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TuSimple Inks Delivery Contract With USPS

TuSimple -- the driverless truck startup that raised $95 million earlier this year at a $1 billion valuation -- has been awarded a contract from the United States Postal Service (USPS) to transport packages over 1,000 miles between the Postal Service's Phoenix, Arizona and Dallas, Texas distribution centers. TuSimple will deliver these packages with self-driving trucks that'll have a safety engineer and driver on board for the duration of the journey.

TuSimple will run some of its driverless trucks for 22 hours each -- including overnight driving -- along the I-10, I-20 and I-30 corridors on a trip through Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Freight flowing through the I-10 (Interstate 10) corridor notably accounts for 60% of total economic activity in the U.S.

The Postal Service -- which has operated for a long 24 decades -- is exploring the use of driverless trucks to reduce fuel costs and improve safety and its fleet utilization rate through longer hours of operation. TuSimple …

KitchenAid Unveils Smart Display Kit With The Google Assistant

KitchenAid parent Whirpool is also showcasing a Smart Oven (pictured here) and a Smart All-In-One Washer & Dryer at the Consumer Electronics Show
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Home appliance brand KitchenAid unveiled a smart display kit with the Google Assistant and other perks like step-by-step recipe instructions, smart home control and use of shopping lists at the Consumer Electronics Show. The device will enable users to easily search and identify recipe inspirations and cooking tutorials they can then follow, with voice and visual meal planning thanks to the Google Assistant.

The KitchenAid Smart Display will feature a 10-inch display screen and will be IPX-5 rated for resistance to faucet water which count as a key factor considered when placing gadgets in the kitchen. "Our main aim was to evolve the multi-modal connected display category and create a product that truly makes sense in the kitchen," KitchenAid Senior Manager for Internet of Things Global Strategy and Partnerships Ryan Craig said.

The KitchenAid Smart Display
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"The KitchenAid Smart Display will do just that, merging hands-free, interactive capabilities with unique access to Yummly recipe content and a sleek design for seamless integration in the kitchen." Key features highlighted by KitchenAid to be included in the Smart Display to complement kitchen activity include:

  • Access to entertainment from services including Hulu, HBO Now, YouTube and YouTube TV.
  • Ability to create shopping lists and make purchases with Google Express, all hands-free.
  • Integration with the Yummly recipe app for easy access in the kitchen.
  • Smart home connectivity which allows for control over smart kitchen and home appliances.

Also debuting at the Consumer Electronics Show from KitchenAid parent Whirpool is Yummly Pro, a new platform on the Yummly app that provides access to step-by-step cooking tutorials from well known chefs like Jet Tila, Daniel Holzman, Richard Blais and Carla Hall along with other smart appliances including an oven, a washer & dryer and an equipment it dubs at the Cook Processor Connect.

The Whirlpool Smart All-In-One Washer & Dryer
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The KitchenAid Cook Processor Connect described as an "all-in-one small appliance with an assortment of features to help home cooks create great-tasting, homemade meals."
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