While the auto industry remains focused on developing self-driving cars, a handful of promising startups are developing self-driving trucks that may one transform the shipping industry. The trucking industry is now one step closer towards that goal.
Ever since the first licenses for testing driverless cars were issued in Shanghai in 2018, dozens of companies have set up shop in Jiading District, where a 53.6-kilometer stretch of test road allows AI-driven cars to take to the streets.But there’s a catch: they’re still not allowed to operate without a human behind the wheel, although that’s just a small issue for the multitude of companies testing these vehicles on the streets.
Amazon is buying autonomous vehicle startup Zoox Inc., a move that could potentially help the e-commerce giant slash delivery costs and create a formidable opponent to ride-hailing and food-delivery companies.
n China and the U.S., there’s much debate about when and how humans will achieve fully autonomous robotaxis at scale — cars that chauffeur passengers under complex road conditions without safety drivers behind the wheel.
Many pieces are needed to make this happen: mammoth amounts of test data, advanced algorithms, strong operational teams, big checks from investors and local policy support, to name a handful. Until that day arrives, the bold claims from players in the field seem mostly out of reach.
Automation in heavy industries like mining is a great way to improve safety and efficiency, so it’s often in spaces like these that we see early versions of technology that may someday make it into consumer goods. An excellent example of this would be robotics.
Uber, which hasn’t publicly discussed the architecture of its autonomous car platform in great detail...
Tesla last announced its owners' cumulative Autopilot usage in November 2018 ...