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Automation Versus Autonomous

Tesla is experimenting with “Fully Self Driving” automation installed on 100,000 vehicles. Autonomous vehicles, in industrial and mining functions, are becoming more common. For example, Cyngn a developer of autonomous driving software for industrial and commercial applications, finds that after two decades of research, development, and beta testing, autonomous industrial vehicles have grown beyond their startup phase and have risen to become an industry necessity. Industries ranging from manufacturing to mining, construction, agriculture, and dairy are using autonomous vehicles to change the way they operate.

The implementation of autonomy yields key benefits with immediate results, such as increasing profitability, scalability, adaptability, and safety — such that early adopters are carving out a competitive advantage and setting new industry process standards. In a report, Cyngn gives a comprehensive overview of industrial autonomous vehicle deployments across 20 different sectors — and why automation in all forms is expected to grow exponentially.

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Meanwhile, Motive, an automated operations company, has published a study showing that businesses can improve fuel efficiency and optimize vehicle maintenance by using data insights and automation powered by AI (artificial intelligence). In the study, Motive analyzed more than 800 commercial fleets across a two-year period beginning in January 2020, identified what top fleets with the best fuel performance increase did to improve their fuel efficiency, and measured their impact.

Top-performing fleets used the Motive Automated Operations Platform insights to reduce fuel consumption by 13%. Using fuel performance data and identifying coaching opportunities, these fleets achieved savings by improving driving behaviors, averaging 79% reduction in hard acceleration, 40% reduction in hard braking, and 20% reduction in idling time. The top fleets also had an increased focus on maintenance, with 80% more inspections compared to other fleets.

Motive enabled the top fleets in the sample to save an estimated three million gallons of fuel in 2021 alone. This is equivalent to 31,000 tons of CO2 that were not released into the atmosphere. Motive fleets paid an average price of $3.29 per gallon of fuel during this time, which equates to an average savings of 769 gallons or $2,530 per vehicle in 2021.

The Motive Vehicle Gateway captures telematics data across a wide range of light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicles. Motive uses AI to analyze vehicle telematics data, discover insights, and automate the coaching of drivers to improve performance. From the Motive Fleet Dashboard, customers can monitor vehicle activity, driver behavior, engine diagnostics, compare benchmarks, and take action to improve their operations.

Motive serves more than 120,000 businesses across a wide range of industries, including trucking and logistics, construction, oil and gas, food and beverage, field service, agriculture, passenger transit, and delivery.

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