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Self-Driving Cars Will Improve Traffic Flow, Perform Better Than Human Drivers, Study Says

International Business Times

The introduction of self-driven cars on road could change conventional traffic control concepts such as variable speed limits. The research team comprised of researchers with expertise in traffic flow theory, control theory, robotics, cyber-physical systems, and transportation engineering and conducted their tests in Tucson, Arizona using a single self-driven vehicle with at least 20 human-driven vehicles. They found that human driving causes major traffic jams, even in the absence of traffic signals and bottlenecks, erratic lane changes, mergers and disruptions. They were able to sort out the traffic, by simply manipulating the one self-driven car, concluding that even a small percentage of self-driven cars on the road could smoothen out traffic flow for all the other cars, eliminating jams and even increasing fuel economy for all cars on the road up to at least 40 percent.


Anywhere: The Travel Experts Aiming To Redesign A $166 Billion Industry

Forbes

Founded by Zach Smith and Anthony Landis, Anywhere is a travel agency that syncs real human insights with smart technology to help travelers design authentic cultural experiences, at any travel destination in the world. By leveraging human insights, international representatives and a team of bilingual experts -- Anywhere not only works to shorten the booking process, but further allows users to bypass the hassle of mining the web, testing third-party vendors, and filtering pages of online reviews. Zach Smith: Travelers, or people who book travel frequently, find themselves asking these three questions: Why do I have to visit 35 websites and spend 8 hours searching for information before feeling confident enough to book anything? Zach Smith: Beyond our travel agency services, we offer another service we call Anywhere Plus (Anywhere).


Real humans

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But at the same time the phrase "real humans" is an oxymoron. The Turning test that challenges software to display indistinguishably human intelligence to a set of human judges hasn't yet been passed convincingly -- unless you count a 2014 experiment in which a chatbot posing as a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy convinced a third of the judges it was a real boy after five minutes of text chatting. Chatbots and virtual assistant AIs may have got a lot savvier than their Clippy forerunners, but they're still sitting on a set of definitely discernible rails. Such an incoming tsunami of artificial noise might well explain why someone is already spying mileage in employing -- and boasting about deploying -- "real human" assistance as part of a differentiating business advantage.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Travel Industry - Nanalyze

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Here's how a Tradeshift dashboard is going to look like for a business: The service is aimed at corporate travelers by assisting in the search for flights, car rentals, planning group travel, etc. Claire's revenue stream comes from subscription plans offered to corporate customers plus commissions on travel products such as airfares, hotel bookings and car rentals. Attempting to take over where the travel agent left off, Pana uses what it calls "a combination of live travel experts and the company's artificial intelligence (AI) technology" to enable users to call up information on accommodations, transportation, and dining. Pana's Standard Plan, at $25 per month, provides customers access to restaurant suggestions, airfare, hotels, and car rental bookings.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the Travel Industry - Nanalyze

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Here's how a Tradeshift dashboard is going to look like for a business: The service is aimed at corporate travelers by assisting in the search for flights, car rentals, planning group travel, etc. Claire's revenue stream comes from subscription plans offered to corporate customers plus commissions on travel products such as airfares, hotel bookings and car rentals. Attempting to take over where the travel agent left off, Pana uses what it calls "a combination of live travel experts and the company's artificial intelligence (AI) technology" to enable users to call up information on accommodations, transportation, and dining. Pana's Standard Plan at $25 per month, provides customers access to restaurant suggestions, airfare, hotels, and car rental bookings.


How AI is Helping TravelBird Remake its Customer Service

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It's all part of TravelBird's mission to work closely with its customers, helping them to carefully plan and research unique travel opportunities they likely would not have found on their own, Fiona Vanderbroeck-Vernooij, who heads travel service and care for the company, told ITPro. After a search, it found DigitalGenius, which offers its Human AI Customer Service platform that works with either Salesforce or ZenDesk customer service products to automate many of the repetitive tasks customer service agents face every day. Mikhail Naumov, co-founder and chief strategy officer at DigitalGenius, told ITPro that that idea for the company's Human AI customer service platform is to use AI to work beside human workers rather than replacing them with something like chatbots. The DigitalGenius application learns from the data it is given, so it can continue to better serve customers as it gains more knowledge from past and future customer service interactions, he said.


Trip planning: 35 remaining 2017 robotics-related events

Robohub

Whether for research, purchasing, education or in conjuncation with a family vacation, going to and attending robotics-related conferences and trade shows can provide real personal and business benefits, particularly when the venue is in a foreign location.


Passengers in Viral Airline Videos Have Same Lawyer

U.S. News

FILE - In this Thursday, April 13, 2017, file photo, attorney Thomas Demetrio speaks at a news conference in Chicago. The woman who sobbed after an American Airlines flight attendant took her stroller now has a lawyer, Demetrio, who also represents the Kentucky doctor who was dragged from a United Express flight earlier in the month. American says the woman on the flight on April 21, was supposed to leave her doublewide stroller to be stored in the cargo bay, not take it into the cabin.


Does travel planning leave you scratching your head? Try Wheresgood.to

Los Angeles Times

Recommendations are sent in the form of travel photos from Instagram. What's hot: No need to ask friends for travel suggestions when someone else's travel photos will do just as well. Make sure you allow the site to access your current location when the pop-up box asks. It was based it on my current location (London), but I wanted to change it to my home location in Southern California.


United Airlines: Twitter users claim that posts about Flight 3411 incident are being removed

The Independent

Twitter users claim that their posts are being deleted if they criticise United Airlines. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit ...