Technology is in the process of completely transforming all aspects of 4 industries – construction, medicine, retail, and transport – with a significant reduction in the need for human labor. Here is the impact on the Transport Industry:

  • The return of electric-motorized vehicles (invented in 1884; by the early 1900s, nearly 40% of American cars were electric) will decimate the current car industry infrastructure (dealers, maintenance and repair, gas stations). Nearly 20 major countries have stated their intent to phase out combustion engines.
  • The development of autonomous vehicles (cars, buses, trucks, trains, ships, and aircraft) will increase travel safety, while not requiring human control.
  • Vehicle sharing/renting (Uber, Lyft) will reduce car ownership, especially in cities, which will reduce the need for parking spaces, freeing up large areas for pedestrian traffic. Garages will be turned into mini-apartments.
  • High-speed inter-city travel (via trains or hyperloop tunnels) will enable long distance commuting.
  • The time for Inter-continental travel will also be greatly reduced (hyperloop, space travel).
  • Flying taxis will start operating in a few cities world-wide in 2020.
  • Elon Musk has innovative businesses involving many of the above: Tesla (autonomous electric vehicles), Solar City (batteries), The Boring Company (tunnels for hyperloop travel), Space X (hyperloop, inter-continental travel).

The technologies involved in the above include electric motors, energy storage (electric car batteries), AI (autonomous operation), hyperloop (inter-city travel), drones (flying taxis), reusable space shuttles (inter-continental travel), virtual reality (travel booking)..

The number of jobs in the Transport Industry will be significantly reduced:

  • Autonomous operation will eliminate the need for truck drivers and couriers (including pizza delivery drivers), and reduce the need for ship crews and aircraft pilots.
  • Electric cars will reduce the need for car salespeople, distributorships, and mechanics.




Drones hauling a 20lb load for 500 miles and landing on a moving target (Drone/Courier - 2018-05 - The Edge)

Start-up Volans-i’s drones can travel up to 500 miles carrying 20 pounds of cargo at a top speed of 200 mph. They use fixed wings, along with vertical-take-off-and-landing systems, for flight, and both batteries and fuel for propulsion. They can take off or land on any flat 15×15 ft platform.

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Drone drops packages straight into your hands, with authentication using codes flashed from your phone’s LED (Drone/Courier - 2017-10 - The Verge)

UK/US technology research company, Cambridge Consultants, has unveiled a drone delivery concept that delivers a package directly into someone’s hands, using coded patterns sent via a phone’s LED flash to identify the recipient. DelivAir is ideal for items that are needed instantly or critically. The 3-stage package delivery involves using GPS to locate a person via their smartphone; then switching to optical tracking and a 3D-imaging and ranging system to locate and authenticate the recipient; finally, lowering the package using a stabilizing winch.

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The world's first fully autonomous drone delivery service launched in Iceland (Drone/Courier - 2017-08 - TechRepublic)

The world’s first fully autonomous drone delivery service launched in Reykjavik, Iceland this week, with online marketplace AHA partnering with drone company Flytrex to deliver food and products on demand across the capital city. Delivery could take up to 25 minutes, while the drones can reduce this to 4 minutes, with a 60% reduction in delivery cost.

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Hybrid gas/electric drones can carry 20 lbs for 100 miles (Drone/Courier - 2017-08 - Science Blog)

MIT initiated development of commercialized hybrid gas-to-electric drones, providing an order-of-magnitude increase in range, payload size, and power over battery-powered counterparts. Available in fall 2017, Top Flight Technologies’ drones can fly for more than 2.5 hours ­— enabling ranges of up to 100 miles — while carrying up to 20 pounds. They’re developing a 100-kilowatt hybrid drone that can lift 100 kilograms for up to three hours.

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Amazon’s vision for the future: Delivery drone beehives in every city (Drone/Courier - 2017-06 - The Verge)

Amazon has filed a patent application detailing a multi-level building in a city centre with drones being loaded manually and flying to their destinations from high floors. Nois may be reduced by new drone blade design, and drones may have redundant engines.

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Domino's autonomous vehicle pizza delivery now operational in Germany (Robotics/Courier - 2017-05 - ZDNet)

Domino’s autonomous delivery vehicles are now delivering pizzas to customers in Hamburg, Germany – complementing existing delivery methods (cars, scooters, e-bikes). The 6-wheeled robots travel on streets (via the shortest route to a destination) at speeds up to 16 kph. Domino’s Robotics Unit family now includes AI-based systems for voice response to orders, to interact with smart devices, and to automate rosters, and manage store stock levels.

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Delivery robots will operate within 50 miles and in all weathers (Robotics/Courier - 2017-05 - The Crunch)

Swiss startup, Teleretail AG, has machines, still in prototype, designed to cover long distances, up to 50 miles, and to serve rural and suburban markets along with city residents.

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Boeing's modular drones can lift anything (Drone/Courier - 2017-05 -

Boeing has developed a universal lift vehicle that can be quickly reconfigured based on the size and the weight of the payload. If the weight of a payload is less, then a single drone is used to transfer the payload. If a payload is heavier, then multiple drones are connected together to build a lift vehicle that can carry the heavy payload. A patent application has been filed.

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Deliveries may soon be made by robotic 'dogs' (Robotics/Courier - 2017-04 - Wired)

Boston Dynamics’ robotic dog, Spot, has been delivering parcels strapped to its back to employees’ front doors. Trials are about 70% complete. In November, a rolling bot made by London-based Starship Technologies was used by Just Eat to complete what it claimed to be the world’s first takeaway food delivery by the robot.

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UPS Saturday delivery adds 6,000 Jobs (General/Courier - 2017-04 - CNN Money)

With online sales booming, UPS joins FedEx and the United States Postal Service in offering Saturday delivery. It will include 5,800 locations by the end of 2018, adding 6,000 jobs.

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Land Rover has created a special Discovery with a roof-mounted drone (Drone/Courier - 2017-03 - The Verge)

Land Rover has created an unusual version of its Discovery, featuring a quadcopter drone that launches from the top of the SUV. The drone can take off and lands while the vehicle is moving. It is designed primarily for search and rescue missions. The Austrian Red Cross is actively deploying the new Land Rover “Project Hero” vehicles, and trialing the drone.

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UPS is testing drones that allow its delivery trucks to be in two places at once (Drone/Courier - 2017-02 - Quartz)

UPS announced today that it has successfully delivered a package in Florida using an autonomous drone that launched from the roof of one of its delivery trucks. The process is: The driver scans a package, puts it in a retractable cage that sits below the drone, and then plugs in a destination on a tablet near the driver’s seat. The roof of the truck then retracts, and the drone flies off to its destination. Once there, it lands, opens its cage, drops off the package, and sets back out to meet the driver as they continue along their route.

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6-wheeled robots delivering food (Robotics/Courier - 2017-01 - Popular Science)

Starship Technologies have built a fleet of 6-wheeled delivery robots, scheduled to start deliveries in D.C. and California in February (accompanied initially by an employee). They have been tested in the U.K., Germany, and Switzerland, delivering food orders, groceries, and parcels, traveling over 12,000 miles. They have 9 cameras, a 360-degree ultrasonic sensor array, and a Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, to map the environment, but can only travel at 4 mph.

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