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.
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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)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Airbus is ready for pilotless jets (Autonomous Planes/AI - 2019-06 - CTV)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Muji’s autonomous bus hits the road in Finland (Autonomous Car/AI - 2019-03 - FastCompany)
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Concept: Autonomous hotel room picks you up and delivers you to your hotel (Autonomous Hotel Room/AI - 2019-01 - CNet)
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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.