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KFC Turned to Self-Driving Cars in China to Deliver Fried Chicken While Limiting Human Contact

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The company uses autonomous vehicles connected to 5G networks and QR codes to distribute its product on the streets of Shanghai.

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This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.

Although it is still unknown if this dynamic is related to a marketing action or real tests for a future way of operating its services, the famous fried chicken franchise has delivered its orders door to door with these autonomous vehicles, a concept very similar to that of ´food trucks´, in which food is delivered to your house without having to go out to look for the truck. All of the above is due to a Chinese company that launched this innovative way of delivering KFC orders to the streets.This dynamic is quite original and effective, especially in these times of pandemic, since there is no contact with customers, workers or with the transport driver, therefore, the risk of contagions is reduced.The appearance of these mini-vehicles was something unexpected for the residents, since without any warning they began to circulate on the …

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We’re looking for the rising stars of the autonomous-vehicle industry — here’s how to nominate yourself or someone you know

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Business Insider is seeking nominations for its second annual list of the autonomous-vehicle industry’s rising stars.
Nominees must be less than 30 years old as of December 31, 2020, and work for a company that’s developing technology for autonomous vehicles.
You can submit yourself or someone you know through this Google Form by the end of November 29.
Email this reporter at mmatousek@businessinsider.com if you have any questions.
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Business Insider is seeking nominations for its second annual list of the rising stars in the autonomous-vehicle industry.We want to highlight those who have made an outsized impact early in their careers and could become the industry’s leaders of tomorrow.These are our (very simple) criteria:Nominees must be less than 30 years old as of December 31, 2020.Nominees must currently work for a company that’s developing technology for autonomous vehicles.

Submit your nomination(s) through this Google Form by the end of November 29, and tell us why you or someone you know is on the path to becoming a leader in this emerging space. If you want to nominate more than one person, fill out a separate form for each person. If you have any questions, reach …

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Globally unique autonomous vehicle development centre nears completion in UK

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Self-driving vehicles are a significant step closer to becoming a reality on public roads with the construction of a revolutionary new ecosystem nearing completion in the UK’s Midlands.
Set to provide the UK with the most complete environment for the acceleration of future mobility, the new, globally-unique autonomous vehicle development centre – known as Assured CAV – has been developed by leaders in automotive engineering, HORIBA MIRA. It has been specifically designed to enable the automotive industry, policy makers and government to develop autonomous vehicle technology, ensuring it is robust to the wide range of eventualities seen on public roads, before being released to consumers.
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Far more than a location for vehicle testing, Assured CAV is a lighthouse in the CAV industry; a location where organisations can lead in both the development and verification of self-driving technologies, but also where the learning can be applied to influence future legislation, policy and insurance, to ensure the future of autonomous vehicles will improve lives.
Assured CAV’s combination of facilities and capabilities are set to open …

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Autonomous driving should learn from aviation industry

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Major advances are being made by the day in propelling self-driving technology and consumer acceptance.
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Autonomous vehicle (AV) technology can lead to tremendous safety gains and more efficient transportation. Yet there are considerable barriers to adoption – communication protocols, infrastructure standards, and liability considerations.

These are challenges that few countries can solve independently. Over the past few decades, the civil aviation industry has resolved similar issues, leading to an impeccable safety record and high level of trust among passengers—even as passenger jets approach fully autonomous operation.

In that way, aviation lights the path for autonomous vehicles.

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The market for AV technology is growing rapidly. It was worth an estimated $54 billion in 2019 and should expand to $557 billion by 2026, according to Allied Market Research. Nearly 100 cities have some form of AV pilot program underway.

Automakers are making big bets: …

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World-leading autonomous car development hub nears completion

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By Ryan Daws |
26th November 2020 | TechForge Media




Editor at TechForge Media. Often sighted at global tech conferences with a coffee in one hand and laptop in the other. If it’s geeky, I’m probably into it.

A world-leading development hub for autonomous cars is nearing completion in Nuneaton, UK.

Built by automotive engineering giant HORIBA MIRA, the facility aims to offer a complete environment for autonomous vehicles from concept to on-road testing.

The facility is known as ASSURED CAV and promises to be “globally-unique” in providing support for all stages of development. 

ASSURED CAV has been specifically designed to enable the automotive industry, policymakers, and government to develop autonomous vehicle technology and the required legislation and regulatory environment needed to support their safe deployment on public roads.

Declan Allen, Managing Director at HORIBA MIRA, said:

“We’ve been on a journey to create ASSURED CAV; it represents many years of intense research and investment to bring together one of the most comprehensive CAV validation ecosystems in the world.At a time when the automotive industry is facing significant headwinds, we’ve been steadfast in our approach to delivering this investment and we’re extremely proud to provide an ecosystem which will …

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Walmart taps self-driving vehicle startup Cruise for autonomous deliveries

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Walmart is piloting contactless deliveries with a self-driving car company, Cruise, in Scottsdale, Arizona, the retailer announced on Tuesday. 

Starting in early 2021, customers can have orders delivered from local Walmart locations through Cruise’s self-driving electric cars. The partnership is part of the retailer’s overall autonomous vehicle testing and effort to understand the technology’s role in retail going forward, the company said. 

Cruise’s fleet of self-driving cars consists of only electric vehicles. The collaboration supports Walmart’s goal of reaching zero emissions by 2040, per the company statement.

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As with many things Walmart does, the mass merchant is interested in self-driving vehicles because of the potential to save customers’ time and money, as well as ease environmental impact, Tom Ward, senior vice president of Customer Product at Walmart U.S., wrote in the announcement.
The partnership with Cruise is a continuation of the company’s overall efforts to modernize its delivery services for customers. After launching its Express Delivery service in April, the retailer has expanded the program across more than 2,800 stores and now reaches more than 65% of U.S. households, Ward noted. 
In addition to adding Cruise to its self-driving vehicle roster, Walmart has tested out autonomous deliveries elsewhere. …

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KFC turned to self-driving cars in China to deliver fried chicken limiting human contact

kfc turned to self-driving cars in china to deliver fried chicken limiting human contact

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The famous fried chicken company uses autonomous vehicles connected to 5G networks and QR codes to distribute its product on the streets of Shanghai.

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This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.

Although it is still unknown if this dynamic is related to a marketing action or real tests for a future way of operating its services, the famous fried chicken franchise has delivered its orders door to door with these autonomous vehicles, a concept very similar to that of ´food trucks´, in which food is delivered to your house without having to go out to look for the truck. All of the above is due to a Chinese company that launched this innovative way of delivering KFC orders to the streets. This dynamic is quite original and effective, especially in these times of pandemic, since there is no contact with customers, workers or with the transport driver, therefore, the risk of contagions is reduced. The appearance of these mini-vehicles was something unexpected for the residents, since without any warning they began to …

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The Holidays – A Time To Be Thankful For Electric And Autonomous Vehicles

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Transportation is Mobility and Mobility is freedom.
That is my thankful wish for Electric and Autonomous Vehicles and the future of transportation not just in America, but globally.
I am thankful for the robust discussions that are taking place in corporate boards, garage bays, and Statehouses across the United States. If nothing else, this year we realize the power to positively impact the environment through electric vehicles and the possibility of creating equity in transportation options with autonomous vehicles.
But just as importantly as the boardroom or the truckyard having these conversations is the fact that law firms, insurance companies and healthcare workers are beginning to join in. They are all asking “how will electric vehicles or autonomous vehicles (in some cases the same vehicle) make our lives better – easier, less costly, more manageable and provide greater mobility”?

The gains that we look forward to are the ability for disabled people to make a last-minute decision to travel someplace. Instead of the model of today where often the only source of mobility is a public transport system that requires a 48 hour- sometimes a week- in advance scheduling.

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Introduction of autonomous vehicles on Moscow roads may decrease social risk to aviation levels

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With the introduction of autonomous vehicles in Moscow, cars can reach the level of mortality just like in aviation, where the level of social risk is about 3% of the current death rate in road accidents, said Alexander Polyakov, Director of the Moscow Research and Development Institute for Urban Transportation MosTransProekt, during Transport week 2020.

He explained that according to the 2019 results, the death rate in road accidents in the capital was about 3.5 people per 100 thousand of the population.

“Introduction of autonomous vehicles will eliminate the human factor from the possible causes of accidents, which will potentially reduce the social risk on Moscow’s roads by 70-90%. In terms of mortality, cars can approach the level of aviation, where the social risk is only about 3% of the current level of road deaths,” Polyakov said.

According to Mr. Polyakov, about 42% of those injured in traffic accidents in Moscow last year were in accidents for reasons that will completely disappear with the widespread introduction of autonomous vehicles – those being traffic violations and driving while intoxicated.

“Another 54% of the victims were involved in an accident for reasons that would be much less likely with the use of autonomous vehicles – among them collisions, accidents on highways …

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Honda says will be first to mass produce level 3 autonomous cars

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By Reuters Staff2 Min ReadFILE PHOTO: The Honda logo is seen during the first press day of the Paris auto show, in Paris, France, October 2, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File photoTOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Honda Motor Co said on Wednesday it will be the world’s first automaker to mass produce sensor-packed level 3 autonomous cars that will allow drivers to let their vehicles navigate congested expressway traffic.“Honda is planning to launch sales of a Honda Legend (luxury sedan) equipped with the newly approved automated driving equipment” before the end of March 2021, Honda said in a press release.The race to build self-driving cars is a key technology battleground for automakers, with technology companies such as Google parent Alphabet Inc also investing billions of dollars in a field expected to boost car sales.Japan’s government earlier in the day awarded a safety certification to Honda’s autonomous “Traffic Jam Pilot” driving technology, which legally allow drivers to take their eyes off the road.“Self driving cars are expected to play a big role in helping reduce traffic accidents, provide transportation for the elderly and improve logistics,” said Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.There are six …

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