Continental unveils new human machine interface for automated driving

 

Continental, a developer of advanced driver assistance systems, has developed a new human-machine interface which places the control of a vehicle at the user’s fingertips, says the company.

The HMI – which is designed to be integrated into a vehicle dashboard (as pictured above) – provides a central input device for maneuver control in the center console as an element of the holistic human-machine dialogue, says the company.

Continental says the input element increases the mode awareness when moving from manual to automated driving mode.  Continue reading Continental unveils new human machine interface for automated driving

Russian logistics event sees growth in exhibition space and visitor participation

 

CeMAT Russia, one of the country’s leading trade shows for materials handling, warehousing equipment and logistics, featured 180 companies from 20 countries during its recent run at the Crocus Expo International Exhibition Centre in Moscow.

Display area totalled 8,000 square meters, a 25 percent increase compared to the 2016 show.

Exhibiting companies presented products ranging from cranes, forklifts and packaging systems to conveyors, hoisting devices and logistics IT.  Continue reading Russian logistics event sees growth in exhibition space and visitor participation

DHL tests PostBot autonomous vehicle for postal deliveries

 

DHL, the world’s largest logistics company, has unveiled an autonomous vehicle designed to carry letters and parcels and follow around the postal worker as he or she delivers mail items from door to door.

The robotic parcel carrier – called PostBot – could move along in tandem with the worker, saving time overall and energy on the part of the human.

DHL selected the a town called Bad Hersfeld to test the self-propelled electric robot. Bad Hersfeld is said to be a “smart city”.  Continue reading DHL tests PostBot autonomous vehicle for postal deliveries

Nvidia reveals new computing platform for ‘fully autonomous robotaxis’

 

Nvidia has revealed a new computing platform which it says is being used by more than 25 companies to develop “fully autonomous robotaxis”. 

The new Nvidia Drive PX Pegasus is said to be the world’s first artificial intelligence computer designed to drive fully autonomous robotic taxis.

Experts say autonomous robotic taxis are the next step for globally popular ride-sharing apps such as Uber and many others.  Continue reading Nvidia reveals new computing platform for ‘fully autonomous robotaxis’

Denso to invest $1 billion in electric vehicle manufacturing in the US

 

Denso, one of the world’s largest automotive technology suppliers, is expanding its US footprint with a $1 billion investment in its Maryville, Tennessee location.

Denso says the investment is part of its commitment to advancing automotive innovation in North America, and will significantly increase the role North America plays in the global trend toward vehicle safety and electrification.

Denso will create more than 1,000 jobs in Maryville, Tennessee to make it a primary manufacturing center in North America for electrification and safety systems.  Continue reading Denso to invest $1 billion in electric vehicle manufacturing in the US

Sintef develops drones and robotics technologies for unmanned surveillance and operation of salmon farms

 

A Norwegian technology research company called Sintef has been developing drones and other robotics technologies to help salmon and aquaculture farmers manage their operations. 

In one example, an underwater remotely operated underwater vehicle – often called an ROV – is being utilised to manage a farm which has 200,000 salmon fish.

Salmon and fish farming in general is a huge industry in Norway, which is said to be one of the largest – if not the largest – salmon suppliers in the world.  Continue reading Sintef develops drones and robotics technologies for unmanned surveillance and operation of salmon farms

General Motors reveals autonomous electric mobile platform

 

General Motors has unveiled a new type of vehicle which the company says is flexible, autonomous and is powered by fuel cell technology – or electric. 

GM says the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure – Surus, for short – delivers highly mobile autonomous capability and agility in unpredictable terrain.

This would make it suitable for military use, which is what GM is aiming at. But it could also find applications in the commercial logistics industry, another market GM has listed where Surus could find work. Continue reading General Motors reveals autonomous electric mobile platform

GM acquires lidar developer Strobe to accelerate driverless car development

 

General Motors has acquired lidar – light detection and radar – technology company Strobe.

As part of the deal, Strobe’s engineering talent will join GM’s Cruise Automation team to develop next-generation lidar solutions for self-driving vehicles.

Kyle Vogt, founder and CEO, Cruise Automation, says: “Strobe’s LIDAR technology will significantly improve the cost and capabilities of our vehicles so that we can more quickly accomplish our mission to deploy driverless vehicles at scale.” Continue reading GM acquires lidar developer Strobe to accelerate driverless car development

ABB shows off its range of electric vehicle charging solutions

 

As countries all over the world continue to expand their electric vehicle charging infrastructure to cope with increasing consumer and commercial demand, ABB is showcasing its innovative range of solutions at industry event Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exhibition, being held now in Stuttgart.

According to the International Energy Agency, more than 2 million electric cars were on the road worldwide in 2016.

And that number is expected to grow to between 9 and 20 million by 2020.

So the demand for effective EV charging infrastructure has never been greater.  Continue reading ABB shows off its range of electric vehicle charging solutions

Kinova Robotics launches beta version of Movo mobile robot

 

Kinova Robotics is set to offer consumers a new product line with the beta launch of Movo, a mobile manipulation platform designed to aid in the research and experimentation of mobile robotics.

Movo has been fully designed and developed using the Robot Operating System, along with MoveIt! and Gazebo, and offers an application programming interface that will provide researchers the most advanced functionality in all areas of robotics.

The new, feature-rich platform benefits from the low weight, low energy demand and compactness of Kinova’s world-renowned manipulators, combined with a powerful omnidirectional mobile system and fully integrated navigational system.  Continue reading Kinova Robotics launches beta version of Movo mobile robot

NXP launches ‘world’s first’ scalable, single-chip secure vehicle-to-x platform

 

NXP Semiconductors, one of the world’s largest suppliers of automotive semiconductor solutions, has has launched its secure next generation RoadLink vehicle-to-everything communications solution.

The new NXP SAF5400 is the “world’s first automotive qualified, high-performance single-chip DSRC modem”, claims the company.

Its “unique scalable architecture”, new security features, and RF CMOS and software defined radio technologies offer original equipment manufacturers with flexible options for cross-regional secure V2X adoption and field upgradeability, says NXP.  Continue reading NXP launches ‘world’s first’ scalable, single-chip secure vehicle-to-x platform

BMW partners with Amazon to integrate Alexa artificial intelligence into its cars

 

BMW is to integrated Amazon’s Alexa artificial intelligence into its in-car systems.

Amazon Alexa will be available in BMW and Mini vehicles starting in mid-2018.

Users can ask Alexa in-car to get directions, call a business, play music or Audible content, control your smart home, check the news, and so on – without downloading a separate app.  Continue reading BMW partners with Amazon to integrate Alexa artificial intelligence into its cars

Comau unveils logistics robot

 

Comau has launched a new logistics robot which looks similar to the growing number of autonomous platforms currently making their way into warehouses the world over. 

Comau’s machine is called Agile 1500, and the company says it is the first model within the Comau automated guided vehicles platform.

Comau says the Agile 1500 is based on the company’s “open automation” design approach.  Continue reading Comau unveils logistics robot

IAM Robotics awarded patent for warehouse robot

 

IAM Robotics, a Pittsburgh startup that develops and sells autonomous material handling robots, has been awarded what the company says is a “key patent” relating to its robotics technology for logistics.

The patent will be issued on October 10, 2017 as US Patent No. 9,785,911.

IAM says the patent specifies “a system and method for piece-picking or put-away with a mobile manipulation robot”.  Continue reading IAM Robotics awarded patent for warehouse robot

ThyssenKrupp tests TeleRetail robots for elevator maintenance logistics

 

ThyssenKrupp is testing delivery robots as part of a research project.

The company’s huge elevator business division is evaluating TeleRetail delivery robots to make elevator maintenance safer and more efficient.

The robots were displayed from at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, where ThyssenKrupp participated as an application partner of TeleRetail.  Continue reading ThyssenKrupp tests TeleRetail robots for elevator maintenance logistics