SMART SERVICING FOR ROBOTS - Those looking for a future proofed infrastructure for renewably sourced energy for electric vehicles, may want to consider the new breed of self driving passenger cars, taxis, and commercial trucks that will benefit from automated recharging if they are to be fully autonomous in operation - most especially unmanned robotic taxis and freight vehicles.
Robotrucks hold the potential of taking heavy goods haulage to a new level of efficiency and cleanliness. Imagine a zero emission truck.
TUSIMPLE - Self driving robotrucks for freeway haulage logistics is fine, but what about complex traffic maneuvers. TuSimple uses AI to dramatically improve safety by allowing the truck to see up to 1,000 meters away, locate objects at night and bring massive amounts of data to simulation, ensuring the vehicle reliably makes the best choice in any scenario.
The majority of accidents are caused by human error. It stands to reason that taking people out of the equation could take out the majority of dings, but, the general public are not fully convinced of the safety credentials of driverless vehicles.
KODIAK ROBOTICS - Self driving trucks for freeway haulage logistics is all the rage at the moment for investors looking for the latest digital gold rush. Kodiak joins Waymo, Aurora, TuSimple and AutoX as they look for the elusive holy grail of AI on the road, somewhat blowing wildcard Tesla into the weeds. You can read more about these companies and the media coverage, and reviews, on this site. Strangely, even with the hydrogen revolution taking place all over the world, there is as yet no energy vending system for these autonomous vehicles. It's competition as usual, in a world calling for collaboration.
Another area that curiosity is getting the better of us is trucks that drive their goods to destinations without a trucker onboard.
AURORA - Autonomous truck driving systems are making waves in the R&D and investment departments of most OEMs, as they scramble to keep up with the Jones'
According to Bloomberg: "Aurora was started by industry luminaries, and now we’re a team with a multitude of experience and perspective. With decades of engineering, science, and domain expertise, we’re incorporating our best practices to create a company for the long-term and building the Aurora Driver that will deliver the benefits of self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly.
NUPORT - Autonomous trucking hits Canada with Toronto leading the robotic haulage brigade.
ISEE - From MIT to handling containers in shipping yards with AI robotrucks, with big investors.
Many of these vehicles will need automated rapid battery recharging and hydrogen refuelling, where they do not have drivers. At the moment, the only system that would be capable of servicing such vehicles would be the proposed SmartNet™ dual fuel service stations, where such vehicles do not need human assistance to replenish their energy reserves.
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