Tech News: Autonomous Delivery Vehicles

Autonomous Delivery Vehicles Authorized For Commercial Use In California

Are you ready to be stuck in traffic behind armies of autonomous delivery robots? If you live in California, you can have all your online orders delivered by autonomous delivery robots. Starting January 17, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles will start approving permits for self-driving delivery vehicles. These permits allow for testing and commercial use. There are separate permits for vehicles with and without backup drivers.

“The adoption of these regulations means Californians soon could receive deliveries from an autonomous vehicle provided the company fulfills the requirements” DMV Director Steve Gordon said.

The requirements for testing with a driver include certifying that the vehicles have been tested in controlled conditions, maintaining a training program for test drivers, and ensuring that the drivers have a clean record and are capable of taking over manual control.

Requirements for driverless testing include certifying Level 4 or 5 autonomous capability, having a remote operator, and having a “law enforcement interaction plan” among other things.

This comes after Waymo and other AV companies urged the state’s DMV to allow autonomous delivery vehicles at a hearing earlier this year. Just over a year ago, Waymo got the first permit from the state to test driverless vehicles without a backup driver.

What happens if you get into a wreck with an autonomous delivery vehicle? Do you just sharpie your insurance information on the damaged part of the vehicle? No word yet, but the delivery company should have all the video data they need to protect themselves.

Real Estate Technology Today

New technology is churned out constantly all over the world. When owning a business, you want to be sure to stay on top of understanding all of the new technology as it releases. This helps your business remain innovative, and run efficiently. The term used to describe any technology in the real estate space is PropTech.  PropTech encompasses the application of information technology and platform economics to real estate markets. Check out our tech list below to stay up to date with all the new cutting-edge real estate technology and software.

  • Blockchain

Blockchain technology now allows transactions to be made securely and transparently. A growing list of records, called blocs, are linked using cryptography. Each block contains a cryptographic hash of the previous bloc, a timestamp and transaction date. Blockchain is resistant to modification of the data. This technology is catalyzing real estate! A large number of software is available to help you grow your real estate business, including Mata Capital, TruSet and Imbrex.

  • HomLov

Launched last summer, this site has marketed itself as “Pinterest Meets Houzz” and uses AI to help people find newly built homes around the country based on their preferred design features.  Shoppers can view videos, photos and floor plans and from there can add whatever entices them to their collection. Once shoppers choose their favorite features, HomLov creates a profile and then marches shoppers with a growing network of home builders.

  • Virtual and Augmented Reality

Through virtual reality, realtors and agents can now provide virtual tours that offer 360-degree views of the exteriors and interiors of properties. AR technology can allow you to virtually stage listings so you can make changes to the look and feel of a home on the spot by superimposing computer-generated images on a virtual simulation of the space. Apps like Magicplan, Home Design 3D, and IKEA Place are changing the way buyers interact with properties.

  • Big Data and Predictive Analytics

If you want a competitive advantage within the industry, begin incorporating data and analytics into your business. Buyers don’t always know what they want until they see it, which is why relying on client’s search criteria isn’t necessarily the most effective way to find their dream home. Realtors and agents can optimize searches, so results are based on clients’ needs instead of their assumptions, by using predictive analysis. Companies like SmartZip, RealAgile, and Revaluate obtain from a large quantity of public and private data to help you tailor your marketing campaigns to individuals who have the highest probability of selling or buying.

  • Artificial Intelligence and Chatbots

Chatbots or virtual assistants can answer queries and ask relevant questions that will help you get to know customers (and their needs) ahead of time. By using virtual assistants, you can take the stress out of qualifying and following up with leads. In turn, this leaves you time to focus on additional important tasks for growing your business!

 

Tesla Unveils New Version of Their Solar Panel Roof

Tesla Unveils New Version of Their Solar Panel Roof

For the past three years, Elon Musk’s vision for a fully-integrated solar panel roof has been delayed repeatedly. Tesla encountered some production issues at the beginning. Then, of course, aesthetic issues came into the play. Now, Tesla is unveiling a third iteration of its solar roof tiles, and this time the company believes it has a winner.

The new Tesla Solar Roof features dark tempered glass shingles. These innovative shingles are bigger, cheaper to produce & install, have fewer parts, and can capture more energy than previous versions. “We changed some of the materials in use, changed some of the methods, and the technology we are using to something that is more scalable” Musk explained on a recent conference call, as reported by PV Magazine.

The aesthetics remain more or less similar to that of their competitors—steely gray rectangles that sit flush with the roof. The upside, Musk claims, is that the install time has been vastly reduced by the tiles’ increased simplicity. The goal is to complete a roof install in just eight hours. The tiles will come with a 25-year warranty.

For now, Tesla is exclusively offering the dark gray version of the solar roof. However, Musk announced the company is aiming to roll out new and improved versions of the other roof styles they have teased. This includes a Mediterranean Clay roof in six to nine months! The website estimates that a 10kW solar roof for a 2,000-square-foot house will cost $33,950 when factoring in federal tax credits.

“We can make roofs come alive” Musk stated on the call, as reported by PV Magazine. “There are all these roofs out there just gathering sunlight, but not doing anything with it. In the future it will be odd for roofs to be dormant, or dead, or not gathering energy.”

The company expects to start rolling these new roofs out in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!