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Musk Says Tesla Is 'Very Close' to Developing Fully Autonomous Vehicles

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Tesla Inc.'s Elon Musk said the carmaker is on the verge of developing technology to render its vehicles fully capable of driving themselves, repeating a claim he's made for years but been unable to achieve. The chief executive officer has long offered exuberant takes on the capabilities of Tesla cars, even going so far as to start charging customers thousands of dollars for a "Full Self Driving" feature in 2016. Years later, Tesla still requires users of its Autopilot system to be fully attentive and ready to take over the task of driving at any time. Tesla's mixed messages have drawn controversy and regulatory scrutiny. In 2018, the company blamed a driver who died after crashing a Model X while using Autopilot for not paying attention to the road.



Cannes winner Naomi Kawase named producer and senior advisor for Osaka Expo 2025

The Japan Times

Osaka – Film director Naomi Kawase, winner of several Cannes awards, and roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro were among 10 producers named Monday for the World Exposition set to be held in the city of Osaka in 2025, as the nation began preparing for the event. Kawase will also double as a senior adviser to the event. The expo, to be held for the second time in the city after one in 1970, will have no general producer in charge overall but instead will have 15 senior advisers. The 10 producers, selected by the Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition, are tasked with designing venues and planning pavilion exhibitions among other sites for the event, which is to be held on Yumeshima, a manmade island in Osaka Bay. Ishiguro, a professor at Osaka University whose creations include his "robot twin," said at a news conference, "The expo 50 years ago had a great impact that can be felt even now. We would like to make the (next) expo one whose legacy will continue for another 50 years."


CSRIO's Data61 alumni Emesent is flying drones beyond line-of-sight

ZDNet

Brisbane-based drone company Emesent has launched what it has dubbed as the "first plug-and-play payload" that enables industrial drones to fly beyond communications range and into unmapped areas. Built on Emesent's Hovermap simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM) autonomous flight system, the autonomy level 2 (AL2) technology was designed to enable companies to map, navigate, and collect data in challenging environments, such as mines, civil construction works, telecommunications infrastructure, and areas hit by natural disasters. "With the intelligence to navigate environments without a prior map, customers can use the system to carry out complex missions, secure the safety of personnel, and drive greater efficiency in their operations," Emesent co-founder and CEO Stefan Hrabar said. Emesent added that using AL2 would mean the drone processes data on-board in real-time to stream a 3D map of the environment back to the operator's tablet. It also touted that the ability for a drone to fly beyond line of sight allows workers to avoid hazardous environments while also enhancing visibility.


MIT-Designed Robot Could Be Used To Disinfect Schools, Grocery Stores With UV-C Light

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MIT has designed a robot that is capable of disinfecting the floor of a 4,000-square foot warehouse in only half an hour, and it could one day be used to clean your local grocery store or school. The university's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) worked with Ava Robotics -- a company that focuses on creating telepresence robots -- and the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) to develop a robot that uses a custom UV-C light to disinfect surfaces and neutralize aerosolized forms of the coronavirus. Development on this project began in early April, and one of the researchers said that it came in direct response to the pandemic. The results have been encouraging enough that the researchers say that autonomous UV disinfection could be done in other environments such as supermarkets, factories and restaurants. Covid-19 mainly spreads via airborne transmission, and it is capable of remaining on surfaces for several days.


Using Patent Analytics To See Why Amazon Bought Zoox

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Aicha Evans who is the CEO of the self-driving technology development company Zoox, talks about ... [ ] autonomous cars during a keynote session at the Amazon Re:MARS conference on robotics and artificial intelligence at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 6, 2019. On June 26th, Amazon announced via their blog they are acquiring autonomous ride-hailing vehicle startup Zoox. Financial terms of the acquisition were disclosed. However, the Financial Times says Amazon paid $1.2B for Zoox. Launched in 2014, Zoox began with the vision of producing zero-emissions vehicles for autonomous ride-hailing services.


A life-size Gundam statue will be completed outside of Japan in 2021

Engadget

You won't have to visit Japan to see a life-size Gundam statue in the months ahead, although you may still have to book a lengthy trip. Our Engadget Chinese colleagues report that Bandai Namco will debut an 18-meter (about 59ft) Freedom Gundam statue at the LaLaport Mall in Jinqiao, Shanghai, China sometime in 2021. It's the first large Gundam robot statue to be built outside of Japan, Bandai Namco said. It's unclear if this robot will have any movement like the recent Yokohama statue, but it won't be surprising if that's the case. These statues have been cultural draws for years in Japan, and movement (however limited) might draw more people. The pandemic complicates matters -- it's unclear how many people will want to venture outside to see a robot statue in 2021.


Robotic Technologies and Use Cases for Business Deployment

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Robotic vehicles including unmanned ground, air, and sea vehicles, robotics and automation, intelligent control systems, intelligent manufacturing, intelligent transportation systems, weapon systems are some of the wonder deployments of robotics that have caught the attention of businesses. Robotic products under development include collaborating with intelligent systems to control complex systems of systems that serve as decision tools for human decision-makers, and autonomous intelligent robots and vehicles for military and civil applications. Robots are helpful to make repetitive activities much easier, for instance, assembly lines in a factory or collecting large amounts of mundane data, can be boring. Multiple pieces of research have connected mundane tasks associated with negative behaviours and lethargy, thus impacting production capabilities. This holds especially true for rule-based duties that require continuous attention, leaving the manual workforce tired and agitated.


Understanding Object Detection and R-CNN.

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In recent times we've seen airports and railways stations trying to detect whether people are maintaining social distance, wearing masks using cameras. These are real-time videos captured by cameras where constant movement exists. We've also seen the research going towards developing self-driving cars where the car needs to detect an obstacle in its way and drive accordingly. How does all this happen? This is where Object Detection comes into the picture.


A Robotic Rescuer for Hearts

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Failing hearts could someday get an assist from a soft robot designed by mechanical engineering faculty member Ellen Roche, Hermann von Helmholtz Career Development Associate Professor at MIT's Institute for Medical Engineering and Science. Her device--essentially a heart-hugging silicone sleeve that mimics the material properties and movement of the heart and assists with pumping without contacting blood--was created in collaboration with Harvard researchers and Boston Children's Hospital surgeons, and was demonstrated in 2017 to effectively restore heart function in pigs.