Robocars are a real thing – in full by 2021

I posted about Uber and its autonomous cars here. This quick post is about Michigan opening up it’s state laws governing robocars. Basically, autonomous vehicles with no backup human drivers can now drive on public roads.

The state is host to around 75% of the companies leading this technology. To stay ahead of the surging autonomous vehicle curve, they have issued their own laws regarding robocars to incentivize these companies to stay.

It is of particular note how Ford says they plan to roll these out in full by 2021.

Here is the full article:

https://www.wired.com/2016/12/michigan-just-embraced-driverless-future/

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Amazon Flex – making you less dependent on the conventional shipping

Have you heard of Amazon Flex? It is an app that lets you sign up with Amazon, basically as a freelancing courier. Here’s a summary direct from their webpage:

(well what do you know, since a few weeks ago the site has changed. It seems the demand for flex drivers has shot up and they finally amped up their webpage for this. Here is a link to the current video and testimonial filled webpage)

Basically, you sign up and set hours available. You set hours up in blocks and when those blocks open up from Amazon’s side-meaning if they need someone during those available times, they will send you a message for you to confirm. The pay is between 18-25 per hr (nice). It is in most cities already.

I signed up early for the Dallas-Fort Worth area but it took them awhile to get back to me. I think it was about 2 months before they emailed me back. It seems that they were not fully operational yet at the time, but in the last 2 weeks I have gotten multiple follow up emails asking me to finish the application.

Obviously this will impact people working in the shipping industry-USPS, Fedex and UPS are some of the first that come to mind. It will relegate some of their work to the freelancing app based workforce. This will be a more regular scene in the future – people from all walks of life working these freelancing opportunities; working more than one job, but not in the conventional norm where they are necessarily stressed out and running to the next job. The next job simply starts when they get in the car after work, and they can choose to drive straight home or earn a few extra bucks on the way.

Here are some active Youtubers who are vlogging about it:
Paul Yeo

Zacharia (AppBasedGigs)