Glossary

Glossary

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  • Amazon Drones
    How fast can an Amazon drone deliver packages? Amazon wants its drones to deliver your package in under 30 minutes. Drones fly at about 50 mph. They reach an altitude of only 400 feet, which helps them to avoid more air traffic. How far can an Amazon drone fly? Right now, Amazon(...)
  • Amazon Prime Air
    What is Amazon Prime Air? Amazon Prime Air started as a delivery system designed to deliver packages to customers in under 30 minutes using drones. Yet, the scope and ambition of the project has grown. In January, the online retailer announced plans to open its own cargo air hub in Northern(...)
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  • Cruise Automation
    Who is Cruise Automation? Cruise Automation is a San Francisco-based company, creating the technology needed for driverless cars. Cruise Automation was purchased by General Motors in 2016, as a key component of their autonomous driving initiatives. Cruise is already testing driverless car(...)
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  • Hydrogen Vehicle
    Who is making hydrogen vehicles? Currently, there are only three automakers building hydrogen cars that are available to the public: Honda, Hyundai and Toyota. With over 24 years of experience, Toyota has been designing hydrogen-powered vehicles the longest. It was also the first automaker(...)
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  • LIDAR Sensors
    What are lidar sensors? Lidar, short for light detection and ranging, maps objects in 3-D by bouncing laser beams off its surroundings. The technology is also referred to as LIDAR, LiDAR, and LADAR.   How is lidar technology used? Lidar technology has been around since the 1960s.(...)
  • Long Haul Trucking
    What is Long Haul Trucking? Long-haul trucking (commonly abbreviated LHT) is defined as commercial truck voyages that are more than 200 miles from origin to destination. It is also known as over-the-road (OTR) trucking. In addition, there is a Minnesota-based company with the generic name(...)
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  • Motor Vehicle Accident
    What is a Motor Vehicle Accident? A motor vehicle accident -- more commonly known as a car crash, traffic collision, fender bender, pile-up, distracted driving or automobile accident – occurs when a moving vehicle hits either (a) another vehicle; (b) a pedestrian; (c) an animal; or (d) a(...)
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  • SAE Automation Levels
    What are the SAE Automation Levels? Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Automation Levels were developed a classification system for self-driving cars in January 2014. The classification provides a common taxonomy and definitions for driverless vehicles. SAE’s classification system on(...)
  • Spherical Tires
    What are spherical tires? Spherical-shaped tires are concept tires introduced by Goodyear. They are designed for self-driving vehicles. First unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show as, Goodyear debuted an updated model, the Eagle 360 Urban, at the 2017 show. How can spherical tires(...)
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  • Tesla Enhanced Autopilot
    What is Tesla’s Enhanced Autopilot? Tesla’s Enhanced Autopilot is the next generation of the carmaker’s semi-autonomous technology. The system assists drivers through the use of sophisticated cameras and radars. Tesla is rolling out Enhanced Autopilot in phases. Enhanced Autopilot will(...)
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  • Uber Driverless Car
    Why is Uber testing driverless cars? As a ride-hailing company, Uber needs to employ an expensive fleet of human drivers. Driverless technology would allow Uber to eliminate that expense, thereby boosting its bottom line. The company sees What type of cars is Uber using for its(...)
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