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Why Are Self-Driving Cars the Future and How are They Created?


Due to the recent adaptive quarantine measures imposed in virtually all parts of the world, air travel, public transportation, and many other sectors took a really big hit in 2020. However, the automotive world and autonomous vehicles, in particular, have shown increased resilience during this difficult time. In fact, companies like Ford have increased their investments in the development of electric and self-driving cars by allocating $29 billion dollars in the fourth quarter of last year. Specifically, $7 billion of that money will go towards the development of self-driving cars. So Ford is joining General Motors, Tesla, Baidu, and other automakers in heavily investing in autonomous vehicles.

Algorithm May Help Autonomous Vehicles Navigate Narrow, Crowded Streets


The researchers developed a method to model different levels of driver cooperativeness how likely a driver was to pull over to let the other driver pass and used those models to train an algorithm that could assist an autonomous vehicle to safely and efficiently navigate this situation. An algorithm developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) could enable autonomous vehicles to navigate crowded, narrow streets where vehicles traveling in opposite directions do not have enough space to pass each other and there is no knowledge about what the other driver may do. Such a scenario requires collaboration among drivers, who must balance aggression with cooperation. The researchers modeled different levels of cooperation between drivers and used them to train the algorithm. In simulations, the algorithm was found to outperform current models; it has not yet been tested on real-world vehicles.

How to Create Unbiased Machine Learning Models - KDnuggets


AI systems are becoming increasingly popular and central in many industries. They decide who might get a loan from the bank, whether an individual should be convicted, and we may even entrust them with our lives when using systems such as autonomous vehicles in the near future. Thus, there is a growing need for mechanisms to harness and control these systems so that we may ensure that they behave as desired. One important issue that has been gaining popularity in the last few years is fairness. While usually ML models are evaluated based on metrics such as accuracy, the idea of fairness is that we must ensure that our models are unbiased with regard to attributes such as gender, race and other selected attributes.

Russia's Cutting-edge Drone Unveiled at MAKS 2021 - ELE Times


Zala Aero, a Russian UAV manufacturer, presented its state-of-the-art vertical takeoff and landing drone – the ZALA VTOL – at the MAKS 2021 International Aviation and Space Salon, the company told reporters during the air show. "The ZALA VTOL combines the properties of an airplane type drone and a tilt-rotor aircraft. The flight configuration changes depending on the assigned mission. The electric propulsion system enables the aircraft to be in the air for up to 4 hours, providing a range of up to 200 km in aircraft configuration," the company said. The built-in on-board computer ZX1 based on artificial intelligence makes it possible to process Full HD format data and transmit HD videos and photos over encrypted communication links to a ground control station.

Global IoT subscriptions trends point to slow but steady progress - Verdict


GlobalData predicts cellular IoT subscriptions will grow in the range of 12-16% CAGR, depending on region, over the next five years, as remote working, autonomous vehicles, robotics, and other advanced use cases accelerate. There are many recent examples of IoT deals and alliances that signify traction. GlobalData's Q2 mobile trends report provides insights into subscriptions for mobile networks; among many other key findings, it offers a clue to the progress of IoT uptake in different regions. North America: Cellular IoT subscriptions will reach 151.5 million at year-end 2021, and will make up 26.5% of total mobile subscriptions in the region. GlobalData expects the number of North American IoT connections to increase at a CAGR of 15.6% from 2021-2026, reaching 312.3 million at the end of the period.

With Full Self-Driving available on demand, be wary of any and all Teslas


In the past week, Tesla's Full Self-Driving beta program went from about 2,000 select drivers testing it to almost any Tesla owner in the U.S. willing to cough up at least $200. U.S. drivers make up at least half of the more than 1.4 million Teslas worldwide, so there's a lot more opportunity to encounter someone with the hands-free, not-quite-autonomous driving mode engaged. Other drivers likely won't know when a nearby Tesla has FSD is turned on, but if they see one struggling on busy city roads, that might give fellow motorists and pedestrians a clue. The electric car company released last week a monthly $199 subscription option for open access to the feature that auto-steers, -accelerates, and -brakes, all while the driver looks at the road ahead, hands on lap, ready to take over. During the FSD beta period, which launched in October, only a carefully selected group of early adopters had access to the feature.

Self-Driving Cars That Snitch On Human Drivers For Bending Or Breaking Driving Laws


Will self-driving cars be snitches? Are you familiar with the expression that someone is a fink or a no-good dirty rat? Perhaps you might be more acquainted with other ways that this is commonly depicted such as those that are characterized as a weasel, a snitch, or a stoolie. Let's add to the matter a vexing ethical question, namely whether someone can be considered a stool pigeon or a squealer even if they are reporting on something that was an illegal or unlawful act? You would normally be tempted to assert that reporting a prohibited act is entirely appropriate and the tipster or whistleblower ought to be rewarded rather than ostracized as a tattler or snitch. Okay, consider a real-world example and see how you do. You are driving along on your daily journey to the office. There is a stop sign at an upcoming intersection.

Ethics of AI: From A to Z


Artificial intelligence ethics is something everyone's talking about now. Self-driving cars, face recognition and critical assessment systems are all cutting-edge solutions that raise a lot of ethical considerations.