For now, the taxis are only running in a 2.5-square-mile business and residential district called "one-north," and pick-ups and drop-offs are limited to specified locations. And riders must have an invitation from nuTonomy to use the service. The company says dozens have signed up for the launch, and it plans to expand that list to thousands of people within a few months.
The cars — modified Renault Zoe and Mitsubishi i-MiEV electrics — have a driver in front who is prepared to take back the wheel and a researcher in back who watches the car's computers. Each car is fitted with six sets of Lidar — a detection system that uses lasers to operate like radar — including one that constantly spins on the roof. There are also two cameras on the dashboard to scan for obstacles and detect changes in traffic lights.
Silicon Collar looks at machines and humans at work in over 50 settings across industries and countries. On this blog I will excerpt many of those settings over the next few weeks. On Deal Architect I will excerpt more of the policy parts of the book.
“Continuing southward in San Francisco, we can get a glimpse at automation in the R&D function. Hampton Creek, which has funding from some of the most prominent investors in Silicon Valley, has been identified by Bill Gates as one of the companies shaping the future of food. The start-up’s initial focus was the global poultry industry—which lays two trillion eggs every year—but Hampton Creek is now looking at over 40 new foods, all of which are free of animal products.”
“What if we were to grow grain, extract out a protein that has the same functionality of binding the oil and turn it into mayo. You save all those steps. People don't buy mayo because they want to eat eggs. They buy mayo because they want to eat mayo. In our thinking, egg's just a senseless ingredient. By doing it our way, we just cut out all those steps. We saved on land, water, and energy.
With that conception of how we think about food, what we do on the R&D end is investigate and search the plant kingdom for proteins that are functionality related to food. We source produce from around the world. We bring them in, we do raw materials processing on them using all natural solutions and forces, to size-reduce the material and get it into an aqueous solution. We fraction it out into different protein samples and then we examine each of those fractions for basic molecular and biochemical properties just to understand the fundamental nature of that protein. Then we test it for functionality related to food. A lot of the food chemistry that we assay for is for surface chemistry, water chemistry, structural interaction, etc.”
"We're screening through about 400,000 species of plants in the course of the next couple of years. That would be tough if you're just using the human hand and just the human brain. So, we're investing all these tens of millions of dollars in automation. Our scientists are not staying up all night. The machines are up and running assays. As this data is being generated, hypotheses are being populated into the cloud, and then we can make smart decisions when we actually wake up and analyze the data.
We have a number of plant biologists, molecular biologists and biochemists. We have material scientists, food scientists, and we have automation engineers. We have process engineers, including certification people, and we have our data scientists and computational biologists. No offense to Kraft, General Mills, or Nestle, but I am not sure they could say the same thing about the staff mix in their R&D.”
Hyundai has partnered with Amazon to bring an on-demand test drive program to one of California’s most densely populated urban areas as the automaker looks for new ways to reach customers. The on-demand test drive campaign is also a first for Amazon, a company that is constantly seeking out new ways to become entrenched in consumers’ lives.
This limited campaign—it’ll only be held the last two weekends in August—will give Amazon Prime subscribers living in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas a chance to order a 45- to 60-minute test drive of a 2017 Hyundai Elantra.
To mirror the Rio Olympics, you may have noticed interactive doodles for the last 16 days on the Google home page. And you could download those games in the Google Play and Apple iOS stores. In some ways more fun, and lots less controversial than the Rio events or all the political games
In its quest to shave off fractions of a second at the Rio Games, the U.S. women’s team pursuit squad is riding equipment with a radical innovation: an inverted bike. All the parts that transfer power from your legs to your wheels—the ring, chain and rear cog—are on the left side. Nearly every other bike on the planet carries them on the right.
The idea for the flipped bike came after the 2012 Olympics, where the U.S. women advanced to the medal round after beating Australia by just 0.083 seconds. For the Americans, that was too close for comfort. Working with Felt, an American manufacturer, they dusted off an idea that a few people had toyed with in the 1960s and 70s and quickly discarded.
Despite Apple's claims to the contrary, not everyone believes the iPad Pro can replace a computer. When paired with an Apple Pencil, however, the tablet lets people do things they might never accomplish on a traditional PC or Mac. For example, the iPad Pro lets you create handwritten thank you cards that can then be sent through the mail, write notes on PDFs and sign on the dotted lines, and drain all the color out of photos, then add it back to particular objects.
The following 12 iOS apps look great on iPad Pro, and they all put your Apple Pencil to work.
The food and beverage industry is remarkably concentrated, with top companies wielding multiple, sometimes dozens, of brands to capture over 70% market share in the US market in key segments like beer, soda, chocolate, and cereal.
With increased global focus on health and natural eating, smaller food companies have grown in recent years — a Boston Consulting Group report found that CPG companies with less than $5B in sales gained 2.7 points of market share since 2011 — representing $18.1B in aggregate sales growth. BCG also noted that in 2015 the industry saw its fastest growth rate since 2012.