Lior Ron has had quite a ride since founding Otto less than a year ago; within three months of his official launch, Uber acquired the autonomous truck startup for more than $680 million. Ron, a former Google executive, told me this week that he started Otto as a socially conscious company to end roadside fatalities. Since trucks are […]
Over the last few months, the usual debate around unicorns and bubbles seems to have been put on hold a bit, as fears of a major crash have thankfully not materialized, at least for now. Instead another discussion has emerged, one that’s actually probably more fundamental. What’s next in tech? Which areas will produce the […]
On March 28, 1931, a small subsidiary of Boeing, United Airlines, announced that it completed the first transcontinental passenger flight in 27 hours. This ushered in the golden age of commercial American aviation, which lasted over 40 years. Autonomous aviation was birthed in 1849 by an Austrian attack on Italy with unmanned, explosive-ladened balloons. Today’s […]
Drones are seemingly a big part of our future. Did you know you can buy a drone for the cost of a Go-Pro and an iPad?
Drone racing has quickly turned into an international spectator sport with live broadcasts and six-figure cash prizes.
Dwindling farm incomes and open-source software are inspiring homespun hackers, helping advance farming technology. Manitoba farmer Matt Reimer has created a tractor that drives itself.
One of Google parent Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving cars hit a bus while in autonomous mode–possibly the first accident involving one of the cars that was the fault of the computer. There were no injuries in the low-speed collision.
While some companies consider aerial delivery drones, Starship Technologies has developed an automated driverless suburban delivery system. The company is testing the robot this summer and aims to make the first commercial delivery by 2017.
As Google moves closer to commercializing its self-driving cars, the company is fine-tuning its vehicles to make them navigate roads and curbs more smoothly, as if a human were behind the wheel.
An aerial drone ballet kicks off in Laguna Beach.
Fresh from recently raising $7M in Series B financing, Venice Beach-based TRACE Live Network combines elements of drones and high-quality connected cameras with a live-action content platform and global streaming capabilities. Already putting their total investment of $10M to work, TRACE has acquired one of the leading and longest running manufacturers of multi-rotor helicopters in […]