Automobiles & Trucks


Autonomous cars? Not yet. Digital cockpits, assisted driving the latest auto tech focus

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Yes, real people, responsible for getting their vehicle from point A to point B. Car companies and the tech companies they increasingly work with seemed to acknowledge this reality. The focus has clearly shifted away from the unrealistic expectations about fully autonomous cars being available to purchase in the near future, and toward valuable, practical and safety-focused enhancements to the driving experience. Earlier this month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, several vendors demonstrated "digital cockpits" that dramatically improve the displays and controls with which drivers interact. Additionally, chipmakers Nvidia and Intel discussed advances in assisted driving platforms, commonly known as ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems). A link has been posted to your Facebook feed.


Ford taps Clinc for conversational AI in autos

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Clinc, a four-year-old conversational AI startup, is teaming up with Ford to power voice recognition in the Detroit automaker's cars. The two companies announced the collaboration today during the Detroit Auto Show, at a panel hosted by Inforum about machine learning and the future of in-vehicle technology. According to Clinc CEO Dr. Jason Mars, the Ann Arbor company's automotive platform, which was announced in September 2018, is enabling drivers and passengers to control vehicle systems using natural language in Ford's connected car lab. They can make verbal requests to turn up the air conditioning, adjust cruise control, and check fuel mileage, or ask if there's enough gas for a trip to a specific address. "What we found in our collaboration with Ford is that when you bring in a conversational experience that allows you to talk to your car naturally, it improves the lives of people driving those cars," Mars said.


New self-driving features are about to make the road safer for terrible drivers

Mashable

Don't worry, your car's got you. While fully autonomous vehicles might not be here for awhile, new driver assistance systems are so advanced you'll feel like you're in a self-driving car. What's coming down the pipeline makes Tesla's semi-autonomous Autopilot system look positively polite and passive. Instead of quiet beeps urging you to put your hands back on the wheel or a light flashing when something's in your blind spot, these features plan to give control over to the vehicle. SEE ALSO: Daimler's semi-autonomous trucks may be hitting a road near you Chipmaker Nvidia has dubbed these features "Level 2 ."


Twitter bug made people's private tweets public, company admits

The Independent

A Twitter bug meant that private tweets were made public, the site has admitted. Android users who had kept their private for more than four years were vulnerable to the bug, which would have exposed their posts despite them having chosen for them not to be public. The company allows users to protect tweets, hiding them from public view so that only approved people can follow and read posts from an account. Twitter users often protect their tweets because allowing anyone to read them might endanger them or cause other problems. Those using Twitter for Android may have been affected by the bug if they made changes to their account's settings, such as changing the email address they use on their account, Twitter said.


Microsoft will help train LG's self-driving car software

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LG plans to harness Microsoft's artificial intelligence smarts to improve its Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Driver Status Monitoring Camera, and Multi Purpose Front Camera -- parts that it said last year it was providing to an undisclosed "premium German auto-maker". Meanwhile, Azure's Data Box service will help LG's self-driving platform to learn and evolve even faster at its testing grounds, said the company. "Road and traffic patterns in cities that would normally require more than a full day for [self- driving] systems to comprehend would take only minutes with Azure," declared LG. It could teach LG's software to distinguish between pedestrians and objects and learn the driving patterns of other vehicles on the road. Like its Korean rival Samsung, LG is also chasing the billions of dollars up for grabs in the automotive parts industry.


'Collection #1' data breach is just the beginning, cyber security experts warn

The Independent

The vast data breach that might be the biggest ever posted on the internet is just the beginning, cyber security experts have warned. The trove of sensitive information known as Collection #1 was published to the internet this week, allowing anyone to download a collection of hundreds of millions of email addresses and passwords. They are likely to be used for years, as hackers attempt to break into people's personal acounts. But there are a host of similar collections being passed around the web, many of which are far bigger than the collection that arrived this week, researchers say. Cyber security journalist Brian Krebs reported that he had spoken to someone selling the collection, and that it is just one part of a numbered series that taken together dwarfs the initial data breach that has been posted publicly.


Driverless Cars Tap the Brakes After Years of Hype

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"What was underappreciated by the industry is how long and how difficult it would be to industrialize the technology," said Karl Iagnemma, president of Aptiv's autonomous mobility. "Industrywide that recognition has dawned." The hype that has consumed the nascent driverless-car industry over the past few years has moved into a new period of cautious optimism following the fatal crash of an Uber Technologies Inc. test autonomous vehicle last year and separate crashes involving Tesla Inc.'s driver-assistance system. At both the CES tech show here last week and this week's Detroit auto show, straight talk about robot-vehicle safety and scaled-back expectations replaced past years' boastful claims of fully driverless cars flooding cities. The immediate future of autonomous vehicles is more subdued: plodding shuttles that drive around the block and cars that travel in confined, well-practiced routes with not one but two safety operators inside.


Detroit auto show models -- the human ones -- embrace their changing role in the #MeToo era

The Japan Times

DETROIT - Every year at the Detroit auto show, good-looking women -- and men -- are deployed by the carmakers to present their new vehicles. But with the shock wave created by the #MeToo movement still reverberating across the U.S., there are fewer auto show models of the human variety -- and they are not just pretty faces. The "product specialists" still have picture-perfect smiles, but they also can tick off the features of each car and prices with such assurance that the iPads they carry for reference can seem merely decorative. Auto companies are also making sure their fleet of specialists are ethnically and physically diverse. Perched on stilettos, Priscilla Tejeda is working for Toyota.


Why Is AI Implementation Becoming a Must for Automotive Industry?

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Advancements in artificial intelligence continue to develop on industries like aviation, manufacturing and technology, and others. This is because, the offerings of AI, machine learning and deep learning can help companies to become more efficient. But one industry which is witnessing dramatic change is the automotive sector. AI is revolutionizing this industry and has entirely new ways for people to get around and will also impact the way traffic will be maintained in the cities. The attempts to create driverless cars are gaining promising with the availability of advanced technologies, notably AI.


Autonomous Cars: Deep Learning and Computer Vision in Python

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The automotive industry is experiencing a paradigm shift from conventional, human-driven vehicles into self-driving, artificial intelligence-powered vehicles. Self-driving vehicles offer a safe, efficient, and cost effective solution that will dramatically redefine the future of human mobility. Self-driving cars are expected to save over half a million lives and generate enormous economic opportunities in excess of $1 trillion dollars by 2035. The automotive industry is on a billion-dollar quest to deploy the most technologically advanced vehicles on the road. As the world advances towards a driverless future, the need for experienced engineers and researchers in this emerging new field has never been more crucial.