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Two former Google engineers have announced they have entered the race to create a self-driving delivery van. Dave Ferguson and Jiajun Zhu reportedly left the tech giant’s self-driving project to work on their dream of realising an autonomous delivery vehicle.

Claimed to be far easier to develop and less complicated to build than a passenger-carrying driverless car, the Nuro van is only half as wide as a typical family car.

Featuring a configurable load bay that can be set-up to carry lockers, or a heated or cooled load space, Zhu and Ferguson envisage the Nuro will deliver anything from groceries to pizzas and dry cleaning.

So far, the small van has taken just 18 months to develop. Helping the pair cut development corners, the small delivery van has been designed to operate only in urban conditions. That means the van only needs to harness the power of short-range instead of the extra hardware needed for a car to operate at high speed.

Claimed to be in limited service by the end of the year, the Nuro is set to go head-to-head with Toyota, which revealed its e-Palette concept this year. However, the e-Palette will not enter real-world trials until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

That said, the Japanese-car maker has confirmed Amazon, Uber and Pizza Hut, along with Mazda and a Chinese ride-sharing company, are already backing the e-Palette. This is only around the corner.

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Killarney competitors bring home the medals

By Michelle Crean It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich. Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich.

Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the semi-finals.Ewelina Downey received two gold medals in Gi and NOGI fights, just two months after her promotion to blue belt.The club’s coach, Wilson Da Silva, also competed for the first time as a brown belt, and won gold in the Gi category and silver in NOGI.”The results don’t lie,” he said.”The hard work, dedication, commitment and passion pays off. Impossible is nothing, and that’s what we are trying to teach our students in Movement & Fitness Club Killarney.”Martial Arts helps to fight depression, bulling, obesity, and builds up self esteem and confidence, he explained.”There is no ego, no one is better, we are all the same trying to learn from each other, helping and correcting ourselves so we become better together. Our club is filling up with amazing students from age four up who connect with us by the same passion and love for the sport. If you are looking to change your life come and join our family.”

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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