Test-driving a surgical robot at a Duluth hospital

Julius Salinas (left) tries his hand at operating a da Vinci surgical robot (foreground) during an open house at St. Luke’s hospital on Monday, while nurse manager Barbara Boettcher learns more about the device from Josh Lowe, area sales manager with Intuitive Surgical. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

Julius Salinas (left) tries his hand at operating a da Vinci surgical robot (foreground) during an open house at St. Luke’s hospital on Monday, while nurse manager Barbara Boettcher learns more about the device from Josh Lowe, area sales manager with Intuitive Surgical. The monitor in the upper left gives a two-dimensional view of what Salinas saw at the surgeon console, which gives its operator a 3-D view of the surgical site. “I could sit and do this all day,” Salinas said later. “That is cool. That is the best video game there is.” In addition to giving people a chance to test-drive a surgical robot, Monday’s event taught about robotic-assisted surgeries. Such surgeries often permit less invasive procedures, which allow patients to recover quicker. St. Luke’s bought a surgical robot in 2011. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

Source: Duluthnews

Exosquelette Hercule, une innovation robotique

 

 

 

Publicado el 20/05/2014

Existant en version civile et militaire, l’exosquelette Hercule vise à assister son opérateur au port et à la manipulation de charges lourdes. Son atout : Il décuple la capacité de la personne qui s’équipe.

Ce reportage est un extrait du magazine TV « Journal de la Défense » d’avril 2014, intitulé « 100% innovation dans les armées

Source: ministeredeladefense France

Australian farmer Trevor Mills installs Mione Milking Robot

Robot at work: Trevor Mills with his Australian-first three-box robot Mione system. Picture: Greg Scullin Source: WeeklyTimesNow

THERE was no time to pop champagne corks when Trevor Mills cranked up his new ­robotic dairy at the start of the month.

“We were straight into it, straight from the old and into the new,” said Trevor, who farms with wife Annemarie.

“We may have a rest eventually. But the whole reason we’ve invested in the new dairy is to keep us on the farm. There’s no way we could stay here if we didn’t, as the workload in the old dairy was ­becoming too great.

“It now gives our two children a chance for a future on the farm.”

The robotic dairy is a three-box robot Mione system from GEA Technologies, the first of its kind installed in Australia and the first to be installed on a pasture-based dairy anywhere, at a cost, including labour, of about $750,000.

The dairy is the latest in a long line of improvements Trevor has made to the 150-herd, 122ha property at Drouin South, which his father bought in the 1950s and which he took over in 1997.

He said when he first managed the farm, his first task was to put an aerial map of the farm on the computer, “not an easy job back then”.

“There were lots of issues. There was a creek that ran through it, the main water supply, which cut the farm in half and cattle would cross from one side to the other and collapse the banks,” Trevor said.

“There were lots of remnant trees that were disappearing, no laneways, that kind of thing.

“So I thought I would wipe the slate clean, focusing on pasture management, water supply and protecting remnant vegetation.”

He turned 25 paddocks into 50 and removed the barbed wire fencing, replacing it with single wire electric fencing, which ­allowed him to move from set stocking to rotational grazing.

This saw immediate pasture growth, improved soil fertility and increased stocking rates by about 50 per cent with no added inputs.

In addition Trevor created an effluent system that has irrigated a quarter of the farm through a series of poly pipes and travelling irrigator.

Trevor said he planned to upgrade this system on the back of the robotic dairy, with a new slope screen separator more successfully separating solids from liquids.

“The effluent system has saved a lot in reducing the need for fertiliser, I’d say thousands of dollars,” he said.

“It’s improved the pastures but in some places the nutrient has become so high weeds have come up, so that’s why I need to start getting it around more of the farm.”

Arguably the greatest farm improvements have been done alongside Landcare, which last year won him his region’s Landcare award, and runner-up in the state awards.

Innovate to stay: Trevor Mills says the robotic dairy means his family may have future in farming. Picture: Greg Scullin Source: WeeklyTimesNow

So far the Millses have planted about 30,000 trees, ­installed 3km of wind breaks, planted wildlife corridors, protected 2km of creek frontage and created cattle shelters.

“One of the things that drives me is the Landcare work. I’m a great believer in protecting the environment. If we look after it, it will look after us,” he said.

Trevor and Annemarie now farm 150 Friesian and Jersey-Friesian-cross cows.

Milk goes to Fonterra with about 3.2 per cent protein, 4.2 per cent butterfat and a cell count of about 250,000 cells/ml. Trevor was once in the top five in Victoria for cell count but said it was not a figure he chased now, although the ­robotic dairy — with its daily tagging and monitoring — would improve the cell count.

“I don’t chase maximum production either, but focus on maximum profitability. There is no point giving the herd expen­sive feed to get 10,000 ­litres a year if the extra 3000 ­litres is not profit.”

Their average rainfall is about 850-900mm, down from 1000mm in the past, with supplementary grain feed required year-round to top up rye and clover pastures.

Unlike most dairies, Trevor does not rear his replacements, finding it cheaper and more ­efficient to buy Friesian and crossbred heifers at the point of calving from Warragul’s dairy saleyards.

He said prices varied, up to $2000 a head being paid by some producers, but by regularly attending sales it was possible to buy heifers at a lower cost ($660 to $1300 was the range this autumn).

He said pure bred Friesian heifers were harder to buy in recent years with exports to China, but on the whole it was a more affordable exercise.

 

A major income stream for the farm is buying in week-old Friesian heifer calves to export to China, sold about five to six months of age or 120-140kg — up to 200 a year.

Despite the improvements, Trevor said the robotic dairy was needed to stay in the game.

Source: Weekly Times Australia

Incheon Robot Land Attracts KRW 1 Trillion in Investment from China

Cho Sung-kap, President of Incheon Information Service (INIS) and newly-elected Chairman of the Federation of Korean Information Technology Societies

The S. Korean government last year unveiled the “Strategy for Software Innovation” ambitiously after designating software as one of the effective tools for the realization of the government’s creative economy initiative. However, the Strategy for Software Innovation has yet to have a ripple effect across the software industry. The Strategy for Software Innovation, drawn up by desk-bound bureaucrats, not by software experts, mainly featured stop-gap measures rather than solutions to problems faced by the software industry.

Cho Sung-kap, President of Incheon Information Service (INIS) and newly-elected Chairman of the Federation of Korean Information Technology Societies, puts forward a variety of practical solutions for the promotion of the Korean software and IT industry, leveraging his multi-year experiences in supporting the domestic IT industry in the field, not from the desk.

KRW one trillion in investment from China kicks the development of Incheon Robot Land into high gear.

One of INIS President Cho Sung-kap’s notable achievements, made at INIS, is the promotion of robots a cultural industry in the city of Incheon. An investment of KRW one trillion from China will be poured into Incheon Robot Land in mid July, therefore speeding up the development of Incheon Robot Land’s commercial facilities. Incheon Robot Land is a project that builds a robot research center, a robot industry support center, robot amusement facilities, complex commercial facilities, hotels and etc in Cheong-na International City in Incheon. Once Incheon Robot Land is opened in 2016, it is projected to entail approximately KRW 2.7 trillion in annual production value and creation of about 4,000 jobs.

Educational projects designed for students are also noteworthy. Nearly 300 Korean and foreign students will be invited to Global Robot Camp, scheduled to take place somewhere between the end of July and early August at Songdo Global Campus. Global Robot Camp will furnish various robot-related programs, such as robot classes and robot games, to allow participating students to have a fun. In addition, robot animated musical “Legend of the Robot Land,” which was recently presented at Gwacheon National Science Museum, received great reviews for serving as an educational playground that rekindled children’s educational interest in robots, science and technology.

INIS’s robot promotion projects move beyond simply launching cultural promotions. INIS has mounted a robot pilot project for regional economic zones to manufacture practical robots, such as river cleaning robots, yeast robots and robotic dolls, etc. The robot pilot project for regional economic zones is expected to revitalize regional economies, enhance the value of local brands and expedite regional development.

 President Cho is keen on early software education, the building of an IT assembly hall and the development of software and hardware.

INIS President Cho’s next move merits more attention as he was elected as Chairman of the Federation of Korean Information Technology Societies this year. Chairman Cho has set his sights on the provision of early software education, the building of an IT assembly hall and support for the development of software and hardware.

“The software industry is not so much manufacturing as a culture-based art since designing and developing software is all about creations,” President Cho underlined the need for early software education. He believed that early software education would help children develop their logical thinking, comprehension, reasoning power and imagination. Children who receive software education early are more likely to grow into IT talent in the future, hence turning the IT industry into a culture, not solely an industry driven by functions and technologies, according to Cho.

The S. Korean IT market has continued to grow annually, hitting KRW 20.17 trillion this year. That being said, IT powerhouse S. Korea does not offer an optimum gathering place, where smooth communication and personal and physical exchanges between industry and academia can take place. Against this backdrop, President Cho intends to build an IT assembly hall. Once an IT assembly hall is put up, IT companies can gather to share information, nurture talent and conduct researches and IT information can be disseminated through various seminars, thesis presentations and forums. Furthermore, comprehensive IT education programs can be run to produce highly-demanded IT experts, who can lead the domestic IT industry into the future.

Though it is welcome news that numerous officials from Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, etc. have paid a visit to S. Korea to learn about Korea’s advanced e-government system, exports of the nation’s e-government system are not happening. “S. Korea is an IT powerhouse in the world but its software industry is in poor condition. Exports of Korean e-government systems are not materializing because about 87% of the nation’s e-government systems run on foreign-made software,” said President Cho. Since the performance of software cannot be measured in numerical terms, a proven track record of software sales is important. Yet, since Korean software developers are track record-poor latecomers in the market, the practice of using foreign-made software has persisted.

Thus, Cho Sung-kap, as newly-elected Chairman of the Federation of Korean Information Technology Societies, is set to take the lead in offering technical support and proposing relevant policies for the development of homegrown software and hardware. All of his efforts will eventually play an important role in setting up a software-friendly ecosystem in the nation

Robot, heal thyself Dextre becomes the first robot to repair itself in space. Video

Dextre the Canadian robotic handyman on board the International Space Station, has done several repair and maintenance jobs to date, as well as the Robotic Refueling Mission technology demonstration, when he became the first robot to refuel a mock satellite in space. The space bot is now poised to claim a first for robotkind: self-repair. This animation shows how Dextre will swap two cameras on Canadarm2 and the mobile base, which together form the three main components of Canada’s Mobile Servicing System.

Dextre will start by retrieving a faulty camera located near Canadarm2’s elbow joint. Since the camera is functional, but produces hazy images, Dextre will move it to a less critical location on the mobile base. Dextre will then head over to Japan’s Kibo module to fetch a camera from the module’s transfer airlock —a type of sliding drawer that can be depressurized—where the station’s crew will place it for Dextre to retrieve. Dextre will install the new camera on Canadarm2’s elbow joint, where it will provide critical views of the robotic arm’s movements.

The Next-Generation Canadarm (NGC) facility provides a suite of robotic systems with the capability to support both low-Earth orbit and deep space missions, from repairing communication satellites to assisting human exploration missions to the Moon, asteroids and beyond. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

In addition to repairing and replacing two valuable cameras used for robotic operations, Dextre’s task has far-reaching implications for what robots could do in the future. Technologies for on-orbit robotic servicing—repairing and refueling satellites in space—hold great potential for addressing the issue of space debris, a growing concern for the world’s space agencies. The work done by Dextre  is laying the foundation for the future when one day, robots will be sent to repair, refuel and reposition orbiting satellites. On-orbit robotic servicing could therefore save satellite operators from the significant costs of building and launching new replacement satellites, and help reduce space debris.

Find out more about…

Dextre’s Robotic Refueling Mission:
http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/iss/rrm/

Saving satellites:
http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/iss/rrm/…

The Next-Generation Canadarm: A suite of robotic technologies designed to help explore space further and longer:
http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/canadarm…

Credit: Canadian Space Agency

The Ultimate Science Street Fair: space, weather, and robots

Date: Sunday June 1, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM-06:00 PM
Venue: Washington Square Park
Participants: Michael J. MassiminoBobak FerdowsiMichael S. Hopkins
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Games, performances, interactive experiments, and the great outdoors combine for a full-day science extravaganza at the seventh annual World Science Festival Street Fair. Installations and activities from more than 50 organizations will focus on our three themes: space, weather, and robots.

There’s so much to explore: cutting-edge science experiments on the International Space Station, Mars rovers, extreme weather simulations, and robots that might someday live in your house, to name a few! We’ll also have science celebrities on hand, so you can learn from the pros – and snag a photo.

Aspiring scientists of all ages can find entertainment both inside the buildings and outside at performances and demonstrations. Start planning your day by looking through our list of activities – and check back often to see what we’ve added!

Register for the World Science Festival’s free outdoor events to receive early notification of special events, learn where you can have your photo taken with astronauts, and be the first to see the schedule of stage performances.  Each week, the World Science Festival will randomly select one registrant to receive a science gift packet.

SPACE COMMAND

Visit the International Space Station: Experience the next best thing to being on the ISS with the help of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Step into the newly renovated NASA Mobile Exhibit for liftoff to the orbiting home and learn about research in microgravity from a team of NASA scientists.

Create Microgravity on Earth with the NASA Glenn Research Center: Step up to the miniature drop tower and test the effects of reduced gravity on physical and chemical phenomena. You’ll be amazed by things that are normally hidden by Earth’s gravity—from plants and water to cells and fire.

Search for Exoplanets: Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are looking for planets that are often hidden by the bright lights of the stars they orbit. Hundreds of planets have already been found. Visit The Hidden Light, an installation that helps you see what is invisible to the naked eye. Then head to the StarShade Petal, a real technology being designed to block interfering light and help photograph other planets.

Study Humans In Space: Meet the NASA Johnson Space Center team that studies humans in space. How does microgravity affect everything from bones and blood to muscle and memory? Let the team tell you how they figure it all out.

Control Next-Generation Satellites: Take command of SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites) just like those currently aboard the International Space Station. MIT’s Alvar Saenz-Otero, of Zero Robotics, will teach you about this next generation of autonomous, interactive robot satellites.

Command the Rovers: Robots take over Washington Square Park at your control. Meet the New York Hall of Science’s Mars-style rover robot, created by Robert Beatty and his daughters. Check out the suspension system, solar panels, infrared camera, thermal array sensor, and eight sonar sensors. Interact with a scale version of the real Curiosity rover currently on Mars,and meet Jupiter Joe’s Rovers.

Blast Off with Aerospace Simulators: Ride in one of the many full-scale and fully functional space simulators, including the Orion CRV Flight Simulator, BD-5J Micro Jet, and a hovercraft. See what a space toilet looks like, inspect the Pluto Probe, and try on a pair of anti-gravity boots. Brought to you by the Traveling Space Museum.

Work in a Space Laboratory: Step into the Odyssey IV Mobile SpaceLab Module, a mock-up of the International Space Station. You’ll learn to live and work in space in this simulation with interactive workstations.

Build Air Cannons: Make an air cannon with Carmelo the Science Fellow to learn more about wind and gravity.

Launch Your Own Balloon Rocket Racer: Transform recycled materials into a rocket ship and use air propulsion power to race down a fishing line. Then try your hand at building and launching space gliders with Scrapkins.

3D Space Printer: Astronauts run out of tools on the International Space Station and must wait until the next resupply mission to restock. With the aid of 3D printing technology, immediate re-stock is just around the corner. Come see the first 3D printer that will head to space.

WEATHER STATIONS

Science on a Sphere®: See our home planet as you’ve never seen it before: projected and animated on a giant suspended globe from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Gather around massive sphere to watch historic storms unfold as dramatic weather unleashes its fury, and see special spherical movies about tsunamis and waterfalls (without getting all wet). When you’re done exploring Earth, travel to other planets in our solar system and beyond and get a glimpse of conditions far from home. Finally, meet the scientists and journalists who study space, climate, and the often only marginally predictable atmosphere. 10:00 AM-06:00 PM, at Gould Plaza, NYU

Get Caught in a Hurricane: Step into the hurricane simulator and experience winds up to 78 mph. Suitable for storm chasers of all ages.

Control Your Own Tornado: Prepare to be blown away by a vortex of swirling vapor as you control the speed of four-foot tall tornadoes.

Explore the Arctic of the Future with the PoLAR Climate Project: Play games to learn how animals (from plankton all the way to polar bears) are impacted by humans. Then go through interactive displays with Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory to learn how climate and weather impact sea ice loss and change the sea level. Don’t miss the Polar Explorer app!

Investigate the New York Hall of Science: Watch dueling pressure systems create spinning clouds of air when we fire our Air Cannon. Use your cell phone to make small images appear large using forced perspective photography at Stick Pics. You can make images with your favorite astronomers, astrophysicists, astronauts, and spaceships. Finally, make your hair stand on end as lighting forms before your very eyes at the Van de Graaf Generator.

Battle Earthquakes with Engineering: Join Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers to make your own earthquake-proof structures. How will your building stand up to the seismic waves?

Ride the Coriolis and Forecast Weather: Join CUNY’s NOAA-CRESTto take a spin aboard the Coriolis ride, showing how hurricanes form and gain massive amounts of power. Then use real mathematical equations to predict tomorrow’s weather.

Discover Fossils and Facts at the Liberty Science Center: Excavate for fossils (including shark teeth and small bones) that you can take home with you, and learn how weather affects fossil formation. Compare natural disasters and weather conditions on home at Earth to those on other planets.

Monkey Around at the Central Park Zoo: Discover how weather affects the animal kingdom, wildlife conservation and our own lives. Join the Central Park Zoo for performances and activities that help explain how we can make our world more livable for ourselves and other unique creatures.

Crustacean Exploration: Hop onto a solar-powered, state-of-the-art mobile microscope lab that was once a 1974 transit bus. There, use high-powered microscopes to examine the cells and organs of tiny transparent crustaceans called daphnia. These strange creatures have reproductive systems that change with the weather.

Laboratory: Pop Bottle Science: Join author Lynn Brunelle to create different kinds of weather and tracking equipment, from barometers and thermometers to rain and tornadoes. You’ll build up the atmospheric pressure of a storm in a crushable bottle.

ROBOT SENSE CENTRAL: How Do Robots Sense?

Vision: The first step to understanding how robots sense the world is by learning how they see. Unlike humans, they don’t have peripheral vision – meaning they see only what is directly in front of them. Move an object in front of a digital camera and watch how objects are tracked on a screen. Try sharing a toy with iCub a robot that mimics a human two-year-old, and see how iCub sees.

Hearing: Robot ears take in sounds and turn them into a language that robots can understand. Speak into a microphone and watch a computer translate your voice into waveforms. It will try to repeat what you said back to you.

Depth Perception: Our eyes and brain quickly calculate depth perception for us. Learn how robots tackle this crucial task by stepping up to a Microsoft Kinect and getting a strange 3D view of the world and yourself. Then have your photo taken and emailed to you.

Touch: Close your eyes and put your hand in a box – then try to decipher what you’re grabbing. Or see if you can find the object you are searching for without using your eyes. Robots have it tough! Get another sense of how a child robot would interact with the world bytickling iCub, the robot who mimics a human two-year-old. He’s covered in touch sensors and gets ticklish when you poke him. Eventually, he’ll even learn to dodge your fingers!

INSIDE THE ROBOT BRAIN: How do robots Sense, Decide, and Act?

Tame the Robot: Teach a robot how to behave by playing Tetris on a computer. In this game of robot Tetris, you decide if a robot’s action should be rewarded or not, and it learns to behave according to your rules.

Train the Robot: Use DragonBot and a programming tool kit to train a robot to respond to your signal, just like a pet dog. You’ll teach your robot to smile whenever you clap – get ready to give yourself a round of applause.

Shepherd the Robots: Robots sometimes behave based on what other nearby robots are doing. Walk in front of a projection screen and watch as simulated robots follow you around like a flock of sheep.

Robot Swarm: How does a swarm of 10 robots work? How about 10,000 birds? Or 10,000,000 ants? Join MoMath for hands-on Swarm Math activities where the audience members get to be part of a collective.

Control Robots with Your Mind: Use electricity from your brain to control robots and find out whether your brain is anything like a computer.

Play Soccer Like a Robot: Learn what it’s like for a robot to play soccer. Hint: it’s not so easy. Build robot goggles out of paper tubes, then cover one eye and try to follow instructions to play (and win) the game.

Robots at the Liberty Science Center: At Complete a Circuit, you’ll poke around the inner workings of a robot and learn how electrical circuits and systems work together. Connect different parts of circuits and use different energy sources – then apply the same principles to a programmable Arduino board. Then figure out the difference between conductors and insulators at Pocket Science: Energy Stick, where you’ll light up an energy stick by forming a human chain

ROBOTS IN MOTION: How do robots move?

Bend It Like a Robot: Teach a small humanoid NAO robot how to kick a ball by moving its legs and registering the movement on a computer – just like in stop-motion animation!

Robot Obstacle Course: Drive a KUKA youBot, a robot arm on wheels, through an obstacle course. Then try it again using only robot vision, and see how different your times are.

Drive a Planetary Rover: Drive Oryx, the planetary rover, and help it collect rock specimens on an otherworldly surface.

Drive the Turtlebots: Pick up the controls and, without ever leaving the World Science Festival, drive a telepresence robot at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Your task? To figure out Worcester Polytechnic’s motto.

Robot Fish Race: Build the fins of a robotic fish and race them against other robo-swimmers. Winner gets a prize!

Robot Control: Feel like Dr. Doolittle as you use a touchscreen device to control a robotic fish. Or relax and watch it swim on its own while you enjoy a birds-eye view of the tank provided on the display.

Fly a Drone, Drive a BEAM: Test fly a drone and operate the Beam telepresence robot, which lets you be in two places at once.

Robot Free Throw: Make your robot the star of the team as you toss beach balls into a goal to earn points.

Junior FIRST’s Lego League Challenge: Operate the winning Lego creation made by children ages 6 to 9 and meet these young inventors.

ROBOT PARTY: How do robots socialize and interact with humans?

Museum of Keepons: As you approach a row of small, yellow, snowman-like Keepon robots, try to capture their gaze. Then watch as Keepon follows you.

Bully Stoppers: Keepon will tell you a story about a bully and let you decide how to handle the situation. Then he’ll give you feedback on your choice.

Language Game: Meet a Spanish-speaking Keepon robot who can help you learn more about language.

Rock, Paper, Scissors: Play this classic game against an NAO humanoid robot, but watch carefully. He may try to trick you!

Nutrition Game: DragonBot is preparing for a long journey, and he needs your help to pick out snacks to fuel his trip. Help DragonBot choose the healthiest meal and see what happens if you try to sneak a donut in.

One-on-One with Bandit: Bandit the robot wants to play a game with you. Choose between three options using a Wiimote: an exercise game, memory game, or a cognitive game.

Befriend a Robot: DragonBot wants to be popular, and you can help it by stopping in for a chat. The more attention it receives, the more it is rewarded.

Source: Word Science

Self-driving Cars an $87 Billion Opportunity in 2030

BOSTON, MA – May 20, 2014 – Carmakers and technology developers building self-driving cars will create an $87 billion opportunity in 2030, with software emerging as the biggest winner, even though a fully autonomous driverless car will remain elusive, according to Lux Research.

Automobiles with relatively modest “Level 2” features such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and collision avoidance braking, will be the mainstay, accounting for 92% of autonomous vehicles in 2030. More advanced “Level 3” cars using high-resolution special maps, demonstrated by Google and Mercedes-Benz, will gain only an 8% share while no fully autonomous “Level 4” car will hit the market.

“Today the autonomous vehicle value chain is already starting to take root, and it involves many players new to the industry,” said Cosmin Laslau, Lux Research Analyst and the lead author of the report titled, “Set Autopilot for Profits: Capitalizing on the $87 Billion Self-driving Car Opportunity.”

“Sensor hardware specialists like Velodyne Lidar are developing products with unprecedented resolution, software and big-data powerhouses like IBM and Google are striking up partnerships, and even mapping and connectivity experts like Nokia and Cisco are throwing their hats into the ring,” he added.

Lux Research analysts evaluated the technologies that shape the self-driving car. Among their findings:

  • China will overtake U.S. and Europe. The opportunity in autonomous vehicles will initially be led by the United States and Europe, but China will grow rapidly to claim a 35% share of the 120 million cars sold in 2030, accounting for revenues of $24 billion, against $21 billion for the U.S. market and $20 billion for Europe.
  • Software will be competitive differentiator. The software opportunity in autonomous cars will grow rapidly from $0.5 billion today to $10 billion in 2020 and $25 billion in 2030, offering software powerhouses such as Google and IBM a lucrative opportunity. For automakers, varying software will be a key competitive differentiator as well as a crucial safety tool.
  • True autonomy remains elusive. In spite of the tremendous hype around driverless vehicles, a vehicle that can truly drive itself in all conditions will not be on the road by 2030 in the likely scenario. In the most optimistic scenario, a technical breakthrough will enable a gradual roll out of “Level 4” cars, resulting in just over 250,000 units sold in 2030.

The report, titled “Set Autopilot for Profits: Capitalizing on the $87 Billion Self-driving Car Opportunity,” is part of the Lux Research Autonomous Systems 2.0 Intelligence service.

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