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Autonomous Vehicles


— Automotive

Tesla unveals AWD 691hp Model S P85D with autopilot and new driver assist systems

Tesla finally took the wraps off its much rumored Model D at Hawthorn Airport outside of Los Angeles tonight and the results look impressive to say the least. The new S P85D, as it's badged, will run an AWD setup as suspected, and put out a whopping 691 hp (515 kW) and 687 lb. ft. (931 Nm) of torque. It will also feature new driver-assist systems including an auto-pilot solution for self-parking. Read More
— Drones

DHL launches delivery-by-drone pilot project in Germany

Although big players such as Amazon, Google and the United Arab Emirates have all announced plans to launch drone-based delivery services, it looks like DHL Parcel is about to beat them to it. This week, the courier company announced that it will begin using its unmanned DHL Parcelcopter to deliver pharmaceuticals from the German seaside village of Norddeich, across 12 km (7.5 miles) of the North Sea, to the small island of Juist. Read More
— Drones

Iris+ is the first consumer drone to be able to follow its user

Last year, 3D Robotics announced its Iris quadcopter drone. Like other similar products, it can either be flown manually using radio remote control, or it can use its onboard GPS to autonomously fly between a series of preprogrammed waypoints. Today, however, the company announced its successor, the Iris +. Its big feature is the Follow Me function, which allows it to automatically fly along above a moving ground-based GPS-enabled Android device. This means that when equipped with a GoPro actioncam, it can get tracking footage of you as you cycle, ski or surf. Read More
— Automotive

V-Charge system lets electric cars act as their own valets

Although the battery range of electric vehicles continues to improve, it's still quite likely that as EVs become more popular, so will their integration into larger transportation networks – in other words, people will drive their electric cars to transfer points such as train stations, instead of making entire long trips solely by driving. With that in mind, the European V-Charge consortium is developing a system whereby users can just step out of their vehicle when they reach a public transit station, leaving the car to head off on its own to find a parking spot. Read More
— Automotive

Jaguar's self-learning smart car mimics your driving

We've heard a lot about how smarter cars will help to make highways safer, using self-driving technologies to eliminate human distraction and error from roadways. Eventually, drivers will be free to browse the internet, send text messages, video chat and more. In the meantime, such distracted behaviors continue to pose a grave risk. Jaguar Land Rover's Smart Assistant is designed to minimize that risk, by learning your behaviors and taking care of non-driving tasks that could otherwise absorb your attention. Read More
— Military

Autonomous vehicles to join the US Army

Over the next quarter of a century, the US Pentagon sees robots becoming more and more a part of military life with robot warplanes, submersibles, and infantry vehicles taking their place on the battlefields of the future. It may conjure up a very flashy vision of Transformer-like killing machines, but the US Army sees the first robots as autonomous vehicles used in the more prosaic task of delivering groceries and other supplies. Read More
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