NEXT Transportation may not be a company you've heard of, but the technology it's pioneering is pretty cool. The company is developing a smart goods movement and delivery platform, based on "swarms" of autonomous vehicles. It's announced a partnership with Globetouch, a developer of connected services for Internet of Things products.
The two companies seem to go hand-in-hand, as the partnership couples NEXT's experience in transportation with Globetouch's software for connected devices.
The global smart transportation market is expected to grow by almost 25% by 2020, so it makes sense that both companies are attempting to take advantage of the growth by investing heavily. The partnership has shared an interesting, computer-generated concept image of what it thinks of as "the future of transportation": glass boxes -- which look like they can be coupled together to provide more space -- carrying humans along a raised city highway.
While this is probably good news for consumers, it does somewhat signal the fact that the two companies were unable to gain much traction in their respective industries pre-partnership. However, if NEXT and Globetouch can produce products that can be commercialized to the public, that is surely a good thing.
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