Waymoの自動運転トラック、UPSの配送業務を支援へ–ホリデーシーズンに向け

まもなくやってくる2021年のホリデーシーズンは、サプライチェーンのボトルネックや配送サービスの需要の高まりで物流が混乱すると予想されている。配送大手United Parcel Service of America(UPS)とWaymoもこのことを認識している。Waymoは米国時間11月17日、この期間にUPSを支援すると発表した。自動運転トラックによる輸送サービス「Waymo Via」が、UPSの配送業務を試験的に支援する。

Waymoは今回の提携拡大について、これまでに成功してきたUPSとの強力なパートナーシップに続く「ごく自然な次の段階」だとしている。この新たな取り組みでは、米国でクラス8に分類される大型トラックに第5世代の「Waymo Driver」自動運転システムを搭載し、試験的に配送を行う。

BOLDLY、ハンドルがない自動運転バスの冬季運行–除雪、凍結防止剤などで環境整備

ソフトバンクの子会社であるBOLDLYは12月13日、自動運転バスの冬季運行を実施すると発表した。12月15~19日、北海道上士幌町で自動運転バス1台を活用し、1日20便を運行する。

雪や氷点下の環境が想定されるため、行政と連携して除雪、凍結防止といった道路環境の整備を実施し、町内で新たに整備されたシェアオフィスやホテル、道の駅、交通ターミナルなどの拠点を循環する。

走行距離は片道約3.2キロメートルで、全長は6.4キロメートル。速度時速20キロメートル未満で停留所が全6カ所、所要時間が片道約20分の全区画を自動運転する。住民の日常的な移動手段や「かみしほろシェア OFFICE」「かみしほろワーケーションパック」などのワーケーション用途、観光などを目的とする来訪者の2次交通としての活用を想定しているという。

New firefighting tool delivers water directly to blazing EV batteries

Technique uses less water to bring battery temps down to normal.

In April, a Tesla Model S crashed in The Woodlands, Texas, after the speeding driver failed to negotiate a turn and jumped the curb. The car then hit a drainage culvert and a raised maintenance hole before being stopped by a tree, according to an investigation report by the National Transportation Safety Board. At that point, the Tesla promptly burst into flames.

Firefighters needed four hours to douse the flames, in part because the battery kept reigniting. When the blaze was finally over, about 30,000 gallons of water had been poured on it—what the department normally uses in a month.

Tesla Bot Takes Tech Demos to Their Logical Conclusion

Elon Musk’s bizarre demo exposed the truth of many tech reveals: They are a storyboarded vision of the future held together by digital duct tape.

THE ROBOT WAS not at all real. Or it was very real, depending on whether you believe realness is closely related to physiology or whether you think this whole reality is a simulation. Which is to say, the robot was actually a human cosplaying as a humanoid robot.

The robot shuffled on stage during Tesla’s AI Day yesterday afternoon, a three-hour demo of autonomous car features and slides titled “Multi-Scale Feature Pyramid Fusion.” The big news out of the event was a new custom AI chip for data centers, and a supercomputing system called Dojo. Later in the livestream, Tesla founder and chief executive officer Elon Musk revealed that Tesla was working on this robot. People tuned in, because Musk. Then they laughed, because of the robot. But the joke was on them.

Cruise can now give passengers rides in driverless cars in California

Cruise, the autonomous vehicle subsidiary of GM that also has backing from SoftBank Vision Fund, Microsoft and Honda, has secured a permit that will allow the company to shuttle passengers in its test vehicles without a human safety operator behind the wheel.

The permit, issued by the California Public Utilities Commission as part of its driverless pilot program, is one of several regulatory requirements autonomous vehicle companies must meet before they can deploy commercially. This permit is important — and Cruise is the first to land this particular one — but it does not allow the company to charge passengers for any rides in test AVs.

“In order to launch a commercial service for passengers here in the state of California, you need both the California DMV and the California PUC to issue deployment permits. Today we are honored to have been the first to receive a driverless autonomous service permit to test transporting passengers from the California PUC,” Prashanthi Raman, Cruise’s director of Government Affairs said in an emailed statement to TechCrunch.