Three different self-driving vehicles have started to operate in urban spaces in four British cities in tests intended to evaluate their interaction with people, while also trying out how well these new technologies work. The program is being financed with £19 million ($29.2 million) from the British government.
The newly opened UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay incorporates a fleet of 25 TUG autonomous robots made by Aethon for the transportation of medicines, medical equipment, bedding, food and waste. This is the largest deployment of autonomous carrier robots in hospital facilities in the world.
Robots are moving out of industrial environments, which are structured and controlled, towards looser and less predictable professional and personal services environments in which they must perform a variety of tasks. But programming the same robot for different tasks is complex and expensive. As an alternative, researchers are looking at new programming methods based on concepts and ideas taken from the study of how human beings themselves learn.
The city of Barcelona has been selected to develop a pilot project for the robotic inspection of underground drainage and sewerage systems, as part of the innovation program of the European Union ECHORD++. This project, which began in 2014 and will end in 2018, is a response to a challenge that every urban settlement in the world has to face.
Telepresence robots allow their users to remotely interact with and observe people and their surroundings without being physically present there themselves. Such robots have the potential to add mobility and adaptability to traditional modes of videoconferencing. Their use in the everyday activities of companies and in the realm of business travel is promising as an idea, but in practice it is, as yet, a technology which is at an early stage in its development, with advantages and disadvantages, as reflected by those who have tried it.
SkyCatch, a start-up based in San Francisco which specializes in the aerial capture and processing of data, has just announced its new Workmode service. Workmode is an online platform which helps companies to find and hire freelance drone pilots for their inspection projects or for data mapping