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Why Daimler Researchers Used VR to Become Self-Driving Cars

WIRED

You're lying on your stomach, with your arms draped forwards, almost like you're going to get a shoulder massage. Except this is not a moment for relaxation. Through a VR headset, you see flashes of color, an unfamiliar view of the world, a group of red lines that looks something like a person. And now you have to make a decision, because you're rolling forward, head first, and your right hand is wrapped around the joystick that determines which way you're going. Do you continue forward, and risk hitting that blob that might be a human being?


Inside Castle, Where Google's Waymo Tests Its Self-Driving Cars

WIRED

Life is a complex problem. Consider the simple act of moving from point A to point B. Solving for that equation requires synthesizing numerous variables, like speed and obstacles. What if you make it more complicated? Throw in some jaywalking pedestrians, rule-bending cyclists, and, the most erratic variable of all--other drivers. Drivers who are potentially distracted, potentially sleepy, potentially ragey, potentially drunk.


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International Business Times

Elon Musk has taken it upon himself to act as the canary in the coal mine that is the artificial intelligence world for some time now. The SpaceX, Tesla, Boring Company founder and CEO believes that AI is part of the future but also that there needs to be regulation around it, now. More specifically, the AI god that former Uber engineer, Anthony Levandowski is planning to develop. Musk tweeted the article and wrote "On the list of people who should absolutely *not* be allowed to develop digital superintelligence…" He gave no further information about why Levandowski was one of the people who he thought should not be allowed to develop such an AI. But the two have been in conflict before.


Audi's flagship A8 has an overwhelming amount of tech

Engadget

All together, this gives you an insane 40 or so driver assist options, including an all-new "adaptive cruise assist," which Audi calls "a progression from the adaptive cruise control of the previous model." It also showed how the AI electromechanical suspension lifts the car to help absorb particularly rough bumps. The active driving assist, AI electromechanical suspension and self-parking features rely on brand-new and complex systems that are, by their nature, prone to bugs and breakdowns. However, it won't automatically change lanes, and requires clear lane markings and a center barrier separating you from oncoming traffic.


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.


God Is a Bot, and Anthony Levandowski Is His Messenger Backchannel

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In September 2015, the multi-millionaire engineer at the heart of the patent and trade secrets lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, Google's self-driving car company, founded a religious organization called Way of the Future. In February, Waymo--the company Google's autonomous car project turned into--filed a lawsuit against Uber. "Anthony went to a car store and said we want to buy 100 cars," Sebastian Thrun told me in 2015. Under Thrun's supervision, Street View cars raced to hit Page's target of capturing a million miles of road images by the end of 2007.


The Self Driving Car Whiz Who Fell from Grace

WIRED

In September 2015, the multi-millionaire engineer at the heart of the patent and trade secrets lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, Google's self-driving car company, founded a religious organization called Way of the Future. In February, Waymo--the company Google's autonomous car project turned into--filed a lawsuit against Uber. "Anthony went to a car store and said we want to buy 100 cars," Sebastian Thrun told me in 2015. Under Thrun's supervision, Street View cars raced to hit Page's target of capturing a million miles of road images by the end of 2007.


Why Researchers Dressed as a Car Seat to Teach Self-Driving Vehicles to Talk

WIRED

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute took credit--nay, responsibility--for car seat man but wouldn't reveal more. Car seat man was part of a Ford-funded study by researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute into how autonomous vehicles will interact with humans on the road. It's hard to know, because when driverless cars test on public roads today, they're not really driverless. Now Ford and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute have 150 hours and 1,800 miles of new data to determine how their autonomous vehicle language works in the real world.


Honda seeks to shed bunker mentality, get its risk-taking mojo back

The Japan Times

"There's no doubt we lost our mojo -- our way as an engineering company that made Honda Honda," says Chief Executive Takahiro Hachigo. He did this, the sources added, by moving several senior posts in the tech division to corporate headquarters in Tokyo from the research and development unit, whose main automotive center is near Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture. To that end the global automotive business unit, headed at the time by future CEO Ito, and the tech division decided that the redesigned Civic would use many of the same components and systems as the previous model, including the front and rear suspension systems and the front section of the car. To meet Ito's specifications, Horikoshi used cheaper materials and made the car smaller, cutting its length by 45 mm and its width by 25 mm.


The Cruise Generation 3 Is the World's First Production Model Self-Driving Car

WIRED

In a steamy basement garage in San Francisco's Soma neighborhood, Cruise Automation CEO Kyle Vogt shows off the Generation 3, a car that looks like the electric Chevrolet Bolt, but which Vogt is calling the first production model self-driving car in the world. That's why Cruise and parent company General Motors showed off the Generation 3 on Monday, built in GM's Orion assembly plant in Michigan. That's the significance of the Generation 3 vehicle's redundant mechanical systems, steering systems, braking systems, sensors systems, and computer systems. In other words: When and if Cruise cracks the computer part, GM can scale like bananas.