robotics

  • GM’s Cruise sets special self-driving event for November 28

    GM’s Cruise sets special self-driving event for November 28

    GM’s Cruise self-driving unit is hosting a special event at the end of November, the company revealed today via invites to select media. The tagline for the event is “Come experience our vision of a self-driving future,” and while advance details are scarce, it sounds likely that Cruise will take the opportunity to allow media and other guests to experience their pilot… Read More

  • Building the best possible driver inside Waymo’s Castle

    Building the best possible driver inside Waymo’s Castle

    Waymo has been very protective of its testing process in past, but recently it started opening up – likely as a bid to help get the public more comfortable with self-driving vehicle technology as it moves towards broad deployment of its autonomous cars. As part of that, the former Google self-driving car project asked a group of journalists to pay a visit to its Castle testing facility… Read More

  • Taking a truly driverless ride in Waymo’s Chrysler Pacifica

    Taking a truly driverless ride in Waymo’s Chrysler Pacifica

    Today was a first for me: I drove in a fully autonomous vehicle on roads without anyone behind the wheel. They weren’t public roads, but they did have intersections, other vehicles, pedestrian traffic, cyclists and more, and the car managed a fairly long route without any human intervention – and without any cause for concern on my part. I’ve done a lot of self-driving… Read More

  • Waymo focuses on user experience, considers next steps

    Waymo focuses on user experience, considers next steps

    Waymo is investing a lot of time and effort on building out the user experience of its self-driving vehicles, which includes both the external and internal user-facing features of its autonomous cars. This includes looking at everything from how a user gets picked up during a ride-hailing experience, to communicating with others sharing the road, to how a user interacts with the car once on… Read More

  • Toyota will test autonomous cars at California’s GoMentum station

    Toyota will test autonomous cars at California’s GoMentum station

    Toyota’s Research Institute will test its autonomous vehicle tech at GoMentum Station, a 5,000 acre proving ground for self-driving vehicle tech located in Concord, California. The proving ground will allow TRI to test out both its ‘Guardian’ and its ‘Chauffeur’ autonomous driving systems, which aim at automated safety protocols to assist human drivers, and… Read More

  • Walmart is rolling out shelf-scanning robots in stores, but says they won’t replace people

    Walmart is rolling out shelf-scanning robots in stores, but says they won’t replace people

    Any automation evangelist will tell you that the goal of industrial robotics is to replace work that’s “dull, dirty and dangerous.” As someone who’s worked a fair number of retail gigs, I can tell you that inventory falls squarely into the first category. Walmart employees likely won’t miss out on that bit as the mega-retailer begins rolling out shelf-scanning robots. Read More

  • Waymo to start testing its self-driving cars in Michigan

    Waymo to start testing its self-driving cars in Michigan

    Waymo’s next stop for its self-driving Chrysler Pacifica test vehicles is Michigan. The company that sprung from Google’s self-driving car project will be deploying its autonomous cars just in time for Michigan’s winter, too, which will mean that they should encounter a range of major challenges, including snow, sleet and frozen roads. This isn’t the first time Waymo… Read More

  • Delphi buys Nutonomy for $400 million to scale and deliver autonomous vehicles

    Delphi buys Nutonomy for $400 million to scale and deliver autonomous vehicles

    Delphi today announced it is purchasing the self-driving car company Nutonomy for $450 million. Founded in 2013 by Dr. Karl Iagnemma and Dr. Emilio Frazzoli, Nutonomy is Boston-based company that develops autonomous vehicle technology. The core thought behind this purchase is to accelerate the pace of developing autonomous vehicles with Delphi. Delphi CTO Glen De Vos noted on a conference… Read More

  • Watch a tiny turtle get a 3D-printed mask

    Watch a tiny turtle get a 3D-printed mask

    Today is your lucky day because, in my mind, it’s Terrapin Friday! In today’s episode we present Patches, a black-breasted leaf turtle who lives at the Knoxville Zoo. This 30-year-old turtle was living high on the hog for a number of years until she developed a hole near her nostril, probably caused during mating (“Male turtles are very rambunctious when they are trying to woo… Read More