Fedex plans deliveries with autonomous vehicles from nuro

U.S. courier and logistics company FedEx plans to use autonomous mini-vehicles from California-based robotics company Nuro to deliver goods, food and packages locally. To that end, the two companies have formed a partnership, FedEx and Nuro announced Tuesday.

The pilot project in Houston, Texas, which has been underway since April 2021, will use Nuro’s self-driving delivery vehicles to make deliveries and will now run for several years and include several phases. FedEx is currently testing various use cases within the group. The focus, he said, is to determine in what areas autonomous vehicles can be used and how. In the process, the logistics company is exploring multi-stop and appointment-based delivery, same-day delivery, and local delivery of specialized goods such as pharmaceuticals.

Pick up deliveries from the vehicle

The Nuro R2 delivery vehicle used, designed and manufactured in cooperation with Roush Enterprises, has several compartments that can be opened separately to store goods and can be cooled for food deliveries. Customers receive a message via app about the location, delivery time, as well as a pickup code. Then they have to go to the vehicle themselves and after entering the code they can take out their goods.

The work of the future: the office becomes hybrid

The Corona pandemic also has a long-term effect on the way we work. That’s what the IDC analysts want to see in their study "Work Transformation in Germany 2021" have found out. According to the survey, 79 percent of German companies want to change their workplace model. The market researchers surveyed IT decision-makers, HR and other departmental decision-makers from 250 German companies with more than 100 employees across all industries. More than a third of the companies want to introduce a mix of office and remote work, 11 percent even want to give up office space, and a full 20 percent are sticking with on-site work.

The work of the future: the office becomes hybrid

Only 20 percent of all companies are sticking with the current workplace model.

As part of these ventures, the companies face both organizational and IT challenges. The survey showed that for a good quarter of organizations, changing the culture, behaviors and thinking at work are hurdles. In addition, a good fifth have concerns about whether any changes comply with the law and data protection. These concerns are justified in that not even half of the participating decision-makers say they adhere to their company’s security and compliance policies.

No us subsidies for huawei

Huawei failed in its attempt to sue for US subsidies for its customers. U.S. regulator FCC may classify Huawei as a national security risk and refuse to pay subsidies accordingly, federal appeals court says. In addition, Huawei’s accusation of procedural deficiencies was unfounded.

In 2019, the FCC decided that it would not provide funding from the Universal Service Fund for the installation of risky technology. In 2020, the U.S. regulator then designated Huawei and ZTE as security risks. This means that US network operators are not allowed to spend money from the universal service fund on purchases from Huawei and ZTE.

This has consequences especially for smaller regional carriers in the USA, which are the only ones still using Huawei technology anyway. They will have to resort to federal funding for network expansion in sparsely populated rural areas. Huawei’s appeal against the restriction was dismissed by the FCC in December 2020, citing the "overwhelming evidence" .

Happy new year 2021!

Exactly one year ago, we predicted that 2020 would be a year of climate change. January was the warmest on record since the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) began its series of measurements 140 years ago. Such news lined up over the months leading up to December, when it was hailed that 2020 would be the warmest year in Europe since weather records began in the mid-19th century. become the 21st century.

Meanwhile, the number of electric cars is growing in this country and elsewhere, country after country is deciding to ban internal combustion cars in the next few decades, and in September the Chinese government affirmed its intention to become CO2 neutral by 2060, a goal the EU wants to achieve ten years earlier and for which it has presented some plans this year.

The signs were overshadowed by the worldwide Covid 19 pandemic, by the concern of each individual for their own and their descendants’ well-being, by 83 million infections worldwide and 1.8 million deaths. Instead of young people expressing concern for the planet and their future on Fridays, people protested in inner cities against restrictions and limitations made necessary by the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

In brief: semiconductor crisis, twitter, ddr4 ram, eu roaming

Semiconductor crisis slows down car industry

German manufacturers say more key components need to be produced locally to keep car production running smoothly. "We need domestic chip factories", Hildegard Muller, president of the German Association of the Automotive Industry, demanded in the Thuringer Allgemeine newspaper. Germany and Europe had to think differently about raw material security. This also included new trade agreements and a more active aube policy. According to industry sources, manufacturers are unable to process the high order backlogs in a timely manner because of the continuing lack of semiconductors for vehicles.

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Twitter algorithm favored young faces

Twitter’s algorithm for automatically cropping photos not only favored women in general, but also favored images of people who look darker and younger. It also discriminated against people with white hair and Arabic script over Latin letters. These are the results of an unusual contest that Twitter has called to identify other previously unknown biases of the technology. Twitter not only wanted to find more problematic aspects of its own technology, but also to set an example for the entire industry. The company had already withdrawn the now analyzed algorithm from circulation after the first criticism and explained that the choice of the image section was better left to the users.

Economy: germany needs hydrogen in trucking

Hydrogen as a propulsion system for cars and trucks on German roads will, in the opinion of the "economic experts" Veronika Grimm, hydrogen will be indispensable for cars and trucks in the coming decades. "It is utopian to think that battery-powered electromobility will be the only solution", said the Nurnberg economics professor, who is also chairman of the Bavarian Hydrogen Center, to dpa. Recently there had been reports that European car manufacturers no longer want to rely on hydrogen as the drive system of the future.

Grimm said that hydrogen technology could be used efficiently at a comparatively early stage, especially in heavy-duty transportation. The goal must be to establish a network of filling stations for hydrogen vehicles, from which passenger car traffic could later also benefit. In Switzerland, 50 trucks from the Korean manufacturer Hyundai are already running on hydrogen, and 1600 such vehicles are expected by 2025. "Initially, for example, regional networks can be set up, which can then be successively expanded later on", said Grimm.

CO2 emissions in transport have not fallen since 1990, and have even risen in heavy goods traffic, Grimm noted. However, electrification in heavy goods traffic cannot be achieved using battery technology because of the range problem. "The alternative was overhead lines, but then all European main lines had to be equipped with them", said Grimm. In comparison, hydrogen produced with electricity from renewable energy sources in areas of the world where this is cheap and highly efficient is probably the cheaper alternative – transport costs would hardly be an ie any more.

New vodafone development center: dresden prevails

Telecommunications group Vodafone wants to build a mobile communications development center in Dresden. After discussions with eight cities in Europe, the Saxon state capital was chosen as the location, Vodafone announced in Dusseldorf on Sunday. More than 200 jobs are to be created at the new center in the coming years. No details were given about when construction will start, nor about the investment volume. "The decision is a further strong commitment to the industrial location in the heart of Europe", said Hannes Ametsreiter, head of Vodafone Germany.

"The future of digitization is being thought out in Germany"

Digital applications for transport, agriculture, healthcare and buildings are just some of the areas under consideration. The technology is initially being developed for the 5G mobile communications standard, whose network Vodafone has been rolling out in Germany since last year, competing with Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica (o2) in the process. In addition, the competence center will deal with the 6. generation of mobile communications (6G). The development of this radio standard is still in its infancy. Roughly speaking, every ten years a new mobile communications standard is ready for the market – the designated successor to 5G could be ready by about 2030.

With 6G, the transmission speed was increased significantly and the already low latency – i.e. the response time – was shortened. In dealing with rapidly increasing data volumes and new technical possibilities such as virtual reality and autonomous driving vehicles, 6G would be another rough step forward in the digital age. Vodafone manager Ametsreiter sees the decision to locate in Dresden as a "signal for this country": "The future of digitization is being conceived in Germany."

Cloud: vmware goes devsecops with tanzu advanced

As part of VMware’s Tanzu cloud-native product family released in spring 2020, the company has now announced the general availability of Tanzu Advanced. The product thus joins a basic and standard variant, building on the latter.

In general, Tanzu’s portfolio includes products and services – some developed by VMware itself, some sourced from acquisitions – designed to help companies stay in control of their applications from development, through management, to operation. VMware Tanzu was composed of Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (Kubernetes runtime environment), Tanzu Mission Control (management platform) and Tanzu Application Catalog (collection of open source software based on the adopted Bitnami technology).

DevSecOps with Tanzu Advanced

With Tanzu Advanced, VMware aims to help teams accelerate application delivery across multiple clouds – and do it as securely as possible. In the fall of 2020, VMware had introduced Tanzu Basic and Tanzu Standard, aimed at modernizing infrastructure, and facilitating the adoption of Kubernetes. Tanzu Advanced innovations designed to help teams implement DevSecOps. Tanzu Advanced is a full-stack with modular functions for building an app platform suitable for any company.

In brief: java usage, lg smartphones, hydrogen, mars rover

Java use in Android

Online giant Google has defeated a multibillion-dollar lawsuit filed by software company Oracle over alleged copyright infringement in the Android smartphone system before the U.S. Supreme Court. Google had used approximately 11,000 lines of software code from the Java programming language for Android. The Supreme Court ruled on Monday in Washington that Google had not committed any legal violations, overruling a lower court ruling. Lawyers and open source developers had been eagerly awaiting the vote because a victory for Oracle would have had far-reaching consequences for copyright and licensing of APIs.

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LG discontinues smartphone division

The cell phone division of the Korean technology company LG Electronics has been making losses for years. Now LG is pulling the ripcord and closing the business unit, LG’s board of directors said Monday. Both on a national and international level, the competition is too powerful, he said. The South Korean electronics manufacturer will instead focus on other business areas, such as automotive electronics, smart home, robotics, artificial intelligence and B2B platforms.

Hydrogen in trucking

Hydrogen as a propulsion system for cars and trucks on German roads will, in the opinion of the "economic experts" Veronika Grimm, hydrogen will be indispensable in the coming decades. "It is utopian to believe that battery-powered electromobility will be the only solution", said the Nurnberg economics professor, who is also chairman of the Bavarian Hydrogen Center, to the dpa news agency. Grimm said that hydrogen technology could be used efficiently at a comparatively early stage, especially in heavy-duty transport.

Robot swarm as brush replacement in art

The U.S. Georgia Institute of Technology, in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania’s GRASP Laboratory, has developed a system that allows small robots to swarm together to create a work of art based on an artist’s ideas, without the artist having to worry about specific instructions for each individual robot. The research is about developing human-robot swarm communication capabilities.

In the paper "Interactive Multi-Robot Painting Through Colored Motion Trails" scientists present the potential of robotic swarms in art. To this end, the researchers have developed robots that can leave traces of paint on a canvas. 20 pieces of it drive over the canvas. Initially, however, they leave the color traces only virtually; they are projected onto the screen behind the robots via a projector. They will be monitored by a motion detection system to determine their position on the screen. Later, the mini-robots will be modified to leave a real paint mark.

Brush replacement

The robots will serve the artist as a kind of "active paintbrush". Instead of feeding the robots with concrete individual instructions, the artist merely determines in which areas of the canvas which colors are to be applied. The swarm of robots then implements this in real time. The desired color nuances are created by mixing the different colors applied by the individual mini-robots.