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.



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)


Waymo to add 62,000 more Chrysler minivans to self-driving car fleet (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 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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China gets its first driverless street sweeper (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 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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Driverless trains coming to Thailand (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 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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Self-driving shuttles to make employee travel more efficient (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 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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You can catch a self-driving Waymo taxi in 2019 - if you're traveling to Phoenix (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 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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A new MIT project could bring driverless cars to rural roads (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 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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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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General Motors to roll out fleet of self-driving taxis by 2019 (AI/Autonomous Taxis - 2017-12 - TechRepublic)

General Motors executives said the company plans to deploy a large-scale fleet of driverless taxis in large cities by 2019. Rides could cost <$1/mile by 2025, down from about $2.50/mile for driver-based, ride-hailing services today, Ford, Waymo, Uber, and other auto and tech companies have been testing autonomous cars, taxis, and trucks; most have avoided naming a date for official commercial launches. Despite some safety and regulatory concerns, the US House of Representatives passed legislation to speed the deployment of fully-autonomous cars in September 2017.

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Autonomous car hardware (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-11 - PalmBeach)

The technology that allows autonomous cars to drive better than any human ever could, includes…
• Eight surround-view cameras that provide 360 degrees of visibility around the car for <250 meters.
• Twelve ultrasonic sensors that detect objects at nearly twice the distance as the cameras.
• A forward-facing radar with enhanced processing that provides additional data. It uses sensors that can see through rain, fog, dust, and even the car ahead.

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Waymo is operating fully-autonomous cars in Phoenix (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-11 -

In an area of the Phoenix metro region, a subset of Waymo’s fleet of autonomous is operating in fully autonomous mode (i.e. no driver).

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Waymo is testing autonomous cars in 23 US cities, and has now exceeded 4 million self-driven miles (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-11 -

Waymo’s fleet of vehicles has officially reached more than 4 million self-driving miles on public roads (representing nearly 300 years for an average American driver), and 20,000 unique situations tested.

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81% Americans believe driverless vehicles will eliminate many jobs (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-10 - TechRepublic)

Pew Research polled a very diverse group of people, finding that 81% of Americans believe that driverless vehicles will eliminate jobs for many professional drivers, such as the 3.5 million truck drivers, but 56% said they don’t want to ride in driverless vehicles. While driverless and semi-driverless trucks are being developed and trialed by numerous tech companies in the US, the Teamsters have been lobbying against bills that would support their development.

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NVIDIA's has first AI computer hardware for Level 5 autonomous operation (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-10 - TechRepublic)

NVIDIA has announced that the world’s first AI computer designed specifically to support software that drives fully autonomous vehicles will be available by mid-2018. Pegasus extends the NVIDIA Drive PX AI computing platform to operate vehicles with Level 5 autonomy—without steering wheels, pedals, or mirrors. Pegasus delivers more than 320 trillion operations per second, or more than 10x the performance of its predecessor. Some 25 partners are currently developing fully autonomous taxis using the NVIDIA technology.

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Autonomous taxi service deployed in a California retirement community (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-10 - Voyage)

Voyager has deployed their first self-driving taxi service with 3 cars at The Villages, a 4,000+ retirement community in San Jose, CA.

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GM’s self-driving Chevy Bolts will be tested in New York in 2018 (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-10 - Recode)

GM’s self-driving Chevy Bolts will be tested in 5-square-miles of lower Manhattan in early 2018 in semi-autonomous mode (with drivers). Testing has been underway in downtown San Francisco for almost a year to prove their ability to navigate complex road systems and city traffic.

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Self-driving cars can be seen in 35 cities in 14 countries (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-10 -

Bloomberg Philanthropies has been tracking all of the testing locations for self-driving cars, and they can be seen in 35 cities in 14 countries. Leading countries are US (11 cities), Netherlands (5), UK (4) and China (3).

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90% of passenger vehicles in the US could be rlectric by the early 2040s (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-09 - Futurism)

IMF and Georgetown University researchers suggest that, by 2040, it’s possible that 90% of passenger vehicles in the US, Canada, Europe, and similarly wealthy nations could be electric. The cost of electric vehicles will be a huge factor in how quickly things progress. Tesla’s Model 3 could be a gamechanger, with its price tag of $35,000. The UK will ban new gas- and diesel-powered cars in 2040, and China is working on a timetable for similar legislation.

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Electric bus sets record with 1,101-mile trip on a single charge (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-09 - Engadget)

The startup Proterra just drove a Catalyst E2 Max electric bus 1,101.2 miles on a single charge, which is the furthest any EV has managed before recharging. The first buses will be used in Los Angeles later in 2017.

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Japan could be providing self-driving buses for elderly residents in rural communities by 2020 (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-09 - Reuters)

Japan is experimenting with self-driving buses in rural communities, where elderly residents struggle with fewer bus and taxi services as the population ages and shrinks. Self-driving services for remote communities could be launched by 2020. Plans are to turn highway rest stops into hubs from which to ferry the elderly to medical, retail and banking services.

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Lyft launches self-driving car pilot in San Francisco (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-09 - ZDNet)

Lyft is partnering with to bring driverless taxis to the San Francisco Bay Area., founded by former scientists from Stanford U’s AI Lab, will be utilizing deep-learning to create artificial intelligence software for autonomous vehicles, as well as retrofit kits to make traditional cars smarter.

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Tesla Semi could be the biggest catalyst in trucking in decades - and 70% cheaper to operate (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-09 - Elektrek)

The Tesla Semi is likely to be announced in September 2017. A Morgan Stanley analyst expects: Available in 2020; Cost about $US$100K with separately leased batteries; An all-purpose Class 8 semi-truck: Could be up to 70% cheaper to operate than a regular truck).

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Uber and Lyft could destroy car ownership in major cities (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-09 - Business Insider)

A recent study from the U. of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, and Columbia U. supports the notion that ride-hailing will start to kill car ownership by giving urban dwellers a cheaper and more efficient way of getting around. Uber and Lyft left Austin, Texas in May 2016 and returned a year later.

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Australian driverless bus trials (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-08 - ZDNet)

A driverless shuttle bus will hit NSW roads as part of a two-year trial at Sydney Olympic Park in August 2017. The trial will start with safety checks before the public is able to ride. The Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia started Australia’s first driverless electric bus trial in August 2016 in South Perth. Other trials using driverless shuttle buses in Adelaide and Darwin.

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Ford and Domino’s to deliver pizza using self-driving cars in new test (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-08 - TechCrunch)

Ford and Domino’s are teaming up on a research trial in the Ann Arbor, Mich. area to understand how people will react to, and interact with, autonomous service vehicles. Ford Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Cars will be outfitted with pizza containers created by Domino’s partner Roush Enterprises designed to keep the pizzas warm en route and to unlock when a customer types in their unique delivery code.

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Expect autonomous ships to be operational in 2020 (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-07 - TechRepublic)

Two companies in Norway plan to develop the world’s first driverless ship by sailing fertilizer down a fiord in 2018. They expect to run fully-autonomously by 2020. British manufacturer Rolls-Royce also plans to launch robotic ships by 2020, including tugboats, ferries, and cargo ships.

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Torc Robotics unveils self-driving system for consumer cars (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-07 - The Crunch)

Virginia-based Torc Robotics has been working on autonomous vehicle tech since 2007, and it has applied autonomy in a range of commercial, industrial and military applications. It announced its entry into the consumer car market, with a self-driving car project, with more than 1,000 miles logged of autonomous driving in recent tests using two modified Lexus RX vehicles. These have been active on roads since February 2017, driving in “all weather” conditions, equipped with Torc’s in-house localization, mapping, navigation and object detection/tracking systems.

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Fleets of rental cars leased to test autonomous driving technology (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-06 - Bloomberg)

Apple is leasing a small fleet of SUVs from Hertz, and Alphabet’s Waymo has signed a similar deal with Avis. 6 vehicles have been testing Apple’s autonomous technology on public roads in and around the San Francisco Bay area for at least a year.

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Japanese autonomous cargo ships by 2025 (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-06 - Engadget)

Japanese shipping companies plan to build 250 self-navigating cargo ships by 2025, that will predict malfunctions, reduce maritime accidents, and improve efficiency. They will travel the shortest, safest and most fuel-efficient routes.

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Self-driving cars can be even safer with connected technology (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-06 -

Testing the increased safety of autonomous cars when inter-connected with other cars and an administrative site, enabling out-of-sight information to be relayed. The University of Michigan’s Mcity Test Facility uses augmented reality to support the testing. A separate testing approach taps into data from 25 million miles of real-world driving from the Ann Arbor Connected Vehicle Test Environment, one of the world’s largest operational, real-world deployments of connected vehicles and infrastructure. Thousands of vehicles across the city are currently communicating with one another and wired infrastructure.

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The first practical electric car was invented in London by Thomas Parker in 1884 (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-06 - Library of Congress)

By the early 1900s, around 38 percent of American cars were electric. Their short mileage range limited its use in rural areas but it was ideal for town or city travelers. The Detroit Electric could make it between 80-100 miles on a single charge, with a top speed of about 27 mph.

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Uber shows off its upgraded fleet of autonomous trucks (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-06 - Engadget)

Uber has unveiled its 2nd-generation big rig with an upgraded set of sensors, including a 64-channel LIDAR array purchased off-the-shelf from Velodyne. The vehicles are currently being tested in the San Francisco area.

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Autonomous vehicle testing to begin in New York State (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-05 - Shelly Palmer)

Governor Cuomo announced that New York is now accepting applications from companies interested in testing or demonstrating autonomous vehicles on public roads. Vehicles will have to comply with federal safety standards and all applicable New York State inspection standards, and a person holding a valid driver license must be present in the driver’s seat at all times while it is operated on public highways.

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Japan: Drone deliveries in 2020 and self-driving trucks in 2022 (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-05 - Reuters)

Japan plans to allow package delivery by drone sometime from 2020 and the commercialization of self-driving trucks by 2022. This move is urgent because its workforce has shrunk dramatically enough to force companies to start scaling back operations. More use of Big Data and AI will be encouraged to help diagnose medical conditions. Regulations will be temporarily eased for some firms, using what is known as a regulatory sandbox, to allow companies to test new technologies right away, free of the burden normally imposed by regulation.

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New South Wales Transit sees a future with shared commuting and autonomous mass transit (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-05 - ZDNet)

Transport for New South Wales is exploring applications for connected and autonomous vehicles with artificial intelligence-powered transport networks, based on a future in which vehicle ownership is no longer important and lifestyles centre on mass transit.

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Autonomous electric shuttle bus with technology that assists people with disabilities (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-04 - MIT Technology Review)

IBM and an independent carmaker, Local Motors, are developing a self-driving, electric shuttle bus that combines artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and smartphone apps to serve people with vision, hearing, physical, and cognitive disabilities. The buses, dubbed “Olli,” are designed to transport people around neighborhoods at speeds below 35 mph, and will enter production in 2018.

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Largest test of self-driving vehicle technology in UK (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-04 -

The UK government announced an investment of £13 million dedicated to the largest test of self-driving vehicle technology to date, operating at high speed on public roads – a fleet of driverless cars with UK-built software is set to travel the 100 km distance between the cities of London and Oxford in 2019.

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Waymo testing self-driving minivans in Phoenix (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-04 -

Waymo,  formerly the Google self-driving car project, is testing the use of self-driving cars in the daily lives of a diverse group of hundreds of Phoenix residents, who will have access to their fleet of 600 minivans every day, at any time, to go anywhere within an area that’s about twice the size of San Francisco.

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Autonomous pods used at Heathrow Airport adapted for use on Greenwich streets (AI/Street - 2017-04 - Wired)

The driverless pods are the first autonomous vehicles to hit the streets of London. Created by tech firm Oxbotica, the shuttle pods can travel at speeds of up to 10mph and are controlled by a computer. The shuttles are designed to carry four people and have no steering wheel or pedals.

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How driverless trains are moving ahead (AI/Train - 2017-04 - ZDNet)

Advances in driverless trains continue to evolve unsung. Operating with or without a supervising driver, automated trains regulate their own starting and stopping mechanisms and speed, while the newest models are fitted with complex onboard computers and rechargeable batteries. Some do not even need to run on rails. Dutch tech firm, 2getthere, will employ the world’s largest fleet of non-rail-guided automated people movers to connect Dubai’s inner-city metro system to a waterfront development. 25 automated people movers will each carry up to 24 passengers to make the 2.5km trip in 4.5 minutes, operating on an elevated, bi-directional line. Each vehicle will also have the capability to navigate public roads.

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What happens when self-driving happens (AI - 2017-04 -

Fully autonomous driving has the potential to have as large an effect on our way of living as the car itself did. Ride-sharing allows purchasers to amortize the large capital cost over many drivers and high utilization, although safety drivers will be around for a long time. Adoption is going to be high as there becomes little incentive to own a car. Social impacts include Accident Avoidance (37,000 Americans die annually in car accidents; 1.3m globally; 100x injured); Revamping of Insurance Industry; Commute times go down; Elimination of parking space frees land but reduces municipal revenue and policing time; c45% reduction in energy demand across all road transportation. Opportunities for new transportation technologies.

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Self-driving cars to improve urban living (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-03 - Big Think)

By 2030, completely autonomous vehicles will be pervasive and will transform our cities and lifestyles. They’ll change the nature of businesses, reshape the urban landscapes, affect which suburbs we choose to live in, and help us to save time and money. They could substantially improve our health and wellbeing by eliminating almost all road-related accidents and fatalities, and improving air quality. The article explores other potential benefits suggested in the first instalment of Stanford University’s One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence (AI100), titled, “Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030.”

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BMW to deliver self-driving vehicles by 2021 (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-03 - Technology News)

German carmaker BMW is on track to deliver a self-driving car by 2021, in partnership with Intel and Mobileye. he vehicle will have different levels of autonomy, depending on how and where it is used – from total autonomy to needing a steering wheel and driver to take over if the car encounters a problem.

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First autonomous pod design from Volkswagen (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-03 -

Volkswagen’s Sedric Concept car is essentially a mobile living room powered by electric motors, designed for all combinations of passengers, including children and the disabled. The inside is closer to that of a lounge, with no steering wheel or pedals. Sustainability and technology major design elements.

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Uber resumes self-driving program 3 days after Arizona crash (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-03 - Reuters)

Uber put its self-driving cars back on the road three days after one of its cars was involved in a crash in Tempe, Arizona. The program had been suspended in the three cities where it operates a self-driving pilot program – Tempe, San Francisco and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – while the crash was investigated. A human-driven vehicle failed to yield to an Uber vehicle while making a turn. The Uber car was in self-driving mode at the time of the crash, and the collision caused it to roll onto its side. There were no serious injuries.

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Las Vegas testing first self-driving bus operation on US public streets (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2017-01 -

A small autonomous bus ‘the Arma’ is running a short route along Las Vegas’ Fremont Street, the first time a self-driving bus has moved passengers on an American public road. The route is just 3 blocks for this January pilot test. The fully-electric Arma can carry about 12 passengers, at a top speed of 16 mph. The French manufacturer, Navya, has already deployed vehicles in Singapore, France, and Australia.

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