The dream of autonomous vehicles is that they can avoid human error and save lives, but a new European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) report has found that autonomous vehicles are "highly vulnerable to a wide range of attacks" that could be dangerous for passengers, pedestrians, and people in other vehicles. Attacks considered in the report include sensor attacks with beams of light, overwhelming object detection systems, back-end malicious activity, and adversarial machine learning attacks presented in training data or the physical world. "The attack might be used to make the AI'blind' for pedestrians by manipulating for instance the image recognition component in order to misclassify pedestrians. This could lead to havoc on the streets, as autonomous cars may hit pedestrians on the road or crosswalks," the report reads. "The absence of sufficient security knowledge and expertise among developers and system designers on AI cybersecurity is a major barrier that hampers the integration of security in the automotive sector."
Andrei Papancea, is the CEO at NLX a comprehensive SaaS platform for building and managing AI-powered conversational applications at scale. Previously, he built the Natural Language Understanding platform for American Express, processing millions of conversations across AmEx's main servicing channels. You grew up in Romania and started programming when you were 10 years old. What attracted you to programming at such a young age? It started off as curiosity: I've always been intrigued about how things worked and since my family has just gotten a computer, I wanted to figure out how it worked.
The fastest electric vehicle charging stations currently get an empty battery to 80 percent full in about 30 minutes. But a new company is working on swapping out empty battery packs for fully charged ones. That would get an electric vehicle to 100 percent full in about 10 minutes. Ample, which officially launched this week at two sites in San Francisco and another Oakland, builds and operates battery-swapping stations that use a robot to pluck out dead battery packs from under the car and replace them with packs fully charged and ready to go. The Ample stations can be set up anywhere close to a power source so that the robot machine can get under the belly of the car and also charge a waiting supply of replacement batteries. The stations are completely autonomous and you don't even have to get out of the car while the batteries are switched.
Three years ago, Customs and Border Protection placed an order for self-flying aircraft that could launch on their own, rendezvous, locate and monitor multiple targets on the ground without any human intervention. In its reasoning for the order, CBP said the level of monitoring required to secure America's long land borders from the sky was too cumbersome for people alone. To research and build the drones, CBP handed $500,000 to Mitre Corp., a trusted nonprofit Skunk Works that was already furnishing border police with prototype rapid DNA testing and smartwatch hacking technology. They were "tested but not fielded operationally" as "the gap from simulation to reality turned out to be much larger than the research team originally envisioned," a CBP spokesperson says. This year, America's border police will test automated drones from Skydio, the Redwood City, Calif.-based startup that on Monday announced it had raised an additional $170 million in venture funding at a valuation of $1 billion.
Clinton Township, Michigan--(Newsfile Corp. - March 1, 2021) - Resgreen Group (OTC PINK: RGGI) ("RGGI"), a leading mobile robot company, today announced the development of Atlas, its new Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) for demanding industrial and mission critical 24/7 applications. The vehicle can use either natural feature or magnetic tape guidance to navigate through manufacturing facilities and warehouses. The natural feature or free guidance requires no wires, tape or navigation marks. Instead, the vehicle uses advanced lasers to scan its surroundings, and then determines its position based on the mapped features along its path. "Atlas mobile robot was designed to meet a wide variety of customers' needs, whether it's free navigation requiring no modification to your facility or more cost-effective magnetic tape guidance," said Parsh Patel, CEO of RGGI. "We also understand industrial customers require a rugged vehicle that is built to last and moves heavy loads easily." It features 5G communications and operates using an Android or iOS application in manual mode and WiFi in automatic mode.
IMAGE: Modeling an algorithmic controller in your car that talks to stoplights and integrates HD maps means energy savings and a safer driving environment. Simulation results show that the cooperative automated... view more Imagine you're driving up a hill toward a traffic light. The light is still green so you're tempted to accelerate to make it through the intersection before the light changes. Then, a device in your car receives a signal from the controller mounted on the intersection alerting you that the light will change in two seconds -- clearly not enough time to beat the light. You take your foot off the gas pedal and decelerate, saving on fuel.
The increasing role of artificial intelligence (AI) in transportation has got further recognition as Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy has announced the launch of a new executive education program focusing on this subject. The new program, Managing AI in Transportation, has been developed by the experts at Heinz College's Traffic21 Institute and will explore critical areas that are required for breaking down public and private organizational barriers and understanding how managing AI can benefit key stakeholders throughout the transportation industry. "We're excited to offer this new program to our already strong roster of executive education," says David Ulicne, senior director of Heinz College Executive Education. "As the transportation industry continues to rapidly evolve, and the influence of AI in the field continues to grow, this new program will provide managers the opportunity to expand their knowledge and keep pace with the latest technological advancements." Managing AI in Transportation will debut as a five-day virtual bootcamp in May 2021.
In just two decades, China sent people into space, built its own aircraft carrier and developed a stealth fighter jet. Now the world's youngest superpower is setting out to prove its capabilities once more -- this time in semiconductors. At stake is nothing less than the future of the world's No. 2 economy. Beijing's blueprint for chip supremacy is enshrined in a five-year economic vision, set to be unveiled during a summit of top leaders in the capital this week. It's a multi-layered strategy both pragmatic and ambitious in scope, embracing aspirations to replace pivotal U.S. suppliers -- and fend off Washington -- while molding homegrown champions in emergent technologies.
Uber is spinning off Postmates' autonomous delivery division into a separate startup called Serve Robotics. The company inherited the unit when it acquired Postmates last year for $2.65 billion. According to Bloomberg, Uber will invest approximately $50 million in a Series A financing round that will make the company a minority stakeholder in Serve Robotics. The startup will operate independently of its former parent. However, it will maintain a close relationship with the company through a partnership that will see its sidewalk robots deliver groceries and other essentials to Uber customers.
As we enter the new year, several promising technologies are poised to lead the way by improving how businesses and consumers use and experience the digital world. Here are some of the most important technologies and the practical solutions they will provide in the year ahead. The fifth generation of the mobile internet is going to bring the kind of speed most people associate with Wi-Fi to uploading and downloading data from remote locations. This will lead to sharp improvements in the way applications can be written, deployed and interacted with by mobile users. This also includes the development of data-intensive applications and the Internet of Things (IOT) -- physical objects with sensors that connect to and share data with the internet, autonomous vehicles and similar projects.