Driverless trucks will be safer and cheaper than their human-controlled counterparts, but that doesn’t mean America’s 3.5 million professional truck drivers are giving up to the machines without a fight. Across the US, truckers collectively haul more than 10bn tons of freight each year, but it’s a tough job – the hours are long and lonely, the pay is low and the lifestyle is sedentary. In many ways it’s a job ripe for disruption; robots v truckers. “Picture the taxi drivers around the world acting in response to Uber,” says Andy Stern, the former former president of the Service Employees International Union, referring to protests and violence that erupted in many cities as the $62.5bn Silicon Valley on-demand ride-hailing firm challenged conventional, regulated taxis. “Truck drivers will follow a similar pattern,” says Stern. “There will be disruption in different places. You can imagine people ringing state capitals with … [Read more...] about Self-driving trucks: what’s the future for America’s 3.5 million truckers?
Self driving retrofit
Google has revealed it plans to build its own self-driving cars from the ground up, per an announcement from founder Sergey Brin at the Code Conference Tuesday. The company revealed one such car to Recode, a highly compact two-seater without a steering wheel. Google had previously been retrofitting Toyota Priuses and Lexus SUVs with its self-driving technology. The cars were approved last week for use on public roads in California, and Google demonstrated the technology's ability to navigate complex traffic situations in cities at the end of April. The prototype Google revealed differs from the Priuses and Lexuses in that they can't let humans take over the job of piloting; they are completely controlled by the onboard computer. In addition to lacking a steering wheel, the Google-built car also has no accelerator, no brake, no mirrors, no glove compartment, and no soundsystem (your tiny smartphone speaker will have to do). The cars are capped at a modest 25mph and are started and … [Read more...] about Google’s prototype electric self-driving car seats two, has no steering wheel
PUNE: There is a growing demand for our V-Trap pan system in Vidarbha, Nashik, Nagpur and Pune. So much so, that we have established a manufacturing unit in Chakan to meet the demand,” said Diago Ishiyama, director (marketing and technology), Sato, Lixil, a Japanese-based firm that makes water and housing productsHe was speaking while presenting a demonstration of the innovative Sato toilet at an exhibition of innovative products in sanitation on the occasion of the ongoing Global Sanitation Summit. More than 30 innovators presented their designs at the Tata Management Training Centre (TMTC) here. Sato is one of the innovative designs in affordable and maintainable toilets cited in the Raghunath Mashelkar Committee on Sanitation, instituted by the Union government. It is recommended under the innovative technology for water conservation.Explaining the V-Trap, Ishiyama said the innovative trapdoor technology uses less than 1 litre water and is now … [Read more...] about Global Sanitation Summit in Pune: Innovations draw attention to affordable and maintainable toilets