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



The future of autonomous driving technology (AI/Autonomous Vehicles – 2019-06 – TechRepublic)

Autonomous hotel room picks you up at home, and takes you to your hotel (AI/Autonomous Hotel Room – 2019-01 – CNet)

New autonomous pods move in swarms to improve public transportation (AI/Autonomous Vehicles – 2018-02 – Dubai Media Office)

Ford’s self-driving cars to become Miami’s new pizza delivery guy (AI/Autonomous Vehicles – 2018-02 – ZDNet)

A conversation with the president of Didi Chuxing, the world’s largest ride-sharing company (AI/Autonomous cars – 2017-10 – Charlie Rose)

Baidu anticipates fully autonomous vehicles on highways by 2020 (AI/Autonomous Vehicles – 2017-04 – ZDNet)

Driverless trains could take lead in the world of automated vehicles (AI/Train – 2017-04 – ZDNet)



Bell's new, self-flying cargo drone hauls a heavy load (Drone - 2019-09 - Wired)

Bell Helicopter’s all-electric APT 70 can carry up to 70 pounds, cruise at 75 mph, and cover 35 miles with a fully charged battery.

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A 40’ remotely-controlled cargo ship delivered oysters and beer from Britain to Belgium (Robotics - 2019-08 - AI Topics)

In May 2019, a cargo ship (‘Maxlimer’) delivered oysters and beer from Britain to Belgium, operating under remote and autonomous control – a first for commercial shipping. The 40′ ship is capable of carrying 2½ tons of cargo, navigating busy shipping channels via a remote human operator, and open water autonomously.

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UPS has been using self-driving trucks to deliver cargo (AI - 2019-08 - Big Think)

UPS is working with autonomous trucking San Francisco startup TuSimple on a pilot project delivering supply-chain cargo along a 115-mile stretch between Tucscon and Phoenix, Arizona using self-driving trucks with a safety driver and engineer, who likely will be needed until late 2020. TuSimple installs 9 cameras and 2 LIDAR sensors in Navistar trucks.

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Waymo's self-driving system has driven 10 billion virtual miles (AI - 2019-07 - Engadget)

The 10 million miles Waymo’s self-driving vehicles have driven in the real world is dwarfed by the 10 billion virtual miles in simulations of multiple real driving scenarios. Thus its self-driving technology learns without the risk of causing road traffic accidents.

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Autonomous cars may replace a lot of air travel (Autonomous Cars/AI - 2019-06 - Fast Company)

As the comfort and safety of driverless cars become more accepted, a research study showed how people will choose them to replace air travel – or to cut out layovers.

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Volvo's autonomous electric truck to start moving cargo in a Swedish port (Autonomous Trucks/AI - 2019-06 - TechCrunch)

The Vera autonomous, electric truck from Volvo’s trucking subsidiary is totally self-driving. Its inaugural job: Moving goods packed in cargo trailers from a logistics center to a port terminal in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Airbus is ready for pilotless jets (Autonomous Planes/AI - 2019-06 - CTV)

Airbus has the technology to fly passenger planes without pilots at all – and is working on winning over regulators and travelers to the idea. Airbus hopes to be selling hybrid or electric passenger jets by around 2035.

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The USPS is testing self-driving trucks for hauling mail (Autonomous Trucks/AI - 2019-05 - Wired)

18-wheeler self-driving trucks built by startup TuSimple will haul trailers full of mail and packages for a USPS test with a certified driver and safety engineer aboard. The pilot project will last two weeks and include five round trips between Phoenix and Dallas distribution hubs. The USPS is working with the University of Michigan on a self-driving truck to handle rural routes.

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Panasonic is preparing for a future where most drivers don't own cars (Autonomous Cars/AI - 2019-04 - TechRepublic)

Panasonic is preparing for a future where autonomous and electric cars upend the auto industry, and most cars are sold to ride-sharing companies like Uber or Lyft, who are already placing large orders with the same specifications. Car ownership is reducing substantially amongst millennials, especially those living in cities. Costs are being reduced by integrating more components into a single module.

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Singapore university partners with Volvo to pilot a full-size autonomous electric bus (Autonomous Bus/AI - 2019-03 - ZDNet)

Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and Volvo Buses have launched a driverless electric bus stretching 12 metres long that can accommodate 80 passengers.

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LG Uplus and Hanyang successfully trial 5G autonomous car in Seoul (Autonomous Car/AI - 2019-03 - ZDNet)

LG Uplus and Hanyang University have successfully trialled their 5G-connected autonomous vehicle, which rode on the streets of Seoul alongside regular cars. The vehicle rode through roads with heavy traffic, driving 8 km in 25 minutes, while changing lanes and reacting to cars cutting through traffic.

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Muji’s autonomous bus hits the road in Finland (Autonomous Car/AI - 2019-03 - FastCompany)

Finnish vehicle manufacturer Sensible 4 has developed, Gacha, the first autonomous minibus that can navigate both city streets and small, unmarked suburban roads under all imaginable weather and lighting conditions.

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Concept: Autonomous hotel room picks you up and delivers you to your hotel (Autonomous Hotel Room/AI - 2019-01 - CNet)

Aprilli Design Studio introduces the autonomous hotel room concept, complete with basic sleeping, working and washroom functions, which you order like a Uber, and which takes you to your destination with stops and with drone roof-top deliveries.

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Waymo One is the world’s first self-driving taxi service (Autonomous Car/AI - 2018-12 - FastCompany)

A description of what it’s like to drive in an autonomous car with the Waymo User Interface.

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Rolls-Royce has demonstrated the world’s first fully autonomous ferry in Finland. (Transport/Autonomous ships- 2018-12 - VentureBeat)

Rolls-Royce has publicly demonstrated what it calls the “world’s first fully autonomous ferry” on a trip between Parainen and Nauvo in Finland. The British company partnered with Finnish state-owned Finferries in May 2018 to optimize ship safety and efficiency through developing and demonstrating autonomous ferry technologies. An auto-docking system enables the ferry to alter its speed and course when coming into port.

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First autonomous freight train network fully operational (Transport/Autonomous trains- 2018-12 - Ars Technica)

Major mining corporation Rio Tinto’s autonomous train system in Western Australia has logged >1 million km since July 2018. Trains serve 14 mines, delivering to 4 port terminals, and remotely monitored from Perth. The system reduces the number of stops to change drivers, and runs 6% faster.

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A self-driving car that delivers packages to homes and businesses (Transport/Courier- 2018-12 - Business Insider)

The company behind Walmart’s giant self-service kiosks has developed a self-driving car that delivers packages to homes and businesses. The car uses a robotic arm to place the packages in pickup lockers outside homes and businesses. Eventually, it will be able to deliver to mailboxes and pickup towers as well.

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Driverless buses will transform business travel at airports (Transport/Autonomous buses- 2018-11 -

KT Corp. is using 5G technology to bring autonomous buses to South Korea’s Incheon International Airport. During the test, the self-driving bus was able to slow down at traffic lights and change lanes on its own, while driving 2.2 kilometers at 30 kph.

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Waymo to start first driverless car service in December 2018 (Transport/Autonomous cars- 2018-11 - Bloomberg)

Waymo is planning to launch the world’s first commercial driverless car service in early December, operating under a new brand, and competing directly with Uber and Lyft. It will start small—perhaps dozens of authorized riders in the suburbs around Phoenix, covering about 100 square miles. Waymo cars have driven 10 million miles since 2009, with manual intervention only required after about 5,000 miles.

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Ford wants to launch a fleet of thousands of self-driving cars in 2021 (Transport/Autonomous cars- 2018-11 - MIT Technology Review)

Ford’s driverless rides could be less than half the price of today’s ride-share journeys, if the cars were used day and night and carried interactive adverts. They are talking about launching tens of thousands vehicles, profitably. Their autonomous-vehicle service will involve fleet management software, dispatch, routing, and payment systems; a diverse group of delivery customers; and digital content and services for passengers – likely involving commercial sponsorship and in-car advertising.

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Volvo is going to use autonomous trucks to haul stone out of a mine in Norway (Transport/Autonomous trucks- 2018-11 - MIT Technology Review)

Six autonomous trucks will transport limestone the five-kilometer (three-mile) route through tunnels between a mine owned by a local firm and a processing facility at a nearby port.

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Autonomous trucks don't need a cab, which makes them far more efficient to drive (Transport/Autonomous trucks- 2018-11 - Wired)

The Swedish trucking start-up, Einride, is running its all-electric, cab-less truck on a commercial route – moving pallets of goods between warehouses. The absence of a cab means weight-saving, a more aerodynamic design, and more room for batteries.

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Waymo 1st company in California to test autonomous cars on public roads (Transport/Autonomous cars- 2018-10 - San Francisco Chronicle)

Waymo is the first company in California allowed to test <40 fully-autonomous cars to drive both day and night on city streets, rural highways and highways with posted speeds up to 65 mph. Show full article

Rolls-Royce partners with Intel to bring autonomy to ships (Transport/Autonomous ships- 2018-10 - ZdNet)

Rolls-Royce’s Intelligent Awareness System will serve as the ‘eyes and ears’ of shipping vessels, which can detect objects several kilometers away. Some, but not all, vessel classes, such as tug boats and some ferries, could be controlled by land-based crews.

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Waymo to launch ride-hailing service with self-driving vehicles (Transport/Autonomous taxis- 2018-10 - TechCrunch)

Alphabet’s self-driving car company Waymo’s autonomous vehicles have driven 10 million miles in 25 U.S. cities, and 7 billion miles in simulation of challenging situations. It will shortly launch a commercial ride-hailing service with fleets of self-driving vehicles.

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Germany launches world's first autonomous tram (Transport/Autonomous trains- 2018-09 - The Guardian)

The world’s first autonomous tram, 65-feet-long, was developed by Siemens and launched in Potsdam, west of Berlin. Fitted with multiple radar, lidar (light from a laser), and camera sensors, forming digital eyes that film the tram and its surroundings, the tram reacts to trackside signals and can respond to hazards faster than a human.

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Volvo unveils all-electric, autonomous truck without a cab (Transport/Autonomous trucks- 2018-09 - Electrek)

Volvo Trucks has built a new all-electric and autonomous truck without a cab called Vera, primarily for urban transport.

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Autonomous vehicles could charge themselves (Transport/Electric cars- 2018-09 - MIT Technology Review)

A start-up, ‘WiTricity’, will use magnetic resonance to wirelessly charge autonomous vehicles. Electricity is fed into a copper coil on the ground, creating a magnetic field. A 2nd copper coil under the vehicle creates electricity, when it comes within range of the 1st coil, which is used to charge the car’s battery pack.

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Self-driving shuttles hit Detroit streets (Transport/Autonomous buses- 2018-08 - Detroit Free Press)

Self-driving shuttles begin service June 27, 2018 in downtown Detroit, carrying Bedrock employees among the company’s offices, parking lots and other destinations. It’s the first commercial use of self-driving shuttles on public streets in the United States, according to May Mobility and Bedrock. The five six-seat electric shuttles will have human attendants to monitor the vehicles and explain the service to passengers.

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Waymo’s self-driving cars will serve as a link to public transit (Transport/Autonomous cars- 2018-07 - MIT Technology Review)

Waymo is partnering with the Phoenix area’s regional public transportation authority, to explore mobility solutions that use self-driving technology to connect travelers with existing buses and light rail.

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Logging is the latest ground transportation industry to start adapting autonomous driving (Transport/Autonomous trucks- 2018-07 - ZDNet)

Einride, a Swedish start-up has unveiled an all-electric, driverless logging truck. Logging has the single highest industry fatality rate in America, and is one of the most dangerous industries internationally. The logging truck prototype has a range of about 120 miles on one charge, and can travel about 50 mph fully loaded.

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Self-driving shuttles hit Detroit streets (Transport/Autonomous buses- 2018-06 - Detroit Free Press)

Self-driving shuttles begin service June 27, 2018 in downtown Detroit, carrying Bedrock employees among the company’s offices, parking lots and other destinations. It’s the first commercial use of self-driving shuttles on public streets in the United States, according to May Mobility and Bedrock. The five six-seat electric shuttles will have human attendants to monitor the vehicles and explain the service to passengers.

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Self-driving grocery delivery car will sacrifice itself to save pedestrians (Transport/Autonomous cars- 2018-06 - Popular Science)

Autonomous car company Nuro has created a diminutive ‘bot that drives itself to deliver groceries to people’s homes – and it will avoid collisions with pedestrians even if that mean harming itself.

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Kroger to bring driverless cars to grocery delivery (Transport/Autonomous cars- 2018-06 - CNBC)

Kroger is partnering with autonomous car company Nuro to introduce driverless cars to its grocery delivery. – one of several investments in expanding its digital and online delivery business. ‘Last mile delivery’ is one of the hardest feats in the delivery of fresh food.

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Self-driving shuttles to make employee travel more efficient (Transport/Autonomous buses - 2018-05 - TechRepublic)

Apple is working with Volkswagen on a self-driving van that will be used as an employee shuttle. Self-driving shuttles are already used at the University of Michigan and in Las Vegas. For large businesses, they could make employee travel more efficient than taxis or public transportation.

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Waymo to add 62,000 more Chrysler minivans to self-driving car fleet (Transport/Autonomous cars - 2018-05 - ZDNet)

Waymo is adding up to 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to its self-driving fleet, and its self-driving technology may be added to all Fiat Chrysler cars.

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A new MIT project could bring driverless cars to rural roads (Transport/Autonomous cars - 2018-05 - Futurism)

A new system, ‘Maplite’, developed by researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory will let autonomous vehicles navigate unmapped roads, relying on a combination of GPS data and sensors.

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Researchers design 3-D-printed, driverless boats that can self-assemble into other floating structures (Transport/Autonomous ships - 2018-05 - MIT News)

MIT researchers have designed a fleet of autonomous boats that offer high maneuverability and precise control. The boats can also be rapidly 3-D printed using a low-cost printer. The boats — rectangular 4-by-2-meter hulls equipped with sensors, microcontrollers, GPS modules, and other hardware — could be programmed to self-assemble into floating bridges or concert stages in a matter of hours.

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China gets its first driverless street sweeper (Transport/Autonomous street sweepers - 2018-05 - Euronews)

Two driverless street sweepers are being used in an industrial park in Shanghai, cleaning the park in less than 20 minutes, They use radar sensors and AI to avoid obstacles, pass through traffic lights and park at designated spots.

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You can catch a self-driving Waymo taxi in 2019 - if you're traveling to Phoenix (Transport/Autonomous taxis - 2018-05 - TechRepublic)

Waymo’s self-driving car service will begin operations by the end of 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. People will download an app to secure rides on autonomous vehicles. Waymo has been operating autonomous vehicles on Phoenix roads since October, 2017. Their sensors provide 360 degree views, and lasers see objects in 3 dimensions, up to 300 meters away. Waymo cars have driven over 6 million miles on the road and 5 billion miles through simulations.

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Driverless trains coming to Thailand (Transport/Autonomous trains- 2018-05 - People's Daily Online)

PBTS, a joint venture between Canada’s Bombardier Transportation and China Railway Rolling Stock Corp, recently got the contract to supply two driverless straddle monorail trains to Bangkok, Thailand.

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California to legalize robot taxis (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-04 - TechRepublic)

The California Public Utilities Commission issued a proposal that would allow self-driving car companies to taxi passengers without a human driver present. The rise of autonomous vehicles could lower the cost of business travel for road warriors, and change the automobile industry forever.

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Autonomous vehicles will transform urban life by 2020, if Waymo’s time line is correct (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-03 - The Atlantic)

Waymo is purchasing 20,000 sporty, electric self-driving vehicles from Jaguar for its ride-hailing service. With additional orders for thousands of Chrysler minivans, Waymo will be capable of doing vast numbers of trips per day. They estimate that the Jaguar fleet alone will be capable of doing a million trips each day in 2020.

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A look inside London’s ongoing experiment with autonomous shuttles (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-03 - The Verge)

Pods could be the future of urban transport. They’re quiet, compact, and maneuver easily through winding streets. Since April 2017, London has been trialing these autonomous vehicles. Over 5,000 people have used the service as it ferries people about a 3.4km stretch of the Thames. A recent survey had 43% positive, 46% undecided, and 11% negative.

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80% of all items will be delivered autonomously within a decade (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-03 - Bloomberg)

Early discussion about driverless cars has focused on robot taxis, as removing a human driver seems like the quickest path to profitability. But an increasing number of companies—automakers, tech giants, startups, parcel services—are seeing autonomous delivery as the more lucrative venture. Consultant McKinsey & Co. predicts that in less than a decade, 80 percent of all items will be delivered autonomously.

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Waymo is offering free driverless taxi rides around Phoenix (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-03 - TechnologyReview)

Waymo is offering trips to so-called “early riders”—the first people to have signed up to use its robotic Chrysler Pacifica taxis. The minivans don’t have a safety driver behind the wheel, but someone can take control remotely if necessary.

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Waymo’s self-driving trucks will start delivering freight in Atlanta (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-03 - The Verge)

Waymo is expanding the scope of its self-driving experiments, announcing that its autonomous trucks would soon begin delivering freight for Google’s data centers in Atlanta. The trucks won’t be completely driverless but will be operating on public roads during the pilot.

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Uber’s self-driving trucks are making deliveries in Arizona (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-03 - Engadget)

Uber’s self-driving trucks have been operating via two main transfer hubs in Arizona since January 2018, and have completed thousands of rides. Uber made its first delivery with a self-driving truck in 2016, transporting 2,000 cases of Budweiser in Colorado.

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Mass transit to be prioritized over cars by Boring Company (Hyperloop/Mass Transit - 2018-03 - Futurism)

Elon Musk says his Boring Company is switching focus to prioritize transportation for pedestrians and cyclists over cars. In his concept, a pod fills up with people at ground level with its destination lit up on front and side. The pod descends into a tunnel below to a track, then speeds to its destination at about 200 km/h.

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New autonomous pods move in swarms to improve public transportation (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-02 - TechRepublic)

Next Transportation, launched in Dubai in February, uses swarming pods that connect and disconnect while transporting passengers, organizing riders based on upcoming stops. Each pod holds 10 people. When connected, the pods’ interior spaces are combined. Passengers are reassigned from pod to pod based on their end destination. The pods can also operate as a single car.

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Ford's self-driving cars to become Miami's new pizza delivery guy (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-02 - ZDNet)

Ford has not taken the route of rivals, including Google’s Waymo and General Motors, who are focusing on developing proprietary fleets of autonomous vehicles but has instead pushed for partnerships. Ford said that a pilot program has been launched in Miami with pizza maker Domino’s. Grocery delivery startup Postmates will be joining the roster in March. Ford and Lyft are already working together on software which will allow the Lyft app to communicate with Ford’s self-driving platform.

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Nuro’s self-driving vehicle is a grocery-getter and errand-runner (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-01 - TechCrunch)

The California start-up, Nuro, is planning a small, narrow box on wheels (half as wide as a )car, designed to be a lightweight way to get goods from a local business to a customer, or from one person to another within a neighborhood or city.

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Autonomous freight barges to debut in August, 2018 (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-01 - Futurism)

Five autonomous barges, built by Dutch company Port-Liner, will connect the ports of Antwerp, Amsterdam, and Rotterdam in August. The vessel is powered solely by a set of 6 meters (20 ft) long batteries, charged using carbon-free energy, and, while designed to run completely autonomously, will initially be manned. The barges will help replace 23,000 freight trucks.

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