With the I-PAS system, a driver wears goggles that are connected to a computer. The tester is able to track "eyeballs, the whites of their eyes, the pupils, the iris and so on. So you can see the eye muscles contract, get bigger and smaller," Trammell said. "Think of going to the doctor, he said, 'Follow my finger back and forth, follow it into your nose, back out of your nose.' This does that, but it does it optically.
It's a stunning demonstration of what self driving car can (and can't) do. This incredible footage shows Devbot, an autonomous racing car being developed to star in its own AI race series, hurtling around the streets of Rome with no driver at the wheel. It goes head to head with pro-drifter Ryan Tuerck on the closed road circuit, which was later used for the Formula E Rome race - and fails to beat the human driver. Now you see it... pro-drifter Ryan Tuerck (pictured) competed against the Roborace Devbot car's AI - driving the car himself before leaving the car to it Now you see it... pro-drifter Ryan Tuerck (right) competed against the Roborace Devbot car which can also drive itself (left) The Devbot electric car used in the race can be piloted by a human or by AI. The all-electric DevBot weighs about 2,200 pounds, and boasts 550 horsepower.
Ever since Roborace unveiled plans for driverless track cars, there's been a lingering question: can its technology outpace a human? The answer is a solid "no..." for now. The company used the recent Formula E race in Rome to pit its DevBot prototype car against pro drifter Ryan Tuerck, and the fleshy driver was clearly the frontrunner with a roughly 26-second lead -- you can see him claiming victory in the video below. That's still in the ballpark of what you'd expect from humans, but they wouldn't be lining up sponsorships after that kind of performance. You might not want to be too confident about humanity's motorsport prowess.
Anti-drone technology isn't just being used at airports or sensitive political and military locations. Law enforcement just relied on DroneShield's systems, including its anti-drone gun, to protect against UAVs during a NASCAR race series at the Texas Motor Speedway between April 5th and April 8th. The tech helped police watch out for drones, disable them and (if all else failed) knock them out of the air. There weren't any known incidents, but it's notable that the technology was involved in the first place -- it was the first time American law enforcers used all three of DroneShield's products. The company is also keen to tout that it's the "sole provider" of counter-drone hardware for NASCAR.
The world of self-driving and autonomous vehicle research is in an uproar. Driver-assistance technology has the potential to keep us safer on the road. Google's self-driving fleet, currently in the test stage, have driven millions of miles with few accidents -- and while they still exist, are few in comparison to human counterparts. However, in the same breath, Uber's tests in Arizona have proven fatal to a pedestrian, which has led to a halt in the ride-hailing service's research and a settlement out of court. As regulators worldwide now reconsider whether self-driving vehicles are ready for tests in today's cities, elements of the technology are being applied in other areas -- such as the racetrack.
The Argentinian summer Sun beat down on the Buenos Aires city circuit as the cars approached the penultimate turn. It was February 18, 2017, the Saturday of Formula E's South American weekend, and two cars jostled for first place. The second car, though, was being too aggressive. Nearing the corner's apex, the vehicle misjudged its position and speed. The vehicle slammed into the blue safety walls surrounding the track. As the wreckage crumpled to a stop, a detached wheel rolled freely across the hot asphalt.
In a sporting series as technologically cutting-edge as Formula 1, data has become king. Making progress up the grid these days doesn't happen if there aren't hard numbers on a screen telling you that something is working. Even for a design genius such as Adrian Newey, if the computer says no: forget it.
We all know the robots are coming. That probably inspires some complicated feelings. So, it's comforting when a three-year development effort to make a robot that can set a speed record results in a human victory... by a wide margin. Yamaha and robotics developer SRI have been working on a humanoid that can ride an unmodified motorcycle. The goal was to beat the lap times of one of the most successful motorcycle racers of all time, Valentino Rossi.
Khosrowshahi is a co-founder, along with Naveen Rao, another Intel executive, of a startup called Nervana Systems. I profiled Nervana in October of 2015 for a Barron's cover story about how the rise of cloud computing and artificial intelligence was changing the objectives, and the design, of silicon. After that article, in which it was posited that Intel's microprocessor business might be in trouble, Rao and Khosrowshahi's company was bought by Intel, in August of last year, for terms that were not disclosed, but speculated by the New York Times's Steve Lohr to be north of $400 million. Rao and Khosrowshahi have both been on the road in support of Intel this year. Rao was at Intel's Xeon unveiling in July in New York.