14 Feb 2020
Off-Road Vehicle Makers Electrify to Become as Large as Car Companies
Vehicles for construction, agriculture and mining CAM have become one industry served by giants such as Caterpillar, CNH Industrial, John Deere and Komatsu but also small businesses making the new requirements such as drone systems and weeding and mine survey robots.
20 Dec 2019
Electric Vehicles: A Look Back at 2019
Few of the giant car makers have shown urgency in transitioning away from the internal combustion engine. What's more, the automotive market is set to decline once again in 2019 whilst electrifying newcomers made huge gains in front of sleeping incumbents' noses. Although a large fraction of this is orders (not deliveries), if OEMs do not wake up now, they never will.
16 Dec 2019
Escapers from Peak Car
At the recent Future of Transportation Conference in Vienna (Dec 2019), most speakers were warning of the impending severity of peak car.
4 Dec 2019
Canvas Robotics was established in 2015 in Colorado. It raised $15M in Dec 2017. It was acquired by Amazon in the summer of 2019. It had 42 employees.
5 Nov 2019
Technique Helps Robots Find the Front Door
In the not too distant future, robots may be dispatched as last-mile delivery vehicles to drop your takeout order, package, or meal-kit subscription at your doorstep — if they can find the door.
18 Oct 2019
Computer vision helping track and protect great white sharks
In the last few years, the combination of increasing compute power, big data and improved algorithms have catapulted artificial intelligence from research labs to enabling a multitude of innovative, practical applications.
14 Aug 2019
Centimeter-long snail robot is powered with light
Researchers used liquid crystal elastomer technology to demonstrate a bio-inspired microrobot capable of mimicking the adhesive locomotion of snails and slugs in natural scale. The 10-millimeter long soft robot harvests energy from a laser beam and can crawl on horizontal surfaces, climb vertical walls and an upside-down glass ceiling.
15 Jul 2019
Future of Heavy Duty EV Motors Off Road
Fork lift trucks are almost all induction because reliability and affordability trump performance here. Their batteries are rapidly going lithium-ion for something less toxic and nearer to fit-and-forget but there is no similar issue with the motors.
4 Jun 2019
Battery Concerns for Electrification in Mining
International Mining May 2019 gives an interesting interview strongly supporting the conclusions of the new IDTechEx report, "Electric Vehicles in Construction, Agriculture and Mining 2019-2029"
31 May 2019
'Submarines' small enough to deliver medicine inside human body
Engineers have shown that micro-submarines powered by nano-motors could navigate the human body to provide targeted drug delivery to diseased organs without the need for external stimulus.
28 May 2019
Educational robot made in France
Mainbot has created Winky, an educational and customizable robot. Tested and approved by more than 4,000 families in France.
10 May 2019
Robopets benefit health and wellbeing of elderly
Robotic pets that respond to human interaction can benefit the health and wellbeing of older people living in care homes, a study has found.
16 Apr 2019
Making Waves: From Automotive to Marine
Why new CO2 targets and global sulphur limitations will be a win for battery demand in ships.