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Insurance Companies Using AI to Build Safety Systems, Optimize Rates - AI Trends

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INSHUR is aimed at helping rideshare drivers using Uber or Lyft, and limousine drivers, to find competitive rates for auto insurance. Founded in 2016, the company is based in New York City, is backed by Munich Re Digital Partners, and launched in the UK in 2018. INSHUR has signed up over 40,000 drivers. The company supports liability and physical damage policies with minimum limits of insurance as required by the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) for limousines, which is also compatible with requirements for ride sharing services.


Beijing approves driverless taxi permits for Baidu and Pony.ai

Engadget

Beijing is paving the way for driverless robotaxis. China's capital city granted permits to auto startup Pony.ai and Chinese internet giant Baidu to offer self-driving car services to the general public, both companies announced today. Both operations will start out small -- Baidu's fleet will consist of 10 cars and Pony.ai will run four cars, reported CNBC. Eventually both companies plan to expand operations in the city. The Beijing government is requiring a staff member to be onboard each driverless vehicle to make sure things go smoothly.


Baidu and Pony.ai each score permits to operate driverless taxi service in Beijing

ZDNet

Since completing a degree in journalism, Aimee has had her fair share of covering various topics, including business, retail, manufacturing, and travel. She continues to expand her repertoire as a tech journalist with ZDNet. Baidu and Pony.ai have announced separately that they have each been granted permits to provide their respective driverless taxi service to the general public in Beijing. According to Baidu, it will begin operating its fully driverless autonomous taxi service with a fleet of 10 vehicles in a designated 60-square-kilomoetre area in Beijing. Users will be able to hail these robotaxis using the Apollo Go mobile app from 10am to 4pm.


Lyft exec will head the Pentagon's AI efforts

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Craig Martell, Head of Machine Learning at Lyft, is set to head the Pentagon's AI efforts. Breaking Defense first broke the news after learning Martell was destined to be named as the Pentagon's new chief digital and AI officer. Martell has significant AI industry experience – leading efforts at not just Lyft but also Dropbox and LinkedIn – but has no experience navigating public-sector bureaucracy. The Pentagon is going to be very much "in at the deep-end" for Martell in that regard, something which he fully acknowledges. "I don't know my ways around the Pentagon yet and I don't know what levers to pull," said Martell to Breaking Defense.


Baidu, Pony.AI win first driverless robotaxi permits in China – TechCrunch

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Chinese internet giant Baidu and autonomous vehicle company Pony.ai To date, numerous cities in China have allowed autonomous vehicle companies to test self-driving vehicles without a human safety operator in the driver's seat, but this is the first time companies are allowed to run a fully driverless service. That said, the permit does require the companies to have a safety operator present in the front passenger seat, so the regulation is not quite as mature as, say, California's driverless permits which require no human in the vehicle aside from the passenger. Neither Pony nor Baidu will be charging a fee for driverless rides yet, although both companies are currently running commercial services with drivered robotaxis in Yizhuang, Beijing, otherwise referred to as Beijing High-level Automated Driving Demonstration Area (BJHAD), according to a Baidu spokesperson. This 60-square-kilometer stretch of Beijing, home to about 300,000 residents, is also where both Baidu's and Pony's driverless service will run.


The Ford F-150 Lightning is built with help from autonomous robots

FOX News

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning pickup has been revealed with a starting price under $40G. The all-electric truck is the most powerful F-150 ever and offers a range up to 300 miles per charge. April 26 marked the official start of production for the electric Ford F-150 Lighting and yet another milestone … in the rise of the robots. The F-150 Lightning is built at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center. The F-150 Lightning is built with a unique assembly system in Ford's Rouge Electric Vehicle Factory in Dearborn where humans and robots really do work side by side.


MailOnline visits the world's first VERTIPORT in Coventry that will serve as a hub for flying cars

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The idea of a hub for drones and Jetsons-style flying taxis may sound like a concept from the latest science fiction blockbuster. But such a hub – known as a vertiport – became a reality this week, with the opening of the Air-One site in Coventry. Air-One is a centre for drones and electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, including flying cars and taxis, and will serve as a blueprint for more than 200 vertiports planned worldwide over the next five years, according to Urban-Air Port, the UK-based developer of Air-One. MailOnline attended the opening of the Air-One vertiport this week for a look at what the future of transport could be. From a central rising launch pad from which flying taxis could shuttle passengers on their journeys, to a futuristic vending machine where you can order items to be delivered by drones on demand, here's a look at the key features.


Pinaki Laskar on LinkedIn: #AI #deeplearning #dataengineering

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AI Researcher, Cognitive Technologist Inventor - AI Thinking, Think Chain Innovator - AIOT, XAI, Autonomous Cars, IIOT Founder Fisheyebox Spatial Computing Savant, Transformative Leader, Industry X.0 Practitioner What are the different state of AI Systems (AIS)? Neural Symbolic AI Systems, The current state of #AI is one of "reunification," rather than #deeplearning and symbolic learning. To develop genuinely robust and reliable AI systems the next level of AI will require an integration of the highly successful data-driven paradigm with a knowledge-driven approach coupled with human feedback for human-aligned intelligent systems. Data-Centric AIS, DCAI represents the recent transition from focusing on modeling to the underlying data used to train and evaluate models. Increasingly, common model architectures have begun to dominate a wide range of tasks, and predictable scaling rules have emerged.


Deep Science: AI simulates economies and predicts startup success – TechCrunch

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Research in the field of machine learning and AI, now a key technology in practically every industry and company, is far too voluminous for anyone to read it all. This column aims to collect some of the most relevant recent discoveries and papers -- particularly in, but not limited to, artificial intelligence -- and explain why they matter. This week in AI, scientists conducted a fascinating experiment to predict how "market-driven" platforms like food delivery and ride-hailing businesses affect the overall economy when they're optimized for different objectives, like maximizing revenue. Elsewhere, demonstrating the versatility of AI, a team hailing from ETH Zurich developed a system that can read tree heights from satellite images, while a separate group of researchers tested a system to predict a startup's success from public web data. The market-driven platform work builds on Salesforce's AI Economist, an open source research environment for understanding how AI could improve economic policy.


World's first VERTIPORT opens in Coventry: Air-One will serve as a hub for drones and flying taxis

Daily Mail - Science & tech

From Harry Potter to The Jetsons, flying cars have been staple features of science fiction blockbusters for years. And with the futuristic vehicles rapidly getting closer to becoming a reality, the world's first vertiport has opened this week. The Air-One vertiport is located in Coventry and will be a hub for drones and electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircrafts, including flying cars and taxis. The site will serve as a blueprint for more than 200 vertiports planned worldwide over the next five years, according to Urban-Air Port, the UK-based developer of Air-One. 'The opening of Air-One is a momentous moment – the starting gun for a new age of transport, an age of zero-emission, congestion-free travel between and within cities that will make people healthier, happier and more connected than ever before,' said Ricky Sandhu, Founder and Executive Chairman of Urban-Air Port.