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Ford's Train Station, Elon's Angry Emails, and More Car News

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The future of transportation is all about brilliant engineering, sure, the sort of fast-moving modeling and number-crunching that Volvo employees needed to pull to transform a concept car to a production one in less than two years. Ford making strategic, symbolic moves and purchases in the big, struggling city it once helped make great. Massachusetts attempting to balance the leeriness of its citizens about self-driving tech with its desire to maintain its reputation as a center of innovation. This week was all about automakers, tech goliaths, states, and cities making canny moves to position themselves to welcome the next few months, years, and decades. Sometimes, you gotta get down and dirty.


Blockchain and Data Monetization: The Next Big Thing in the Automotive Industry?

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The automotive sector will see more transformation in the coming decade than in the last 50 years combined. Although the industry is already adapting to trends such as electric mobility, autonomous vehicles, and digitalization, the unprecedented pace of change shows no sign of slowing. As income streams switch away from hardware to software-based solutions, and blockchain-powered marketplaces for buying and selling data become increasingly prominent, we predict that data monetization will be a key revenue driver for the automotive industry in the future. By 2027, big data is expected to be worth up to one trillion dollars. Over the same timeframe, technologies based on the blockchain (a highly secure register of digital financial transactions that works without any central authority) may have become so ubiquitous that they store more than ten percent of global GDP.


Police: Backup Driver in Fatal Autonomous Uber Crash Was Watching 'The Voice'

TIME

The human backup driver in an autonomous Uber SUV was streaming the television show "The Voice" on her phone and looking downward just before fatally striking a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix, according to a police report. The 300-page report released Thursday night by police in Tempe revealed that driver Rafaela Vasquez had been streaming the musical talent show via Hulu in the 43 minutes before the March 18 crash that killed Elaine Herzberg as she crossed a darkened road outside the lines of a crosswalk. The report said the crash, which marks the first fatality involving a self-driving vehicle, wouldn't have happened had the driver not been distracted. Dash camera video shows Vasquez was looking down near her right knee for four or five seconds before the crash. She looked up a half second before striking Herzberg as the Volvo was traveling about 44 miles per hour.


Global Bigdata Conference

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"We believe that current computing solutions don't stack up for running neural networks (i.e., deep learning) at scale in resource-constrained environments," said Orr Danon, CEO, Hailo Technologies. "Our observation is that the key deficiency is in the architecture of the computer, which was designed for running classical rule-based software. With our technology, it will be possible to bring state-of-the-art deep learning into devices outside the data center at reasonable power and cost. We believe this will enable many interesting use cases, automotive being a leading one."


Intel now faces a fight for its future

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Intel is facing a turning point in its nearly 50-year history. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigned yesterday, following an ongoing investigation into a past consensual relationship with an Intel employee that violated the company's non-fraternization policy. It's a surprise end for Krzanich, who first joined Intel more than 35 years ago and spent most of his time at the company on the operations side. Krzanich was appointed Intel CEO five years ago, and was left with the messy task of fleshing out Intel's mobile strategy and driving the company forward in new markets. Known for PCs and servers, Intel's business has been disrupted by smartphones and the cloud, and the company was caught seemingly unaware by the rise of AI and autonomous vehicles.


Police: Operator in Self-Driving Uber Crash Was Streaming 'The Voice'

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"This crash would not have occurred if Vasquez would have been monitoring the vehicle and roadway conditions and was not distracted," the Tempe, Ariz., police report said. The police report said Ms. Vasquez could face vehicular manslaughter charges. Tempe police have referred the case to the Yavapai County attorney's office, where a spokeswoman said the matter is under review. Uber said in a statement it has a "a strict policy prohibiting mobile device usage for anyone operating our self-driving vehicles." Ms. Vasquez, who no longer works for Uber, couldn't be reached for comment.


Driver in fatal self-driving Uber crash was reportedly watching 'The Voice'

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Raw video: Cameras mounted inside the car catches the fatal moment. Authorites are investigating the cause of the crash. A police report released Thursday on the deadly self-driving Uber accident in March reportedly revealed that the female backup driver had been watching "The Voice" prior to the crash. The report from police in Tempe, Arizona, indicated that the crash could have been prevented had the driver, Rafaela Vasquez, not been watching the show, The Associated Press reported. Elaine Herzberg, 49, was killed in the March 18 crash - believed to be the first of its kind - after being struck by the autonomous vehicle while walking outside of the crosswalk, authorities said at the time.


Will There Be Enough Power With 100 Billion Connected Things?

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This week in Vienna kicks off an incredibly important global discussion happening at Electrify Europe; energy, electricity, and the transformation of our entire power structure. Have you thought about how we will power 100 billion connected things, as well as, support all the electric vehicles set to disrupt the combustion engine automotive industry? In an electricity sector undergoing rapid change and transition, it's vital for us to wrap our minds around the implications on the industry as a whole. Most of us are keenly aware of the conversations happening around Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, etc,, but I find it interesting that what powers our future is energy and I'm not hearing much discussion at the global events I have been keynoting this year on what's going to keep the lights on. That's when I found, Electrify Europe, a conference dedicated to bringing together thousands of innovators and thought leaders to discuss how the latest technologies will affect us, and how we can all benefit from evolving our businesses to position them for success in the future.


Artificial Intelligence: Will We Lose Our Jobs To Technology? - IDEX's Memo

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How likely is it that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will, in the coming decades, be used to automate millions, tens of millions or even hundreds of millions of jobs? And will that have an impact on the diamond trade? The possible future impact of AI is being hotly debated by high-tech and other experts. Fundamentally, on one side you have billionaire Elon Musk, the founder of electric car maker Tesla, and on the other side many of the biggest stars of the tech firmament, such as Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, among others, who believe that Musk is overestimating the power of AI and the speed of its likely development. The debate becomes even more interesting, especially to politicians and economists, when Musk adds in the argument that a universal basic income (UBI) – which really means government allowances to people who will not be able to find jobs due to AI replacing them.


Here’s the fundamental flaw with self-driving cars: Humans

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The safety driver in a self-driving Uber was not being very safe -- aka, not paying attention -- when the vehicle in autonomous mode struck and killed a woman in an Arizona city earlier this year, police records show. Included in a massive Tempe Police Department report this week were details about the March 18 fatal crash. The 318-page report found that Rafaela Vasquez, the 44-year-old driver, was frequently looking down and even smiling and laughing at what appears to be a cellphone streaming an episode of the talent search show, The Voice. In the moments before the test vehicle hit 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, who was walking her bicycle across a Tempe, Arizona, road, the test driver, Vasquez, was apparently streaming the TV show through Hulu. A video of the moments before the crash shows Vasquez looking toward her right knee while occasionally looking up and around.