UK to start self-driving semi-truck trials on public roads in 2018
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Technologies that were thought to be decades away from maturity are arriving faster than most people anticipate, and as the UK starts autonomous vehicle tests it won’t be soon before we see the first driverless trucks ploughing our highways   Hot on the heels... Read more
World’s first GPS Spoofing attack puts 20 ships 32km inland at an airport
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New technology keeps lowering the bar for criminals and nation states that want to cause mischief and harm, and now the makers of autonomous vehicles have something new to worry about   Recently there have been reports of satellite navigation problems in the Black... Read more
Switzerland might build a $3.4Bn autonomous underground transport system
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Roads around the world are filling up with cars and lorries and now Switzerland is thinking about moving lorries, vans and delivery carts underground   Everyone wants to get away from rush hour traffic, especially if you’re stuck behind a truck, even if it’s... Read more
Amazon is on track be the world’s first fully automated fulfilment company
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The combination of “old school” robotics and new AI and Machine Vision technologies is helping robotics companies automate increasingly complex tasks that were once thought to be the exclusive domain of humans   By the time you’ve picked your Amazon parcel up off of... Read more
Velodyne’s new miniature LiDAR means many more autonomous things
  WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most of the new smart things that we are creating rely on sensors to map, move around and interact with our world, and LiDAR is a key sensing technology that helps things see, Velodyne’s new product will accelerate the creation of smart, autonomous... Read more
The US Army tests convoys of autonomous trucks in Michigan
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF US military convoys are often seen as soft targets in war zones around the world and that puts US service men and women at risk, autonomous trucks take more soldiers out of the firing line   Late last month the US Army tested its latest... Read more
It begins, Uber unveils its autonomous trucking business
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New technologies are hitting the roads faster than expected, self-driving trucks which many analysts said were years, if not decades away, now need to re-write those reports and tens of millions of people who rely on the industry need to re-evaluate their futures  ... Read more
Ubers self-driving car fleet quits California and heads to Arizona
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Regulators often get in the way – sometimes rightly – of the testing and adoption of new technologies but companies often find a way round them   Silicon Valley is known as the home of tech innovation so it’s no surprise Uber chose San... Read more
Michigan greens lights the use of autonomous vehicles on all its roads
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While many people question if autonomous vehicles are ready for the prime time without the right regulatory and legal frameworks in place to support them they will never make it out of the showrooms   The Governor of Michigan has signed into law a series of... Read more
World first as Otto’s self driving truck delivers much needed beer in Colorado
The worlds first self driving truck delivery was special – 50,000 cans of Budweiser In the early morning hours of October 20th, an 18-wheeler tractor trailer pulled into Colorado Springs, Colorado, bearing 50,000 frosty cans of Budweiser beer. Normally, this would not be a noteworthy occurrence, but this truck... Read more
Komatsu unveils its 250 ton autonomous dump truck for strip mines
With no human driver this huge dump truck has no cab and never turns around Autonomous vehicle technology is still in its infancy, which means that most self-driving vehicles still have a way for humans to take over when needed. But as Komatsu demonstrates with a design for a... Read more
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