Autonomous delivery vehicles have the potential to be much more than a replacement or extension of existing delivery services. With a powerful computing system inside them, they will be able to go beyond simply transporting goods or meals from a logistics hub to a consumer’s home to providing a wealth of new last-mile services that improve convenience, security, and health for individual consumers and the community at large.
In addition to core navigation and safety functionality such as 360° surround view video, long and short-range radar, and LiDAR, autonomous delivery vehicles will be able to support a huge selection of additional features and applications to meet individual and community needs – such as facial recognition to ensure that the right person is picking up the delivery and even thermal sensors for scanning the temperature of workers and other people who come close to the vehicle. Continue reading notes from the field: enabling new last-mile services with autonomous delivery vehicles
How long will it be before autonomous delivery vehicles become a commonplace sight on the streets of our towns and cities?
Perhaps this will happen much sooner than many people think. Demand for such devices looks set to explode as delivery and logistics companies look to reduce operational costs and expand the range and convenience of the services they offer without having to hire additional drivers. According to a recent AutoSens blog article, there are already over thirty companies providing autonomous delivery solutions in China – with many more expected to pile into the market. In the US, a growing number of retailers such as Walmart, Kroger, Lowes, and Target have also started testing autonomous deliveries using vehicles from the likes Nuro, Ford, and Waymo. Continue reading Notes from the field: when will autonomous delivery vehicles become a commonplace sight?
I always used to go to the US to get a glimpse of the future, but these days China serves this purpose just as well – particularly when it comes to the development of automated O2O (online to offline/offline to online) systems and services. Continue reading Smart China O2O automation
Despite all the hype and noise about the myriad wonders of the IoT, selling connected locks, thermometers, scales, and other gadgets to the mainstream consumer still remains a huge challenge. How do you show people how all these miracles of modern technology will work together to create a wondrous smart lifestyle every room will be at the perfect temperature, the washing machine will only run when electricity is at its lowest rate, and the dog hasn’t escaped because you forgot to close the door in your rush to get to work? Continue reading Target Open House
When I was walking around Dihua Street (迪化街) on Saturday, I couldn’t help wondering whether the Taipei City government has missed a trick in its gentrification of the area. Continue reading Smart Gentrification?
Bathroom signage in Warner Village, Taipei: how many guys read Marie Claire? Continue reading Bathroom Signage
Combining the physical and the virtual will be the key to success in the Internet of Things. Continue reading Walk the Line
The supermarket near our Beijing office may not have had a huge video wall adorning its entrance like many of the high-end stores on Wangfujing, but it did have a very well-designed digital signage system inside with a large number of screens placed at strategic locations pumping out a wide variety of promotional and advertising content to catch the attention of shoppers. Continue reading Beijing Supermarket Digital Signage
Naturally Apple had its own distinctive video wall at its store on Wangfujing, a stunning (and no-doubt very expensive) curved installation above the entrance. Continue reading Think Different
As one of the premier shopping streets in China, Wangfujing (王府井) may not necessarily be typical for the rest of country but it certainly sets the trends for retail districts in other cities to follow. Continue reading Video Walls on Beijing Wangfujing