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Tag: Autonomous

Toyota e-Palette Autonomous Vehicles to Transport Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Athletes

Toyota e-Palette Autonomous Vehicles to Transport Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Athletes
We’re less than a year away from the start of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, so the Japanese city is well underway with preparations for the celebration of athletic talent, sportsmanship, and global goodwill. Among the many things that will be needed for the games to be successful will be methods for athletes to get quickly and safely between their housing and venues during the games – and automaker Toyota is working on just that.

Amazon’s Adorable Scout Autonomous Delivery Robot Being Tested

Amazon’s Adorable Scout Autonomous Delivery Robot Being Tested
Look at this cute little six-wheeled robot. It’s pretty adorable and is designed to deliver small goods. Specifically, Amazon’s Scout robot is delivering packages to customers in a neighborhood in Snohomish County, Washington. The ‘bot is about the size of a drink cooler and rolls along sidewalks at walking pace.
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This BMW Motorcycle Can Drive Itself

This BMW Motorcycle Can Drive Itself
I’ve been excited about the prospects for autonomous cars since Herbie the Love Bug raced around on his own back in the day. I often wonder why with all the tech out there today, no one has shoehorned autonomy into a classic Bug.

Nissan Develops Self-parking Slippers

Nissan Develops Self-parking Slippers
Nissan is apparently taking a pause from building cars so that they can give the world its first self-parking slippers. The company has taken a small chunk of its automated vehicle smarts and applied it to a traditional Japanese hotel experience.

Electric Self Driving Potato: Volkswagen SpudBug

Electric Self Driving Potato: Volkswagen SpudBug
When he’s not creating awesome video games like Superhot, developer Marek Baczynski is giving vegetables the ability to roam the land. Marek recently gave a potato the freedom to travel on its own. The self-driving potato, named Pontus, runs entirely on its own electricity too.

Ford’s Autonomous Vehicle Plan Puts Driverless Cars on Roads by 2021

Ford’s Autonomous Vehicle Plan Puts Driverless Cars on Roads by 2021
There’s been lots of buzz in the media about self-driving vehicles of late, but the reality is that it may be quite some time before consumers will have cars that can drive themselves without the need for some driver input.

Starship Technologies Wants to Replace Delivery Drivers with Fancy Robovan Tech

Starship Technologies Wants to Replace Delivery Drivers with Fancy Robovan Tech
Starship Technologies first came to our attention when it unveiled its sweet cooler on wheels autonomous robots meant to deliver food and other items to your door. The company is back with a new reveal, and this time out it has a semi-autonomous system that is the result of a tie up with Mercedes-Benz.

Starship Technologies Autonomous Delivery Robots Bring the Autom-noms

Starship Technologies Autonomous Delivery Robots Bring the Autom-noms
Yes, this looks like a cooler on six wheels. If you put some handlebars on it, it could be something you see at the NASCAR track between races with a redneck atop it. In fact, it’s a very swanky autonomous wheeled delivery system for packages and food that is in testing by Starship Technologies.

Walking Robot Has Drone Scout: Banjo-Kazooiebot

Walking Robot Has Drone Scout: Banjo-Kazooiebot
A couple of weeks ago we checked out ETH Zurich Autonomous Systems Lab’s walking robot that had a drone launching pad. That combos nicely with one of the Lab’s latest projects: a similar pair working together to navigate unknown terrain.

Mind4 Autonomous Drone Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Pilot

Mind4 Autonomous Drone Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Pilot
There are a bunch of drones on the market today and most of them need a pilot to fly them around and record video. A new drone has landed on Kickstarter seeking funding that needs nobody controlling it.

1,024 Robots Form Shapes: Art of the Swarm

1,024 Robots Form Shapes: Art of the Swarm
We’ve seen dozens of small robots create structures and light shows. Harvard University’s Self-organizing Systems Research Group recently upped the ante with a swarm made of 1,024 robots called Kilobots. According to New Scientist, which shared a video of the collective, this is the world’s largest robotic swarm.

Hexo+ Is a Flying Autonomous GoPro Camera Drone

Hexo+ Is a Flying Autonomous GoPro Camera Drone
Aerial filming is a cool way to share more of what’s going on in some sports or activities. GoPro cameras are used by a lot of active folks to record their antics, but most of those videos are recorded from the wearers point of view.

Google Driverless Car Prototype Has No Steering Wheel and 25mph Top Speed

Google Driverless Car Prototype Has No Steering Wheel and 25mph Top Speed
Google has unveiled a prospective design for its driverless cars and it sure is interesting. While most of the Google autonomous cars we have seen have been based on other production models, this Google driverless car prototype is something completely different.

Keep Your Eyes on the Road

Keep Your Eyes on the Road
While today's vehicles have integrated GPS, satellite audio, and even mobile apps, they're only the tip of the high-tech iceberg. Let's take a look at some amazing high-tech ideas which could find their ways to our cars in the not-too-distant future.

Ford’s Obstacle Avoidance Tech Safely Steers You out of Harm’s Way

Ford’s Obstacle Avoidance Tech Safely Steers You out of Harm’s Way
While I’m not all that crazy about the idea of fully-autonomous vehicles, I do think that some of the technology which is emerging from related research and development efforts could definitely help with vehicle safety. Take for example, this new obstacle avoidance system that Ford is working on.

Nissan Robot Car Acquires License: Skynet Is Just Around The Corner

Nissan Robot Car Acquires License: Skynet Is Just Around The Corner
Nissan seems keen to give Google a run for their money in the autonomous vehicle technology category, and the Japanese giant is working hard at creating functional robot vehicles for 2020 and beyond.
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