More self-driving tech in VW's next-generation Golf


The world's biggest carmaker Volkswagen said Friday it would stuff even more technology into the next generation of its top-selling Golf model, bringing so-called "connected driving" deeper into the mainstream. Slated for release in 2019, the updated cars will be constantly connected to the internet, with greater self-driving capabilities and "more software than ever before on board," VW compact cars chief Karlheinz Hell said in a statement. Existing Golf models have a range of driver assistance features, including parking aids, staying in lane and maintaining safe distance in traffic jams and emergency braking. But they remain far removed from visions of completely hands-free self-driving cars dangled by industry executives. Some 34 million people have bought a Golf, the successor to the iconic Beetle, since the first model rolled off production lines in 1974, VW says, and the range accounted for almost one in 10 of the vehicles sold by the VW group in 2016.

Ford CEO Jim Hackett on the future of computing, cities, and self-driving cars


In May 2017, Ford announced that it had replaced its CEO, Mark Fields, who had been with the company since 1989, with Jim Hackett. Despite being on Ford's board since 2013, Hackett was probably best known for leading Steelcase, the large office-furniture company, for decades and turning around its fortunes, as well as for working with the University of Michigan to bring NFL coach Jim Harbaugh to the school. Other than the fact that all these things are based in Michigan, there wasn't really much that pointed to Hackett as the person who would lead the 114-year-old company into the future. But his first few months at the helm have cemented his vision for Ford. Earlier this month he released a treatise doubling down on the company's commitment to autonomous vehicles and the loosely defined concept of "mobility" and the "transport operating system" of the future.

How we already rely on artificial intelligence


You may not realise it, but we all rely on artificial intelligence (AI) as we go about our normal daily lives. Let's take just one example: Keeping 1.7 billion journeys safeAI is used to protect the UK's rail passengers as they take 1.7 billion journeys (that's more than 66 billion passenger kilometres) every year. But before we even think about taking a train journey, AI is keeping us safe. Thales's Predict and Prevent technology uses a variety of sensors to monitor the real-time performance of more than 42,000 assets on thousands of kilometres of track, and at stations, platforms, signals, bridges, tunnels, crossings, cuttings, embankments and viaducts. That's a huge amount of data.

5 CES 2018 announcements that put Alexa inside cars


Amazon's Alexa strategy is to be everywhere: ubiquitous, omnipresent, and all-knowing, like some AI god. In pursuit of that goal, the Seattle-based company certainly covered some ground at last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The extension of the Home Skills API to control microwaves and ovens adds to the more than 800 skills and more than 1,000 devices that Alexa can control in the home today. When it comes to cars, however, Alexa has made fewer inroads. That's why VentureBeat drew up this list of five ways Alexa will enter vehicles in 2018, as revealed at CES. Select Toyota vehicles, like 2018 models of the Camry and Sienna, as well as some Lexus vehicles, will be able to speak with Alexa this year.

The lesser evil (the true paradox)


An autonomous car approaches a certain speed towards a group of people, so it activates the braking system in order to stop before hitting them, however this system fails and the car continues at the same speed in the direction of the group. What choice should Artificial Intelligence take that controls the car? Dilemmas like the one above have been running through our minds for a while. Isaac Asimov, in several of his stories, published numerous paradoxes of this kind. However, can they really show up?

The Amazing Ways Tesla Is Using Artificial Intelligence And Big Data


Tesla has become a household name as a leader and pioneer in the electric vehicle market, but it also manufactures and sells advanced battery and solar panel technology. As a tech pioneer with a significant interest in the race to build and market autonomous vehicles, it makes sense that today they would be deeply interested in artificial intelligence. However, it was only this month that the business's billionaire founder and CEO Elon Musk publicly announced it is working on its own AI hardware. This is definitely interesting if not exactly surprising. Musk, after all, has been outspoken in his views about AI.

Half of new cars sold by 2040 will be electric - Khaleej Times


There will be three million electric passenger vehicles on the road globally by the end of 2018, and by 2040, over half of new car sales will be electric, according to a Masdar report on transport solutions for future cities. The report titled'Technologies for Future Smart City Transit' was brought out by Masdar in collaboration with Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) on Wednesday at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. The report predicts that new technologies such as electric and autonomous vehicles, the Internet of Things, data analytics, blockchain and'smart roads' will provide the building blocks to revolutionise urban transport over the next two decades. And countries with a relatively new urban transport network, such as the UAE and other Gulf states, may have an advantage over other countries because their transport infrastructure is newer and less sprawling - meaning it is easier to update and integrate with emerging digital technologies. Yousef Baselaib, executive director of sustainable real estate at Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), said: "Urban transport is reaching a crossroads as emerging technologies come together, placing us on the cusp of a step-change which could revolutionise the sector, making it safer, more efficient and environmentally sustainable.

Uber Nearing Autonomous Cars Without Human Backup Driver

U.S. News

San Francisco-based Uber started carrying passengers with autonomous vehicles in 2016, first with two Uber employees on board, Meyhofer said. The person in the passenger seat documented the vehicle's behavior while the one on the driver's side would intervene if the car needed help. The vehicles have improved to the point where Uber has removed one of the humans and now the backup driver enters data on a screen in rare cases, Meyhofer said.

Should I buy bitcoin? Whether or not to invest in cryptocurrency amid the crash

The Independent

Bitcoin's price has tumbled, falling by more than 25 per cent over the past seven days. At one point today, it was worth just half as much as it was a month ago. That's an enormous decline, and investors are concerned that they may be about to lose money. Here's the latest on bitcoin and why its value has plummeted. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph.

Driverless Vehicles - The Unanswered Questions


Research recently conducted for The Times has presented a fairly negative snapshot of the public's perception of autonomous vehicle technology. In it, almost two thirds of motorists said they would not buy a driverless car, suggesting that people don't trust driverless technology… yet. Clearly, those involved in the burgeoning industry face an enormous challenge in reassuring those unnerved by the idea of not being in control. Failure to do so will see driverless vehicles join the scrap heap of failed transport modernisation projects. Safety is naturally top of the list when it comes to the prospect of driverless vehicles.