In 20 years, could it be possible that 50 percent of all domestic ships on Japan’s coastal waters will be piloting themselves? Absolutely. A public interest organization in Japan, the Nippon Foundation, seeks to accomplish just that. The Foundation is backing Japan’s development of autonomous ships with the goal of making up 50 percent of

Governor Kevin Stitt signed a law in Oklahoma this week allowing small autonomous vehicles to operate on sidewalks and crosswalks (and on roadways in certain cases – maybe a pedestrian is in its path or there’s a hazard on the sidewalk). This law is aimed at encouraging autonomous vehicle delivery service companies to set up

PAL-V, the first flying car to be allowed on the road in Europe, is now also the first flying car to complete full certification with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The PAL-V Liberty (flying car) went through 10 years of testing, and now is in the final phase of compliance demonstration before becoming

Last week, AutoX, a start-up company backed by Alibaba, Media Tek and Shanghai Motors, announced that it will roll out a fleet of autonomous vehicles in downtown Shenzhen, China, called RoboTaxis. While autonomous vehicle programs have been popping up all over the world, this is the first time these vehicles will be deployed in China

Walmart announced that it will begin experimenting with self-driving cars in a pilot program with General Motors-backed Cruise (a tech start-up with electric, self-driving cars) to deliver groceries and other products to neighborhoods in Phoenix, Arizona. The program will launch in 2021. The fleet of cars will use electricity from renewable resources to curb carbon

The authors of the book, “The Future is Faster than You Think,” Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler, conducted a survey to determine whether Americans are ready for the technological changes that are rapidly approaching.

The survey included 10 multiple choice questions and 2,663 participants. The survey results:

  • 7 out of 10 Americans do not

A robot for the food delivery market first debuted at George Mason University in January 2019 from Starship Technologies (Starship). Starship did minimal marketing for these new robots for package and food delivery, but students found them, found the app, and then started requesting package and food delivery. It took off from there.

Now, more

Several autonomous vehicle developers stopped their on-road testing to keep staff at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, but others pivoted to COVID-19 relief, not only to be useful but to gain experience. Some companies and developers in this space have taken this opportunity to deploy self-driving cars and driverless bots to help deliver goods both

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a recent report, “The development of advanced automated vehicle safety technologies including fully self-driving cars, may prove to be the greatest personal transportation revolution since the popularization of the personal automobile nearly a century ago.” However, the automobile and transportation industry is still struggling with how

Experts say that autonomous ships could change the maritime industry as much as containers did when they were introduced over 50 years ago. Back in 2017, the global seaborne industry was valued at about $12 trillion. The business case for autonomous ships includes lower fuel consumption, fewer idle hours, fewer personnel, and lower costs. Of