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USPS trials self-driving semi-trailer trucks

TuSimple, which specializes in autonomous trucks, will perform five round trips between USPS distribution centers in Phoenix and Dallas over the course of a two-week pilot program. USPS will use the program to assess factors like fuel cost reduction, operational safety, and fleet utilization rates.

New university-led Air Force Center of Excellence focuses on securing autonomous systems operating in contested environments

The researchers at the COE for Assured Autonomy in Contested Environments – all of which histories of innovation for Department of Defense problems of interest – will focus on the availability, integrity, and effective use of information by leveraging its diverse expertise in dynamics, mathematics, control theory, information theory, communications, and computer science.

DARPA’s latest drone swarm sprint focuses on virtual environments

Through OFFSET, DARPA envisions swarms of 250 collaborative autonomous systems – including unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – providing critical capabilities to ground units in urban areas where challenges such as tall buildings, tight spaces, and limited sight lines constrain essential communications, sensing, maneuverability, and autonomous operations.

Rolls-Royce deploys virtual reality training for maintainers

Rolls-Royce holds that hands-on, practical training will always be the main focus for maintainers; however, VR technology will help bolster training activities especially with the amount of new aircraft that will be needed to accommodate the additional air passengers (which is expected to almost double by 2036).

Dr. Rahul Razdan leads SAE EDGE Research Report series on automated vehicle test, validation

SAE International in Warrendale, Pennsylvania, has named Dr. Rahul Razdan as editor of a new series of SAE EDGE™ Research Reports on automated vehicle test and validation. Groundbreaking new SAE EDGE Research Reports illuminate key issues in emerging and unsettled areas of interest to the mobility engineering industry, help to inform current decision-making and future strategy, and provide a structured framework and methodical approach for thinking about and working with rapidly shifting technologies.
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