Autonomous Vehicles


Liquified and Chemical Hydrogen Storage in UAV Fuel Cells

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Nowadays, the contemporary manufactured and small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) known as drones are mostly electric-based, using electric engines for their flight power. The application of such propulsion systems need proper elaboration of efficient and light electric energy sources. The paper tends to shift our approach to drones towards one that will see efficient energy storage through the use of hydrogen – which is outlined in the following sections of this article. Speaking of, there are primarily two methods of on-board energy storing in today's drone system: The second method is one on which we are focusing in this article – mostly because of the complexity of the fuel cells and their constant need for the supply of hydrogen. Currently, hydrogen can be stored in compressed state in pressure bottles or in its liquid state (in cryogenic tanks).


Facebook Messenger completely redesigned as company aims to simplify chat app

The Independent

Facebook has completely redesigned its Messenger app, taking away its old mass of features and aiming to make it more simple. The company has got rid of the nine tabs and variety of options that greeted users who opened up its chat app and has instead swapped them for just three tabs. It hasn't done so by removing features. Instead, those have been moved into an easier follow format that Facebook hopes will make the app easier to navigate around. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph.


Razer's mobile chief is leaving to join drone company Skydio

Engadget

Razer's senior vice president and general manager Tom Moss is leaving the company for the role of COO at Skydio, a company that focuses on autonomous drones. The announcement, which Moss made via a Medium post, comes right after the mobile company launched the Razer Phone 2, the successor to its first large, gaming-optimized device which launched last year. Moss has played an integral role in the development of smartphones as we know them, working with the early Android team at Google and then starting Nextbit, where he helped develop Baton, the precursor to the many device continuity features we take for granted nowadays. But after 12 years in smartphones, Moss says it's time to "take another leap" and says of autonomous drones that he's "seeing a moment in time where a new technology is going to change so much of our daily lives, and [I'm] damned if I don't want a front row seat this time as well." According to Moss, Skydio is helping propel drones out of the "dumb stage" and into an era of "flying computers."


Lyft buys an AR company to bolster its self-driving car efforts

Engadget

Lyft is ramping up it self-driving car strategy on two fronts. To start, the ridesharing mainstay has acquired Blue Vision Labs, a UK-based augmented reality firm whose underlying technology helps cars both know their location and understand their surroundings. The startup will join Lyft's Level 5 team (that is, working on complete autonomy) to contribute its knowledge. TechCrunch has also learned that Blue Vision will serve as the "anchor" for a London research and development wing. This is Lyft's first buyout in the self-driving world, although it's not clear if this will be the last.


Self-driving taxis – a dystopian future? Brief letters

The Guardian

Would you like to ask Addison Lee whether the "self-driving" cars it aims to deploy in London by 2021 (Report, 22 October) will in fact have remote control capability? If so, the term "self-driving" would be a misnomer. The remote control would be dangerous for dissidents and whistleblowers – if you ride in a "self-driving" taxi with remote control capability, and the taxi knows who you are, the state could whisk you to a deportation prison, or a black site, at any time. There was a sudden rattle of crockery and a voice was heard from the kitchen: "What d'you want one of them for when you've got me?" He was also a good Hoover pusher.


Autonomous vehicles: Expect up to 50 driverless buses on Oslo streets by 2021

ZDNet

Ruter, the mass-transit company for the Oslo metropolitan area, is about to start testing autonomous buses in the Norwegian capital. Its recently signed agreement with Danish company Autonomous Mobility involves several pilot schemes and, in the longer run, tests of a fleet of up to 50 vehicles. The partners aim to introduce autonomous vehicles gradually and in the process learn about customer needs. At the same time, they want to develop demand for new mobility services in the city. In the bigger picture, this initiative will also contribute to Oslo's ambitions for greener transport and fewer traffic accidents.


3 Ways AI Is Making You Safer

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ONCE THE STUFF OF APOCALYPTIC SCI-FI tales, killer robots capable of choosing and taking out our nation's enemies are now within reach--if companies and the Pentagon decide to go that far. Defense officials have so far stopped short of developing Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (the government's official term), which could theoretically strike without a human order as easily as Facebook can tag friends in your photos without your say-so. But the A.I.-driven technology that could form the basis for such attacks is well underway. Project Maven, the Pentagon's most high-profile A.I. initiative, aims to use machine-learning algorithms to identify terrorist targets from drone footage, assisting military efforts to combat ISIS (more than 20 tech and defense contractors are reportedly involved, though they have not all been publicly named). Although supporting war efforts is nothing new for the defense industry, the Pentagon has increasingly looked to Silicon Valley for expertise in A.I. and facial recognition.


Uses of Machine Learning in Gaming Packt Hub

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All around us, our perception of learning and intellect is being challenged daily with the advent of new and emerging technologies. From self-driving cars, playing Go and Chess, to computers being able to beat humans at classic Atari games, the advent of a group of technologies we colloquially call Machine Learning have come to dominate a new era in technological growth – a new era of growth that has been compared with the same importance as the discovery of electricity and has already been categorized as the next human technological age. Games and simulations are no stranger to AI technologies and there are numerous assets available to the Unity developer in order to provide simulated machine intelligence. These technologies include content like Behavior Trees, Finite State Machine, navigation meshes, A*, and other heuristic ways game developers use to simulate intelligence. The reason is due in large part to the OpenAI initiative, an initiative that encourages research across academia and the industry to share ideas and research on AI and ML.


Self-driving taxis could be on British roads in just three years

Daily Mail

Addison Lee has unveiled plans to launch self-driving taxis in London by 2021. The firm has linked up with Oxbotica, which specialises in self-driving vehicle software. The two companies will create digital maps of 250,000 miles of public roads in and around the capital, pinpointing the position of every kerb, road sign, landmark and traffic light in preparation for the deployment of autonomous cars. Addison boss Andy Boland said: 'Urban transport will change beyond recognition in the next ten years with the introduction of self-driving services, and we intend to be at the very forefront of this change by acting now. 'Autonomous technology holds the key to many of the challenges we face in transport.


U.S. regulator orders halt to self-driving school bus...

Daily Mail

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it had ordered Transdev North America to immediately stop transporting school children in Florida in a driverless shuttle as the testing could be putting them at'inappropriate' risk. The auto safety agency known as NHTSA said in an order issued late on Friday that Transdev's use of its EZ10 Generation II driverless shuttle in the Babcock Ranch community in southwest Florida was'unlawful and in violation of the company s temporary importation authorization.' 'Innovation must not come at the risk of public safety,' said Deputy NHTSA Administrator Heidi King in a statement. The NHTSA said it had ordered Transdev North America to immediately stop transporting school children in Florida in a driverless shuttle as the testing could be putting them at'inappropriate' risk. The EZ10 minibuses can carry up to six seated passengers and six standing. Like a metro, the shuttle buses run back and forth in a single traffic lane.