Dave Ferguson and Jiajun Zhu, who formerly worked as Lead Engineers at Google, have founded Nuro. The focus of their new company isn’t on reinventing public and large-cargo transportation, but on low-speed, local & last-mile deliveries or groceries, take-out orders (via Seamless) and laundry. Nuro’s goal is to automate these services to shoulder the quick increase in last-minute deliveries, while giving local businesses a boost to compete with Amazon (mainly their Prime Now service).
This week’s episode of The PractitioNERD discusses a Dutch house built along a moat (The Water Villa), self-flying planes that dodge obstacles (MIT’s Autonomous Plane), my episode with repairing my old PS3 and backing up my data (What the Inside of a PS3 Looks Like), and Hulk Hogan stars in NOOO HOLLLLDS BARRRRRRED!! (“No Holds Barred”: The Movie and the Match).
…also, THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK!! Continue reading “Home w/ A Moat, Autonomous Planes, PS3 Surgery & NO HOLDS BARRED! – WIRed #8”
Have you ever flown those remote-controlled airplanes and helicopters indoors? If so, you might remember how it may have taken a while to learn the controls properly to get your flying device going forward fast. That, and learning how to avoid any and every obstacle locating inside your house. Thanks to the plane designed by the Robust Robotics Group at MIT, we may in fact have finally found an exception to that. Check out the video after the break. Continue reading “Autonomous Plane from MIT Makes a Parking Garage Into A Slalom Course”
And so it begins…
This past Monday, the state of Nevada’s Department of Motor Vehicles issued Google its first license for the hands-free car; you know, the one that drives itself. This was a result of the 2011 legislation in the state that established regulations to allow test-driving of autonomous vehicles. The vehicles utilize intelligent driving software, proximity sensors and GPS data to determine how to traverse from one point to another one. Soon, these vehicles will be tested around Nevada, but with a catch: two people must be in the vehicle — one in the driver’s seat and the other in the passenger seat.