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What Does Tesla’s Automated Truck Mean for Truckers?

On Thursday night, Elon Musk rolled out Tesla's biggest gizmo yet: a fully electric semitruck. The Semi can go a whopping 500 miles between charges, hauling 80,000 pounds along the way. And it can sorta, kinda drive itself—on highways, anyway. The truck comes with Enhanced Autopilot, the second generation of Tesla's semiautonomous technology, equipped with automatic braking, lane keeping, and lane departure warnings. "Every truck we sell has Autopilot as standard," Musk said of the Semi, which goes into production in 2019. "This is a massive increase in safety." That…

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The Canvas autonomous cart can ferry goods around chaotic factory floors

Most Econ 101 classes start with an explanation of fixed and marginal cost in the context of factories. The factory is the principal fixed cost expensive and permanent. Canvas wants to smash this assumption of expensive, inflexible, factories by replacing infrastructure with autonomous vehicles. The Boulder-based startup is announcing its first product this morning an autonomous cart designed to shuffle goods around chaotic and unpredictable factory floors. Traditionally, factories install conveyor belts when they want to regularly move goods from one place to another. The problem with this is that,…

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Einrides T-Pod self-driving transport EV gets a full-scale prototype

Swedish tech startup Einride has built a full-scale prototype of its T-Pod, the electric autonomous transport vehicle it hopes will eventually replace smaller heavy-duty trucks, featuring remote control operation and a 200 kWh energy capacity with a maximum range of around 124 miles. The Einride T-Pod is unique in its design, as you can see, but its designed from the ground up for remote human operation and driverless functioning, meaning you dont need the traditional crew cabin, and can instead build a vehicle tailor-made exclusively for transporting goods efficiently. The…

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US Route 33 to test V2I tech

When you think of central Ohio, you might not think hotbed of innovation. But youre going to want to rethink that. This summer, a 35-mile stretch of U.S. Route 33 outside of Marysville, Ohio, will be wired to test vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) communications. A year ago, we had zero plan for all this, said Eric Phillips in a phone interview. Hes the executive director for the Union County Community Improvement Corporation and the CEO of the Union County Chamber of Commerce. It started as a fiber connectivity project. Marysville…

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GM plans to deploy hundreds of autonomous vehicles across the country for testing

GM is looking to leapfrog its competitors in the autonomous driving space by deploying a larger fleet of cars than any of them perhaps as many as 300, according to documents obtained by IEEE Spectrum. An admirable bit of digging on some FCC applications showed an application to deploy 3,000 vehicular radar units, with 10 units per vehicle. Shortly thereafter, GM filed a request to deploy the same type of radar, though it declined to indicate how many. And after that, Bosch applied to test a different radar, with 650…

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