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Self-driving trucks begin mail delivery test for U.S. Postal Service

 

https://www.reuters....s-idUSKCN1SR0YB

 

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(Reuters) - The U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday started a two-week test transporting mail across three Southwestern states using self-driving trucks, a step forward in the effort to commercialize autonomous vehicle technology for hauling freight.

 

San Diego-based startup TuSimple said its self-driving trucks will begin hauling mail between USPS facilities in Phoenix and Dallas to see how the nascent technology might improve delivery times and costs. A safety driver will sit behind the wheel to intervene if necessary and an engineer will ride in the passenger seat.

 

If successful, it would mark an achievement for the autonomous driving industry and a possible solution to the driver shortage and regulatory constraints faced by freight haulers across the country.

 

The pilot program involves five round trips, each totaling more than 2,100 miles (3,380 km) or around 45 hours of driving. It is unclear whether self-driving mail delivery will continue after the two-week pilot.

 

I suppose the ultimate (excluding teleportation or three dimensional copying machines) will be self-driving vehicle/robots that deliver mail directly to your mail box and/or door step.


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R&D project kicks off autonomous shuttle pilots in Europe
May 29, 2020
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Five cities across Europe will test a fleet of self-driving buses in the coming months

 
 

After 18 months of planning, the Future Automated Bus Urban Level Operation System (FABULOS) project is about to roll into five European cities to field test autonomous last-mile shuttles in real-world conditions.

FABULOS is an EU-funded research and development project that's been running since January 2018 with the aim of developing a proof-of-concept autonomous public transport system that can be integrated into existing city infrastructure. It launched a pilot shuttle service pilot in Helsinki, Finland, last month and will now begin similar trials in Gjesdal (Norway) and Tallinn (Estonia) next month, followed by Lamia (Greece) and Helmond (the Netherlands) later in the year.

 

https://newatlas.com...e-pilot-europe/



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Uber, Lyft could pause ride-hailing in California if drivers become employees
Source: San Francisco Chronicle


Both Uber and Lyft would press pause on their California service if they’re forced to reclassify drivers as employees, the companies said Wednesday.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in interview on MSNBC that the ride-hailing service likely would temporarily halt California operations until at least November if it’s forced to reclassify drivers as employees.

Lyft president John Zimmer made similar remarks on Lyft’s second-quarter earnings call.

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman on Monday granted California’s request for a preliminary injunction saying that Uber and rival Lyft must make drivers employees rather than independent contractors. Schulman stayed that order for 10 days, giving the companies time to appeal, as both said they will.

 



Read more: https://www.sfchroni...if-15478429.php
 
 
 


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Zoox Becomes Fourth Company to Land Driverless Test Permit in California

 

https://techcrunch.c...-in-california/

 

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(TechCrunch) Zoox,  the automated vehicle technology startup that was acquired by Amazon this year, has been issued a permit from California regulators that will allow it to test driverless vehicles on public roads.

 

The permit is not for all public roads in the state, but it’s still notable, considering the company will be able to test its vehicles without a human safety operator behind the wheel. The California Department of Motor Vehicles, the agency that regulates automated vehicle testing in the state, has issued a permit for a designated part of Foster City in San Mateo County.

 

Mark Rosekind, the former director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who is now chief safety officer at Zoox, called it another important milestone in the company’s “efforts to deliver safe, fully electric, and affordable autonomous mobility to riders in California.”

 

Zoox has taken the “all of the above” approach to autonomous vehicles. The company is aiming to build a purpose-built electric vehicle, develop, test and validate the automated vehicle technology and operate a robotaxi fleet. That mission seems to be intact. Amazon has said that Zoox will remain a standalone company.

 

Zoox has had a permit to test autonomous vehicles with safety drivers since 2016. This new permit allows the company to test two autonomous vehicles without a driver behind the wheel on specified streets near its Foster City headquarters. The vehicles are approved to operate in fair weather conditions, including light rain or fog, on streets with a speed limit of no more than 45 mph, the agency said Friday.


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Waymo Starts to Open Driverless Ride-hailing Service to the Public

 

https://techcrunch.c...-to-the-public/

 

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(TechCrunch) Waymo, the Google self-driving-project-turned-Alphabet unit, is beginning to open up its driverless ride-hailing service to the public.

 

The company said that starting today members of its Waymo One service will be able to take family and friends along on their fully driverless rides in the Phoenix area. Existing Waymo One members will have the first access to the driverless rides — terminology that means no human behind the wheel. However, the company said that in the next several weeks more people will be welcomed directly into the service through its app, which is available on Google Play and the App Store.

 

Waymo said that 100% of its rides will be fully driverless — which it has deemed its “rider only” mode. That 100% claim requires a bit of unpacking. The public shouldn’t expect hundreds of Waymo-branded Chrysler Pacifica minivans — no human behind the wheel — to suddenly inundate the entire 600-plus square miles of the greater Phoenix area.


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Tesla has now started its Full Self-Driving Beta rollout

 

They are currently only sending the update to a limited number of owners in the early access program and are planning to gradually push it to more people in the coming weeks.

 

https://electrek.co/...st-look-insane/

 

When Full Self-Driving is enabled your vehicle will make lane changes off highway, select forks to follow your navigation route, navigate around other vehicles and objects, and make left and right turns. Use Full Self-Driving in limited Beta only if you will pay constant attention to the road, and be prepared to act immediately, especially around blind corners, crossings, intersections and in narrow driving situations.







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