At Aptiv, we believe that our mobility solutions have the power to change the world. Our Autonomous Mobility team is focused on developing and commercializing self-driving cars and systems that enable point-to-point mobility in challenging urban driving environments. With talented teams working across the globe in Boston, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Santa Monica, and Singapore, Aptiv is the first company to deploy commercial robotaxis to the public. Today, Aptiv has provided over 80,000 autonomous rides to members of the public passengers in Las Vegas -- the world's largest public deployment of self-driving vehicles. In September 2019, Aptiv announced a 50/50 joint venture with Hyundai Motor Group, bringing together HMG and Aptiv's advanced engineering and R&D capabilities, our global footprint, and shared commitment to advancing autonomous driving technology.
Our Autonomous Mobility team is focused on developing and commercializing self-driving cars and systems that enable point-to-point mobility in challenging urban driving environments. With talented teams working across the globe in Boston, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Santa Monica, and Singapore, Aptiv is the first company to deploy commercial robotaxis to the public. Today, Aptiv has provided over 80,000 autonomous rides to members of the public passengers in Las Vegas -- the world's largest public deployment of self-driving vehicles. In September 2019, Aptiv announced a 50/50 joint venture with Hyundai Motor Group, bringing together HMG and Aptiv's advanced engineering and R&D capabilities, our global footprint, and shared commitment to advancing autonomous driving technology. Come work with leading engineers, research scientists, marketers and business development experts, all while enabling the future of mobility!
Pictured above is a general purpose dual RBG camera system, designed by Carnegie Mellon University researcher George Kantor and his R&D team, to collect high quality images in agricultural environments. Collected images can feed crop-specific artificial intelligence methods that extract measurements such as crop yield, maturity, or disease incidence. Generally speaking, artificial intelligence (AI) enabled technologies are infiltrating every aspect of our daily lives, from the smartphones everyone is carrying around everywhere to places where maybe AI is best left on the sidelines (have you heard about Alexa's newest integration into a connected shower head device?). As you all know, the greenhouse has not been spared from the "AI Revolution" – not in the slightest – and one area we're hearing the technology is making believers out of skeptics is in the legal cannabis space, where high profit margins and a youthful, tech-focused grower demographic creates the perfect storm for early-stage ag tech adoption. If you disagree with that statement, I invite you to spend a day next year at the massive MJBizCon show in Las Vegas, which at this point is basically a smaller, more focused CES show for cannabis producers, and then let me know if you still don't think cannabis growers are all that innovative or on the cutting edge of technology adoption.
Yandex claims that its autonomous cars have driven 2 million miles to date, double the figure it reported in October and 4 times the number announced in August. The Russian tech titan revealed the latest milestone in its Q4 2019 financials earlier today. Additionally, Yandex shared for the first time that it has invested $35 million in its self-driving program since its inception, $24 million last year and $9 million in the fourth quarter alone. By way of a brief recap, Yandex's on-demand transport subsidiary, Yandex.Taxi, unveiled its self-driving car program back in May 2017, shortly before it began piloting the vehicles on Moscow roads. In the intervening years, the company has expanded its fleet across Russia and Israel (Tel Aviv) and to the U.S. (Las Vegas).
The aging adage, "there's an app for that," is evolving into, "there's a robot for that." More and more automation is finding its way to the market for household chores like cleaning floors, and now that innovation is in farmer's fields with Odd.Bot, an automatic weeding robot. Odd.Bot made an appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last month with an informational booth and the weed-plucking device on display. Martijn Lukaart, Founder and CEO, explains that Odd.Bot is currently intended for use in organic farming fields to make the weed-pulling process easier for large farms who currently do all the work by hand. Many large-scale farmers have already invested in a platform that allows workers to lay face down on a bed as they are propelled through the rows of crops.
The past two years have seen a record number of women elected to board positions. According to a report on U.S. Board Diversity Trends posted by Harvard Law School, 46% of newly elected directors in 2019 were female and women now hold 27% of directorships across the S&P 500 companies. One of those newly elected members is Wendy Pfeiffer (pictured), chief information officer of Nutanix Inc. and board director with Qualys Inc. and Girls in Tech Inc. "When I was recruited for the board [of Qualys] … we didn't talk about the fact that I am female at all. We talked about the fact that I'm an operator, that I'm a technologist," Pfeiffer told Jeff Frick (@JeffFrick), host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media's mobile livestreaming studio during the Qualys Security Conference in Las Vegas. During the interview, Pfeiffer and Frick discussed how the growth of artificial intelligence is helping data security, making having a diverse workforce more critical than ever.
Artificial intelligence and augmented reality are still in the early stages of adoption in retail. The beauty care sector, however, has grabbed these bulls by the horns, which isn't surprising when you consider how personal the buying experience is. "Try more, (you) definitely buy more," observed Forbes contributor Laura Heller in introducing "Beauty Tech 360: AI and AR Personalized Solution" during the recent CES show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The session, moderated by Adam Gam, U.S. chief marketing officer at Perfect Corp., addressed how brands and retailers are leveraging custom technology solutions across omnichannel touchpoints -- including interactive kiosks -- to better understand and meet customers' needs. Perfect Corp's AI-powered YouCam beauty app allows customers to "try on" beauty products and has launched in several stores.
Over the last few years, AWS has invested heavily in making it easier for developers and engineers to create and deploy AI models, Minnick said, speaking with TechTarget at the AWS re:Invent 2019 user conference in Las Vegas in December 2019. AWS' efforts to simplify the machine leaning lifecycle were on full display at re:Invent. During the opening keynote, led by AWS CEO Andy Jassy, AWS revealed new products and updates for Amazon SageMaker, AWS' full-service suite of machine learning development, deployment and governance products. Those products and updates included new and enhanced tools for creating and managing notebooks, automatically making machine learning models, debugging models and monitoring models. SageMaker Autopilot, a new AutoML product, in particular, presents an accessible way for users who are new to machine learning to create and deploy models, according to Minnick.
Atari is bringing its virtual experience to life with video game-themed hotels, and the first location will open in Phoenix. The first Atari Hotel is slated to break ground this year and open at an undetermined date. Atari Hotels also are planned for Las Vegas; Denver; Chicago; Seattle; San Francisco; Austin, Texas; and San Jose, California. The Phoenix hotel is still in its initial development stages, but the announcement holds a few hints as to what guests can expect. The hotel will offer "the ultimate in immersive entertainment and in every aspect of gaming," Shelly Murphy of GSD Group, one of the hotels' developers, said in a press release.