self-driving car

Fear of the self-driving car: Is it warranted?


Intel's research found that drivers are unclear about when a machine will talk and when it will listen; which gauges will be used and what they mean; and, perhaps most importantly, how much the driver has to pay attention in self-driving car mode. One of the major benefits, according to the Intel study, is that a computer making judgments about traffic and road conditions won't second-guess a decision. So how will drivers learn to trust autonomous cars? "Trust in autonomous vehicles will reach the first major milestone when the key car manufacturers complete testing on public roads under various environment conditions and will be able to share some positive results in terms of safe driving benchmarks," Ponomarev says.

Google X's Sebastian Thrun: Flying car ready in February

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In April, Kitty Hawk revealed a prototype of its flying vehicle – an electrical aircraft that resembles a flying jet ski. According to Sebastian Thrun, a working version of Kitty Hawk's flying car will be ready by February 2018 And according to Thrun, a working version of the product will be ready by February 2018. Steve Jurvetson, one of the original investors in SpaceX, is also optimistic about flying cars, adding: 'They're kind of like autonomous cars, you get a peek of the future. And Steve Jurvetson, one of the original investors in SpaceX, is also optimistic about flying cars, adding: 'They're kind of like autonomous cars, you get a peek of the future.

A Shape-Shifting Car? Patent Filings Point to Auto Industry's Future

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In 2016, 10 of the world's largest car makers submitted 9,700 patent applications, up 110% from 2012, according to consulting firm Oliver Wyman. Toyota, long the industry leader in patent filings, innovated several hybrid-vehicle technologies that rivals eventually needed when looking to compete in combo gas-electric cars. Unlike Silicon Valley companies, traditional vehicle makers face huge overhead and capital requirements for their factories and product lines. General Motors Co., for instance, has bought or invested in Silicon Valley firms working on autonomous technology but narrowed its own patent filings to about 1,000 in the U.S. last year, down 3.4% from 2012.

Lyft is giving out scholarships for a new self-driving car program


The four-month course will cost $800 -- but Lyft will award full scholarships to 400 qualified students to study topics like machine learning, object-oriented programming, and probabilistic robotics. Graduates are guaranteed admission to Udacity's Self-Driving Car Engineer program, which provides a more thorough schooling on the ins and outs of a career focused on creating autonomous systems. This is a savvy move for the Lyft, which announced its own driverless car development program earlier this year. Ten percent of the company's engineers are already focusing on autonomous tech, and the Udacity programs could help to create a pipeline of talent to Lyft's Level 5 Engineering Center in Palo Alto.

Udacity announces 'flying car' nanodegree, new partnership with Lyft


The online education company Udacity on Tuesday unveiled a "flying car" nanodegree program, offering students "the skills to create autonomous flight vehicles that will be crucial to the transportation systems of the future." The two-term program will open in early 2018, with a curriculum designed by aerospace and autonomous systems experts, including Nicholas Roy, the MIT Aeronautics professor and founder of Alphabet's Project Wing; Raffaelo D'Andrea, ETH Zurich professor and co-founder of Kiva Systems; Angela Schoellig, University of Toronto Institute Aerospace professor; and Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun. "Our goal is to teach a new generation of engineers the skills necessary to build this smart transportation future," Roy wrote in a blog post. The curriculum will first focus on the basics of autonomous flight, Roy wrote, including motion planning, state estimation, control, and perception.

Google's Waymo Using Intel Chips For Its Self-Driving Minivans


Waymo--the Google self-driving project that spun out to become a business under Alphabet--said Monday it's using Intel chips as part of a compute platform that allows its self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans to process huge amounts of data so it can make decisions in real time while navigating city streets. "As the most advanced vehicles on the road today, our self-driving cars require the highest-performance computers to make safe driving decisions in real time," Waymo CEO John Krafcik said in an emailed statement. However, it wasn't until Waymo started the Chrysler Pacifica minivan project that it began working more closely with the chipmaker. "By working closely with Waymo, Intel can offer Waymo's fleet of vehicles the advanced processing power required for level 4 and 5 autonomy."

Waymo and Intel Combine to Power the Future of Self-Driving Cars


For months now, major companies have been hooking up--Uber and Daimler, Lyft and General Motors, Microsoft and Volvo--but Intel CEO Brian Krzanich's announcement on Monday that the giant chipmaker is helping Waymo, Google's self-driving car project, build robocar technology registers as some seriously juicy gossip. Krzanich said Monday that Waymo's newest self-driving Chrysler Pacificas, delivered last December, use Intel technology to process what's going on around them and make safe decisions in real time. And last year, Google announced it had created its own specialized chip that could help AVs recognize common driving situations and react efficiently and safely. "Our self-driving cars require the highest-performance compute to make safe driving decisions in real-time," Waymo CEO John Krafcik said in a statement.

Self-Driving Car 'Godfather' To Help Lyft Get Engineers, Offer Flying Car Classes


Night driving in an autonomous vehicle designed by Udacity, an online training service that specializes in high-tech vocations. Sebastian Thrun, the original leader of Google's self-driving car project, is going to help rideshare company Lyft staff up its autonomous vehicle team with training through Udacity, his high-tech vocational service. Today he's training autonomous vehicle engineers and creating the first certification program for flying car studies. Thrun's interest in starting a flying car engineering program at Udacity isn't surprising.

Tencent, Guangzhou Auto agree to collaborate on internet-connected cars


HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's Tencent Holdings and Guangzhou Automobile Group Company Ltd have agreed to collaborate on internet-connected cars - a strategic pact that sent shares in Guangzhou Auto surging. Earlier this year, Tencent bought 5 percent of U.S. electric car maker Tesla Inc for $1.78 billion. Tencent and Guangzhou Auto will work together to develop internet-connected cars and artificial intelligence-aided driving, as well as explore investment in areas such as auto-related e-commerce, so-called new energy cars and auto insurance, the automaker said in a filing late on Monday. Hong Kong-listed shares of Guangzhou Auto were trading 5 percent higher on Tuesday morning.


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The chipmaker admitted it had worked with the company during the design of its compute platform to allow autonomous cars to process information in real time. The announcement marked the first time Waymo, formerly Google's autonomous program, has acknowledged a collaboration with a supplier. Intel began supplying chips for then-Google's autonomous program beginning in 2009, but that relationship grew into a deeper collaboration when Google began working with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCHA.MI) to develop and install the company's autonomous driving technology into the automaker's minivans. Intel began supplying chips for then-Google's autonomous program beginning in 2009.