Skype founders invent self-driving robot that can deliver groceries for £1

By Sophie Curtis, video by Robert Midgley:  You've heard of Amazon's plan to deliver packages using drones; now a new company called Starship is promising to disrupt local delivery with the launch of a self-driving robot that can deliver groceries to customers' doors in under 30 minutes for less than £1. The Starship robot has been developed by Skype co-founders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis. It drives on pavements at an average speed of 4mph, and uses proprietary mapping and navigation technology to avoid crashing into obstacles, (check out the video we made).   Cont'd...  

Driverless Taxi Experiment to Start in Japan

By JUN HONGO for The Wall Street Journal:  Japan’s cabinet office, Kanagawa prefecture and Robot Taxi Inc. on Thursday said they will start experimenting with unmanned taxi service beginning in 2016. The service will be offered for approximately 50 people in Kanagawa prefecture, just south of Tokyo, with the auto-driving car carrying them from their homes to local grocery stores. According to the project organizers, the cabs will drive a distance of about three kilometers (two miles), and part of the course will be on major avenues in the city. Crew members will be aboard the car during the experiment in case there is a need to avoid accidents. Robot Taxi Inc., a joint venture between mobile Internet company DeNA Co. and vehicle technology developer ZMP Inc., is aiming to commercialize its driverless transportation service by 2020. The company says it will seek to offer unmanned cabs to users including travelers from overseas and locals in areas where buses and trains are not available.   Cont'd...

Commercial UAV Expo Adds Exhibit Space Following Initial Sell-Out

Drone Professionals will find 130+ Booths of UAS Solutions at SPAR Point Groups Inaugural Event in Las Vegas

Aero Kinetics Partners with GridMeNow to Bring Situational Awareness, Mobile Technology to Unmanned Systems as Part of First Ever On-Demand UAS Mobile Ecosystem

Aero Kinetics Partners with GridMeNow; This First On Demand UAS Service Dispatches by Mobile Phones to Exact Locations - Ideal for Remote Delivery and Aerial Footage

Academy of Model Aeronautics Launches UAS Competitive Education Program

The Academy of Model Aeronautics has launched a new program to encourage teamwork, competition, and success through a STEM-based education platform. The new UAS4STEM program will provide student teams of four to eight people with training, insurance, licensing, and equipment to compete in search-and-rescue challenges starting this fall.

Pasternack Unveils New Line of Coaxial Packaged Bi-Directional Amplifiers

In-Stock Bi-Directional RF Amplifiers Operating Up to 3 GHz Available from Pasternack

RE2 Robotics to Develop Manipulator Arms for Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

RE2s DMEA technology will provide EOD personnel with the ability to remotely and effectively address Waterborne Improvised Explosive Devices (WIEDs).

iRobot receives $9.8 million order for Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles (SUGV)

iRobot has delivered more than 5,000 of its defense and security robots to military and civil defense forces worldwide.

Carnegie Mellon University Spinoff Ottomatika Acquired by Delphi

Company Builds on University Strengths in Pioneering Autonomous Vehicle Research

AGCO and Trimble Announce Collaborative Solution to Connect Agriculture Data Platforms

Integration Enables Growers to Access their AGCO Machine and Task Data within the Trimble Connected Farm Solution

Velodyne LiDAR to Co-Sponsor Automotive Vehicles Symposium

LiDAR Market Leader on Hand During High-Level Gathering in Michigan

Trimble Announces S1100 Onboard Weighing Solution for Accurate Livestock Feed Measurement

Brand-Agnostic Solution Provides Accurate In-Cab Payload Measurement on Tractors, Forklifts and Skid Steers

Cornell University Attempts Fourth Straight Victory With Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Powered by ADLINK's Express-HL COM Express Module

Cornell team employs improved performance and design techniques in 2015 vehicle for continued success in 18th Annual International RoboSub Competition

Teledyne Increases Ownership Stake in Ocean Aero

Based in San Diego, California, Ocean Aero is designing unmanned surface vehicles that will also have the ability to descend subsea.

Deadline Is Here for 2001 Congressional Mandate to DoD: Have 1/3 of Operational Ground Combat Vehicles Unmanned by 2015

Utah Company Kairos Autonomi Has Worked Since 2006 To Answer The Call

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