Autonomous vehicle software development firm nuTonomy has received $3.6 million in funding to allow researchers to continue developing "human-like" driverless vehicle technology after spinning off from MIT. "Our vision is to deliver the world's smartest autonomous vehicle and be the software engine of automated cars. By applying advanced techniques from the aerospace industry, we're creating a self-driving car that is safe, confident and drives in a truly 'human-like' manner," said CEO Karl Iagnemma.
New orders for US manufactured goods fell 2.9% in December 2015, the lowest drop since December 2014, according to the Commerce Department. Factory orders declined 6.6% for the full year. Reductions in capital spending by oil companies and inventory overhang were key factors.
DHL's cross-docking facility at O'Hare Airport is benefiting from a fleet of electric lift trucks that use high-capacity batteries and opportunity charging. The opportunity charging minimizes downtime and trucks run cleaner. They also are safer for employees who no longer have to change propane tanks. DHL expects to save about $100,000 in operational costs over five years.
Some 2017 Honda and Acura models will feature upgraded connected vehicle services, including automatic crash notification and emergency assistance service from SiriusXM, as well as HondaLink and AcuraLink access to maps, weather, restaurant finder, remote assistance and free audiobooks for children.
Google-backed startup Urban Engines says it has developed software that will not only tell users where there is traffic congestion on their route, but also predict when it is likely to occur. "Our world is constantly changing with variances every second. The best route and time for getting from one end of a city to another is not static, so the best business decisions shouldn’t be either," the firm said.
While the Internet undoubtedly has made communications and applications more efficient in recent years, the concept of the Internet of Things actually is decades old, Steve Banker writes. Industries such as logistics and process manufacturing have relied on radio-frequency scan data and automated production for years. However, "to fully leverage IoT across extended supply chains we may find ourselves building far more real time models than we have ever seen before," he writes.
The US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia and seven other countries have signed a Pacific trade agreement that could lower tariffs and establish commercial rules for up to two-fifths of the world's economy. However, the deal may face a tough battle in Congress.
Humanity United is partnering with government agencies and companies to stop slave labor in supply chains. The nonprofit has launched a contest asking companies to submit proposals for technology that could be used to stop human trafficking. One finalist, Good World Solutions, suggested using mobile technology to analyze different data points and identify slave labor. Another suggested monitoring social media and online data.
Hershey is calling on designers for a cost-effective, lightweight chocolate-shipping system that can withstand warm temperatures. The winner will receive $25,000 and the chance to work with the company on the project.
Vehicles with self-driving highway capabilities are already on the road, and traffic regulations are being revised to adapt to new autonomous technology, according to NXP Semiconductors, which is partnering with Google on driverless vehicle development. Officials at the tech firm note that sensor hardware, software and communications interfaces are being developed to simplify intelligent traffic management and reduce vehicle accidents.
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