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Apple gives rare private demo of driverless car system

Daily Mail

A driverless car system under development at Apple has been showcased to a select group of machine learning experts. The firm's director of AI is reported to have shared secret details of its ongoing automated motoring projects at an industry event. This is believed to included the tech company's self-driving technology that uses laser sensors, called'VoxelNet', to spot cyclists and pedestrians. A driverless car system under development at Apple has been showcased to a select group of machine learning experts. The firm's director of AI is reported to have shared secret details of its ongoing automated driving projects at an industry event'VoxelNet' was first revealed in a paper, submitted on November 17 to independent online journal arXiv, by Yin Zhou and Oncel Tuze.


Apple Executive Reveals More of Its Self-Driving Technology

WIRED

A theme emerged when Apple's director of artificial intelligence research outlined results from several of the company's recent AI projects on the sidelines of a major conference Friday. Each involved giving software capabilities needed for self-driving cars. Ruslan Salakhutdinov addressed roughly 200 AI experts who had signed up for a free lunch and peek at how Apple uses machine learning, a technique for analyzing large stockpiles of data. He discussed projects using data from cameras and other sensors to spot cars and pedestrians on urban streets, navigate in unfamiliar spaces, and build detailed 3-D maps of cities. The talk offered new insight into Apple's secretive efforts around autonomous-vehicle technology.


Apple might test self-driving cars at this track

Mashable

Apple's self-driving car project might have a new test site. The company is leasing an Arizona proving ground to experiment with its nascent autonomous platform, according to a Jalopnik report citing a source familiar with the project. The facility in Surprise, Arizona was previously owned by Fiat Chrysler, which took advantage of the area's brutal climate to conduct tests on how heat affected its vehicles. Apple's designs for the now-empty property would be focused squarely on testing its autonomous platform, which is thought to be the main focus of the company's automotive development after the rumored work to actually produce a car, "Project Titan," reportedly shuttered last year. Tim Cook confirmed Apple's self-driving car platform earlier this year, and the company's test vehicles have reportedly been spotted on California's public roads.


What Is Project Titan? Apple Leasing Chrysler Grounds To Test Self-Driving Technology

International Business Times

Apple might be leasing Chrysler's old proving grounds in Arizona to test its self-driving technology, according to a report by Jalopnik. The report comes after Apple CEO Tim Cook clarified in an interview in June that the company was not looking to build its own autonomous car, but was instead focusing on a self-driving car system. Cook didn't completely write off the idea during that interview, by saying "We'll see where it takes us" and that the company was "not really saying from a product point of view what we will do." The latest reported move means Apple is continuing with its self-driving technology efforts. Chrysler's former proving grounds were used to help the company test the impact of hot temperatures on vehicles and their components, the automaker previously said.


Apple reveals first details of its driverless car system

Daily Mail

While Apple hasn't hid its self-driving car ambitions, until now, little has been known about the mysterious project. But now, computer scientists at the firm have posted a paper online, shedding light on how the self-driving cars could work. The paper reveals that Apple's self-driving cars can better spot cyclists and pedestrians using laser sensors, in a new software approach called'VoxelNet.' While Apple hasn't hid its self-driving car ambitions, until now, little has been known about the mysterious project. Self-driving cars often use a combination of normal two-dimensional cameras and depth-sensing'LiDAR' units to recognize the world around them.


No more Uber, Hertz, or even car owners: How Amazon and Apple will take us all for a ride

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Driven to distraction: Why IBM's Watson is getting onboard with self-driving vehicles and impatient passengers IBM has teamed up with Local Motors for a new autonomous vehicle. Here's how it will handle difficult passengers - and why you won't be able to buy one. I am, as a product of Generation X, perhaps one of the final generations to be obsessed with the notion of car ownership. I love the different body designs. I love how each one drives differently.


Apple's latest self driving car prototype revealed:

Daily Mail

Apple's self driving car project has been shrouded in secrecy - but its latest vehicle has been spotted by an arch rival. Dubbed'The Thing', it looks like an ordinary SUV - apart from a giant white'Star Wars' rack of sensors strapped to its roof. The video was captured by MacCallister Higgins, co-founder of self-driving startup Voyage, which is testing its own vehicles in a San Jose retirement community. He refers to it as'The Thing,' due to the bulkiness of its sensor array. He told CNET he took the video at the intersection of De La Cruz and the Central Expressway in Sunnyvale, and he is convinced that it was one of Apple's cars.


Apple's new, improved self-driving car rig reportedly spotted in the wild

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Apple's secretive automotive project has flown under the radar over the past several months after news leaked that the company was granted permission to test a self-driving car platform and entered the race to develop autonomous cars -- but that doesn't mean that the cars stopped roving the roads to gather data. SEE ALSO: The'Google of China' is working on a driverless bus for next year and fully self-driving cars by 2021 A keen-eyed observer, MacAllister Higgins, spotted what he believes to be the latest version of Apple's self-driving rig out in the wild and posted a video to Twitter, first reported by The Verge. He said the car, which you can't quite make out in the video, was a Lexus SUV -- the same type of vehicle Apple is approved to use for tests on public roads, one of which was thought to have been spotted back in April. Higgins is more than just a casual Apple fan, however -- he's a robotics engineer and happens to be a co-founder of Voyage, a self-driving startup that recently launched its own pilot program in San Jose. Higgins referred to Apple's rumored internal codename for its long gestating auto program, Project Titan, and called the bulky, plastic-encased setup "The Thing."


In Building an Electric Car, Dyson Goes Its Own Way

WIRED

In 2016, after seven years of developing self-driving technology, Google abandoned plans to build its own jelly-bean pod cars, and partnered with Chrysler for the metal-bending part of the equation. The company had no expertise in hair dryers before building its Supersonic hair dryer, which launched last year and has sold more than 1 million units. "If you know a lot about combustion engines, there is very, very little transferable knowledge from building combustion engines to building electric engines." Conze expects Dyson's vehicles to have 50 percent to 100 percent greater range than existing offerings, though he declines to specify what that means.


Samsung will test its mysterious self-driving cars in the U.S.

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The California DMV just gave the South Korean tech company permission to test autonomous vehicles on the state's public streets, signaling a new expansion of Samsung's self-driving program. The agency keeps a running tally of all the companies with permission to test self-driving tech on its website, which has become a veritable who's who of the autonomous development space. Samsung's driverless car aspirations haven't been nearly as publicized as many of the other companies racing to develop autonomous systems. South Korean officials gave Samsung permission to test self-driving cars on public roads back in May, but little else is known for certain about the program.