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Boeing’s flying car prototype has lift-off

Published on 01/24/2019 @ 11 AM EST

Boeing has been testing their 30-foot long flying car prototype and it has officially (and successfully) hovered a few feet above ground. Part drone, helicopter, and plane, the goal is to reach 50-mile ranges with space for two or four passengers.

Scout is Amazon’s own autonomous delivery robot

Published on 01/24/2019 @ 11 AM EST

Amazon has officially debuted Scout, their own delivery robot. The autonomous vehicle is complete with six wheels, struts along at a walking pace, and will function in daylight hours.

Starship’s autonomous food delivery robots are now on a college campus

Published on 01/22/2019 @ 10 AM EST

George Mason University is the lucky location where Starship is testing out its autonomous food delivery robots. With food deliveries taking 15 minutes or less and costing just $1.99, each of the 25 deployed bots can handle a load up to 20lbs.

DxOMark is changing the way smartphone front cameras are tested

Published on 01/22/2019 @ 10 AM EST

DxOMark Image Labs, a renowned camera testing facility, now has selfie camera scores. The new standalone testing suite for smartphones is appropriately called DxOMark Selfie and includes over 30 outdoor test scenes and 15 indoor.

Uber JUMP to add auto bikes and scooters to on-demand offering

Published on 01/21/2019 @ 10 AM EST

Uber has debuted “Micromobility Robotics” to their JUMP range of e-bikes. This would add autonomous bikes and scooters to the lineup, meaning the vehicles could drive themselves to recharging stations or to users at their locations. Little is known about the new venture, but the brand says the focus, for now, is to “improve safety, rider experience, and operational efficiency.”

Amazon develops safety vest to avoid robot-human collisions

Published on 01/21/2019 @ 10 AM EST

Amazon will be using a Robotic Tech Vest for its employees. The tech-filled wearable will send an alert to the robot with the location of the wearer. The built-in sensors allow the robot to move around them, reducing and, hopefully, eliminating collisions.