Learning from Data to Create a Safer and Smarter Self-Driving Experience


The automotive industry isn't just being driven by people -- it's also driven by data, particularly as automobile manufacturers move toward autonomous, self-driving vehicles. Last year, Waymo cars drove 1.2 million miles in California. Meanwhile, Tesla, with its Autopilot program, is actively collecting data from hundreds of thousands of vehicles to predict how its cars might perform autonomously. So far the company has collected hundreds of millions of miles worth of data. What are these autonomous vehicle manufacturers doing with all of that data?

Self-Driving Vehicles a Reality Today With Optimus Ride's Autonomous System


Optimus Ride has already deployed its autonomous transportation systems in the Seaport area of Boston, in a mixed-use development in South Weymouth, Massachusetts, and in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a 300-acre industrial park. Some of the biggest companies in the world are spending billions in the race to develop self-driving vehicles that can go anywhere. Meanwhile, Optimus Ride, a startup out of MIT, is already helping people get around by taking a different approach. The company's autonomous vehicles only drive in areas it comprehensively maps, or geofences. Self-driving vehicles can safely move through these areas at about 25 miles per hour with today's technology.

Is Your Phone Spying On You ?


Is Your Phone Listening To You? What does your cell phone know about you? Watch til the E N D, you will be SCARED from your Phone after this episode! Artificial Intelligence is the ability of machines to seemingly think for themselves. AI is demonstrated when a task, formerly performed by a human and thought of as requiring the ability to learn, reason and solve problems, can now be done by a machine.

An autonomous vehicle coupled with a robotic laboratory proves its worth


Every drop of seawater contains thousands of cells that can reveal the diversity of life in our ocean. Using a self-contained robotic laboratory and an autonomous underwater vehicle, MBARI scientists and engineers are developing advanced collection techniques that may one day simplify the jobs of biologists and resource managers. A recent study confirms that autonomously collected samples of environmental DNA (eDNA) are equivalent to samples collected by people using traditional, manual methods. A growing body of research indicates that wildlife surveys using eDNA analyses can be as (or more) accurate than simply using traditional methods. As such, eDNA assessments appear to offer a very promising and cost-effective means for monitoring biodiversity, which presents an attractive proposition for researchers as well as resource managers who study ocean ecosystems.

Jaguar Land Rover trials car that responds to your mood


Jaguar Land Rover is trailing an in-car system that changes temperature, music and lighting in response to a driver's mood. The system gauges a driver's mood with a driver-facing camera and biometric sensing, and adjusts the heating, ventilation and air conditioning, media and ambient lighting to help tackle stress and tiredness. "Personalisation settings could include changing the ambient lighting to calming colours if the system detects the driver is under stress, selecting a favourite playlist if signs of weariness are identified, and lowering the temperature in response to yawning or other signs of tiring," the company said. The systems uses AI to get to know the owners moods better over time, Jaguar Land Rover added. "In time the system will learn a driver's preference and make increasingly tailored adjustments," the company said.

Chinese robovan startup aims to go from theme parks to city streets


One of China's newest autonomous vehicle makers, Neolix, recently put self-driving microvans into action as it looks to scale up its solution to the country's logistics puzzle made more complex by a surge in online shopping. The Beijing-based startup, barely a year old, has already deployed the vehicles in the capital and other cities, but it faces stiff competition from a crowded field where other players, especially e-commerce groups, are racing to develop similar robovans. "Operating 10,000 units will be an industry milestone and it is crucial [for us] to achieve it," said Yu Enyuan, 45, Neolix's founder and chief executive. Neolix's ambition is to replace the roughly 40 million vehicles providing so-called last-mile logistics in China, a market projected to be 3 trillion yuan ($428 billion). These home deliveries are now handled mainly by two- and three-wheel electric motorbikes, zigzagging through neighborhoods to carry everything from milk tea to mattresses.

Technology claims to detect


Israeli pedestrian detection start-up, Viziblezone, reports it has reached a major milestone in the development of its detector technology. The company claims that its prototype system has proven that it can detect pedestrians even hidden behind objects at distances of up to 150 metres. According to Viziblezone, while many technologies to mitigate vehicle-to-vehicle accidents have been developed in recent years, there remains a significant lack of vehicle-to-pedestrian accident prevention systems. Meanwhile, with the growth of autonomously driven vehicles, and the expansion of technologies such as robo-taxis, the risks to pedestrians are increasing exponentially at a rate that existing vehicle sensor systems can't effectively address, the company notes In June 2019, the World Health Organisation reported that in 2018, more than 1.5 million people were killed, and more than 50 million injured in road accidents. Of these casualties, more than 50 per cent were pedestrians and cyclists – a number that tragically continues to grow.

Another Tesla Model 3 crashes into a truck, reportedly while on Autopilot

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Driving a Tesla might be the closest thing we have to driving a car from the future… But turns out, thieves are not really into them, or electric cars in general. A Tesla vehicle reportedly burst into flames on the side of a Russian highway over the weekend after colliding with a tow truck, once again raising safety concerns over the automaker's semi-autonomous driving system known as Autopilot. This comes on the heels of other accidents involving Tesla vehicles on Autopilot crashing into stationary cars on the road. Reuters reported on Sunday that the Tesla Model 3 driver told local media that Autopilot was active during the crash. The driver, identified as Alexei Tretyakov, also said he was still holding the steering wheel when the incident occurred.

An L.A. driver may have invented the best traffic hack ever

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Fox News Flash top headlines for August 12 are here. Check out what's clicking on A driver in Los Angeles has turned to a unique type of sign language to deal with the city's notorious traffic. The unidentified Lexus driver was spotted last week in Culver City holding a sign out of the window that said "Please let me in," as the turn signal indicated a lane change. The unique method was caught on camera and posted to YouTube by the driver of the car behind him, who wrote, "Saw this man with a 300000 IQ switching lanes."

Army sets sights on new full cell technology

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File photo - M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks assigned to 3rd Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division stage prior to a tactical movement during Spartan Focus, at Fort Stewart, Ga. When dismounted U.S. Army infantry are attacking fortified enemy positions, taking hostile fire and moving quickly to find the best points for continued assault -- "battery life" can determine mission success or failure and even -- life or death. Units of forward positioned Army soldiers may not have quick access to battery recharging and may, therefore, depend entirely upon the functionality of their batteries - needed to power night vision, radios, small soldier-worn sensors, portable laptops for drone control and other combat-essential items. Without the requisite battery power to advance, soldiers might be forced to retreat or, of even greater consequence, become far more vulnerable to enemy fire. It goes without saying that attacking soldiers, especially those on the move on foot, need lightweight, electrically powered equipment for communications, data sharing, enemy tracking, targeting and some weaponry.