Elsevier has released a couple of new books that take deep dive into the programming of robots. [Read more…] about Books: Journeys into the minds of robots
FemtoPrint, which specialises in the production or printing of 3D microdevices out of glass and other transparent materials, has signed up new partners ahead of EPHJ, one of the most important microtechnology exhibitions in the industry calendar.
The agreement between FemtoPrint and JLC involves a commercial collaboration which will result in the commercialization of FemtoPrint products and services into the Japanese market. [Read more…] about FemtoPrint signs up new partners ahead of important microtechnology event
The employees at BMW Group’s Dingolfing Plant have a new, highly responsive assistant: an LBR iiwa lightweight robot from Kuka, which they say takes over “monotonous and physically demanding tasks”.
Previously, BMW employees had to lift a differential case which weighed up to 5.5 kg, and had to manoeuvre it with millimeter-precision, in the assembly of the front axle.
Now the robot is taking over this “ergonomically demanding work”. [Read more…] about Collaborative robotic system makes ‘monotonous and physically demanding tasks’ at BMW easier
Automation in the workplace is a polarizing issue for Americans, according to the results of a new American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor survey conducted online by Harris Poll.
About equal percentages of respondents say that automation – for example, robots or artificial intelligence – will be a good or a bad thing for the future world of work.
Specifically, 34 per cent of Americans say automation will be a positive development for the workforce in the next 10 years or more—compared with 31% who say it will be negative. A plurality (35 per cent) are neutral on the matter or just don’t know. [Read more…] about Americans split on impact of automation in the workplace
In a representation to the Senate, Consumer Watchdog says robot cars – also known as driverless, self-driving, autonomous or highly-automated cars – require mandatory safety, security, privacy and ethical standards.
The organisation also warned that getting Madd is not enough.
The Consumer Watchdog report is being issued in conjunction with a day-long program, Driverless Cars: The Legal Landscape, sponsored by George Washington University Law School and a hearing by the Senate Commerce Committee, Paving the Way for Self-Driving Vehicles. [Read more…] about Robot cars pose ‘unprecedented risks and costs’, warns Consumer Watchdog
Pepperl+Fuchs has launched blue emitter LEDs which it says ensure increased efficiency.
The new BlueBeam technology for incremental rotary encoders with optical sensing principle increases efficiency when generating signals, says the company.
Specially developed blue emitter LEDs, combined with modern and more finely structured sensing chips, allow a more energetic penetration depth of the blue light in the chip. [Read more…] about Pepperl+Fuchs launches incremental rotary encoders with new BlueBeam technology
Control Techniques has enhanced its range of Unidrive M general purpose variable speed drives.
The range, launched earlier this month, now offers much improved setup and installation methods, says the company.
Parameter settings on the drives are more accessible; users will now find information relating to each parameter on the front of the unit, while the keypad has been laid out in a way that makes setup easy. [Read more…] about Control Techniques enhances Unidrive M drives
The World Economic Forum, the global nonprofit foundation whose annual meeting in Davos is attended by global leaders from business and politics, has published a list of companies which it considers to be the most pioneering in the field of technology.
In publishing its Technology Pioneers 2017 list, WEF has chosen 30 different companies to highlight from a variety of industries including biotechnology, agriculture, energy, transport, as well as a number of companies from the robotics and automation sector.
One of them is Horizon Robotics, a Chinese company which develops computer infrastructure to enable artificial intelligence computing and real-time decision-making, mainly aimed at enhancing self-driving vehicle safety. [Read more…] about World Economic Forum selects robotics and automation companies in its ‘Technology Pioneers 2017’ list
Company claims to be the first company to use mass-production methods for autonomous and electric vehicles
General Motors says it has completed production of 130 Chevrolet Bolt EV test vehicles equipped with its next generation of self-driving technology at its Orion Assembly Plant located in Orion Township, Michigan.
The vehicles will join the more than 50 current-generation self-driving Bolt EVs already deployed in testing fleets in San Francisco; Scottsdale, Arizona; and metro Detroit.
GM CEO Mary Barra says: “This production milestone brings us one step closer to making our vision of personal mobility a reality.
“Expansion of our real-world test fleet will help ensure that our self-driving vehicles meet the same strict standards for safety and quality that we build into all of our vehicles.” [Read more…] about General Motors produces new fleet of self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV test vehicles
US President Donald Trump is set to announce “within the next few months” new regulations that will eliminate the barriers to autonomous cars on the roads, according to a report on Reuters.
The current transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, acknowledged that automakers have been calling for rule changes which will give them more freedom to test and develop autonomous cars.
Chao says: “The pressure is mounting for the federal government to do something. We don’t want rules that impede future technological advances.” [Read more…] about US government set to change driverless vehicle regulations under pressure from automakers
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