Tag: Transportation

Starship Technologies’ robots begin delivering food to college kids

Starship Technologies, the Estonia-based robotics startup created in 2014 by Skype cofounders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, is already ferrying food from kitchens to customers through partnerships with Domino’s in Germany, London food-delivery firm Just Eat, and DoorDash in the U.S. But starting today, that group is expanding to include […]

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Yandex let us ride in its autonomous Prius

Dmitry Polischuk had an almost unnerving nonchalance about him as our sleek ride — a Toyota Prius V — bobbed in and out of traffic on its own. The steering wheel, as if guided by unseen forces, navigated the hatchback smoothly around the perimeter of the Hard Rock Casino in […]

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Ford taps Clinc for conversational AI in autos

Clinc, a four-year-old conversational AI startup, is teaming up with Ford to power voice recognition in the Detroit automaker’s cars. The two companies announced the collaboration today during the Detroit Auto Show, at a panel hosted by Inforum about machine learning and the future of in-vehicle technology. According to Clinc […]

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Perceptin’s visual perception system for trains has a 1,000-meter range

Lidar — laser-based sensors that produce depth data by measuring the distance between themselves and objects — are the cornerstone of self-driving systems from Google parent company Alphabet’s Waymo, Uber, and others. They’ve been employed for decades in space travel (during the Apollo 15 mission) and military reconnaissance, most recently […]

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Mobileye plans to deploy fully autonomous cars in 4 years

Watch out, Waymo — Mobileye has its sights set on you. The Tel Aviv developer of autonomous car systems, which Intel paid $15.3 billion to acquire in March 2017, had an eventful few days at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. During a presentation headlined by cofounder and CEO Amnon Shashua, […]

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Here launches SoMo, a social transport app for planning and sharing rides

For private ride-hailing and ride-sharing, we have Uber, Lyft, Gett, Grab, and countless others around the world. For public transport stalwarts, there is Google Maps, Citymapper, Transit, Moovit, and more, each serving up the best combination of ways — including trains, boats, buses, and more — to get from A […]

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Bosch details connected robot lawnmower, gesture-sensing kitchen projector

Bosch, the Gerlingen, Germany-based smart devices conglomerate that produces everything from dishwashers to CCTV cameras, had a lot to talk about during its keynote presentation at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show on Monday. Most of it involved the internet of things. Some of it involved artificial intelligence (AI). And all […]

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Pepsi’s autonomous Snackbots deliver chips and beverages to peckish college students

Drinks and snacks via autonomous delivery drone? Pepsi’s making it happen. The food and beverage conglomerate recently collaborated with a Bay Area company — Robby Technologies — to deploy a fleet of self-driving robots on the campus of the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. “We’re thrilled to welcome [S]nackbot to our […]

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The DeanBeat: What to expect from CES 2019

Next week I’ll head off for my annual holiday from gaming as I focus on covering technology at the CES 2019 event in Las Vegas. Gary Shapiro, the CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, the lobbying group that puts on the biggest tech trade show, told me that the event will […]

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DoorDash and GM’s Cruise team up to pilot food delivery via self-driving cars

General Motors (GM) is partnering with DoorDash to enable on-demand food deliveries via driverless cars. The duo announced that a pilot delivery program will kick off in San Francisco in “early 2019,” and will involve both meals from restaurants and groceries. As a century-old automotive giant, GM has been investing […]

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Baraja raises $32 million for autonomous vehicle lidar with prism-like optics

Lidar startup Baraja has raised $32 million in a series A round of funding led by Sequoia China and Main Sequence Ventures’ CSIRO Innovation Fund, with participation from Blackbird Ventures. Founded out of Sydney, Australia, in 2015, Baraja is one of a number of lidar startups targeting the burgeoning driverless car […]

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