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At the Mercedes museum, your rental car parks itself

Engadget

The key is the combination of Mercedes' self-driving tech with Bosch's smart car park grid. This ultimately amounts to a tech showcase for Daimler and Bosch, but it's notable that this is an honest-to-goodness commercial offering and not just a tech demo. Even if fully autonomous on-demand cars are still years away, you could see the rise of in-between offerings where the cars park themselves. You could spend less time marching through car parks and more time enjoying your trips.


Lyft's BIG announcement

FOX News

There may be no need to tip your Lyft driver in Boston later this year -- because there may not be a driver. The ride-hailing company said Friday it will introduce driverless cars to its Beantown fleet later this year -- before expanding the program to other cities. Driverless cars will be chosen for particular customers by Lyft depending on traffic, weather, route and time of day, the company said. As the driverless car program expands and becomes more battle tested -- and accepted by passengers -- Lyft said it will still have a need for "drivers."


'My fingers were almost cut off by a drone'

BBC News

On Saturday, the government announced plans to introduce drone registration and safety awareness courses for owners of drones. Commenting on the new government plans, he added: "I think it's a good idea because we shouldn't have them in wrong hands. Last November, two orb-shaped drones got as close as 500m to a passenger jet flying into Heathrow Airport. Thirty minutes after the incident, another passenger jet approaching Heathrow flew within just 50m of what is believed to have been one of the drones.


Sometimes "Small Data" Is Enough to Create Smart Products

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Another interesting example of small, high precision data being used to make big gains with AI can be found in the airline industry. One such project aims to dramatically reduce maintenance costs with AI by standardizing maintenance logs. A useful framework for taming data chaos and extracting small high precision data is focusing on the lifecycles of customers, partners, and suppliers. In the world of digital business, companies are always looking for big bang solutions -- some breakthrough that can give them an edge.


BMW 520D SE review: 'One of the most complete cars' Martin Love

The Guardian

The idea is you arrive at your destination, step out of the car, flash a smile at your neighbours, and then casually ask it to park itself. Surveying parents across the nation, car part supplier Euro Car Parts found that as many as 30% will be leaving home and hitting the roads between 24 and 31 July. Martin Gray from Euro Car Parts said: "Family holidays are something to cherish, but getting stuck in traffic is a surefire way of spoiling the trip from the off. Euro Car Parts has also compiled some tips on how to avoid traffic, no matter what day you drive.


Lyft Shifts Gears With New Driverless-Car Division

Wall Street Journal

The new division marks a shift for Lyft, which had favored partnerships with self-driving vehicle developers including Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo, NuTonomy Inc., General Motors Co. GM -0.93% and Tata Motors Ltd.'s Jaguar Land Rover. Later this year, NuTonomy and GM plan to test their cars on Lyft's network. "This isn't about bringing one car or two cars or a hundred cars onto the streets of San Francisco--this is about bringing hundreds of thousands of cars" to Lyft's network," Mr. Kapoor said. Uber, which denies the allegations, has sought to be a leader in self-driving cars, rolling out tests in Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Tempe, Ariz. Lyft is opening a new office in Palo Alto, Calif., in a building once used by video-calling company Skype, and hopes that base will help it attract engineering talent, said Director of Product Taggart Matthiesen.


Why Emotional Intelligence Is Far More Valuable Than Artificial Intelligence

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For that reason, marketers are now turning to messaging platforms to improve communication channels for sales and customer service conversations. Companies like United Airlines, Pizza Hut, Denny's Diner, Focus Features, and PatrĂ³n, just to name a few, have implemented bots on social media to field customer service issues or help consumers seek information more quickly.


lyft-self-driving-game

WIRED

Conventional wisdom on self-driving used to go like this: A smart tech company, like Google's Waymo, writes the self-driving software. Today, Lyft announced it's getting into the self-driving business, launching its own unit to build autonomous vehicle software and hardware. Until today, Lyft's strategy seemed to hinge on hopping between carmakers like General Motors and tech companies like Waymo, striking deals that would put autonomous vehicles on the Lyft platform. Now lots of hardware companies use Android as their operating systems, and Google phones are still around.


Lyft Forms Own Autonomous Vehicle Unit, Will Open Network

U.S. News

FILE - In this March 31, 2016, a Lyft ride-hailing service logo is displayed on a vehicle at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. Lyft is setting up its own unit to develop autonomous vehicle technology, but its approach will be different from other companies and partnerships working on self-driving cars. The San Francisco-based ride-hailing service says it will open its network, inviting automakers and tech companies to use it to haul passengers and gather data. .


Lyft's about to seriously change the race for self-driving cars

Popular Science

Lyft also described its vision for where its service is eventually headed: A hybrid fleet, in which some Lyft rides are driven by people and others driven by machine. The service plans to create an open platform that will allow autonomous cars from partner firms, like GM, Waymo, nuTonomy, and others, to incorporate their own technology and vehicles into the Lyft ecosystem. That partnership-focused approach was reported by The New York Times in June, and a collaboration between Lyft and Waymo (the self-driving car outfit that's part of Google's parent company, Alphabet) was first made public in May. Uber is the elephant in the ride-sharing space, and is much bigger than Lyft--Uber does about 10 million rides a day, a company spokesperson said, while Lyft recently announced that they do more than a million daily.