Fuel / Technology: Artificial Intelligence

CVS Pharmacy partners with Nuro on autonomous last-mile delivery pilot

June 1, 2020Self-driving delivery start up Nuro announced a partnership with CVS Pharmacy to test prescription deliveries in Houston, Texas. In June, the company will use its fleet of autonomous vehicles to transport prescriptions and essential items to CVS customers.

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Amazon is serious about self-driving technology, eyeing multi-billion dollar acquisition

May 27, 2020Amazon is in talks to acquire automated vehicle startup Zoox. Zoox was founded to develop software and hardware needed to create an ecosystem of electric-powered self-driving taxis, which users can call on via a smartphone application.

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How Will Waymo Monetize Autonomy?

May 22, 2020Autonomous driving will be huge a beneficiary of the lingering effects of social distancing. Waymo, being the world’s leading consumer facing Autonomous Vehicle company, stands to benefit immensely.

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5 Ways AI Can Help Trucking

May 22, 2020When people start talking about artificial intelligence, it’s easy to get bogged down in terms like neural nets, algorithms, machine learning, and more. But you don’t really need to understand all that to take advantage of AI.

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NHTSA Lets Self-Driving Shuttle Resume Carrying People

May 21, 2020A self-driving shuttle service that was ordered to stop carrying passengers in February has been cleared to resume operations with new safety precautions.

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VW, Ford Forge Ahead With EV Technology Sharing to Cut Costs

May 14, 2020Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Co. are pushing ahead with plans to team up on electric- and self-driving vehicles even as the coronavirus derails other projects.

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Plus.ai haevy duty truck in a desert environment.

Self-Driving Startups Work Through Health Crisis

April 29, 2020Investor-funded startups competing hard to commercialize highly automated heavy-duty trucks found themselves having to deal with unfamiliar territory given the uncertainties and disruptions from the spread of COVID-19.

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Concept image of an autonomous rail system's camera view.

FITSCO and Cognitive Pilot to Develop AI-Based Computer Vision System

April 23, 2020China-based urban rail transit signalling system provider FITSCO and Cognitive Pilot have partnered to develop an AI-based computer vision system to be used on trams.

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USDOT Seeks to Make Automated Vehicles More Accessible to People with Disabilities

April 23, 2020The U. S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) opened the first stage of its Inclusive Design Challenge on Tuesday, offering a national prize for designs that make automated vehicles more accessible to those with disabilities

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Beep and NAVYA autonomous vehicle.

Autonomous Shuttles Transport COVID-19 Tests in Jacksonville

April 21, 2020The Jacksonville Transportation Authority has partnered with Beep and NAVYA to use autonomous vehicles to facilitate the transport of COVID-19 tests collected at a drive-thru testing location in Florida,

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Autonomous-Driving Startup Pony.ai Takes on Last-Mile Delivery

April 21, 2020Pony.ai has teamed up with Los Angeles-based e-commerce site Yamibuy to deliver packages and groceries in the city of Irvine, Calif. Yamibuy specializes in Asian foods and home goods.

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Image of a white heavy-duty autonomous truck by Starsky driving on a freeway.

Commentary: Real trucking factors in autonomous vehicle development

April 15, 2020I was fortunate to be the operational leader in an autonomous truck development company by the name of Starsky Robotics. Starsky was a Silicon Valley-based start-up with an extremely talented engineering team and clear path for technology advancement.

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3D image of a sedan driving down a city street. Graphics of radiating waves emanating from the sedan represent electronic signals from an Automated vehicles computer system.

TuSimple, ZF Develop Technology for Autonomous Trucks

March 27, 2020TuSimple, a global autonomous trucking technology company, has established a partnership with ZF, an automotive supplier, to develop and commercialize technology for autonomous trucks.

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A Starsky Robotics heavy duty vocational freight truck drives along a freeway.

What autonomous truck startups can learn from Starsky’s failure

March 23, 2020Starsky was somewhat atypical in what it was building. The company focused on building an autonomous system that allowed a truck to drive unoccupied on roadways, but it would always be monitored by a remote driver. That driver would use video cameras and vehicle controls such as a steering wheel to take control of the...

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Nuro autonomous vehicle delivery van parked on street with its doors open.

US Revises Passenger Safety Rules for Autonomous Vehicles

March 17, 2020The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it’s seeking comment on proposed updated standards to account for vehicles that don’t have manual controls such as steering wheels or brake pedals. Autonomous vehicles also may not have drivers sitting in the traditional driver’s seat.

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Orange colored Udelv autonomous delivery van loads cargo into its storage bay.

How to Lease an Autonomous Delivery Van

March 17, 2020This year, autonomous robotics company Nuro received USDOT regulatory exemption for R2, its Zero Occupant Vehicle (ZOV), a new designation of driverless vehicle that is purpose-built to transport cargo only.

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