China’s first fully driverless robotaxis hit the streets of Shenzhen

Fully driverless robotaxis are now a practical reality on Chinese roads. AutoX has become the first company to put a fleet of the completely driver-free vehicles on the country’s streets, with the cars now roaming Shenzhen. They’re not yet available...

Waymo’s COVID-19 safety tightens as it faces another possible shutdown

Waymo’s self-driving passenger service is once again facing the risk of a another COVID-19 shutdown, and those involved are reportedly taking no chances. CNBC says it has obtained email from a Waymo partner warning staff of stricter “COVID Safety Pol...

MINI EV unveiled at BMW NextGen – a living room on wheels that focuses on designing social experiences!

Traditionally, MINI is all about fun and functional approach towards mobility – well that changes with the Vision Urbanaut, a bold take on the future of ultra-customizable mobility highlighted by the adaptive exterior and interior ambiance. Unusually tall by MINI’s standards, the Vision Urbanaut unveiled at the BMW NEXTGen platform tips more towards the fantasy end of the scale with no clarity about its prospects of making it through to production any time soon. Yet, the automated concept already signals the strong promise of an achievable idea that most people will take with both hands for its mindful use of space – keeping things minimal yet highly functional.

The electric drivetrain powered minivan concept is defined essentially by three exemplary MINI moments – Chill, Wanderlust, and Vibe. Something that feels like home (your living room to be precise) and also transports you and your loved ones just like any other four-wheeler. “Chill” is dominated by the relaxing pod-like feel for relaxing peaceful moments, “Vibe” is oriented towards the fun mood with pals and Wanderlust is about experiencing the drive with fellow travelers having the option to take control of the retracted steering wheel. Defining the design process, these moments transform the interior space – driving aids, seating configuration, lighting, aesthetics, and connectivity settings – for the best experiential mobility keeping in mind the socializing aspect!

The whole vibe on the outside also changes with the front and rear lighting setting to the tune of the particular moment selected. Add to that the funky wheels that are LED lit, and you are in for a futuristic ride you don’t want to get off when you reach your destination. On the inside, the futuristic ride is highlighted by textile crafted out of recycled and natural materials. The dashboard transforms into a daybed depending on the mood you’ve set, and that’s the whole theme of creating this concept ride. It even manages to find space for a table with a planter, giving us all a good idea about the clever use of interior space. All-in-all a well thought out concept for a futuristic open-spaced minivan for your private escapades as well as social gatherings.

Designer: BMW Group

Motional’s fully driverless cars are coming to Nevada’s roads for testing

Motional, a joint venture between Hyundai and Aptiv, plans to start testing fully driverless cars in Nevada. The state is allowing the company to trial autonomous vehicles without having a safety driver behind the wheel. "The coming months will see t...

Walmart will test self-driving delivery services with electric cars

Walmart isn’t about to let rivals like Amazon delve further into self-driving deliveries without offering a response. As CNBC reports, the retailer has teamed up with GM’s Cruise for a self-driving delivery pilot due to start early 2021 in Scottsdale...

Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform will be the brain for their future autonomous robots!

Autonomous Robotic Systems are paving the way for the future, sometimes literally. Everywhere, it seems, new autonomous robots are cleaning the gates of airports and taking our orders at restaurants. Robots are managing real-life situations for the very species that created them, a major technological upheaval, which Microsoft, paired with their Azure cloud computing platform, is helping to move forward. Mohamed Halawany’s Microsoft Azure Robot design was recently recognized by Behance for its intricate render and friendly, futuristic personality.

Depending on what each situation needs, Azure, will compute real-time in the robot in order to deliver help with speed and without any latency. Azure is run by Artificial Intelligence that provides users with a customizable space to work, save, share, and connect through multi-functional, serverless software. Halawany’s robot renders for Microsoft Middle East, mimics the physical disposition of a human being, but operates through AI on a serverless, scalable platform. The main screen on Halawany’s rendering of a robot is the classic homepage for Microsoft users: a grid, lined with applications and software analytics, that organizes all a user might need in order to put the functions of an autonomous robot to use.

The potential and capabilities of autonomous robots change with different users’ needs. The robot’s operating system adheres to each individual’s inquires and predicts how each user might interact with AI technology based on previous use. The cloud program, Azure, offers cross-platform collaboration, real-time speech translation, face-tagging analytics, voice-identification capabilities, and diagnostic monitors that take care of software trouble, among other features. This technological adaptation to distinct human needs is a result of detail-oriented software development that is ever-changing and expansive with consistent use. Additionally, the exterior of Halawany’s robot is customizable according to the user’s preferences. In a world that will soon prioritize the development of AI-technology, the creativity in design that brings software and impressive technology into focus will be what bridges emotion with robotics. Check out Mohamed Halawany’s render on Behance and scroll through the photos below.

Designer: Mohamed Halawany x Microsoft

Waymo and Daimler team up to develop self-driving trucks

Daimler is clearly eager to expand its plans for self-driving trucks. The automotive giant is teaming up with Waymo to develop trucks capable of level 4 autonomy, or full self-driving in specific conditions. The early strategy will focus on a modifie...