a thousand more times on the computer by changing hundreds of parameters," explains Pierre-François Le Faou, trucking partner development manager at Waymo, the self-driving unit at Google's parent company Alphabet.

Waymo has its first commercial autonomous trucking customer


Last June, Alphabet's self-driving unit worked with J.B. Hunt, a trucking and logistics company, to test its Waymo Via technology in Texas. On Friday, the two announced they're forming a strategic partnership with the hope of deploying a fully autonomous trucking operation within the state sometime in the next few years. In the immediate future, Waymo and J.B. Hunt say they plan to hold multiple pilots involving Waymo Via. That's the Waymo Driver-powered unit the Alphabet subsidiary developed for Class 8 trucks. They also plan to complete additional market studies.

At CES, NVIDIA sets the stage for AI everywhere


Despite the continuing COVID pandemic, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is taking place in Las Vegas this week, returning to a live format after a year off. The live presentation is somewhat ironic in an event where virtual reality, the metaverse, autonomous vehicles, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are taking center stage. Like it or not, the digitization of all things physical is coming fast. Although many of the CES themes may seem unrelated, there is one underlying technology – and that's artificial intelligence. We are rapidly moving into a world where AI is infused in almost every aspect of our lives – from the games we play, to home electronics, to the cars we drive, and beyond.