Autonomous Vehicles

Imported self-driving shuttles have an edge over their U.S. rivals


Two of Local Motors' competitors -- EasyMile and Navya -- import their vehicles from France and are able to get exemptions for R&D purposes. Local Motors is petitioning the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, complaining that "smaller, innovative American vehicle manufacturers" like themselves are at a disadvantage, hindering competitiveness and endangering American leadership in autonomy and new technology development. "American companies creating American jobs building American cars have a higher bar to get vehicles on the road for purposes of research and testing than foreign companies importing vehicles," David Woessner, head of regulatory affairs for Local Motors, tells Axios. "The technology is moving faster than the regulatory environment can keep up with," adds Randell Iwasaki, executive director of Contra Costa Transportation Authority, which is trying to deploy both U.S. and foreign-made shuttles on public roads. Two of Local Motors' competitors -- EasyMile and Navya -- import their vehicles from France and are able to get exemptions for R&D purposes.

Verizon 5G for V2I at Mcity Autonomous Track


Verizon is working with Mcity at the University of Michigan to advance transportation safety and shape the future of autonomous vehicles and smart cities using 5G. The Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband network is now live at the Mcity Test Facility where we are testing various 5G solutions designed to boost pedestrian safety and avoid car accidents. This includes installing 5G-connected cameras at every intersection inside the Mcity test track to help identify traffic and pedestrian patterns to prevent collisions. While connected cars have sensors that can "talk" to each other to help avoid accidents, cameras connecting to traffic light signals can help protect people walking or biking. "We've installed signal controllers at the intersections within Mcity that provide signal phase and timing data to the 5G network," said Eric Raamot, chief technology officer at Econolite.

Ex-Google worker fears 'killer robots' could cause mass atrocities


A new generation of autonomous weapons or "killer robots" could accidentally start a war or cause mass atrocities, a former top Google software engineer has warned. Laura Nolan, who resigned from Google last year in protest at being sent to work on a project to dramatically enhance US military drone technology, has called for all AI killing machines not operated by humans to be banned. Nolan said killer robots not guided by human remote control should be outlawed by the same type of international treaty that bans chemical weapons. Unlike drones, which are controlled by military teams often thousands of miles away from where the flying weapon is being deployed, Nolan said killer robots have the potential to do "calamitous things that they were not originally programmed for". There is no suggestion that Google is involved in the development of autonomous weapons systems.

AI in Transportation – Current and Future Business – Analytics Jobs


The transportation url is actually starting to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) in mission critical tasks (for instance, self driving automobiles carrying passengers) in which the reliability as well as security of an AI system will be below question coming from the common public. Major issues of the transportation market as capability troubles, environmental pollution, reliability, safety, and wasted energy are actually providing ample opportunity (and potential for higher ROI) for AI innovation. For the benefit of this post,' transportation' is going to include all systems which move luggage as well as folks. We explore each of the applications and the future of their technology roadmap in more detail below. The compatibility of AI to transportation apps is actually a relatively natural match.

New Orlando Science Center exhibit explores artificial intelligence, machine learning


Another experience places the facial expressions and actions of visitors onto an animated character. Parts of the exhibit will translate a fairy tale written in Russian into English, show guests what a self-driving car sees out of its windows and have a computer guess if a person is feeling happy, sad, joyful or angry. Other displays feature AI to assist in playing a song on the piano, competing in ping-pong or even holding a conversation.

Tailgate Parties In An Era Of Self-Driving Cars: Thriving Or Taking A Dive?


For anyone unfamiliar with what tailgates are, they're that thing on station wagons (which admittedly don't have the popularity they once did) that folded down at the back of the vehicle. Admittedly, having an actual tailgate is not a requirement to partake in tailgating.

Aramco attacks show firm's entanglement in Saudi politics

The Japan Times

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – The weekend drone attack on one of the world's largest crude oil processing plants that dramatically cut into global oil supplies is the most visible sign yet of how Aramco's stability and security is directly linked to that of its owner -- the Saudi government and its ruling family. The strikes, which U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed on Iran despite staunch denials by Tehran, led to suspension of more than 5 percent of the world's daily crude oil production, bringing into focus just how vulnerable the company is to Saudi Arabia's conflicts outside the country's borders, particularly with regional rival Iran. That matters greatly because Aramco produces and exports Saudi Arabia's more than 9.5 million barrels of oil per day to consumers around the world, primarily in Asia. It also comes as the state-owned company heads toward a partial public sale. To prepare for an initial public offering, the company has recently taken steps to distance itself from the Saudi government, which is controlled by the Al Saud ruling family.

Trump: US 'locked and loaded' against attackers of Saudi oil facility 'depending on verification'

FOX News

The attack, which knocked out more than half of the Saudi oil output, may force the U.S. to tap into its own oil reserves to keep the markets well supplied. President Trump on Sunday suggested U.S. investigators had "reason to believe" they knew who launched crippling attacks against a key Saudi oil facility, and vowed that America was "locked and loaded depending on verification." While he did not specify who he believed was responsible for Saturday's drone attacks, U.S. investigators previously have pointed the finger at Iran. "Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!" the president tweeted. Earlier Sunday, Trump authorized the use of emergency oil reserves in Texas and other states after Saudi oil processing facilities were attacked, sparking fears of a spike in oil prices when markets reopen Monday.

Robot Wars and Skynet: Is Sci-Fi Becoming Our Reality?


ROBOT WARS AND SKYNET: IS SCI-FI BECOMING OUR REALITY? – PART 1 My Interest In Robotics And Nanotechnology, US Military UAVs/Drones And Robotic Vehicles, The Civilian Casualties Controversy, DARPA, The Darpa Urban Challenge, Roboticist William L. Whittaker, The Lunar X Prize Competition, The Positive And Negative Contributions Of Modern Technology, Wicked Heart Of Man, George W. Bush And Illegal Invasion Of Iraq, Destruction Wrought In Iraq, Americans And Body Bags, American Casualties From The Iraq War, DARPA's Aim: Protect People On The Battlefield, Remote Killing And Robots On The Battlefield Are The Wave Of The Future, Masters Of Science Fiction: Jerry Was A Man, Future Wars Fought with Automated Machines, Secret Robot Wars With No More Accountability To The Public, Callous American Public, America Was Founded On War, America Survives And Expands Her Empire Through War And Shrewd Economic Policies, Government Propaganda Machines And Malleable Gullible Public, Shock And Awe Wars, Are AI-Enabled Robot Wars In Our Future?, Current Advancements In Robotics, "Terminator" Movies And SkyNet, Will Artificial Intelligence Become A Threat?, Huge Investment in AI By The U.S. Military, The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center And Super Soldiers, Warnings From Stephen Hawking And Elon Musk, Go Down Fighting ROBOT WARS AND SKYNET: IS SCI-FI BECOMING OUR REALITY? – PART 2

The renaissance of silicon will create industry giants – TechCrunch


Every time we binge on Netflix or install a new internet-connected doorbell to our home, we're adding to a tidal wave of data. In just 10 years, bandwidth consumption has increased 100 fold, and it will only grow as we layer on the demands of artificial intelligence, virtual reality, robotics and self-driving cars. According to Intel, a single robo car will generate 4 terabytes of data in 90 minutes of driving. That's more than 3 billion times the amount of data people use chatting, watching videos and engaging in other internet pastimes over a similar period. Tech companies have responded by building massive data centers full of servers.