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SILICON RUSH - Self driving trucks for freeway haulage logistics is all the rage at the moment for investors looking for the latest digital gold rush. Zoox, Cruise, Kodiak joins,, Didi Chuxing, Waymo, Aurora, TuSimple and AutoX as they look for the elusive holy grail of AI on the road, somewhat blowing wildcard Tesla into the weeds. You can read more about these companies and the media coverage, and reviews, on this site. Even with the green hydrogen revolution taking place all over the world, there is as yet no energy vending system for these autonomous vehicles. It's competition as usual, in a world calling for collaboration.


Self-driving cars and trucks may drive themselves, but development is driven by economics. They are forecast to grow exponentially in the next two decades. How we deliver goods, the ownership of personal vehicles, ridesharing, public transportation – these all will take new shapes as self-navigating electric vehicles (AEVs) accelerate.

Cities, utilities, industry players and policymakers are quickly scaling to deliver on AEVs, which promise to be safer, faster, more cost-effective, and cleaner for our health and environment than yesterday’s mobility systems.





Israeli company Mobileye, which develops autonomous car technology, has partnered with Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer NIO. The new agreement will see many of NIO’s cars brought to Israel for the development and trials of a fleet of new robotaxis, Globes has reported.
NIO is described a rival to Tesla.

Mobileye describes robotaxis as an autonomous vehicle that you order to your location when you need it, instead of buying it and keeping it on hand for when you will. Basically these will be robot operated taxis.

If you saw the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie “The Sixth Day” from back in 2000, then you saw such automated taxis depicted in operation. Soon enough just about everything ever predicted in SciFi movies will become a reality.

But of course, with the much touted development automated cars in development by companies like Google, it is really a no brainer to offer such vehicles as taxis. But what will happen to all of the taxi drivers?

Its like that old advertising tag line: The future is now. The technology is moving so fast that soon science fiction movies will run out of ideas for visions of the future since everything you could imagine will already have been invented.

Mobileye already has a similar deal with Volkswagen and Israeli VW importer Champion Motors on its robotaxi project since the end of 2018. Expected to begin in 2021, that project will use Volkswagen’s electric minivans.

Globes reports that Mobileye will begin the trials with a fleet of dozens of NIO vehicles first, then the Volkswagen minivans will join the trials at a more advanced stage. NIO vehicles were already in Israel and undergoing trials in Mobileye’s labs.

Mobileye said, “Volkswagen is still part of the project and the changes have been carried out in coordination with it.” Mobileye declined to comment on how the timetable has been influenced by the Covid-19 crisis, the absence of the VW minivans, and the slow pace of regulatory adoption in Israel.

NIO Inc. designs, manufactures and sells smart and connected electric vehicles, developing the next generation technologies in connectivity, autonomous driving and artificial intelligence. The company says that it is redefining user experience by providing them with comprehensive, convenient and innovative charging solutions and other services. NIO’s Chinese name, Weilai means Blue Sky Coming. It says that this name reflects the company’s vision and commitment to a more environmentally friendly future.











At the moment, the only (proposed) system that would be capable of servicing such robotic vehicles would be the proposed SmartNet dual fuel service stations, where such vehicles do not need human assistance to replenish their energy reserves, using modular energy vending, where blue is the new green, helping to cool our climate. This assumes compatibility, where at the moment bolt on range extenders for trucks and vans offers a way for commercial vehicles to enjoin.


Allied to this is PAYD (Pay As You Drive) billing, also seen as a necessary function for autonomous, unmanned, self-driving, robotic vehicles, is helping to make the world a better place.











SMART SERVICING FOR ROBOT VEHICLES - Those looking for a future proofed infrastructure for renewably sourced energy for electric vehicles, may want to consider the new breed of self driving passenger cars, taxis, and commercial trucks that will benefit from automated recharging if they are to be fully autonomous in operation - most especially unmanned robotic taxis and freight vehicles. These units are potentially safer in terms of hydrogen handling, than piped gas, offering an alternative energy network.





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