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I'm Nathan Benaich -- welcome to issue #18 of my AI newsletter! I will synthesise a narrative that analyses and links important happenings, data, research and startup activity from the AI world. Grab your hot beverage of choice and enjoy the read! If you're looking to invest, research, build, or buy AI-driven companies, do hit reply and drop me a line. In a massive deal this quarter, Intel CEO agreed to purchase Mobileye for $15.3bn.


Digitizing the World

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Real-time communication and collaboration lie at the heart of a new generation of high-definition (HD) digital maps that react quickly to changes in the real world. Autonomous vehicles and construction-site surveys are among the applications that are driving companies toward high-precision mapping performed almost in real time. James Dean, founder and director of technology applications at London, U.K.-based startup SenSat, says, "Digitizing the world is incredibly important. We can make better, faster decisions from that digitized information than is possible with traditional means" Early adopters of SenSat's mapping technology come from the road-construction industry, a sector that today mainly relies on manual surveys conducted at ground level. Surveys can take as long as six weeks and, as a result, can only be performed infrequently during a project.


Autonomous Cars, LiDAR, and Artificial Intelligence, Oh, My! A Look at CES 2017

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The Consumer Electronics Show, one of the world's tentpole technology shows, is a flashy vehicle for the engineering underneath. In the world of chipsets, the show was dominated by Nvidia, one of many companies seeking to power the artificial intelligence in next-generation cars and image processors. Many component makers pushed their products for use in display screens, whether those screens were headed for the living room or an SUV. There were also plenty of opportunities for component manufacturers to find places in the flashy new cars and fleets that dominated some of the show floors. Chipmakers and sensor manufacturers are also keeping an eye on what customers want in the automotive space.


Self-Driving Technology: 8 Tech Companies For Investment

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Nowadays, almost every automaker possesses considerable resources to develop self-driving technology for cars, which is the next big step for the automotive industry. The market for autopilot technology is clearly huge, which is evident by an estimation, that approximately 100 million "connected" cars with the capacity of self-driving will be shipped in 2021. While most auto manufacturers try to invent their own solutions, they will be forced to collaborate with technology companies in fields of both software and hardware to bring self-driving cars to roads. Therefore, in this article I provide a list of the most promising publicly traded tech corporations which should be considered by investors who would like to try to profit from the development of autonomous driving. First of all, let us very briefly look at the technology.


AI in self-driving cars - NVIDIA and Bosch collaboration

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Intelligent machines powered by artificial intelligence (AI) computers that can learn, reason and interact with people and the surrounding world are no longer science fiction. Thanks to a new computing model called deep learning using powerful graphics processing units (GPUs), AI is transforming industries from consumer cloud services to healthcare to factories and cities. Many of these are in place already, providing new services to millions around the world. However, no industry is poised for such a significant change as the $10 trillion transportation industry. The automotive market is next, and the opportunity to develop advanced self-driving vehicle holds the promise to the world of dramatically safer driving and new mobility services.


Why driverless cars will be safer than human drivers

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Ford, GM, Tesla, Lyft, Google, and more all have plans to have some form of autonomous car ready for commercial use within the next five years. In fact, it's estimated that by 2030 driverless cars could make up as much as 60% of US auto sales, according to Goldman Sachs. While companies all have their own reasons for investing in this technology, they all agree that one of the biggest benefits of autonomous cars will be improved safety. How, might you ask, is a car with no human driver, no steering wheel, and no brake pedal safer than the cars we currently drive? Well, it all comes down to the tech used to enable autonomous vehicles.


All Tesla cars built from today on have all hardware needed for full self-driving

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Elon Musk revealed the Model 3 in March, revealing details of the 35,000 base model including a sub-six second 0-60 time and a minimum 215 mile range. The news means that every Tesla vehicle, including the Model S and X as well as Model 3 cars made after today will eventually be able to achieve full autonomous driving, with what Tesla refers to as "a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver" via nothing more than a software update at some point in the future. The biggest change might be the new onboard computer that provides over 40 times the processing power of the existing Tesla hardware, which actually runs the in-house neural net the car maker has developed in order to handle processing of data inbound from the vision, sonar and radar systems. Musk said on call discussing the most recent update to the existing driver assistance Autopilot software that it basically stretched computing power to the limit, which is why the upgraded CPU is required for full Level 5 autonomy.


The Google of China announces new AI and Internet of Things initiatives

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Baidu, the Chinese-based internet services conglomerate, has made several major announcements about its upcoming IoT projects. The company's plans center on a revamped artificial intelligence (AI) platform, which the company hopes will enable it to effectively increase its presence in the world of the IoT. Baidu plans to use this revamped AI platform to develop a voice assistant similar to Amazon's Echo, reports Bloomberg. From connected homes and connected cars to smart buildings and transportation, every aspect of our lives will be affected by the increasing ability of consumers, businesses, and governments to connect to and control everything around them.


Nvidia's updated Drive PX 2 computer will drive autonomous cabs

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The computer's horsepower will help a car navigate, avoid collisions and make driving decisions. The Drive PX 2 trains autonomous cars by analyzing data gathered from cameras, GPS, ultrasonic sensors, radar, lidar and other components. Volvo is developing an autonomous car based on the original Drive PX 2 introduced at CES, and the chip maker is already working with Ford, Audi and BMW on autonomous vehicle technologies. Car makers, automotive suppliers and researchers are developing autonomous car prototypes based on various Drive PX computers.


Nvidia's updated Drive PX 2 computer will drive autonomous cabs

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The computer's horsepower will help a car navigate, avoid collisions and make driving decisions. The Drive PX 2 trains autonomous cars by analyzing data gathered from cameras, GPS, ultrasonic sensors, radar, lidar and other components. Volvo is developing an autonomous car based on the original Drive PX 2 introduced at CES, and the chip maker is already working with Ford, Audi and BMW on autonomous vehicle technologies. Car makers, automotive suppliers and researchers are developing autonomous car prototypes based on various Drive PX computers.