Manufacturing Innovation: Automation

The USPS Wants a Self-Driving Mail Truck
Automation

The USPS Wants a Self-Driving Mail Truck

According to a recent report from the Office of the Inspector General, the U.S. Postal Service utilized a fleet of 228,000 vehicles that cost about $67 million to repair and maintain last year. It also realized a $5.6 billion revenue shortfall, meaning it’s looking at ways to streamline operations and cut costs.

One such option could be to improve delivery by making it easier for...

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Why This Driverless Car Needs Two Steering Wheels
Automation

Why This Driverless Car Needs Two Steering Wheels

One of the most significant challenges facing autonomous vehicle operations is the transfer between human and machine control. So while it would appear that Toyota is guilty of over-engineering its latest autonomous vehicle prototype by giving a modified Lexus LS 600h two steering wheels – there is some method to their madness.

The placement of a steering wheel and pedals on both...

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