Fiat teams up with BMW in race to build 'robotaxis'

Daily Mail

Fiat Chrysler will join an alliance led by BMW to develop self-driving cars, intensifying a race by carmakers and technology companies to develop'robotaxis' which can be called up via smartphone and paid for by the minute. Fiat Chrysler will join an alliance led by BMW to develop self-driving cars, intensifying a race by carmakers and technology companies to develop'robotaxis' which can be called up via smartphone and paid for by the minute BMW and its partners Intel and Mobileye said FCA would bring engineering and other expertise to the deal, paving the way to creating an industry-wide autonomous car platform which other carmakers could adopt. This includes Intel, DENSO, Ericsson, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), NTT DOCOMO and both the Toyota InfoTechnology Center Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. Also joining the consortium are DENSO, Ericsson, Intel, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT), and NTT DOCOMO.


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Looking to ever expand ways to deliver goods to its customers, Amazon has patented a way to allow its drones to deliver packages without ever having to land. The patent would not only provide a safe distance between the UAVs and the people receiving the packages, but also cut down on noise pollution, BizJournals noted. Bezos, now the world's third-richest man with an estimated fortune of $83.3 billion according to Forbes, first showed off Amazon's drone delivery unit in a Dec. 2013 interview on "60 Minutes." It recently filed patents for a beehive-like structure that would allow drones to pick up and drop off packages.

Self-healing polymers make for tougher soft robots


Robotic teams around the world are working on soft robots, because some situations call for a touch gentler than what a rigid machine can give. To solve that problem, a team of researchers from Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium have developed a way to create soft machines that can heal themselves -- all you have to do is add heat. In the video above, you can see a robotic hand repair itself after being stabbed. To create truly low-maintenance soft machines, the researchers are now finding a way to automatically trigger their self-healing mechanism.

Building the Best Autonomous Brain


With a flexible, scalable architecture of CPUs, Intel Arria 10 FPGAs and other accelerators, our Intel GO automotive solutions portfolio leads the industry with a diverse range of computing elements that support all three stages of driving. But autonomous driving is much more than just in-vehicle compute; that's why we offer a full car-to-cloud solution including 5G connectivity, data center technologies and software development tools to accelerate autonomous driving. Whether it's to incorporate new algorithms or completely rethink compute to accommodate new workloads, system designers will need a flexible, scalable architecture. With a flexible architecture of CPUs, FPGAs and other accelerators, future-ready solutions offer a diverse range of computing elements that can accommodate designs that may change long after hardware and vehicle design decisions have been made.

Creating Robots That Are More Like Humans


We need to make improvements both in terms of hardware and software so that robots can autonomously perform tasks that human's perform today." They are focused on creating software that makes robots more autonomous, so eventually they are able to perform tasks on their own with little human supervision or intervention. Using the Valkyrie Robot, Padir's lab is working on creating motion using combinations of arm, wrist, finger and thumb movements that collectively accomplish a task. Padir is aware that as robotic technology advances, robots may start to become utilized in jobs that are more routine in the manufacturing, transportation, and other industries.

Autonomous sail boats are thriving on Geospatial technology!


These boats include the Global Positioning Systems (GPS), make use of satellite imageries and sensors that help the boats navigate through the wide seas and undisclosed locations. Understanding that the future of sailboats is not going to be limited to "just" sensors for data collection and foreseeing autonomous capability for sailboats in the future, Arutunian and Duncan, designed a built the fourth generation autonomous sail drone, the Nav2. Forming a core component of the autonomous sail boat is a dual Global Positioning System and GNSS technology. Bilal Zuberi, a partner at Lux Capital, adds that Saildrone has the potential to be bigger than Google Maps and bigger than any space satellite program for spatial data.

Will Self-Driving Cars Come Without Steering Wheel, Pedals? Yes, Suggests Ford Patent

International Business Times

According to the patent titled, "Removable Steering Wheel and pedals for autonomous vehicle," the steering would remain only for development purposes and be available as a customer-requested option. A new Ford patent has hinted at a removable steering wheel and pedals in self-driven cars. What this means, in simple terms, is that the ability of a self-driven vehicle response in an emergency, such as making rapid lane changes to avoid a collision cannot be fully assessed without a human at the wheel ready to take over when needed. The steering one will deploy when the car is under human control, while the dashboard one will deploy when the car is driving autonomously.

Humanoid robot to conduct Italian orchestra playing Verdi works alongside tenor Andrea Bocelli


A Swiss humanoid robot is to conduct a Tuscan orchestra in the works of Verdi alongside Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. The robot, called YuMi, will be the closest a humanoid has come to mastering the nuances of a human orchestra director when he performs. "YuMi has a very high level of fluidity of gesture, incredible softness and expressive nuancing," said Andrea Colombini, the director of the Teatro Verdi in Pisa where the concert will be staged. Created by the Swiss company ABB, YuMi will make his orchestral debut on Sept. 12 directing the Lucca Philharmonic.

AI and Connected Home hit the peak of Gartner's 2017 Hype Cycle - Which-50


According to Gartner's 2017 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, augmented reality and virtual reality have begun to climb the'plateau of productivity' as they approach mainstream adoption. Technologies such as deep learning, autonomous learning and cognitive computing are just crossing the peak. Enterprises that are seeking leverage in this theme should consider the following technologies: deep learning, deep reinforcement learning, artificial general intelligence, autonomous vehicles, cognitive computing, commercial UAVs (drones), conversational user interfaces, enterprise taxonomy and ontology management, machine learning, smart dust, smart robots and smart workspace. "In addition to the potential impact on businesses, these trends provide a significant opportunity for enterprise architecture leaders to help senior business and IT leaders respond to the digital business opportunities and threats by creating signature-ready actionable and diagnostic deliverables that guide investment decisions."

Fiat Chrysler will get Intel inside its autonomous cars


Intel needs alliances with car manufacturers to make that happen. Fiat Chrysler joins today to co-develop technology for level 3 (partly) and level 4/5 (fully) autonomous cars, which the consortium aims to have on the road by 2021. Along the way, they aim to sign up other car companies to license the technology that Intel and the founding members build. "It will be a system that's licensable by any other automaker in the world [that] wants to use it," says Weast.