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How IoT and AI are helping keep truck drivers safe

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"This does not include a broad range of'hidden' costs, including reduced vehicle value (typically anywhere from $500 to $2,000), higher insurance premium, legal fees, driver turnover (the average driver replacement cost $8,200), lost employee time, lost vehicle-use time, administrative burden, reduced employee morale and bad publicity," said Yoav Banin, chief product officer at Nauto, which provides artificial intelligence driver and fleet performance solutions. Emphasis on truck driving safety is well placed, considering other challenges that the trucking industry is facing. Ranking first is a chronic shortage of truck drivers nationwide that could force fleet operators to hire less-experienced drivers who require operator and safety training. Driver compensation and truck parking ranked second and third, but immediately behind them in fourth and fifth position were driver truck fleet safety and insurance availability, which depends on safe driving records. Historically, fleet operators managed safety risks with training programs, manual coaching sessions and manager ride-alongs with drivers.


Getting To Net-Zero

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To reach the Paris climate targets, global emission levels will need to be cut in half by 2030, reach net-zero by 2050 and stay net negative throughout the second half of the century. Yet, a just released BCG survey of 1,300 companies around the globe found that only 11% reduced their emissions in line with their stated ambitions over the past five years. "Measurement is a key roadblock with 91% of companies failing to measure the full scope of their emissions," Sylvain Duranton, the global leader of BCG GAMMA, a division dedicated to AI, data science and advanced analytics applied to business, said during an October 13 press conference. In a new study BCG maintains that artificial intelligence can help companies not only more accurately measure but also reduce carbon emissions. But using technology to measure carbon footprints and develop mitigation strategies is not enough.


Content creators versus artificial intelligence -- Cyberly

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Many creatives have felt rather safe from the robotic takeover that has already touched so many other industries. But with new artificial intelligence tools creeping their way into the creative arts market, it may soon be difficult to tell the difference between humans and robots when it comes to audio creation, video production or writing. Blythe Brumleve talks to Lindsay Watt of Parade.AI and Ayman Husain, director of customer success at Microsoft, about their goals to help the freight industry tackle these complex cloud, computing and capacity challenges and if AI could spell trouble for keeping information factual. Brumleve also reveals her research about the logistics behind the National Football League and what it takes to put on games for millions of fans every week. You can find more Cyberly episodes and recaps for all our live podcasts here.


AI-Powered Robot Software

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Science-fiction movies and stories have always been the inspiration for technological innovations. Since the creation of the first robot, robot software is tremendously evolved and now it is aimed at developing artificial intelligence (AI) driven robots. In the simplest term, a robot is a machine interacting with physical things with software at its core. Software and robot work hand in hand, which means robots cannot perform any task without coded computer commands. Such a set of commands are called robot software.


Muneer Mujahed Lyati: Muneer M. Lyati

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Automotive artificial intelligence uses computer software to identify, monitor and diagnose automotive problems. AI supports and mimics human activities and gives human responses to machine-based processes. It reduces the time and expense spent in manor, making it more cost-effective. These are useful for scheduling, diagnosing, maintenance and fixing mechanical and automotive systems. Automotive artificial intelligence (AAI) helps to resolve issues in a proactive manner, saving both time and money.


The Rise Of AI In The Transportation And Logistics Industry

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What a ride it has been in the Transportation and Logistics (T&L)sector regarding the B2C eCommerce growth boom world-wide, much of this driven by the global retail sales growth during COVID-19. This accelerated growth and now with global trade rapidly rebounding, the timing is right for the transportation and logistics industry to advance smarter digital transformations. According to McKinsey, this industry must be completely digital to secure its future – but what will it take? The future although seems rosy, is complex and challenging due to rapid industry consolidations, new technology acceleration, ever constant regulatory changes such as GDBR, and of course, Brexit impacting European markets. The World Trade Organization (WTO) has been most vocal reinforcing the importance of the T&L Industry to take heed on the importance of customer experiences – how courier drivers ship, route and deliver parcels and products with agile speed has become the new normal. Service speed from Amazon has shifted customer expectations on timeliness on B2B to be as resilient as their B2C personal experiences demanding instant quotations, real time tracking on orders, and personalize messaging on express services.


Death Stranding Director's Cut review – Tarkovsky-vision update for Hideo Kojima epic

The Guardian

It was always inevitable, considering game designer Hideo Kojima's cinephile tendencies, that Death Stranding would get a director's cut. What's surprising about this revised PlayStation 5 version of the game is that it doesn't involve hours of extra cinematic sequences that were cut from the original. It still remains the mystical, artful and gloriously pretentious delivery sim it always was: you play apocalyptic postman, Sam, attempting to revive an America torn apart by a supernatural explosion that annihilated the barrier between life and the afterlife. Working for a sort of idealistic version of DHL, he must deliver packages to cities across the country, hooking the residents up to a quasi-spiritual version of the internet as he goes. But haunting him at every step are the BTs – horrible semi-invisible monsters that represent the trapped souls of the dead.


COVID-19 pandemic pushes Chinese tech giants to roll out more courier robots

The Japan Times

More than a thousand robots are set to join the delivery personnel ranks of Chinese behemoths Alibaba, Meituan and JD.com over the next year as the pandemic fuels demand for contactless services. The firms expect to operate over 2,000 robots between them by 2022, up about fourfold from now, their executives said, encouraged also by falling costs of making robots. Millions of couriers still deliver packages for as less as 3 yuan ($0.47) in China, but companies have been exploring the use of drones or box-like robots on wheels from as early as 2013 amid a labor crunch that has worsened due to the pandemic. Beijing has also ordered firms to ensure rest periods for couriers as they scramble to meet rising demand and deadlines. "The COVID-19 pandemic has been a big boost" for robot rollout plans, said Xia Huaxia, chief scientist at Meituan.


Paccar, Aurora, Fedex Pilot Autonomous Linehaul Trucking Operation

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Paccar's autonomously-enabled trucks configured with the Aurora autonomous Driver platform will haul FedEx loads between Dallas and Houston along the I-45 corridor. Paccar has teamed up with Fedex and Aurora to launch a commercial pilot of autonomous trucks in linehaul trucking operations. Paccar's autonomously-enabled trucks configured with the Aurora autonomous Driver platform will haul FedEx loads between Dallas and Houston, a 500-mile round trip, along the I-45 corridor. The trucks will operate autonomously, with a backup driver for additional safety. This is the first collaboration of its kind between a truck manufacturer, an autonomous technology developer and a logistics provider, Paccar officials said.


AI cameras in Amazon trucks deny bonuses

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In brief AI cameras inside Amazon's delivery trucks are denying drivers' bonus pay for errors they shouldn't be blamed for, it's reported. The e-commerce giant installed the equipment in its vehicles earlier this year. The devices watch the road and the driver, and send out audio alerts if they don't like the way their humans are driving. One man in Los Angeles told Vice that when he gets cut off by other cars, the machine would sense the other vehicle suddenly right in front of him, and squawk: "Maintain safe distance!" Logs of the audio alerts and camera footage are relayed back to Amazon, and it automatically decides whether drivers deserve to get bonuses or not from their performance on the road.