It looks like Tesla just developed a million-mile battery

Such a battery would make it far cheaper to implement robotaxis and long-haul electric trucks, both of which Tesla is developing.

  • A team of researchers working with Tesla recently released a paper describing a lithium-ion battery that should last 1 million miles over 4,000 charges and depletions.
  • The researchers reportedly optimized commonly used components of EV batteries, and made their findings available to other battery researchers.
  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk said robotaxis could hit streets as early as 2020.
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Andrew Yang: Give truckers severance packages when driverless vehicles take over

The 2020 Democratic candidate's plan to give Americans a universal basic income seems to include a special provision for truckers.

  • Andrew Yang is a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate who's made technology and automation central to his campaign.
  • Yang says the U.S. needs a plan for how to manage the upcoming loss of millions of American trucking jobs to self-driving vehicles.
  • Yang wants to tax profits from self-driving trucks to give these laid-off truckers a "severance package."
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UPS has been discreetly using self-driving trucks to deliver cargo

TuSimple, an autonomous trucking company, has also engaged in test programs with the United States Postal Service and Amazon.


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  • This week, UPS announced that it's working with autonomous trucking startup TuSimple on a pilot project to deliver cargo in Arizona using self-driving trucks.
  • UPS has also acquired a minority stake in TuSimple.
  • TuSimple hopes its trucks will be fully autonomous — without a human driver — by late 2020, though regulatory questions remain.
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What do we lose when we can't get lost?

Maura O'Connor discusses her new book, Wayfinding: The Science and Mystery of How Humans Navigate the World.

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  • Science writer Maura O'Connor spent four years traveling the world to better understand how humans navigate their terrain.
  • She writes "getting lost is a uniquely human problem," noting that other species don't have issues navigating.
  • While the book is not anti-technology, O'Connor questions our reliance on GPS and self-driving cars.
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In a world of autonomous vehicles, this is why we'll need more public transport than ever

Combined with high-capacity public transport, AVs could remove 9 out of every 10 cars in a mid-sized European city.

The media is fascinated by autonomous vehicles (AVs), in particular their safety and when or if they will arrive en masse.

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