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Apple hires Tesla exec for secret project: report

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

An iPhone is connected to a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu equipped with Apple CarPlay apps, displayed on the car's MyLink screen. With 220 million Internet connected cars expected to be on the roads within five years, a national security expert on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, urged automakers to be mindful of the growing cyber-security threats posed by terrorists, information crooks and spies who could potentially try to hack into wired vehicles. SAN FRANCISCO - Apple is either well on its way to developing some sort of automobile or else is simply hiring top car talent for no apparent reason. That's the conclusion increasingly being draw by the talent war being waged between Apple and Tesla in particular, two Silicon Valley neighbors and potentially product rivals. The latest salvo is the news that a former Tesla vice president of vehicle engineering Chris Porritt, who made his name guiding some of Aston Martin's most elegant roadsters, has joined Apple in a senior position, according to a report Tuesday in sister publications 9to5Mac and Electrek.


Uber self-driving cars to hit the road in San Francisco "very soon"

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On a nondescript street in downtown San Francisco, an unremarkable parking garage with dusty walls and painted-over windows seems like an abandoned warehouse. Row upon row of shiny self-driving cars await their moment. At first glance, they look like regular dark-gray Volvo SUVs and white Ford sedans. But they're decked out with rectangular sci-fi contraptions on their roofs. The Uber logo is emblazoned across their doors.


Looking at the Future of SaaS, AI, and IT Through Experts' Eyes - DZone IoT

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Technology is advancing at record speed as innovations that were a foggy prediction came to life one after the other. This passing month, I decided to explore "future studies" and browsed the web for the latest advancements in the tech world, and especially AI, IT, and SaaS. An artificial intelligence agent developed by two Carnegie Mellon University computer science students has proven to be the game's ultimate survivor -- outplaying both the game's built-in AI agents and human players. The students, Devendra Chaplot and Guillaume Lample, used deep-learning techniques to train the AI agent to negotiate the game's 3-D environment, still challenging after more than two decades because players must act based only on the portion of the game visible on the screen. People have started noticing self-driving Uber cars in downtown San Francisco, fueling speculation the ridesharing company could soon be deploying autonomous vehicles for commercial use right where it all started, in the Bay Area.


Uber self-driving cars hit the streets of San Francisco

Associated Press

Uber is bringing a small number of self-driving cars to its ride-hailing service in San Francisco - a move likely to both excite the city's tech-savvy population and spark a conflict with California regulators. Uber is bringing a small number of self-driving cars to its ride-hailing service in San Francisco - a move likely to both excite the city's tech-savvy population and spark a conflict with California regulators. Uber is bringing a small number of self-driving cars to its ride-hailing service in San Francisco - a move likely to both excite the city's tech-savvy population and spark a conflict with California regulators. Uber is bringing a small number of self-driving cars to its ride-hailing service in San Francisco - a move likely to both excite the city's tech-savvy population and spark a conflict with California regulators.


Uber got in a fight with California, so it's moving its self-driving cars to this state

Mashable

After a week fraught with controversy, Uber is relocating its current self-driving car pilot program from bustling San Francisco to the more relaxing environs of Arizona. An Uber spokesperson told Mashable in a statement, "Our cars departed for Arizona this morning by truck. We'll be expanding our self-driving pilot there in the next few weeks, and we're excited to have the support of Governor [Doug] Ducey." SEE ALSO: Uber's self-driving experiment in San Francisco is over, for now The announcement follows Wednesday's news that the State of California's Department of Motor Vehicles had revoked Uber's registration of the autonomous automobiles, forcing Uber to pull the cars off roads. Photos shared by the company show the cars being hauled off by a large OTTO freight truck, the Uber-owned company that successfully completed a 120-mile beer run in Colorado earlier this fall.