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South Korea to map major cities for safe autonomous driving

ZDNet

South Korea plans to map major cities and establish a smart traffic system for autonomous driving. This week, local media reported that the South Korean government wishes to prevent the kind of accidents that have already taken place in the US involving pedestrians and autonomous vehicles. An Uber self-driving vehicle undergoing tests was involved in a fatal collision this month with a woman. Although a human driver was in attendance -- as required by law -- sadly, the pedestrian from Tempe, Arizona, was still struck by the car as she walked across the road. Uber has temporarily stopped tests in Arizona and all other cities, and the fatality has highlighted the risk of accidents -- leading to scrutiny in the self-driving space by government officials and technology vendors themselves worldwide.


Nissan reports preventive steps to government in wake of data fabrication scandal

The Japan Times

Nissan Motor Co. submitted a report to the government Wednesday containing measures to prevent any further fabrication of exhaust emissions and fuel efficiency data. "We have hurt the trust of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and our customers," Nissan President Hiroto Saikawa said in handing the report to Tetsuya Okuda, the ministry's director-general of the Road Transport Bureau. "I offer a deep apology." Nissan's data fabrication and inappropriate inspections tests came to light in July, as the company found itself roiled in another scandal. The automaker admitted in September last year that uncertified employees had checked vehicles for many years, leading it to recall over 1 million vehicles sold in Japan.


Nvidia, Baidu partner to develop AI powered autonomous vehicle platform ZDNet

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Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said the partnership illustrates the commitment both companies have made to advancing the use-cases of AI. Nvidia and Chinese search engine giant Baidu are teaming up to develop a cloud-based platform for use in artificially intelligent, self-driving cars. See how the cloud is disrupting traditional operating models for IT departments and entire organizations. The partnership combines Nvidia's self-driving computing platform with Baidu's cloud and mapping technology to develop an algorithm-based operating system capable of powering complex navigation systems in autonomous vehicles. The open platform will be available for branded car OEM consumer vehicle offerings, as well as fleets of driverless commercial vehicles.


Nvidia, Baidu partner to develop AI powered autonomous vehicle platform ZDNet

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Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said the partnership illustrates the commitment both companies have made to advancing the use-cases of AI. Nvidia and Chinese search engine giant Baidu are teaming up to develop a cloud-based platform for use in artificially intelligent, self-driving cars. The partnership combines Nvidia's self-driving computing platform with Baidu's cloud and mapping technology to develop an algorithm-based operating system capable of powering complex navigation systems in autonomous vehicles. The open platform will be available for branded car OEM consumer vehicle offerings, as well as fleets of driverless commercial vehicles. The companies are going after Level 3 autonomous vehicle control, which means the car can drive itself (and park itself) in some circumstances, but with a competent human driver at the ready.


UK car pollution checks dropped in 2011

BBC News

A programme to double-check if older cars are breaking pollution laws was dropped by the government five years ago, the BBC can reveal. The Department for Transport used to take random cars off the road and then test the levels of dangerous gases coming from the exhaust pipe. But a Freedom of Information request for the BBC shows that the spot-check scheme was dropped in 2011. The chair of the Transport Select Committee, Louise Ellman, has called the news "deeply disturbing". The committee is currently investigating vehicle emissions after VW admitted cheating pollution tests in the US.