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

Renesas Electronics India unveils latest automotive and smart city solutions

 

Renesas Electronics India, a subsidiary of Renesas Electronics Singapore, has showcased its latest solutions for the automotive and smart cities segments at Electronica India.

Sunil Dhar, president, Renesas Electronics India, says: “The Indian market is rapidly adopting new technologies and we will be unveiling exciting additions to our portfolio at electronica India.

“Our solutions reduce the time spent on developing embedded systems software and accelerate the development process, allowing internet of things and automotive system developers to focus on creating differentiated products.”  Continue reading Renesas Electronics India unveils latest automotive and smart city solutions

Toyota shows off its progress in robotics, autonomous cars and artificial intelligence

 

Toyota Research Institute has been demonstrating its progress in the development of automated driving technology and other project work to the investor community this week.

Dr Gill Pratt, CEO of TRI, says: “In the last few months, we have rapidly accelerated our pace in advancing Toyota’s automated driving capabilities with a vision of saving lives, expanding access to mobility, and making driving more fun and convenient.

“Our research teams have also been evolving machine intelligence that can support further development of robots for in-home support of people.” Continue reading Toyota shows off its progress in robotics, autonomous cars and artificial intelligence

Alibaba to invest $15 billion into robotic logistics infrastructure

 

Alibaba is planning to invest $15 billion into developing a robotic logistics infrastructure, according to the Wall Street Journal

Alibaba is said to be the world’s largest e-commerce company, mainly concentrating on the business-to-business sector rather than retail, but until now, it has relied on outside companies to provide its logistics.

Now, the company has invested an additional $801 million to buy a controlling stake in Cainiao Smart Logistics.  Continue reading Alibaba to invest $15 billion into robotic logistics infrastructure

Delphi teams up with BlackBerry to develop autonomous driving platform

 

Delphi Automotive, a developer of autonomous driving technology, has entered into a commercial partnership agreement with BlackBerry to provide the operating system for its autonomous driving system.

Delphi and BlackBerry QNX will collaborate to bolster software performance and safety in their operating system to advance autonomous driving technology.

Delphi’s integrated automated driving solution, Centralized Sensing Localization and Planning (CSLP), to launch in 2019, provides car manufacturers an automated driving solution, says the company. Continue reading Delphi teams up with BlackBerry to develop autonomous driving platform

Yusen Logistics launches robotic, automated warehouse featuring Swisslog technology

 

Yusen Logistics Singapore has unveiled a new robotic, automated warehouse featuring Swisslog AutoStore automated storage and order picking system.

The Asian logistics giant has also broken ground to expand the facility to include a new warehouse.  Continue reading Yusen Logistics launches robotic, automated warehouse featuring Swisslog technology

Chinese search giant Baidu launches $1.5 billion fund for autonomous car tech

 

Baidu – China’s equivalent of Google – has launched a $1.5 billion fund for autonomous car technology.

The company’s newly established Apollo Fund will invest in 100 autonomous driving projects in the next three years.

Meanwhile, Baidu has unveiled the latest iteration of its Apollo open-source autonomous driving platform, Apollo 1.5. The Apollo platform has gathered 70 partner companies so far. Continue reading Chinese search giant Baidu launches $1.5 billion fund for autonomous car tech

Mitsubishi might invest $20 million in GreyOrange Robotics

 

Mitsubishi Electric is reportedly planning to invest almost $20 million into GreyOrange Robotics.

GreyOrange is a startup company developing robotics and automation systems for the logistics industry, particularly warehouse automation systems integrating robots, and has been growing fast, according to a story on EconomicTimes.com.

The investment would lead to a valuation for GreyOrange of an amount between $300 million and $500 million.  Continue reading Mitsubishi might invest $20 million in GreyOrange Robotics

Samsung strengthens interest in autonomous driving with $300 million investment fund

Samsung has created a $300 million fund to build on a number of earlier investments in auto-related startups and technologies. 

Earlier this year, the electronics giant bought Harman, a premier supplier to original equipment manufacturers in the automotive sector.

The two companies have now jointly launched a new strategic initiative, focused on developing innovations for next-generation, smart, connected vehicles.

The main area of interest in autonomous driving, or advanced driver assistance systems, which are referred to in the auto trade as ADAS.  Continue reading Samsung strengthens interest in autonomous driving with $300 million investment fund

Teamsters boss files objections to driverless trucks

Teamsters general secretary-treasurer Ken Hall testified yesterday at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on self-driving technology, urging for the exemption of commercial vehicles from pending legislation and the need for further analysis of the safety, jobs and cybersecurity impact of developing technologies.

“It is incumbent upon the members of this committee to help ensure that workers are not left behind in this process. It is essential that American workers are not treated as guinea pigs for unproven technologies that could put their lives at risk,” Hall said.

Hall noted the Teamsters Union is concerned about the impact of advanced automated technologies on highway safety.  Continue reading Teamsters boss files objections to driverless trucks

Kuka launches autonomous mobile robot for logistics

Kuka has launched an autonomous logistics robot in the form of a mobile platform which are by now quite familiar in the logistics industry. 

The robot maker says its Kuka KMP 1500 navigates using the SLAM method, which stands for Simultaneous Localization and Mapping, utilising laser scanners.

It adds that the robot is highly flexible, and features precise maneuverability and positioning using the omni-directional mecanum wheels and an accurate lifting mechanism.  Continue reading Kuka launches autonomous mobile robot for logistics

Rimac Automobili accelerates its next electric supercar with Dassault Systèmes’ product lifecycle management platform

Rimac Automobili, a maker of electric supercars, has selected Dassault Systèmes to provide the product lifecycle management platform for the company’s expansion. 

Rimac Automobili wants to scale its business from European startup to major supplier to the global automotive industry as market demands for electric vehicles increase.

Rimac Automobili is using Dassault Systèmes’ Electro Mobility Accelerator to design and develop high-performance electric vehicles, drivetrains and battery systems, including the next generation of its Concept One fully electric super sports car.  Continue reading Rimac Automobili accelerates its next electric supercar with Dassault Systèmes’ product lifecycle management platform

US Department of Transportation releases automated driving systems guidance

The US Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released new federal guidance for Automated Driving Systems: A Vision for Safety 2.0.

This is the latest guidance for automated driving systems to industry and States.

US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, says: “The new Guidance supports further development of this important new technology, which has the potential to change the way we travel and how we deliver goods and services.

“The safe deployment of automated vehicle technologies means we can look forward to a future with fewer traffic fatalities and increased mobility for all Americans.”  Continue reading US Department of Transportation releases automated driving systems guidance

NXP and Hella Aglaia expand advanced driver assistance platform

Hella Aglaia and NXP are expanding their current advanced driver assistance system platform with artificial intelligence capability in 2018.

Hella Aglaia’s ADAS platforms include NXP’s S32 and i.MX auto-grade processors, enabling a safe, scalable and complete range of front vision NCAP safety functionality, allowing manufacturers to utilise in the volume car segment.

The next step in the cooperation is to add artificial intelligence for automated driving to this innovative modular setup, say the companies.  Continue reading NXP and Hella Aglaia expand advanced driver assistance platform

Panasonic develops 3D lidar sensor for autonomous mobile robots

Panasonic has developed a 3D lidar – light detection and radar – sensor that it says accurately measures the direction of and distance to objects with a wide angle of view, which is critical for autonomous operation of mobile robots.

Employing Panasonic’s propriety laser-scanning technology, the 3D lidar is capable of scanning the laser as wide as up to 60 degrees vertically and 270 degrees horizontally to achieve stable operation of autonomous robots.

Sample shipments will start in January 2018, and Panasonic will exhibit the 3D lidar at Ceatec Japan event, from October 3 to 6, 2017.  Continue reading Panasonic develops 3D lidar sensor for autonomous mobile robots