UPS puts autonomous delivery trucks to the test on Arizona highway

UPS has been using self-driving trucks from startup TuSimple as part of trials in Arizona

UPS is looking to all kinds of new-age vehicle technologies to step up its delivery game, with electric vans, e-bikes and drones that carry smaller packages all part of the mix. It is now expressing a keen interest in autonomous heavy haulers, revealing it has spent the last couple of months testing them out along an Arizona highway and has snared a small stake in self-driving startup TuSimple, whose vehicles it used throughout the trials.

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Autonomous watercraft will be used to search the sea for Amelia Earhart's airplane

BEN (Bathymetric Explorer and Navigator) was made for the University of New Hampshire by marine autonomy ...

Famed American aviator Amelia Earhart disappeared in 1937, while attempting to fly around the world in a Lockheed Model 10E Electra. Now, a high-tech unmanned boat has been enlisted to help search for that plane, near an island where Earhart may have crash-landed.

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NYC’s first self-driving shuttle service launches tomorrow

Beginning tomorrow, Optimus Ride will run six autonomous shuttles in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. While other companies have tested self-driving shuttles in New York City, Optimus Ride claims this is the first self-driving vehicle system to launch in both...

Humble beginnings for Roborace: The world's first autonomous car race is run and done

Overtakes in Robo-racing are done with consent

A little piece of history has gone down at the Monteblanco racetrack in Spain, with the world's first fully autonomous car race completed last week. Two teams pitted code and cars against one another, with Team Arrival beating out the Technical University of Munich to take the first ever Roborace win.

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Autonomous combine set to harvest Russian fields

Rusgaro and Cognitive Technologies will pilot the autonomous combine harvesters in the Belgorod region of Russia's ...

Russia's largest agricultural holding company has joined forces with AI development firm Cognitive Technologies to pilot autonomous crop management on 665,000 hectares of land. It is hoped that the technology will help reduce crop losses while also improving farming efficiency.

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BAE's autonomous patrol boat packs 12.7-mm heat and offers 10-day mission range

BAE Systems has completed another series of tests on its Pacific 950 autonomous patrol boat

Targeted at anti-piracy, border control, intelligence gathering and maritime security missions, the Pacific 950 is an autonomous boat that can operate alone for up to 10 days, or cover 300 nautical miles (556 km) at pursuit speed. Its built-in stabilized 12.7-mm weapons system, however, is human-operated.

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