Humans are an autonomous car's biggest problem. The new Audi A8 has a solution


In 2012 the engineers working on Google's self-driving car realised they had a problem. And before those fully autonomous cars arrive and are widely adopted, hundreds of thousands of lives will be lost that might have been saved. Decades from now, when fully autonomous vehicles are available everywhere, these stopgap measures won't be necessary. A truly autonomous car won't care if its passengers are watching the road.

Smart Cars Suffer From Hacker Vulnerability That Can't Be Patched

International Business Times

A new vendor-neutral vulnerability discovered by security researchers affects a number of smart cars and could put drivers and passengers in the vehicle at risk of "dangerous" or "fatal" outcomes if exploited. By standardizing how certain systems within smart cars operate, it makes it possible for vehicles from different manufacturers to communicate with one another. Typically in order to exchange information, the communications systems write a frame--a message encoded in binary, a series of ones and zeros. Trend Micro researcher Federico Maggi warned the attack could be used to shut down operations like antilock braking systems or the car's accident responses like deploying airbags.

Start Genesis luxury cars with your voice and Google Assistant


Hyundai definitely isn't limiting Google Assistant support to its mainstream cars. Its upscale Genesis brand has introduced Google Assistant support that gives you voice control over your vehicle as long as it's hooked into Genesis Connected Services. There's a good chance that using this won't come at any extra cost, since all Genesis cars come with 3 years of free Connected Services access. Just remember that you'll have to pay after that -- otherwise, you might have to control your car the old-fashioned way.

Lyft will always have a place for human drivers, exec says

Daily Mail

Taggart Matthiesen, who runs autonomous efforts at the rideshare firm, called it'one of the key pillars' the organization is working on, and said its'basically the brand.' Taggart Matthiesen, who runs autonomous efforts at the rideshare firm, called it'one of the key pillars' the organization is working on said its'basically the brand' Lyft's director of product, Taggart Matthiesen, said self-driving cars are the company's top priority. Matthiesen spoke of a future subscription model, which'coupled with autonomous vehicles the company can 100 percent control for optimization,' would lower fares for riders. Matthiesen spoke of a future subscription model, which'coupled with autonomous vehicles the company can 100 percent control for optimization,' would lead cheaper fares for riders, which begged the question: what happens to the drivers?

Lyft still sees a place for human drivers in an autonomous fleet


Companies such as Lyft have made no secret about being interesting in adding autonomous vehicles to their fleets. But where does this leave their human drivers? Still, it's likely that eventually that most of Lyft's drivers will eventually be replaced by self-driving tech. Human drivers may serve more of a concierge function, taking on passengers that need extra help, while self-driving cars will likely take on the bulk of straightforward rides.

Smart cameras spot when hospital staff don't wash their hands

New Scientist

Using a combination of depth cameras and computer-vision algorithms, a research team has tracked people around two hospital wards and automatically identified when they used gel dispensers. In the initial study, during a busy Friday lunch time they collected images from cameras installed overlooking corridors, patient rooms and alcohol-based gel dispensers, among other places. Of the 170 people they recorded entering a patient's room, only 30 people correctly used the gel dispensers. The team then used 80 per cent of the images to train their algorithms to detect healthcare staff, track them as they move from one spot to another across different cameras, and monitor their hand hygiene behaviour.

Will AI Replace Humans In The Customer Service Industry?


What separates the best companies is a keen sense for determining which customer service functions AI can handle on its own and which cases need to be handled by a human with AI assistance. Think about Lyft - the traditional process of calling a cab company, arranging a pickup point, directing the driver to a desired location and having the right amount of cash (including tip) was a lot of work just to get from one place to another. To return to the airline flight example, imagine that the moment your flight was canceled, the airline used AI to empower human agents to help all the travelers whose plans were disrupted. AI can detect that an incoming call, chat or email from one of those customers is likely to be in regard to the cancellation and can immediately escalate that interaction to a human agent who could respond immediately by suggesting new travel options.

10 Ways AI Will Affect Our Lives in 2050, According to Leading Scientist


Dr. Toby Walsh, a leading Australian artificial intelligence (AI) scientist, recently warned about the future that AI will produce. By 2050, Dr. Walsh predicts that we will all have a personal AI doctor that knows our vulnerabilities to particular diseases, as well as our gene sequence. Nevertheless, AI systems will change sports management. Avatars and chatbots will start presenting the news on TV, which will be tailored to an individual's personal preferences.

Most companies will never do Machine Learning


Value comes mainly from exploiting scale and exploiting existing inefficiencies - either inefficient internal processes or market inefficiencies. As an example, store inventory optimization at a retailer like Walmart can reduce inventory cost by combining the scale of its operation with optimizing its replesnishment policies. Another example is Uber that exploited a market inefficiency in the taxi industri (yes - Uber is a taxi company!) Whether or not using what is being built into applications and core systems is sufficient for these companies to benefit long term remains to be seen.

Self-Driven Cars May Be Susceptible To Hacking, Ransomware

International Business Times

This is the same chip that was used by first-generation Apple iPhone, and can be easily hacked, according to a research paper, Baseband Attacks: Remote Exploitation of Memory Corruptions in Cellular Protocol Stacks. While the hack can be prevented by using software updates issued by the carmakers, not all the users would promptly install all the software updates. In the case of self-driven vehicles, the companies would have to import multiple chipsets and compatible hardware. New supply chain mechanisms would have to be developed for quality control and more importantly, user-protection.