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Germany draws up rules of the road for driverless cars

Daily Mail

German regulators have been working on rules for how such vehicles should be programmed to deal with a dilemma, such as choosing between hitting a cyclist or accelerating beyond legal speeds to avoid an accident. Mercedes EQ electric car concept: German regulators have been working on rules for how such vehicles should be programmed to deal with a dilemma, such as choosing between hitting a cyclist or accelerating beyond legal speeds to avoid an accident. When an accident is unavoidable, the software must choose whichever action will hurt people the least, even if that means destroying property or hitting animals in the road, a transport ministry statement showed. That means that when an accident is unavoidable, the software must choose whichever action will hurt people the least, even if that means destroying property or hitting animals in the road, a transport ministry statement showed.


Google reveals the software behind its self-driving cars

Daily Mail

While Google's physical self-driving cars logged 3 million miles last year, the virtual ones that drive in the Carcraft simulations logged an astounding 2.5 billion miles The exclusive software works in tandem with a secret test base called'Castle,' which is essentially a hidden mock city that can quickly be configured to test different scenarios. There, Waymo is testing several types of self-driving cars, including popular Lexus models, retired Priuses, Chysler Pacificas minivans and even autonomous vehicles labeled'level four,' meaning they physically cannot be driven by humans. There, Waymo is testing several types of self-driving cars, including popular Lexus models, retired Priuses, Chysler Pacificas minivans and even autonomous vehicles labeled'level four,' meaning they physically cannot be driven by humans. A Carcraft'fuzzing' chart that allows engineers to see different combinations of variables that would influence a self-driving cars decisions At Castle, Waymo is testing several types of self-driving cars, including popular Lexus models, retired Priuses, Chysler Pacificas minivans and even autonomous vehicles labeled'level four,' meaning they physically cannot be driven by humans'It's not enough to just track a thing through a space - You have to understand what it is doing.'


'Carcraft' is Waymo's virtual world for autonomous vehicle testing

Engadget

Earlier this year we watched as an AI kept driving straight into the water in Grand Theft Auto: V. Rather than use Rockstar Games' crime-world magnum opus to train its self-driving vehicles, though, Waymo instead uses Carcraft. Yes, Alphabet built its own virtual world to train self-driving cars. The Atlantic writes that Carcraft began as a way for Waymo to recreate scenarios the autonomous cars experienced on the road. There's an awful lot more to The Atlantic's story -- including a trip to one of Waymos' real-world autonomous testing "neighborhoods" -- so be sure to check out the links below.


The Future of AI: Smart Machines Will Save Us, Not Destroy Us - Business Intelligence Info

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Then in Terminator, we were introduced to Skynet, a neural network based AI, which raised an army of robots for self-preservation. These would lead to saving of millions of lives across the globe each year, and improve quality of medical outcomes dramatically. The trucks will run continuously on the road, reducing the time and cost and making things cheaper. We expect that in the next 10 years, the AI capabilities of FICO can dramatically reduce the threat of cyberattacks on computer networks and connected IoT devices by identifying even the most subtle forms of intrusions and isolating vulnerabilities.


The Apple Car is now just an over-glorified autonomous shuttle for Apple employees, says report

Mashable

The company's long-rumored Project Titan vehicle will instead debut in the form of a shuttle bus for Apple employees, according to a New York Times report. The self-driving shuttle service will be one of the first real-world tests of that new system, according to the New York Times report, which cites five anonymous people familiar with Project Titan. The actual shuttle service, dubbed PAIL (Palo Alto to Infinite Loop), will ferry company personnel between Apple's main campus and other offices around the Palo Alto area. Back in April, the California DMV granted Apple permission to test its autonomous system in three Lexus RX540h SUVs on the state's roads, one of which was reportedly spotted out in the wild -- but the rumored shuttle service will probably look more like the University of Michigan's MCity shuttle program launching this school year.


Apple's Self-Driving Vehicle Project: An Autonomous Campus Shuttle

International Business Times

Apple CEO Tim Cook made it clear last month the company was not planning to build its own self-driving car when he told Bloomberg the company was focusing on an autonomous car system. Apple's self-driving technology project, called Titan, will instead work on the system that will allow cars to drive on its own. "We're focusing on autonomous systems," Cook told Bloomberg. What We Know About Apple's Titan Project So Far Apple recently added more employees to the project this year.


Inside Waymo's Secret World for Training Self-Driving Cars

The Atlantic

In a corner of Alphabet's campus, there is a team working on piece of software that may be the key to self-driving cars. No journalist has ever seen it in action until now. Months ago, a self-driving car team encountered a roundabout like this in Texas. Here, a single real-world driving maneuver--like one car cutting off the other on a roundabout--can be amplified into thousands of simulated scenarios that probe the edges of the car's capabilities.


Artificial Intelligence is making insurers smarter - Accenture Insurance Blog

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The recent Efma-Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2017 offered a valuable opportunity to learn how global insurers are leveraging digital technologies to transform themselves into everyday insurers. The innovations we saw are built on exponentially expanding digital technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), big data, analytics, and blockchain, and are being applied across the entire insurance value chain, from product development to claims. To that end, leading insurers are embracing new technologies to shape innovative business models and client value proposition. From simultaneous translations, to machine learning natural language interface, to self-driving cars, artificial intelligence is becoming the new User Interface.


Airbus' Vahana Flying Car Uses Laser Sensors to Pick out Landing Spots

WIRED

Airbus calls its self-flying flying car Vahana, and is working on it at its Silicon Valley outpost A 3 (pronounced "a cubed"). If all goes according to plan, Vahana will use a Near Earth Autonomy technology called Peregrin. Singh has spent 25 years working on sensors for autonomous cars and aircraft, and spun off Near Earth Autonomy from Carnegie Melon University five years ago. That said, a lot of work remains to be done, and Neva Aerospace, a European consortium driving the development of key technologies for flying cars, believes fully autonomous flights remain a long ways off.


Apple's next self-driving phase is an employee shuttle

Engadget

Apple famously planned to build an entire self-driving car, but abandoned that idea to focus on autonomous vehicle technology à la Uber and Waymo. It reportedly plans to test the tech by building a self-driving shuttle (called PAIL, for Palo Alto to Infinite Loop) that will take employees between its current campus and the new "Spaceship" HQ. We already know, thanks to many leaks and rumors, that Apple hired "hundreds" of engineers dedicated to building an entire autonomous car in a plan dubbed "Project Titan." As expected, Apple will use another company's vehicle to test its PAIL shuttle, much as Waymo has with Chrysler.