Finding Lane Lines -- Simple Pipeline For Lane Detection.


Identifying lanes of the road is very common task that human driver performs. This is important to keep the vehicle in the constraints of the lane. This is also very critical task for an autonomous vehicle to perform. And very simple Lane Detection pipeline is possible with simple Computer Vision techniques. This article will describe simple pipeline that can be used for simple lane detection using Python and OpenCV.

Deep Fakes will make judging real and fake stories a matter of pure trust


Disinformation and Fake News are hardly anything new but the power of both is increasing exponentially because of the power of social media. Websites like Twitter and Facebook serve up information, images and events based on what they know about our likes, dislikes and desires, thereby supporting our prejudices and undermining open and tolerant debate. But Fake News is yesterday's news. Deep Fakes is where Fake News might be moving next and Deep Fakes could be have a bigger impact and even harder to spot, address or undermine. Deep Fakes is the use of deep learning – a branch of machine learning or artificial intelligence – to marry digital images with fake or forged audio files.

Mercedes-Benz prototype can deploy tiny robot to direct traffic


German automaker Mercedes-Benz just showed off a concept car with a super power that's straight out of Inspector Gadget: a Roomba-like robotic safety triangle that can deploy itself from the vehicle's rear bumper after a car crash, like a smart traffic cone. The tech could end up saving lives, especially if the vehicle's occupants aren't in a condition to warn oncoming drivers of an accident and other road hazards. The "Warning Triangle 4.0" was designed for Mercedes-Benz's autonomous Experimental Safety Vehicle 2019 concept, a showcase that's focused on what car safety technologies could soon look like in the age of self-driving. A deployable ramp built into the rear bumper of the car lowers the adorable bot to the ground, according to Car and Driver. The robot then can roll out and warn oncoming drivers of the accident.

Simulation Testing's Uncanny Valley Problem - DZone IoT


No one wants to be hurt because they're inadvertently driving next to an unproven self-driving vehicle. However, the costs of validating self-driving vehicles on the roads are extraordinary. To mitigate this, most autonomous developers test their systems in simulation, that is, in virtual environments. Starsky uses limited low-fidelity simulation to gauge the effects of certain system inputs on truck behavior. Simulation helps us to learn the proper force an actuator should exert on a steering mechanism, to achieve a turn of the desired radius.

US government is funding research into technology that will connect soldiers' brains to computers

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is funding research that could give a future generation of soldiers the power to control machines and weapons with their minds. The agency said it will fund six organizations through the Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3) program who will work to design and build interfaces for application in the U.S. military, that could be worn be soldiers and translate their brain signals into instructions. Those instructions could be used to control swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles, wield cyber defense systems, or facilitate military communications. Soldiers may be able to control vehicles and more by using only their minds under a new initiative from the U.S. Department of Defense. While the feat may sound firmly in the realm of science fiction, according to DARPA it is setting a completion date within four years.

Ford unveils two-legged robot that can walk packages to your door

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Self-driving delivery vehicles may be getting closer to becoming a reality, but Ford believes there's one leg of the process that could be further solved by robots. The auto giant has partnered with startup Agility Robotics to create a two-legged robot called'Digit' that can ferry packages to your doorstep. It solves a problem generated by self-driving delivery vehicles, which is that if there's no humans in the driver's seat that can drop off a package, autonomous robots can pick up the slack. 'It's not always convenient for people to leave their homes to retrieve deliveries or for businesses to run their own delivery services,' Ken Washington, chief technology officer at Ford, wrote in a blog post. 'If we can free people up to focus less on the logistics of making deliveries, they can turn their time and effort to things that really need their attention.

Postal Service to test autonomous semi trucks for hauling mail across state lines

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

The Postal Service is experimenting with self-driving long-haul semi trucks to transport mail between distribution centers. The U.S. Postal Service is testing its first long-haul self-driving delivery truck in a two-week pilot program that will use an autonomous tractor-trailer to deliver mail between distribution centers in Phoenix and Dallas. TuSimple, a self-driving truck company, is providing the vehicle and will have a safety engineer and driver in the cab to monitor its performance and take control if there are any issues, the company said in announcing the test Tuesday. The Postal Service has been exploring the idea for some time, recently soliciting bids to put semi-autonomous mail trucks on the road in a few years that allow a human to sort the mail while being autonomously driven along the route. "We are conducting research and testing as part of our efforts to operate a future class of vehicles which will incorporate new technology to accommodate a diverse mail mix, enhance safety, improve service, reduce emissions, and produce operational savings," said Postal Service spokeswoman Kim Frum.

Self-driving trucks begin mail delivery test for U.S. Postal Service - Reuters


San Diego-based startup TuSimple said its self-driving trucks will begin hauling mail between USPS facilities in Phoenix and Dallas to see how the nascent technology might improve delivery times and costs. A safety driver will sit behind the wheel to intervene if necessary and an engineer will ride in the passenger seat. If successful, it would mark an achievement for the autonomous driving industry and a possible solution to the driver shortage and regulatory constraints faced by freight haulers across the country. The pilot program involves five round trips, each totaling more than 2,100 miles (3,380 km) or around 45 hours of driving. It is unclear whether self-driving mail delivery will continue after the two-week pilot.

Renault Launches Paris-Saclay Autonomous Lab With ZOE Cab


The Paris-Saclay Autonomous Lab project was initiated by Groupe Renault, Groupe Transdev, IRT SystemX, Institut VEDECOM and the University of Paris-Saclay. Its purpose is to develop new autonomous (i.e. The Paris-Saclay Autonomous Lab was inaugurated on 15 May 2019 at the SPRING 2019 innovation event by Grégoire de Lasteyrie, Île-de-France Regional Councillor, Special Delegate responsible for New Mobility and Mayor of Palaiseau; Francisque Vigouroux, Vice-President of the Paris-Saclay urban community responsible for Mobility and Transportation and Mayor of Igny; and Michel Bournat, Mayor of Gif-sur-Yvette and President of the Paris-Saclay urban community. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Thierry Mallet, Chairman and CEO of Groupe Transdev; Arnaud Molinié, Senior Vice President, Mobility Services, Groupe Renault; Paul Labrogere, CEO, IRT SystemX; Sylvie Retailleau, President of the University of Paris-Saclay; Philippe Watteau, Managing Director, VEDECOM; and Elizabeth Crepon, Director, ENSTA. This first stage of the Paris-Saclay Autonomous Lab project is one of the SAM4 experiments selected by the French government on 24 April 2019 following the EVRA5 call for projects under the Investments for the Future (PIA) program.

Seeing rough road ahead, Ford sheds 7,000 white-collar jobs

The Japan Times

DETROIT - Ford revealed details of its long-awaited restructuring plan Monday as it prepared for a future of electric and autonomous vehicles by parting ways with 7,000 white-collar workers worldwide, about 10 percent of its global salaried workforce. The major revamp, which had been underway since last year, will save about $600 million per year by eliminating bureaucracy and increasing the number of workers reporting to each manager. In the U.S. about 2,300 jobs will be cut through buyouts and layoffs. About 1,500 have left voluntarily or with buyouts, while another 300 have already been laid off. About 500 workers will be let go starting this week, largely in and around the company's headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, just outside Detroit.