Nvidia and the GPU: contribution to the AI world of self-driving cars


In other words, GPU delivers better prediction accuracy, faster results, smaller footprint, lower power and lower costs. What is fascinating about Nvidia is that it has a full stack solution architecture for DL applications, making it easier and faster for data scientist engineers to deploy their programs. As part of a complete software stack for autonomous driving, NVIDIA created a neural-network-based system, known as PilotNet, which outputs steering angles given images of the road ahead. In addition to learning the obvious features such as lane markings, edges of roads, and other cars, PilotNet learns more subtle features that would be hard to anticipate and program by engineers, for example, bushes lining the edge of the road and atypical vehicle classes (Source:Cornell university CS department).

Emotion Artificial Intelligence will personalize interactions - Tech2


Devices enriched with AI, depth-sensing and neurolinguistic-programming technologies are starting to process, analyze and respond to human emotions. They use the technological approaches of natural-language processing and natural-language understanding, but they don't currently perceive human emotions. Artificial emotional intelligence ("emotion AI") will change that. The next steps for these systems are to understand and respond to users' emotional states, and to appear more human-like, in order to enable more comfortable and natural interaction with users.

This Self-Driving Technology Could Make Autonomous Cars Cheaper By Using 3D Maps

International Business Times

A LIDAR fires beams of laser and measures the time taken by it to return to the sensor, using the knowledge to create a map the car's immediate setting, including lanes, traffic, stop signs and traffic lights. A new technology called Lvl5, engineered by former Tesla engineers Andrew Kouri and Erik Reed, and computer vision scientist George Tall, might contribute to making self-driven cars cheaper by replacing the LIDAR sensors. "We don't really care if LIDAR wins out or computer vision wins out. Apart from Lvl5, Tesla is also working on a similar technology -- the company started using its cars' external cameras to spot traffic lights, lanes and street signs to improve its autonomous technology.

A Sorta-Self-Driving Mercedes Tackles Americans' Greatest Fear: the Roundabout


This newly juiced system has the car automatically slow down for turns in the road ahead to help the driver steer safely through. Unlike a (good) human motorist, the car won't wait for breaks in the traffic flow before entering roundabouts. The limitations extend to the S-Class's updated lane changing feature. If a robocar can get through a roundabout--the kind of driving move that flummoxes many Americans--a simple lane change maneuver shouldn't be scary at all.

Wanna Help Self-Driving Cars? Turn on Your Phone's Camera


The problem is, those maps need a level of detail that goes way beyond what you'll find on any phone screen or atlas: Not just street names and which roads are one-way, but the exact location of every stop sign, traffic light, lane line, and curb, down to the centimeter. The camera's feed gets uploaded to Lvl5's central hub (via Wi-Fi by default), where the startup's software picks out key features--traffic lights, lane lines, stop signs--and builds the map. But now the company is running pilot projects with a few automakers (whom Kouri declined to name), and expects that once it has official partnerships in place, it can use those companies' vehicles' built-in cameras to collect way more data, without worrying about onboarding and paying individual drivers. New owners get an onscreen message: "We need to collect short video clips using the car's external cameras to learn how to recognize things like lane lines, street signs, and traffic light positions.

Facebook hires former Uber PR chief Rachel Whetstone

The Guardian

Rachel Whetstone, the former top public relations executive at Uber, is joining Facebook as vice-president of communications for Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger. Whetstone, a British public relations guru who worked for some of the UK's most powerful Conservative politicians, stepped down as head of public policy and communications at Uber in April following a string of corporate scandals. Before Uber, Whetstone worked at Google as the head of communications and public policy. Before Whetstone's departure, Uber was also dealing with negative press surrounding a video of CEO Travis Kalanick berating a driver, a high-stakes legal battle with Google surrounding the alleged theft of autonomous vehicle technology and revelations about secretive programs that Uber used to deceive regulators and spy on its rival.

Five hurt when Tesla on autopilot suddenly accelerated

Daily Mail

A driver and his four passengers were hurt when his Tesla suddenly accelerated while on autopilot, careened off the road and flipped into a marsh. He told police: 'When he engaged the auto pilot (sic) feature, that the vehicle suddenly accelerated causing the car to leave the roadway and overturn.' 'We have not yet established whether the vehicle's Autopilot feature was activated, and have no reason to believe that Autopilot, which has been found by NHTSA to reduce accident rates by 40 percent, worked other than as designed. 'Every time a driver engages Autopilot, they are reminded of their responsibility to remain engaged and to be prepared to take immediate action at all times, and drivers must acknowledge their responsibility to do so before Autopilot is enabled.'


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"War for the Planet of the Apes" took down "Spider-Man: Homecoming" at the North American box office, opening with an estimated $56.5 million in ticket sales. But director Matt Reeves' "War for the Planet of the Apes" pulled away thanks to strong reviews for the third installment of the rebooted "Apes" franchise. Five of the top six at the box office ("Apes," ''Homecoming," ''Baby Driver," ''The Big Sick" and "Wonder Woman") boast Rotten Tomatoes rankings of 92 or better, and the sixth ("Despicable Me 3") was largely received as a solid enough family release. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore.

In autonomous driving, real-world testing is taking a backseat


However, there is another approach to training and tuning AI for optimized self-driving - cutting-edge simulators that enhance deep learning and offer any number of driving scenarios to train the AI, helping to bring autonomous vehicles (AVs) to market in a more reasonable timeline. However, it's impossible to train car drivers like pilots due to sheer numbers alone. It's important to note that while simulation holds the promise of being more cost-effective, faster and safer than real world test driving, the latter will not go away entirely. The firm then turned its focus to automotive as artificial intelligence and autonomous driving started to gain global momentum.

Head's up! Baidu to begin testing its self-driving cars in Hebei city of Baoding


People's Daily reports that Baidu will spend the next three to five years testing in Baoding to improve user experience, while also exploring business models. As Baidu CEO Robin Li learned the hard way recently, strict government regulations on self-driving technology can make it difficult to test and develop driverless vehicles. Last week, at the Baidu Create Conference held in Beijing, Li live-streamed a video of himself riding in the passenger seat of a self-driving car -- which he apparently forgot is against the law in China's capital city, prompting a police investigation. Traffic regulations in most Chinese cities ban self-driving cars.