Car park app offers users £10 reward to snitch on people parking illegally

The Independent - Tech

A private parking firm has created an app that promises to pay users to report illegally parked cars. UK Car Park Management's (UK CPM) i-Ticket app, which is available for free on Google Play and the App Store, pays a £10 commission to users who upload a picture of the vehicle and its registration number. The company then uses DVLA data to send a £60 fine to the vehicle owner, a fee that rises to £100 if it isn't paid within two weeks. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art Corp's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' performs during its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan Singulato Motors co-founder and CEO Shen Haiyin poses in his company's concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China A picture shows Singulato Motors' concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China Connected company president Shigeki Tomoyama addresses a press briefing as he elaborates on Toyota's "connected strategy" in Tokyo.

Yandex enters the self-driving market with a shuttle bus


Russian search giant Yandex has unveiled plans to build a self-driving shuttle bus, in cooperation with Daimler, Russian truck manufacturer Kamaz, and government-backed research firm NAMI. It is Yandex's first foray into the world of self-driving, following search rivals Google and…

Elon Musk's 'Master Plan' Envisions Automated Tesla Trucks, Buses And Sharable Cars

Huffington Post - Tech news and opinion

Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the second phase of the electric carmaker's "master plan" on Wednesday, outlining a future in which individuals use solar power to provide their own energy, automated vehicles replace heavy-duty trucks and buses, and self-driving technology that could be "10 times safer than the U.S. vehicle average" becomes pervasive. Musk's plan, drawing on projects he's backed for years, represents an ambitious, public mission statement for a man and company known to reach for the improbable. "The main reason was to explain how our actions fit into a larger picture, so that they would seem less random," Musk wrote on Tesla's blog, noting that the company's first "master plan," was posted 10 years ago. "The point of all this was, and remains, accelerating the advent of sustainable energy, so that we can imagine far into the future and life is still good," Musk wrote. It's not some silly, hippy thing? it matters for everyone."

Goodyear reveals 'BB8' spherical AI car tyre

Daily Mail - Science & tech

It works rather like the BB-8 robot from Star Wars, and could change the way we drive. Goodyear has revealed a radical new spherical tire powered by AI and linked to the car by magnetic force so it can rotate on any axis in any direction. The firm says it will be able to sense road conditions and adapt accordingly, turning itself into either a wet or dry weather configuration instantly. Working like human muscles, the smart tire can re-shape the individual sections of the tire's tread design, adding'dimples' for wet conditions (left) or smoothing the tread for dry conditions (right) Made of super-elastic polymer, the tire's bionic skin has a flexibility similar to that of human skin, allowing it to expand and contract. This outer layer covers a foam-like material that is strong enough to remain flexible despite the weight of a vehicle.

Nvidia and Bosch team up on self-driving car AI supercomputer


Nvidia's new partner in bringing AI-powered self-driving tech to the masses definitely has the experience needed to go truly mass-market – it's Bosch, leading tier one auto industry supplier. Bosch will build an AI supercomputer designed for use in vehicles using Nvidia tech, which means Nvidia now has a partner that works as a tier one supplier to all major car maker in the world. It's only the latest partner for Nvidia's AI-powered self-driving car tech, which also include automakers like Audi and Mercedes-Benz, but it's the one that could potentially have the most impact in terms of giving Nvidia reach and influence across the industry. This is the kind of strategic tie-up that lets both partners do what they do best – Nvidia can focus on developing the core AI supercomputing tech, and Bosch can provide relationships and sales operations that offer true scale and reach. Nvidia's deep learning model does not depend on specific rules being coded for each individual situation; instead, it provides the systems with a number of examples from human behavior, and then the AI can determine on its own what to do in specific scenarios.