Amazons drones will recharge themselves using street lamposts

Amazons drones will recharge themselves using street lamposts

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Amazons new patent could change the look of your community forever.   It looks like Amazon is finally answering a fundamental question about its long awaited delivery drones – where will they land? And a possible answer, according to a recent patent filing that they put...

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UPS tests out drone deliveries over the Atlantic

UPS tests out drone deliveries over the Atlantic

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While some companies see drones as disruptive to their business others see them as a new opportunity, UPS is in the latter camp   One of the world’s largest package delivery companies is stepping up efforts to integrate drones into its system. UPS has partnered...

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Exploit allowed hackers to take remote control of a Tesla Model S

Exploit allowed hackers to take remote control of a Tesla Model S

Tesla has now fixed the exploit but this isn’t the first time, or the last time that hackers will take control of individual cars, or entire fleets of autonomous vehicles, and that raises concerns It’s not the first time that we’ve heard this kind of news and it certainly won’t...

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The future of jobs in a Machine World

The future of jobs in a Machine World

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are all aware that technology is capable of replacing particular categories of jobs, but often those jobs “belong to someone else” and the impact on our own jobs is minimal. Today though new classes of emerging technologies, from artificial intelligence to machine vision are...

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How self driving cars see the world (Video)

How self driving cars see the world (Video)

Driverless cars are hitting the roads in cities all over the world, but just how much do you know about how they see and evaluate the world? And if you knew more would you feel more confident about being a passenger in one?     Let’s flip back in time to...

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Michigan set to green light self-driving cars without drivers

Michigan set to green light self-driving cars without drivers

Irrespective of the maturity of any technology it only goes public when the regulators green light it, now Michigan look set to green light self-driving cars Michigan may soon become the first US state to allow self-driving cars on the road without a human driver sitting behind the steering wheel....

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Singapore becomes the first country to deploy self-driving taxis

Singapore becomes the first country to deploy self-driving taxis

More and more places are trialling self-driving taxis, now it’s just a matter of time until the regulators approve the technology Singapore just became the first country to actually implement self-driving taxis on the road for public use. So far, nuTonomy – the company behind the cars and the app that...

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Mercedes unveils the world’s first electric semi-truck

Mercedes unveils the world’s first electric semi-truck

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Not to be out done by cars trucks are getting a green makeover too.   European car companies are finally starting to invest more heavily in green technology and even greener vehicles. Audi unveiled three more electric cars last week and Porsche added 400 jobs to...

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US regulator green lights self-driving car research with $4Bn cheque

US regulator green lights self-driving car research with $4Bn cheque

With the US Government and NHTSA agree to speed up the roll out of self-driving cars With automakers and technology companies rushing to develop self-driving cars, the Obama administration has pledged to expedite regulatory guidelines for autonomous vehicles and invest in research to help bring them to market. Until now, the federal government...

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Uber puts 100 autonomous cars and 1 million drivers out onto the streets

Uber puts 100 autonomous cars and 1 million drivers out onto the streets

Uber is putting 100 autonomous cars on the streets of Pittsburg this month to beat its emerging competitors to the punch but it’s also the first sign that Uber’s workforce is also about to be put out on the street Near the end of 2014, Uber co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick...

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Goodyear unveils smart levitating wheels for autonomous cars

Goodyear unveils smart levitating wheels for autonomous cars

Goodyear brings the humble tyre into the 21st Century with magnetic levitation and new smarts When an industry, such as the motor industry goes through a paradigm shift – to a fully autonomous future – it’s not uncommon for their ecosystem of partners and suppliers to rethink their own place in...

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Ford to mass market self driving cars by 2021

Ford to mass market self driving cars by 2021

Ford, fearing being left behind by GM, goes all in on autonomous vehicles Ford says it will build a totally self driving car by 2021 as it seeks to take the lead in the global race to produce the world’s first high volume driverless vehicle. The car, which will have...

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Dubai Ports jumps on the Hyperloop train

Dubai Ports jumps on the Hyperloop train

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dubai Ports are exploring the use of the ultra fast Hyperloop rapid transport system to increase capacity at their ports.   Hyperloop One, which so far has raised over $100 million in funding, is slowly solidifying its role as the global Hyperloop leader with the...

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Ford rolls out collaborative robots and ringfences workers jobs

Ford rolls out collaborative robots and ringfences workers jobs

We’re used to hearing about how robots will take our jobs so meet the co-bots that help us keep them With factories across the globe filling up with robots, often replacing workers on assembly lines or by transporting packages across the plant, human fears of being substituted by a machine...

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Meet Olli the self driving bus, perfectly disruptive, perfectly purposeful

Meet Olli the self driving bus, perfectly disruptive, perfectly purposeful

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Local Motors represents a new breed of company, one that competitors would be wise to watch out for.   Local Motors, an Arizona based automaker that crowd sources vehicle design, has introduced a 3D printed, autonomous, partly recyclable, electric shuttle bus called Olli. Local Motors...

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First FAA approved drone flight drops donuts from heaven

First FAA approved drone flight drops donuts from heaven

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Not only will drone deliveries cut down the length of time that consumers have to wait for their goods to be delivered, further denting the value of brick and mortar retailers, but it will usher in a new era of Donuts-on-demand.   7-Eleven, the world’s...

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Inside the Hyperloop, the world’s first Mach 1.0 train

Inside the Hyperloop, the world’s first Mach 1.0 train

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF What doesn’t sound fun about being sealed in a tube travelling at Mach 1.0!?   Just under a year ago PayPal, Solar City, SpaceX and Tesla serial entrepreneur Elon Musk open sourced the design for a new supersonic train system dubbed “Hyperloop” that could reduce commuting...

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Rolls Royce plans to deploy fully autonomous cargo ships by 2020

Rolls Royce plans to deploy fully autonomous cargo ships by 2020

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Just like many other forms of transportation cargo ships aren’t immune from the march of technological progress, as such in time they too will become increasingly autonomous and electric.   Rolls Royce and the led Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA) believe the future of...

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Drivers death highlights the risks of new technology

Drivers death highlights the risks of new technology

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With new technologies come new risks but the rate at which they’re being developed and deployed leaves culture and training struggling to keep up.   The first reported death involving Tesla’s Autopilot feature raises troubling questions about how much more progress proponents of self-driving cars must achieve before they can...

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JLR turns UK motorways into a test track for autonomous cars

JLR turns UK motorways into a test track for autonomous cars

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF V2x will revolutionise the worlds transportation systems.   Jaguar Land Rover has announced the launch of a 40 mile “living lab” on public roads in the UK to support the development of its Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) technology and to hasten and support the transition from...

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