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Bipedal robots provide delivery service +++ Spotify’s voice-controlled smart assistant for vehicles +++ Self-driving trucks +++ Drones with aircraft recognition +++ Gamification for warehouse workers
Startup Agility Robotics is working on a project with carmaker Ford that uses autonomous vehicles and bipedal robots to make deliveries to customers’ front doors. Christened “Digit”, the two-legged robot uses lidar and stereo cameras to detect its surroundings, and can carry up to 20 kilograms (44 lbs). It communicates with its driverless host vehicle and automatically unfolds from the trunk on arriving at the destination address.
Streaming service Spotify has developed a voice-controlled smart assistant for vehicles. “Car Thing”, a speech-based music and podcast assistant, plugs into vehicles’ onboard power sockets and connects to users’ smartphones via Bluetooth. Spotify expects to find out more about drivers’ listening habits. Trials will begin with selected premium users.
Source: The Verge
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and startup TuSimple are testing self-driving trucks on the highways connecting mail distribution centers in Phoenix, Arizona, and Dallas, Texas. USPS hopes to use the long-distance route (1,600 kilometers / 1,000 miles) to find out how to improve safety while reducing fuel consumption and exhaust-gas emissions.
Source: New Atlas
To improve tracking, airplanes, helicopters and flight control towers in the USA and Canada must be equipped with ADS-B sensors by 2020. Drone manufacturer DJI is following suit – it will fit drones weighing more than 250 grams with the same ADS-B sensors by the target date. The system is intended to alert drone pilots to approaching aircraft that are still miles away, so they can take evasive action.
Logistics giant Amazon wants to use gamification to optimize the performance of its warehouse workers. Employees can voluntarily install several mini-games on their workstation screens to motivate them while performing their tasks. They win points for processed orders and compete with their colleagues. The games are being tested in five warehouses – one warehouse already has a bonus system with T-shirts and water bottles for high-performing employees.
Source: mobile geeks (German)
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