Daimler debuts self-driving semi-truck

May 6, 2015

Daimler debuts self-driving semi-truck

Its name is “Inspiration,” and Daimler Trucks says it is the first ever self-driving semi-truck licensed to drive on public roads — in this case Nevada’s highways — not only for testing, but business, too. Daimler Trucks North America LLC debuted the self-driving big ...

Apr 10, 2015

Nissan to provide technology for submarine robots

Nissan Motor Co. will provide driving support technology to improve the performance of submarine robots used to search for rare metals and other resources. The automaker said Thursday it will provide the technology for a joint project with the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science ...

Mar 13, 2015

Fanuc mulls boosting investor returns as Loeb calls for change

Three weeks after billionaire investor Daniel Loeb started a public campaign demanding changes at the industrial robot-maker, Fanuc Corp. says it will consider ways to increase investor returns. Its stock surged. The company, one of the most secretive in Japan, will start what it ...

For elderly, Robear is a powerful pick-me-up

Feb 26, 2015

For elderly, Robear is a powerful pick-me-up

Forget the frightening androids of dystopian sci-fi, the future of robots is cute polar bears that can lift elderly people into and out of bed. The Robear has a cublike face with big doey eyes, but packs enough power to transfer frail patients from ...

An afterlife for man's best robot friend?

Feb 25, 2015

An afterlife for man's best robot friend?

Incense smoke wafts through the cold air of the centuries-old Buddhist temple as a priest chants a sutra, praying for the peaceful transition of the souls of the departed. It is a funeral like any other in Japan. Except that those being honored are ...