Volkswagen and HP recently demonstrated that metal 3-D printing can match industrial vehicle production demands. HP printed 10,000 scale models of VW's first mass-market electric vehicle, and VW plans to use the method for making parts for future vehicles, with the goal being the printing of up to 100,000 parts per year.
Hyundai has launched MoceanLab, a mobility service venture company, in Los Angeles. The company will initially offer car-sharing in the city, but options will expand to autonomous ride-sharing and multimodal transportation.
Hyundai has developed a first-of-its-kind system that analyzes various types of road noise and generates inverted sound waves to lessen them before they reach the passenger. The technology could help reduce vehicle weight, as it would decrease the need for sound-insulating parts.
US hospitals and health organizations overspent by $25.7 billion on supply chain operations in 2018, an almost 12% increase from the year prior, according to Navigant research. Hospitals that focused on standardization and efficiency and included clinicians in the purchasing process showed less waste in their supply chain operations, the study showed.
Kroger is investing in state-of-the-art automated grocery fulfillment centers with help from Ocado, though the grocer doesn't expect to see changes until the first one comes online sometime in 2021. "With shopper receptiveness to digital innovation limited mainly by retailers' imagination, Kroger's new facilities will be coming online about the time that expectations for speed, accuracy, assortment and freshness are hitting new highs," Mike Troy writes.
General Motors has patented a smarter, less obtrusive stop/start system. Existing systems save gas but annoy drivers when they're triggered frequently, so GM developed one that uses cameras, GPS and machine learning to determine whether the vehicle's engine should be shut off, based on the surroundings and traffic conditions.
Most drivers now get calls via vehicle interfaces, and half use built-in navigation systems. These are two examples of how the automotive industry is changing as it embraces "computers on wheels," writes
Sophie Zoria, adding that soon, "The most crucial factor when looking for a new vehicle will be its communications with other vehicles and infrastructure, as well as personal assistants."
To cut down on holiday stress, more shoppers are planning to order their groceries online, according to a report from ServiceChannel. Half of online grocery shoppers say they will purchase online more than usual during the holidays, and 63% said they would be somewhat likely to order a fully prepared meal online.
The Virginia Department of Transportation will open express lanes in Northern Virginia's Interstate 395 on Sunday. The tolled lanes will require an E-ZPass or E-ZPass Flex, the latter of which will make them free for vehicles carrying at least three passengers.
A groundbreaking ceremony has officially launched a project that will complete the Interstate 540 outer loop in the Raleigh, N.C., area. Toll revenue and a federal loan will fund the project, which has two phases scheduled for completion by 2023 and 2029, respectively.