by on January 9, 2019
A number of different companies are working on autonomous vehicles, but only a handful have shown lighting systems designed to communicate with pedestrians and other road users. That group is expanding today as Hyundai MOBIS has introduced its new Communication Lighting concept at CES. Essentially a futuristic coupe, the streamlined autonomous vehicle has been equipped with an assortment of displays and lights that communicate its intentions. The headlights are particularly interesting as ...
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by on January 9, 2019
Baidu made several big announcements about Apollo, its open-source autonomous vehicle technology platform, today at CES. The first is the launch of Apollo Enterprise for vehicles that will be put into mass production. The company claims that Apollo is already used by 130 partners around the world. One of its newest partners, Chinese electric vehicle startup WM Motors, plans to deploy level 3 autonomous vehicles by 2021. Apollo Enterprise’s main product lines will include solutions for highway...
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by on January 8, 2019
AEV Robotics, an Australian robotics company from Melbourne is aiming to change the world of fleet vehicles with a new modular vehicle system concept, dubbed the MVS. Working in partnership with the University of Melbourne among others, and a team including former General Motors staff, the company has been working on the vehicle for three years and has unveiled it to a wide audience for the first time at CES. “Instead of adding technology to upgrade traditional cars, we’ve started from a c...
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by on January 7, 2019
PepsiCo will launch a fleet of four-wheeled delivery drones on the University of the Pacific’s campus in Stockton California this year. On Thursday the company announced students will have the ability to order drinks and snacks to 50 predetermined locations on campus through the delivery drones, called “snackbots.” Each drone is shaped like a cooler on wheels and can go more than 20 miles on a single charge. When students download an app and confirm their University of the Pacific email addre...
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by on January 4, 2019
When you hear that the world’s largest robot has gone live in Australia, your mind might conjure up something like an anime-style giant mech. In fact, the announcement comes from iron ore mining company Rio Tinto, which recently launched its fully automated rail network: A series of mine-to-port trains able to run completely free from human intervention. These AutoHaul trains travel an approximately 800-kilometer return journey, taking 40 hours to complete, including loading and dumping their ca...
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by on January 2, 2019
The wars of the future are already here.The Army has recently revealed a technology that can be used to wage war in the future: remote-controlled armoured vehicles that are completely unmanned. The vehicles could save lives on the frontline.The Army insists that soldiers will not be replaced but there are a number of scenarios where sending in “robots first” could make a huge difference. For the past month, the Army has been working with industry experts as part of Exercise Autonomous Warr...
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by on December 31, 2018
Robotics manufacturers are scrambling for more than a half billion dollars in Pentagon contracts for battlefield robots that will defuse bombs and scout ahead for soldiers on the battlefield. That’s according to a new Associated Press report about the U.S. military’s efforts to purchase thousands of “backpack-sized” robots that troops can deploy to take bullets in dangerous situations — and its fear that it could be outpaced by similar efforts by China and Russia. These battlefield robots ...
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by on December 31, 2018
Roadworks may soon be a thing of the past as small robots will be sent down pipes to make repairs instead of digging up roads. Four universities in the UK are working together to develop a collection of “insect-like” robots that will fix and inspect underground pipes. The robots, around one centimetre in size, will be able to fly, swim and crawl through pipes used for water, gas and sewage. They will also allow utility companies to make a “Google Maps-style” plan of their pipe networks as ...
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by on December 21, 2018
Three autonomous Mars rovers have been put through their paces in a barren corner of the Sahara Desert in Morocco. Overlooked by over 40 engineers and organized by Germany's DFKI Robotics Innovation Centre, this robot jamboree was designed to test automated navigation and other space robotics technologies in anticipation of future planetary missions. Funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 program and coordinated by the international Project Plan European Roadmap and Activities for Space ...
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by on December 20, 2018
The far side of the moon is being explored for the first time, thanks to an ambitious unmanned mission from China. From rapid advances in innovative alternative energy schemes to groundbreaking research in the area of nuclear fusion, in many ways, the 21st century is shaping up to be the century of China's technological advances. Amidst this rapid expansion of technology in the country comes recent news of a successful mission to the Moon. The launch is historic, as it serves as the firs...
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by on December 20, 2018
A new unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) built especially for infantry, EOD, and CBRN personnel has been revealed. The lightweight, rugged Scorpion is easy to deploy and features best-in-class mobility and manipulation capabilities. The vehicle navigates harsh environments and all weather conditions. It is protected from drops thanks to an arm that stows between and under the tracks. The UGV weighs less than 11 kg. Its light weight ensures that it is backpackable and carried by one individual. The...
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by on December 18, 2018
Endeavor Robotics has unveiled the design of its Scorpion unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) that it is pushing for the US Army's Common Robotic System-Individual (CRS-I) programme. The Scorpion is a clean-sheet design weighing less than 11 kg. Its light weight ensures that it is backpackable and carried by one individual. The ruggedised, tracked platform is highly mobile and can traverse rough terrain, climb stairs, as well as operate in wet or submerged environments. The UGV can be controlled...
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