Technology is in the process of completely transforming all aspects of 4 industries – construction, medicine, retail, and transport – with a significant reduction in the need for human labor. Here is the impact on the Transport Industry:
- The return of electric-motorized vehicles (invented in 1884; by the early 1900s, nearly 40% of American cars were electric) will decimate the current car industry infrastructure (dealers, maintenance and repair, gas stations). Nearly 20 major countries have expressed the intent to phase out combustion engines.
- The development of autonomous vehicles (cars, buses, trucks, trains, ships, and aircraft) will increase travel safety, while not requiring human control – once the government regulatory issues have been resolved.
- Vehicle sharing/renting (Uber, Lyft) will reduce car ownership, especially in cities, which will reduce the need for parking spaces, freeing up large areas for pedestrian traffic. Garages will be turned into mini-apartments. A significant percentage of millennials are forgoing getting their driver licences.
- High-speed inter-city travel (via trains or hyperloop tunnels) will enable long distance commuting.
- The time for Inter-continental travel will also be greatly reduced (hyperloop, space travel).
- Flying taxis will start operating in a few cities world-wide in 2020.
- Elon Musk has innovative businesses involving many of the above: Tesla (autonomous electric vehicles), Solar City (batteries), The Boring Company (tunnels for hyperloop travel), Space X (hyperloop, inter-continental travel).
The technologies involved in the above include electric motors, energy storage (electric car batteries), AI (autonomous operation), hyperloop (inter-city travel), drones (flying taxis), reusable space shuttles (inter-continental travel), virtual reality (travel booking)..
The number of jobs in the Transport Industry will be significantly reduced:
- Autonomous operation will eliminate the need for truck and train drivers and couriers (including fast food delivery drivers), and reduce the need for ship crews and aircraft pilots.
- Electric cars will reduce the need for car salespeople, distributorships, and mechanics.
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The future of autonomous driving technology (AI/Autonomous Vehicles – 2018-06 – TechRepublic)
New autonomous pods move in swarms to improve public transportation (AI/Autonomous Vehicles – 2018-02 – Dubai Media Office)
Ford’s self-driving cars to become Miami’s new pizza delivery guy (AI/Autonomous Vehicles – 2018-02 – ZDNet)
How tech will revolutionize transportation in the 2020s (AI/Autonomous Vehicles – 2018-02 – ZDNet)
A conversation with the president of Didi Chuxing, the world’s largest ride-sharing company (AI/Autonomous cars – 2017-10 – Charlie Rose)
Baidu anticipates fully autonomous vehicles on highways by 2020 (AI/Autonomous Vehicles – 2017-04 – ZDNet)
Uber to Offer flying taxi service by 2020 (AI/Flying Taxis – 2017-04 – ZDNet)
Driverless trains could take lead in the world of automated vehicles (AI/Train – 2017-04 – ZDNet)
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UPS has been using self-driving trucks to deliver cargo (Transport/Autonomous Vehicles - 2019-08 - Big Think)
UPS is working with autonomous trucking San Francisco startup TuSimple on a pilot project delivering supply-chain cargo along a 115-mile stretch between Tucscon and Phoenix, Arizona using self-driving trucks with a safety driver and engineer, who likely will be needed until late 2020. TuSimple installs 9 cameras and 2 LIDAR sensors in Navistar trucks.
Waymo's self-driving system has driven 10 billion virtual miles (Transport/Autonomous Cars - 2019-07 - Engadget)
The 10 million miles Waymo’s self-driving vehicles have driven in the real world is dwarfed by the 10 billion virtual miles in simulations of multiple real driving scenarios. Thus its self-driving technology learns without the risk of causing road traffic accidents.
Autonomous cars may replace a lot of air travel (Transport/Autonomous Cars - 2019-06 - Fast Company)
As the comfort and safety of driverless cars become more accepted, a research study showed how people will choose them to replace air travel – or to cut out layovers.
Volvo's autonomous electric truck to start moving cargo in a Swedish port (Transport/Autonomous Trucks - 2019-06 - TechCrunch)
The Vera autonomous, electric truck from Volvo’s trucking subsidiary is totally self-driving. Its inaugural job: Moving goods packed in cargo trailers from a logistics center to a port terminal in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Airbus is ready for pilotless jets (Transport/Autonomous Planes - 2019-06 - CTV)
Airbus has the technology to fly passenger planes without pilots at all – and is working on winning over regulators and travelers to the idea. Airbus hopes to be selling hybrid or electric passenger jets by around 2035.
The USPS is testing self-driving trucks for hauling mail (Transport/Autonomous Trucks - 2019-05 - Wired)
18-wheeler self-driving trucks built by startup TuSimple will haul trailers full of mail and packages for a USPS test with a certified driver and safety engineer aboard. The pilot project will last two weeks and include five round trips between Phoenix and Dallas distribution hubs. The USPS is working with the University of Michigan on a self-driving truck to handle rural routes.
Panasonic is preparing for a future where most drivers don't own cars (Transport/Autonomous Cars - 2019-04 - TechRepublic)
Panasonic is preparing for a future where autonomous and electric cars upend the auto industry, and most cars are sold to ride-sharing companies like Uber or Lyft, who are already placing large orders with the same specifications. Car ownership is reducing substantially amongst millennials, especially those living in cities. Costs are being reduced by integrating more components into a single module.
Singapore university partners with Volvo to pilot a full-size autonomous electric bus (Autonomous Buses - 2019-03 - ZDNet)
Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and Volvo Buses have launched a driverless electric bus stretching 12 metres long that can accommodate 80 passengers.
LG Uplus and Hanyang successfully trial 5G autonomous car in Seoul (AI/Autonomous Cars - 2019-03 - ZDNet)
LG Uplus and Hanyang University have successfully trialled their 5G-connected autonomous vehicle, which rode on the streets of Seoul alongside regular cars. The vehicle rode through roads with heavy traffic, driving 8 km in 25 minutes, while changing lanes and reacting to cars cutting through traffic.
Muji’s autonomous bus hits the road in Finland (Autonomous Buses - 2019-03 - Fast Company)
Finnish vehicle manufacturer Sensible 4 has developed, Gacha, the first autonomous minibus that can navigate both city streets and small, unmarked suburban roads under all imaginable weather and lighting conditions.
Flying taxis will be operational in the 2020s (Flying Taxis - 2019-02 - MIT Technology Review)
In the 2020s, many small autonomous, electric airborne vehicles may be operational, especially on city-center-to-airport routes. Some are drone-like, with 4-18 rotors. Most are fixed-wing craft with propellers that point upwards for vertical takeoff and landing, and tilt forward for flight.
Rolls-Royce has demonstrated the world’s first fully autonomous ferry in Finland. (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-12 - VentureBeat)
Waymo One is the world’s first self-driving taxi service (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-12 - FastCompany)
A self-driving car that delivers packages to homes and businesses (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-12 - Business Insider)
Over 1 million electric cars sold in the U.S. (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-12 - ScienceBlog)
First autonomous freight train network fully operational (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-12 - Ars Technica)
Waymo to start first driverless car service in December 2018 (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-11 - Bloomberg)
Ford wants to launch a fleet of thousands of self-driving cars in 2021 (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-11 - MIT Technology Review)
Driverless buses will transform business travel at airports (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-11 - TechRepublic.com)
Volvo is going to use autonomous trucks to haul stone out of a mine in Norway (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-11 - MIT Technology Review)
Autonomous trucks don't need a cab, which makes them far more efficient to drive (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-11 - Wired)
Waymo to launch ride-hailing service with self-driving vehicles (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-10 - TechCrunch)
Rolls-Royce partners with Intel to bring autonomy to ships (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-10 - ZdNet)
Waymo 1st company in California to test autonomous cars on public roads (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-10 - San Francisco Chronicle)
Volvo unveils all-electric, autonomous truck without a cab (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-09 - Electrek)
Autonomous vehicles could charge themselves (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-09 - MIT Technology Review)
Germany launches world's first autonomous tram (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-09 - The Guardian)
The world's first self-driving grocery delivery cars (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-08 - FastCompany)
Self-driving shuttles hit Detroit streets (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-08 - Detroit Free Press)
Waymo’s self-driving cars will serve as a link to public transit (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-07 - MIT Technology Review)
Logging is the latest ground transportation industry to start adapting autonomous driving (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-07 - ZDNet)
Rolls-Royce plans to create a flying taxi (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-07 - TechRadar)
Self-driving grocery delivery car will sacrifice itself to save pedestrians (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-06 - Popular Science)
Kroger to bring driverless cars to grocery delivery (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-06 - CNBC)
Self-driving shuttles hit Detroit streets (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-06 - Detroit Free Press)
How AI, VR and AR will change how you vacation (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-05 - Big Think)
Target uses AR for makeup shopping on-line and in stores (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-05 - TechRepublic)
Waymo to add 62,000 more Chrysler minivans to self-driving car fleet (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-05 - ZDNet)
China gets its first driverless street sweeper (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-05 - Euronews)
Driverless trains coming to Thailand (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-05 - People's Daily Online)
Self-driving shuttles to make employee travel more efficient (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-05 - TechRepublic)
You can catch a self-driving Waymo taxi in 2019 - if you're traveling to Phoenix (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-05 - TechRepublic)
A close look at uberAIR, a ridesharing network for the sky (AI/Flying Taxis - 2018-05 - TechCrunch)
A new MIT project could bring driverless cars to rural roads (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-05 - Futurism)
California to legalize robot taxis (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-04 - TechRepublic)
Driverless cars can operate in California as early as April 2018 (AI/Autonomous Vehicles - 2018-02 - Recode)