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.
Mobileye received a special permit from New York state, allowing manufacturers of "autonomous vehicle technology" to test on public streets. The permit requires that drivers be present in the vehicle but allows them to keep their hands off the steering wheel yet "be prepared to take control when required to … operate the vehicle safely and lawfully." It's unclear whether others may have applied. The state hasn't responded to a request for comment.
South Korean telco KT has launched a 5G standalone commercial service for smartphone users and businesses to foster new technologies for autonomous cars and smart factories. The company said the standalone (SA) service would serve as an opportunity for 5G to be applied to other industries and 5G smartphone users. "We have prepared a SA service to provide customers with 5G that can give them a new value," KT's network strategy department head Kim Young-in said in a statement. The SA uses batteries longer than NSA and can provide a faster response rate. By utilizing the characteristics of 5G base stations, which are densely built, KT said that the SA would provide more sophisticated disaster text services from the end of this year after consultation with related agencies and system development.
Recently we have seen in the media how artificial intelligence (AI) can help in the pandemic with many examples in the prediction and monitoring of it. We have also seen how it can contribute to improving the lives of visually impaired people, with applications such as Microsoft's SeeingAI or how it can also be a great ally for deaf people. AI has also been used to prevent bullying, as the startup WatsomApp does in Spain, and we find many examples where it is used in medical applications to help more efficient detection of tumors, or how it can contribute to the development of the autonomous car or sustainable agriculture, combined with IoT. In short, AI has become an essential technology in a multitude of industries, such as healthcare, banking, manufacturing or commerce, among others, being a great ally for people. The estimated global spending on AI is expected to exceed $50 billion this year and reach $110 billion by 2024 according to IDC.
Mobileye, a subsidiary of Intel, has expanded its autonomous vehicle testing program to New York City as part of its strategy to develop and deploy the technology. New York City joins a number of other cities, including Detroit, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo, where Mobileye has either launched testing or plans to this year. Mobileye launched its first test fleet in Jerusalem in 2018 and added one in Munich in 2020. "If we want to build something that will scale, we need to be able to drive in challenging places and almost everywhere," Mobileye president and CEO Amnon Shashua said during a presentation Tuesday that was streamed live. As part of the announcement, Mobileye also released a 40-minute unedited video of one of its test vehicles equipped with a self-driving system navigating New York's city streets.
Or in developed nations that are less wealthy than their closest neighbors, like my native Portugal. Because of the country's modest economic size, compared to most of Western Europe, many online companies have limited (or no) presence in Portuguese. British Airways, for instance, only offers customer service in Portuguese on weekdays during business hours--and they're a global airline with enormous operations in Europe. What's more, there are almost 230 million native speakers of Portuguese worldwide, the vast majority of them in Brazil (where, yes, British Airways also offers flights). It's the sixth most spoken language in the world.
Even if your 2004 Toyota Camry runs like a champ, you're still stuck using Google Maps with your iPhone in a mount. But there's a workaround to get Apple CarPlay running in older cars that weren't sold with the ability to mirror your phone display onto the car's dash screen (if it even has one). You can finally have all your music, podcast, navigation, and messaging apps on one convenient screen. And you'll even be able to use Siri for voice control. First, you need to buy the screen.
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.
Partners Lyft and Ford are laying the groundwork for their driverless ride-hailing plans. Today, the companies announced that Ford's Argo AI-powered cars will be available on Lyft's network later this year in Miami, followed by Austin in 2022. The move will allow passengers to choose a Ford self-driving vehicle with a safety driver in those regions when they book their ride from the app. By 2026, Ford plans to add 1,000 of its driverless vehicles to Lyft's fleet in multiple markets, a pact that the companies are in the process of finalizing. The deployment should provide a shot in the arm for Lyft's autonomous ride-hailing ambitions.