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73 Mind-Blowing Implications of a Driverless Future

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I originally wrote and published a version of this article in September 2016. Since then, quite a bit has happened, further cementing my view that these changes are coming and that the implications will be even more substantial. I decided it was time to update this article with some additional ideas...


Drone Delivery, If Done Right, Could Cut Emissions

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

Drone delivery is expected to take off big time in the next few years. Chinese online retailer JD.com has already launched drone delivery in four provinces in China, while DHL and Zipline are delivering medicines with drones in rural and hard-to-reach areas. Amazon, Google, and UPS are all working ...


Would Delivery Drones Be All That Efficient? Depends Where You Live

WIRED

If the idea of swarms of delivery drones dropping packages all over our cities started out as a joke, for some reason the punchline hasn't landed yet. Amazon applied for a patent in 2015 for a command center, like a beehive, plopped into your city, which isn't a worrying metaphor at all. Google has ...


Skydio Demonstrates Incredible Obstacle-Dodging Full Autonomy With New R1 Consumer Drone

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

Almost two years ago, a startup called Skydio posted some video of a weird-looking drone autonomously following people as they jogged and biked along paths and around trees. Even without much in the way of detail, this was exciting for three reasons: First, the drone was moving at a useful speed and...


73 Mind-Blowing Implications of a Driverless Future

#artificialintelligence

I originally wrote and published a version of this article in September 2016. Since then, quite a bit has happened, further cementing my view that these changes are coming and that the implications will be even more substantial. I decided it was time to update this article with some additional ideas...


The Cost of Convenience

Slate

Amazon is doubling down on the grocery-delivery space. On Thursday, the company announced that it would begin offering free two-hour Whole Foods deliveries for Amazon Prime members. The move may transform the grocery industry and could feasibly threaten the business of competitors such as Instacart-...


Robotics: 10 Companies Shaping the 21st Century

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The versatility of the field makes it especially intriguing. Companies aren't competing for the same goal; they're attempting to solve different world problems. Although the number of robotics startups seems grow every day, some are already having an impact while others are preparing to unveil excit...


Tesla News: Model 3 Delay, Record Quarterly Revenue, Fully-Autonomous Driving Option Soon

International Business Times

Tesla, Inc. announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2017, as well as for the financial year 2017 Wednesday evening, after markets closed. While the company posted its highest quarterly revenue yet, and a smaller than expected loss, it also quietly delayed the delivery of its mass-m...


Who's Afraid of Autonomous Mail Trucks? RealClearPolicy

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Highly automated vehicles (HAVs) have gone from fantasy to reality in the past decade. It is remarkable to witness the various prototypes motoring about courses and taking test drives on America's roads. Already, related technology helps people parallel park their cars -- some don't even require the...


Amazon to launch robots that unlock doors to deliver items

Daily Mail

Amazon is designing box-shaped robot 'postmen' that can open smartlocks on doors and deliver items while the you are out of the house. The move would see 'autonomous ground vehicles (AGV) transport parcels from delivery trucks and place them either at your front door or inside your home. Amazon en...