Ford's Argo AI will release its HD maps for free to autonomy researchers


It's not like academic researchers have the time or money to command a fleet of self-driving mapping vehicles, which is why Argoverse is so important to that community. A self-driving car is only as good as its maps. Automakers around the world have made efforts to create high-definition maps of as many roads as possible as they ramp up AV development, so that their cars can have the best idea possible of the surrounding world. But while most groups don't seem too keen on the idea of giving those maps away, Ford's Argo AI is taking a different approach. Argo AI announced on Wednesday that it has created a public repository for its self-driving-car development data, including high-definition maps.

All about Data and Safety - Constructech


It was all about data, and a little bit about safety, at last week's HxGN LIVE, Hexagon's global digital solutions conference. Let's me share a few examples with you to give you a glimpse into how it envisions automating data processing in construction. One of the big new announcements is the Leica DSX, which is a portable GPR (ground penetrating radar) solution for underground utility detection. This will allow construction professionals to detect, map, and visualize underground utilities. What makes this announcement so unique is its software, DXplore, which translates correlated signals into results.

Self-Driving Trucks Will Carry Mail in U.S. for the First Time


The United States Postal Service is going to put mail on self-driving trucks. Starting this week, letters and packages moving between Phoenix and Dallas will travel on customized Peterbilt trucks run by TuSimple, an autonomous startup based in San Diego. There will be five round trips between the two cites, with the first haul leaving from Phoenix this morning. It's the first time that the Postal Service has contracted with an autonomous provider for long-haul service. "This pilot is just one of many ways the Postal Service is innovating and investing in its future," the USPS said in a press release that cited the possibility of using "a future class of vehicles" to improve service, reduce emissions and save money.

Volvo & NVIDIA to develop AI platform for autonomous trucks


The Volvo Group has signed an agreement with NVIDIA to jointly develop the decision making system of autonomous commercial vehicles and machines. Utilising NVIDIA's end-to-end artificial intelligence platform for training, simulation and in-vehicle computing, the resulting system is designed to safely handle fully autonomous driving on public roads and highways. The solution will be built on NVIDIA's full software stack for sensor processing, perception, map localisation and path planning, enabling a wide range of possible autonomous driving applications, such as freight transport, refuse and recycling collection, public transport, construction, mining, forestry and more. "Automation creates real-life benefits for both our customers and the society in terms of safety, energy efficiency and as a consequence productivity. We continue to gradually introduce automated applications in the entire spectrum of automation, from driver support systems to fully autonomous vehicles and machines. This partnership with NVIDIA is an important next step on that journey," says Martin Lundstedt, President and CEO of the Volvo Group.

Product Planner - IoT BigData Jobs


The Company: Faraday Future (FF) is a California-based mobility company, leveraging the latest technologies and world's best talent to realize exciting new possibilities in sustainable transportation. We're producing user-centric, technology-first vehicles to establish new paradigms in human-vehicle interaction. We're not just seeking to change how our cars work – we're seeking to change the way we drive. At FF, we're creating something new, something connected, and something with a global impact. Job Summary The Product Strategy team is focused on providing broad, strategic vision for the organizations products and identifying and evaluating new opportunities to enhance mobility for all.

2,550 motorists fined in five months Nashik News - Times of India


NASHIK: The city traffic branch has collected fine of Rs 5.10 lakh from 2,550 motorists in the past five months for violating the no-entry zone at the Indiranagar underpass on the Mumbai Agra highway. The traffic department had made mandatory for only Govind Nagar bound motorists to use the underpass while the Indiranagar bound motorists were told to take a detour to reach the place. But still many motorists didn't pay heed to the rules and were caught violating by the CCTV cameras put up inside the underpass. On January 26 this year, the city police installed an artificial intelligence (AI) system at the Indiranagar underpass to keep check on motorists violating the underpass norms. Senior police officials said that the new application installed at the underpass was not only helping streamline the vehicular traffic inside the structure but also helping in spotting the defaulters so that they can be fined.

Autonomous Vehicles Face an Uphill Battle for Public Trust


Automakers and technology companies continue to push toward introduction of the first fleets of fully self-driving vehicles. But building trust in the robotic vehicles is proving just as important as getting the cars to navigate roadways without a human driver. Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Google's self-driving affiliate Waymo LLC and a number of other companies have spent billions and taken more than a decade to develop technology capable of hauling people or goods without a human in the driver's seat. GM plans to launch a fleet this year, Ford by 2021. Waymo started a small service in Phoenix late last year.

Future air travel looks high-tech, autonomous, and electric


While everyone on the ground is stressing about self-driving cars, the future of flight is also moving more toward autonomous planes, as seen at the 2019 edition of the Paris Air Show. The air show is one of the biggest aerospace events annually and everyone from established names to newer companies showed off concept craft and prototype vehicles. Boeing (yes, the same company reeling from two deadly plane crashes and grounded 737 Max planes around the world) displayed its idea for the autonomous Passenger Air Vehicle, while rival Airbus also floated the idea of pilot-less planes and hybrid and electric passenger jets by 2035. Airbus' Vahana is a small, passenger-carrying electric, autonomous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) craft, and the company showed a video of the plane in flight during the show, along with a model of the plane. Airbus' all-electric, single-seat Vahana could be pilot-less.

From drone swarms to AI border guards: How futuristic technology could be used to police Britain's borders


Whether it is the Irish backstop or English Channel, the issue of how the UK and Europe are controlling their borders has been thrust into the public consciousness. And as with many of the globe's conundrums, countries and private companies are turning to ever more futuristic, and often controversial, technologies in order to protect their borders. There are, of course, immediate issues for Britain's borders with quandaries such as the potential hard border in Northern Ireland following Brexit, with the nebulous'technology' promised by some politicians either still being developed or put under question. One such future proposal is a satellite system that registered mobile phones as they pass the border, while sensors buried in the ground or radars on flying drones could detect possible unlawful breaches of the boundaries. But that would still leave the question of invasive, even if largely invisible, checks that run against the Good Friday Agreement.

Autonomous vehicles for social good: Learning to solve congestion


We are in the midst of an unprecedented convergence of two rapidly growing trends on our roadways: sharply increasing congestion and the deployment of autonomous vehicles. Year after year, highways get slower and slower: famously, China's roadways were paralyzed by a two-week long traffic jam in 2010. At the same time as congestion worsens, hundreds of thousands of semi-autonomous vehicles (AVs), which are vehicles with automated distance and lane-keeping capabilities, are being deployed on highways worldwide. The second trend offers a perfect opportunity to alleviate the first. The current generation of AVs, while very far from full autonomy, already hold a multitude of advantages over human drivers that make them perfectly poised to tackle this congestion.