House Passes Self-Driving Car Bill


The bill, called the SELF DRIVE Act, lays out a basic federal framework for autonomous vehicle regulation, signaling that federal lawmakers are finally ready to think seriously about self-driving cars and what they mean for the future of the country. It officially gives the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration power to regulate vehicle design, construction, and performance--the way it does with, well, normal cars. Finally, the legislation makes it a lot easier for self-driving cars to hit the road. Today, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS, for those who are hip with it) govern how vehicles are designed.

Hackers Are the Real Obstacle for Self-Driving Vehicles

MIT Technology Review

Before autonomous trucks and taxis hit the road, manufacturers will need to solve problems far more complex than collision avoidance and navigation (see "10 Breakthrough Technologies 2017: Self-Driving Trucks"). These vehicles will have to anticipate and defend against a full spectrum of malicious attackers wielding both traditional cyberattacks and a new generation of attacks based on so-called adversarial machine learning (see "AI Fight Club Could Help Save Us from a Future of Super-Smart Cyberattacks"). When hackers demonstrated that vehicles on the roads were vulnerable to several specific security threats, automakers responded by recalling and upgrading the firmware of millions of cars. The computer vision and collision avoidance systems under development for autonomous vehicles rely on complex machine-learning algorithms that are not well understood, even by the companies that rely on them (see "The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI").

Driverless Cars Need Ears as Well as Eyes


Hearing plays an essential role in how you navigate the world, and, so far, most autonomous cars can't hear. It recently spent a day testing the system with emergency vehicles from the Chandler, Arizona, police and fire departments. Police cars, ambulances, fire trucks, and even unmarked cop cars chased, passed, and led the Waymo vans through the day and into the night. Sensors aboard the vans recorded vast quantities of data that will help create a database of all the sounds emergency vehicles make, so in the future, Waymo's driverless cars will know how to respond.

Meet the Artist Using Ritual Magic to Trap Self-Driving Cars - Creators


I made this Trap while training the car on the roads around Mount Parnassus in Central Greece. It's part of a body of work / research / writing / fooling about to explore and understand the contemporary technologies of automation, in order to better use them, and in some cases to disrupt and oppose them. Self-driving cars bring together a bunch of really interesting technologies--such as machine vision and intelligence--with crucial social issues such as the atomization and changing nature of labor, the shift of power to corporate elites and Silicon Valley, and the quasi-religious faith in computation as the only framework for the production of truth--and hence, ethics and social justice. This work follows directly from projects on machine vision, artificial intelligence, militarized technology, big data etc.--as well as more, shall we say, poetic interventions into emerging technologies.

Conversations in Machine Learning: Autonomous Vehicles for a Better World


This is another installment of Mighty AI's "Conversations in Machine Learning" blog series. Since meeting them at June's Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), we've been chatting with a Corporate Research Engineer and Automated Driving Research Engineer from a behemoth of a company that's working on self-driving car technology. So autonomous vehicles require advanced computer vision, and advanced computer vision requires excellent training data--that's why Mighty AI's in the picture here. Before they came to know about Mighty AI's Training Data as a Service (TDaaS) solution and our talented tasking community, they'd never found a resource other than their own employees that could annotate images to their specifications at a meaningful velocity.

The Morning After: Friday, March 17 2017


Now it's up to CongressTrump's budget proposal means big cuts for NASA, climate change programs The president's proposed 2018 budget has been revealed. The EPA budget would drop by 31 percent, eliminating international climate change initiatives and grants that help local governments fight pollution. The company states that its upcoming drone tank will carry both machine guns and anti-tank missiles. Amazon's Alexa sets up home in your iPhone Now you can talk to Amazon's intelligent assistant whenever you use the Amazon app on your iPhone.

Chipmaker Nvidia Says Working With Paccar on Driverless Trucks

U.S. News

The logo of technology company Nvidia is seen at its headquarters in Santa Clara, California February 11, 2015. The rulings put a temporary nationwide halt to President Donald Trump's second executive order restricting travel from certain majority-Muslim countries. A new study found that tech workers get the most bang for their buck in Seattle, while health care workers max out in Phoenix. The health care consultant is President Donald Trump's choice to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Yahoo hack: Russia denies involvement after US charges two FSB officers over 'state-sponsored' cyber attack

The Independent

"We have said repeatedly that there can be no discussion of any official involvement of any Russian office, including the FSB being involved in any unlawful cyber activities," he added. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art Corp's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' performs during its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan Singulato Motors co-founder and CEO Shen Haiyin poses in his company's concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China A picture shows Singulato Motors' concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China Connected company president Shigeki Tomoyama addresses a press briefing as he elaborates on Toyota's "connected strategy" in Tokyo. A Toyota Motors employee demonstrates a smartphone app with the company's pocket plug-in hybrid (PHV) service on the cockpit of the latest Prius hybrid vehicle during Toyota's "connected strategy" press briefing in Tokyo An employee shows a Samsung Electronics' Gear S3 Classic during Korea Electronics Show 2016 in Seoul, South Korea Visitors experience Samsung Electronics' Gear VR during the Korea Electronics Grand Fair at an exhibition hall in Seoul, South Korea Amy Rimmer, Research Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, demonstrates the car manufacturer's Advanced Highway Assist in a Range Rover, which drives the vehicle, overtakes and can detect vehicles in the blind spot, during the first demonstrations of the UK Autodrive Project at HORIBA MIRA Proving Ground in Nuneaton, Warwickshire Chris Burbridge, Autonomous Driving Software Engineer for Tata Motors European Technical Centre, demonstrates the car manufacturer's GLOSA V2X functionality, which is connected to the traffic lights and shares information with the driver, during the first demonstrations of the UK Autodrive Project at HORIBA MIRA Proving Ground in Nuneaton, Warwickshire In its facilities, JAXA develop satellites and analyse their observation data, train astronauts for utilization in the Japanese Experiment Module'Kibo' of the International Space Station (ISS) and develop launch vehicles The robot developed by Seed Solutions sings and dances to the music during the Japan Robot Week 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight. They are accused of targeting the Yahoo accounts of Russian and American government officials, including cyber security, diplomatic and military personnel, as well as Russian journalists other network providers and financial services employees.

How to stay safe against iCloud phishing attacks after Emma Watson nude photos reportedly leak

The Independent

It is likely that the photos were stolen using fairly simple cyber attacks, of the kind that could hit anyone. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall ...

Are Driverless Cars Safe? Automotive Vehicles May Cause Over-Reliance

International Business Times

Certain kinds of autonomous vehicles may not be safe, especially in an emergency situation, according to a new study published by the Lords Science and Technology Committee on Wednesday. An emergency under this level may be "too great to tolerate," the Lords Science and Technology Committee said. Read: Are Driverless Cars Safe? Further development of fully automated vehicles may also cause severe job loss in the transportation industry -- such as taxi and bus drivers.