Here’s a short summary of what happened in the world of mobility, logistics & transportation this week:
Last week, BMW revealed their first autonomous motorbike. The driverless motorcycle took off, before accelerating, following along a winding test track and finally coming to a complete stop, all on its own. While BMW has no intentions of selling a completely independent bike in the near future, the technology will aid in developing future systems to make motorcycling more comfortable and safe.
Last Sunday, Dubai launched the test run of their self-driving taxis at GITEX 2018. The cars can go up to about 20 mph and here is a safety driver up front, who will be able to take over the car if needed. The autonomous car service will run in select parts of the city for the next three months.
Hyundai Mobis Co. has launched an artificial city for self-driving cars. With a 276-acre spread and an investment of $300 million for test tracks, Hyundai is hoping this fake city will help them catch up with autonomous vehicle competitors.
Autonomous vehicles are helping us rethink road management. Currently, a growing use of road sensors, traffic detection devices, and video cameras on or along streets and highways are collecting vast amounts of data. But even more is on its way with the help of autonomous vehicles.
In a push for higher fares and more working rights, the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain called on Uber drivers throughout London to strike. For the drivers, this meant not signing into the app for 24 hours. This only adds to the various protests and legal action that Uber has faced on a global scale, as people dislike the way they disrupt traditional operators.
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