If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
DEARBORN, Mich., JULY 21, 2021 – In an industry-first collaboration, Argo AI, Lyft and Ford Motor Company are working together to commercialize autonomous ride hailing at scale. The unique collaboration brings together all of the parts necessary to create a viable autonomous ride hailing service, including the self-driving technology, vehicle fleet and transportation network needed to support a scalable business and deliver an exceptional experience for riders. "This collaboration marks the first time all the pieces of the autonomous vehicle puzzle have come together this way," Lyft co-founder and CEO Logan Green said. "Each company brings the scale, knowledge and capability in their area of expertise that is necessary to make autonomous ride-hailing a business reality." As vehicles are deployed, Lyft users within the defined service areas will be able to select a Ford self-driving vehicle to hail a ride.
The 2022 Ford Maverick pickup has been revealed with a standard hybrid powertrain and a starting price of $19,995. Fox News Autos Editor Gary Gastelu visited Ford's Michigan Proving Ground to get an up close look. Ford Motor Co. and a self-driving vehicle company it partly owns will join with the Lyft ride-hailing service to offer autonomous rides on the Lyft network. The service using Ford vehicles and a driving system developed by Pittsburgh-based Argo AI will begin in Miami later this year and start in Austin, Texas, in 2022. It will start with human backup drivers and go fully autonomous at an unspecified date.
Rapid advancements taking place day by day in deep studying and neutral networks have delivered large breakthroughs in manufacturing, retail, supply chain, agriculture, and other domains. Start-ups are coming up with the most innovative products on the market. Here are the Top AI start-ups that can change the world. Argo AI is a self-driving technology platform company. We build the software, hardware, maps, and cloud-support infrastructure that power self-driving vehicles. Argo AI is an organization that aims to turn out to be the entire platform for self-driving autos, overlaying all of the software programs, maps, and distant infrastructure that can prepare to learn an e-book on the commute to work.
Advances in deep learning and neural networks have delivered huge breakthroughs in natural language processing and computer vision, and they have the potential to solve big problems in manufacturing, retail, supply chain, agriculture, and countless other business domains. Naturally, technology startups are behind some of the most important innovations. In recent articles, we looked at startups revolutionizing natural language processing and startups leading the way in MLops. Here we'll take a look at "applied AI" startups. These are companies that are applying different techniques--whether it be processing images, text, audio, video, categorical or tabular data, or combinations of the above--to address various industry challenges, from fulfilling the promise of self-driving cars to pushing the boundaries of agricultural production.
We were promised self-driving cars before the end of the last decade, and those predictions are turning out to be wildly, hilariously wrong. But things may be catching up -- and the loser of the pack, according to Sam Abuelsamid of Guidehouse Insights, is Tesla, which may surprise droves of Elon-stans. The market research firm performed an analysis of the entire emerging autonomous driving industry, and the company wasn't just last in the just-released annual scorecard -- it was last by miles and miles. "Of course there is also the elephant in the room that is Tesla," Abuelsamid tells Inverse. "To be honest, I'm not sure they really belong in this group at all, but the company and CEO have been so insistent that they are developing'full self-driving' ... and they get most of the attention from media and financial markets that I felt they should be here just to demonstrate where they actually stand."
Argo AI is in the business of building self-driving technology you can trust. With experienced leaders in the field and collaborative partnerships with some of the world's largest automakers, we're building self-driving technology that is engineered to scale globally and transform mobility for millions. Talented individuals join our team because they share our purpose to make it safe, easy, and enjoyable for everyone to get around cities. We aspire to impact key industries that move people and goods, from ride hailing to deliveries. Our team delivers solutions to camera-based perception problems on the autonomous vehicle platform. These problems include object detection, scene segmentation, and various classification and regression problems.
Argo AI is in the business of building self-driving technology you can trust. With experienced leaders in the field and collaborative partnerships with some of the world's largest automakers, we're building self-driving technology that is engineered to scale globally and transform mobility for millions. Talented individuals join our team because they share our purpose to make it safe, easy, and enjoyable for everyone to get around cities. We aspire to impact key industries that move people and goods, from ride hailing to deliveries. The Machine Learning Infrastructure & Analytics (MLIA) team at Argo is responsible for delivering the platforms, tools, and services that power the ML workflows and Data Analysis needs of the organization. The Data Engineering sub-team of MLIA builds and maintains the data pipelines and software tooling that drive Ground Truth Labeling, ML Training, Data Science, and Data Analytics at Argo.
Earlier this year, Volkswagen revealed that it's testing Argo AI's self-driving system on its prototype electric ID.Buzz vans. Now, the automaker has announced that it's preparing ID.Buzz vans capable of Level 4 autonomy and that they'll be ready for the commercial transport of goods and passengers by 2025. Level 4 autonomy means the vehicle can fully drive itself, though a driver can still take over if needed. Also, full self-driving is only limited to certain locations. In other words, it's expecting the van to offer robotaxi services with drivers behind the wheel in a few years' time.
Argo AI has made some waves in the autonomous vehicle space over the last few years, with investors Volkswagen and Ford working on cars that use its self-driving tech. The company suggests it's taken a significant step towards bringing autonomous vehicles to roads. Argo created a LiDAR sensor that's said to have a range of 400 meters, which it believes it the longest range of any current LiDAR sensor. The Argo Self-Driving System (SDS) can detect hard-to-see objects with more precision and at a greater distance, the company claims. It can seemingly spot far-away objects that have low reflectivity (less than one percent of light) even at night and scan the environment with photorealistic imaging.
Volkswagen at one time said its electric ID.Buzz van would reach dealerships by 2022 (that announcement has been removed but you can view it in the Internet Archive), but news from its commercial division confirms that at least an unveiling is still on deck for next year. Beyond that, VW autonomous driving exec Christian Senger said "This year, for the first time, we are conducting field trials in Germany, in which the self-driving system by Argo AI will be used in a version of the future ID. Argo AI is the autonomous driving technology that Ford and VW have partnered to invest in and develop. The commercial vehicles team is developing vans to use the self-driving tech in that are based on the ID.Buzz to power a ride-hailing and pooling concept with autonomous vans that can operate in urban areas. With the announcement VW also released this concept sketch (above) of the self-driving test vehicle that Germans may see on roads any moment now.