May 19, 2020

Uber in talks with Waymo says CEO Dara Khosrowshahi

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Pouyan Broukhim
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Uber in talks with Waymo says CEO Dara Khosrowshahi

As competition in the autonomous vehicle market continues to heat up, Uber is looking to work more closely with its industry counterparts in the aim of getting ahead.

Speaking at Recode’s Code Conference, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced that the company is currently in talks with Alphabet’s autonomous driving company Waymo, with the two firms discussing a potential partnership.

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“They’re an incredible technology provider, they’re serious about autonomous,” Khosrowshahi said. “To the extent that that technology could show up on the [Uber] network, I think it could be a good thing. It’s up to them whether they want to do it or not.”

A collaboration between the companies would mark a dramatic shift in relations, with Uber having had to pay Waymo $245mn to settle a court case surrounding the theft of trade secrets related to driverless technologies.

The statements from Khosrowshahi are the latest in a number of announcements in recent months that have highlighted Uber’s commitment to investing in new vehicle technologies.

In March, the firm revealed that its self-driving trucks began operating across Arizona delivering commercial freight. These trucks are stilled manned by an experienced and qualified trucks driver, but the AI engine does all the driving.

Further, in November, Uber revealed that it had signed an agreement to buy 24,000 autonomous Volvo XC90 SUVs between 2019 and 2021 to be used as part of the company’s plans to launch a completely autonomous ride hailing fleet.

The company did pause its on-road testing following a fatal crash with one of its vehicles in March. However, Khosrowshahi and co are now gearing up to begin trials again this summer with this end goal in mind.

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

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Intelliwave Technologies outlines how it provides data and visibility benefits for APTIM

“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.

We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time  spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.

Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate. 

With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.

There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.

Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture. 

It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.

Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.

On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.

As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.

A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.


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