The Good Word Groundswell

By Tom Grounds | A Tech Blog on Energy, Communications, Location, Transportation and Logistics.

Watch this Autonomous Track Loader Excavate Dirt Without a Human Operator

We have self-driving cars, self-driving trucks, self-driving boats, and self-driving buses, so it was only a matter of time before we got …

DeepMind’s Go-Playing AI Doesn’t Need Human Help to Beat Us Anymore

Google’s AI subsidiary DeepMind has unveiled the latest version of its Go-playing software, AlphaGo Zero. The new program is a significantly better …

Google’s Machine Learning Software Has Learned to Replicate Itself

As reported by Futurism: Back in May, Google revealed its AutoML project; artificial intelligence (AI) designed to help them create other AIs. Now, …

Dubai Police will Ride Hoverbikes Straight out of 'Star Wars'

As reported by Mashable: Dubai is aggressively turning itself into a "Future City," putting self-flying taxis in the skies and a facial recognition …

Elon Musk Unveils Tesla Factory Model3 Video to Showcase Full Automation

As reported by Futurism: Elon Musk took to Instagram to post another video of Tesla’s team of KUKA industrial robots at work building the Model 3, to …

Elon Musk’s Rocket Could Get You Anywhere on Earth in 60 Min. Here’s What It Would Feel Like.

As reported by Futurism: To get from one city to another in just 30 to 60 minutes—who doesn’t want that? SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk definitely …

Toyota’s Fuel-Cell Big Rigs are Ready to Haul Cargo

As reported by Engadget: After completing 4,000 "development" miles at the port of Los Angeles, Toyota's Project Portal hydrogen fuel-cell big rig is …

Richard Branson and Virgin join forces with Hyperloop One

As reported by Engadget: Today, the Virgin Group has announced that it has invested in Hyperloop One, the startup that recently demonstrated a …

Elon Musk Just Gave Hyperloop Makers a Tip on How to Reach 700MPH

As reported by Inverse: Elon Musk has given a helping had of sorts to the startups developing his hyperloop idea toward achieving the goal of sending …

NVIDIA Introduces a Computer for Level 5 Autonomous Cars

As reported by Enadget: At the center of many of the semi-autonomous cars currently on the road is NVIDIA hardware. Once automakers realized that …

Elon Musk Offers to Rebuild Puerto Rico’s Power Grid Using Solar

As reported by The Verge: A casual comment on Twitter by Tesla CEO Elon Musk about rebuilding Puerto Rico’s power grid using solar technology is …

5G isn’t just faster, it will open up a whole new world

The transition from 3G to 4G went largely unnoticed by the average consumer, but the coming shift to 5G will be very different. It was clear at Mobile World Congress Americas earlier this month that after years of talk, major US wireless carriers are going all-in on 5G. Verizon is solving …

Mobile World Congress

Mercedes-Benz Will Spend $1 Billion to Build Electric Vehicles in the US

As reported by The Verge: Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, plans to offer electrified versions of all of its cars by 2022 under the …

An Electric Bus Just Broke the World Record for Distance Traveled on a Single Charge

As reported by Futurism: When California-based automaker Proterra took one of their all-electric Catalyst E2 Max buses to the Navistar Proving …

Starlink: Elon Musk, SpaceX's Internet Satellite Company Has A Name, Logo

As reported by IBTimes: Elon Musk’s SpaceX has been working with the Federal Communications Commission to further the company’s goal of bringing a …

Ford Was Behind the 'Self-Driving' Tests where a Man Was Dressed Like a Car Seat

As reported by The Verge: In early August, the transportation reporter at Arlington, Virginia’s NBC affiliate filmed a video as he approached a Ford …

Denver to Vail in 9 Minutes: Colorado Route a Finalist for Hyperloop One High-Speed Travel Network

As reported by KDVR: A Colorado route was selected Thursday as a finalist for the Hyperloop One high-speed transportation network, the Colorado …

China is Working on a Timetable to Ban the Production and Sale of Non-Electric Cars

As reported by Futurism: The Chinese government is working on a plan to halt the production and sale of cars powered by fossil fuels. Given that the …

US DOT Outlines Safe Transition to Self-Driving Cars

As reported by Engadget: US legislation for self-driving cars first made its way to the House of Representatives this past July. The bipartisan SELF …

GM Boasts “The World’s First Mass-Producible Driverless Car”

As reported by FastCompany: General Motors has unveiled the third version of its self-driving car–the first such car “that meets the redundancy and …

Why Self-Driving Vehicles Need Superhuman Senses

As reported by Wired: More than any other benefit, self-driving vehicles promise to save lives. Cutting out the human error that causes 90 percent of …

Tesla Extended the Range of Some Florida Vehicles for Drivers to Escape Hurricane Irma

As Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida, Tesla issued an over-the-air update to drivers in the state that unlocks the full battery capacity of its 60 …

Google has Updated its Street View Cameras for the First Time in Eight Years

As reported by The Verge: The days of the large, globe-like cameras on top of Google Street View cars may be slowly disappearing. Google has …

SpaceX Just Launched Its “Secret Mission” for the U.S. Air Force

At approximately 10:00 a.m. ET today, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from the Kennedy Space Center carrying the X-37B space drone and what might …

Lilium Secures $90 Million to Develop its Electric VTOL Plane

Like a few other startups, Lilium wants to make our flying car dreams come true with an electric VTOL craft you can summon with an app. Thanks to $90 …

Jaguar's Steering Wheel of the Future Revolves Around AI

As reported by Engadget: The steering wheel as we know it doesn't have a bright future -- in fact, it might disappear altogether as self-driving cars …

Dashcams on Tesla Vehicles Are “Coming Soon,” Says Elon Musk

As reported by Futurism: Tesla vehicles have a number of cameras installed as part of its Autopilot feature, but a new dashcam feature is in the …

The Next Pizza You Order Might Come in a Driverless Car

As reported by RealSimple: You may not have to worry about tipping the pizza delivery guy next time you order a pie—your meal could be delivered in a …

Cummins Unveils Class 7 All-Electric Daycab Tractor

As reported by Truckinginfo: Cummins has beaten Tesla to the punch with its unveiling of a new, all-electric truck, a demonstration vehicle dubbed …