These new look autonomous cars could make you hungry!

February 1, 2018 2:13 pm


Inspired by European style trends and new technologies cars have since the 1990’s gotten curvier and curvier.

What inspires shapes of cars today is different: Our kitchen!

Our kitchen is on the road.

Where have trends forked?

Nuro, a Silicon Valley startup, unveiled this week a new autonomous vehicle for delivery shaped like a toaster.

We’re seen mobile digital billboard trucks, but now we will be seeing 3D ads on the road.

Is a saucer shaped car for pizza delivery next?!

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 A delivery toaster

You haven’t shrunken or your toaster just got huge.

Nuro’s autonomous toaster will be carrying packages for delivery and not people, according to Bloomberg News.

“We realized we could make it possible to deliver anything, anytime, anywhere,” said co-founder Dave Ferguson. “We like to call it a local teleportation service.”

USA Today says that “while FedEx and UPS use gas- or diesel-powered trucks driven by workers who bring packages to the front door, Nuro hopes its invention will present retailers large and small with an eco-friendly, on-demand delivery alternative whose cost notably does not include paying a driver.”

It clarifies that Nuro will require consumers (or robots) to be at home so they can retrieve their package from inside the van when it pulls up to their curb.

 Nuro is not alone.

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 Self driving box

Toyota announced earlier this month its plan to build e-Palette, an autonomous vehicle for delivery services, to be launched at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Toyota says it will work with Amazon, Didi Chuxing, Mazda, Pizza Hut, and Uber, according to the Verge, a technology website.

“Toyota envisions these serving a variety of functions, from typical mobility services like ride-sharing and carpooling, to less-typical purposes like serving as mobile office and retail space, medical clinics, hotel rooms, and more,” the Verge said.

Gadgets news site Engadget describes the e-Palette, by saying it is a box with eight wheels.

“There’s no steering wheel, pedals or gearshift to worry about: The vehicle will be completely driverless. It is, in short, a blank slate for urban transportation,” it said.

 Orange Gadget

udelv, a Burlingame, Calif. company, made on January 30 the world’s first public road test deliveries for its autonomous vehicle to nearby customers.

According to a statement by the company, the trips were accomplished flawlessly.

Udelv said the orange customized vehicle is built on a fully electric powertrain and features 18 secure cargo compartments with automatic doors using a cloud-based technology that is shared between the vehicle, customers and merchants.

“The vehicle can drive for up to 60 miles per cycle and can load up to 700 pounds of cargo,” it said.

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 Autonomous future

A study published in 2016 by McKinsey, a consultancy firm, reveals that autonomous vehicles including drones will deliver close to 100% of X2C (business to consumers products) and 80% of all items.

“Traditional delivery will account for the remaining 20% of all items: big B2B customers with high drop factors and often special delivery requirements will favor mostly human delivery as we know it today.” it added.

A study by Intel says that the companies that don’t prepare for self-driving risk failure or extinction.

The study, prepared by Strategy Analytics, predicts autonomous vehicles will create a massive economic opportunity that will scale from $800 billion in 2035 to $7 trillion by 2050.

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Dana Halawi
By Dana Halawi
Senior Journalist
Dana Halawi has over seven years of experience in Journalism with articles published in multiple magazines and a newspaper in Lebanon. She specialized in Banking and Finance at the Lebanese American University and has a Master’s degree in International Affairs.



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