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Is Tesla Entering Machine Learning As A Service Market?


Tesla may be introducing machine-learning training as a web service with its upcoming'Dojo' supercomputer, CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter. Project Dojo was initially revealed by Musk last year and is a supercomputer which Tesla has been working on. The supercomputer has been designed to ingest massive amounts of video data and perform massive levels of unsupervised training on the visual data. The goal of Dojo will be to be able to take in vast amounts of data and train at a video level and do massive unsupervised training of vast amounts of video data. Dojo uses our own chips & a computer architecture optimized for neural net training, not a GPU cluster. Could be wrong, but I think it will be best in world.

Why people might never use autonomous cars

MIT Technology Review

Automated driving is advancing all the time, but there's still a critical missing ingredient: trust. Host Jennifer Strong meets engineers building a new language of communication between automated vehicles and their human occupants, a crucial missing piece in the push toward a driverless future. Credits: This episode was reported and produced by Jennifer Strong,Tanya Basu, Emma Cillekens and Tate Ryan-Mosley. We had help from Karen Hao and Benji Rosen.

Self-Driving Vehicle Technology

Communications of the ACM

Automakers have already spent at least $16 billion developing self-driving technology, with the promise of someday creating fully autonomous vehicles.2 What has been the result? Although it seems that we have more promises than actual progress, some encouraging experiments are now under way, and there have been intermediate benefits in the form of driver-assist safety features. Engineers started on this quest to automate driving several decades ago, when passenger vehicles first began deploying cameras, radar, and limited software controls. In the 1990s, automakers introduced radar-based adaptive cruise control and dynamic traction control for braking.

Baidu Reveals 4 New Artificial Intelligence Technologies


Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) recently hosted its annual Baidu World Conference in Beijing to showcase its latest technologies. The theme of this year's conference was the "Intelligence of Everything," with a heavy emphasis on artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in cars, wearables, and other connected devices. Let's examine four of these new AI technologies, how they'll expand Baidu's ecosystem, and whether or not they can strengthen its core business -- which still faces stiff competition from growing rivals like Tencent (OTC:TCEH.Y), Alibaba (NYSE:BABA), and ByteDance. Baidu announced that its autonomous vehicles have undergone six million kilometers of open road tests, carried 100,000 passengers across 27 cities, and experienced zero accidents. Baidu also showcased a fully autonomous robotaxi, which can carry passengers without a backup driver, and a new autonomous valet parking feature, and revealed a 5G "remote driving" feature which will allow human drivers to remotely control vehicles in case of emergencies.

Michigan driver arrested after pulling 'Dukes of Hazzard' stunt over Detroit bridge

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on A Michigan man was arrested Wednesday night after apparently jumping a Detroit drawbridge in "Dukes of Hazzard" fashion, according to multiple reports. The Allen Park driver, 26, was behind the wheel of a Dodge sedan when he accelerated and attempted to cross the Fort Street bascule bridge around 7 p.m. on Wednesday -- as it was rising. "I looked, I said, 'No he ain't,'" drawbridge operator Andre Locke told Detroit's WDIV-TV.

Tesla driver, 20, charged after found asleep at wheel of self-driving car traveling over 90 mph: cops

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on A Canadian man has been charged after he was found asleep at the wheel of a self-driving Tesla traveling over 93 mph down a highway in the province of Alberta, authorities said on Thursday. The July 9 incident occurred after authorities received a complaint that a Model S Tesla was speeding on a highway near the town of Ponoka, located about 60 miles south of Edmonton, according to a release by Alberta Royal Canadian Mounted police (RCMP). "The car appeared to be self-driving, traveling over 140km/h, with both front seats completely reclined and both occupants appearing to be asleep," the RCMP said in a statement.

Paper folding tasks can reduce nausea by more than half, study finds

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Carrying out regular'pen-and-paper' exercises can reduce nausea during travel by more than 50 per cent, UK scientists claim. Cognitive training tasks, including identifying how patterns would appear on transparent paper when folded, help'train the brain' to reduce feelings of nausea in-transit, they say. Motion sickness, which creates a sensation of wooziness, can occur during car travel, at sea or even while using a virtual reality headset. But it's also an issue for passengers in self-driving cars, who are free to read, watch films and play video games thanks to the autonomous technology. Engaging in tasks before a journey was found to be effective at reducing motion sickness for passengers in both a driving simulator and on-the-road experiments, the experts found.

Autonomous Driving - How Close Are We to a Self-Driving World?


I wasn't very keen on writing about autonomous driving to tell you the truth. I prefer talking about innovative technologies that haven't been widely discussed in popular media. No matter who you ask, they'll let you know that we'll have autonomous cars in the next few years. In this post, we'll look at the different stages of autonomous driving, how close we are to a self-driving world, and what is slowing down the development of fully automated vehicles. Before we go into technical explanations, let me first say something from a law point of view: The Penal Code and also the Code of Obligations (I refer here in particular to causal liability) have human behavior as their starting point.

What coronavirus means for the future of self-driving cars


Mashable's series Tech in 2025 explores how the challenges of today will dramatically change the near future. Where are the chilled out passengers on their phones, or napping, as an invisible "driver" navigates a crowded intersection? They're still mostly stuck in the backseat as a human driver shuttles them around. They're likely in a highly automated and autonomous-capable vehicle, but a human is still there monitoring the machine. The pandemic made us more comfortable with the idea of autonomous vehicles, but most industry experts still predict a slow transition to their widespread adoption in the U.S. When you're avoiding exposure to a deadly disease, perhaps a driverless robotaxi, like the Waymo One service in suburban Phoenix, looks more attractive.

The State of the Self-Driving Car Race 2020


If a driverless car is ever to become more than a novelty, it will require an abundance of experience or money. Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Alphabet Inc., has had scads of both since it emerged as a Google skunkworks project 11 years ago. Today, if you want to pay to ride in a truly driverless car, there is only one place in the country to do it: suburban Phoenix, where Waymo carries fares with no safety drivers in a handful of the Chrysler Pacifica vehicles. The general consensus in the industry is that Waymo remains ahead of the competition by a year or more, based on several milestones. In early March, the company announced that it had raised its first capital from outside investors--$2.3 billion from a smattering of institutions, including venture capital giant Andreessen Horowitz and AutoNation, the country's largest car dealer.