Ford set to launch fleet of robot taxis and delivery vehicles across Washington

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Ford is set to unveil a fleet of self driving cars in Washington. The firm's driverless fleet that will carry customers and make deliveries for businesses across all corners of the nation's capital. It is part of Ford's $4bn push into self driving vehicles. Ford's driverless fleet that will carry customers and make deliveries for businesses across all corners of the nation's capital. Ford said it would invest $4 billion through 2023 in its newly formed autonomous vehicle unit, Ford Autonomous Vehicles, as it looks to produce self-driving cars in the next three years.

Shaken by hype, self-driving leaders adopt new strategy: Shutting up

Washington Post

Three former executives at Google, Tesla and Uber who once raced to be the first to develop self-driving cars have adopted a new strategy: Slow down. At their new company Aurora Innovation, which is developing self-driving technology for carmakers including Volkswagen and Hyundai, the rules are simple: No flashy launches, mind-blowing timelines or hyper-choreographed performances on closed tracks. "No demo candy," said Chris Urmson, a co-founder and former head of Google's self-driving car team. Aurora's long-game technique reflects a new phase for the hyped promise of computer-piloted supercars: a more subdued, more pragmatic way of addressing the tough realities of the most complicated robotic system ever built. In the wake of several high-profile crashes that dented public enthusiasm in autonomous cars, Aurora's executives are urging their own industry to face a reality check, saying lofty promises risk confusing passengers and dooming the technology before it can truly take off.

Defusing The Perils Of Enterprise AI


In the months following the failed Apollo 13 mission, investigators discovered that a seemingly benign event two years earlier was the root cause of this near national disaster. Engineers handling one of two oxygen tanks built for the service module accidentally let one slip and fall. I once dropped my iPhone from my seat at a hockey game and watched helplessly as it fell 15 feet toward the cement floor. Miraculously, it landed at just the right angle and survived. In a fateful moment years before launch, at the North American Aviation plant in Downey, California, a simple slip of just two inches created enough structural damage to set in motion a series of failures that nearly killed three astronauts.

Key to Autonomous Driving? An Impossibly Perfect Map WSJD - Technology

It turns out that, whether it's Waymo's self-driving cars or the many auto manufacturers relying on tech from Intel Corp.'s INTC -1.27% Mobileye, so-called "autonomous" vehicles are cheating, in a way. This is also true of models that are already commercially available, such as Cadillacs with Super Cruise. Rather than perceiving the world and deciding on the fly what to do next, these autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles are comparing their glimpses of the world with a map stored in memory. The incredibly detailed maps they rely on are what engineers call a "world model" of the environment. The model contains things that don't change very often, from the edges of roads and lanes to the placement of stop signs, signals, crosswalks and other infrastructure.

Teraki wins backing from Infineon for its automotive AI technology


Teraki announced that Infineon Systems will use its latest AI edge processing software in a family of automotive microcontrollers that will improve the safety of autonomous vehicles. Hyperloop technologies could revolutionise travel: here's everything you need to know about the technology and the companies involved. The Berlin, Germany-based startup said that its software is designed for processing large amounts of automotive sensor data combined with machine learning to achieve up to 10 times the processing speed by just using existing automotive hardware. Normally, the constrained hardware environment of an automobile prohibits the processing of the large amounts of data that autonomous vehicle systems require without specialist chips. "Automobiles are adding ever larger amounts of sensors to enable autonomous vehicles and this explosion in data is a problem because of latency." said Daniel Richart CEO and co-founder of Teraki.

AI in action: Autonomous vehicles - IBM IT Infrastructure Blog


October 11, 2018 Written by: Douglas O'Flaherty Autonomous vehicles will transform our daily lives and our communities. What seemed like science fiction a decade ago is now visible as test vehicles gather data, tune sensors and develop the artificial intelligence (AI) to make cars self-driving and safer. Every major auto company, their suppliers and startups across the globe are using the latest technology in an arms race to the future where cars drive themselves. It isn't enough for the vehicle to navigate itself. It must also be prepared for the unexpected.

Software allows driverless cars to interpret traffic 'more like humans'

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Autonomous cars are being programmed to interpret road traffic and pedestrians in order to drive more like humans. A key issue with driverless cars has been their ability to interpret traffic and other upcoming object such as pedestrians, where they become overly cautious. For example, if a person appears as if they will cross the street but then changes their mind, a driverless vehicle may stop and wait. Engineers at Perceptive Automata - based near Boston - has teamed up with Hyundai Cradle, the car firm's technology investment arm, to create software that anticipates what pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists might do. The newly-developed artificial software will then help the driverless vehicles predicate what is coming up more like a human.

What is artificial intelligence?


Few concepts are as poorly understood as artificial intelligence. Opinion surveys show that even top business leaders lack a detailed sense of AI and that many ordinary people confuse it with super-powered robots or hyper-intelligent devices. Hollywood helps little in this regard by fusing robots and advanced software into self-replicating automatons such as the Terminator's Skynet or the evil HAL seen in Arthur Clarke's "2001: A Space Odyssey," which goes rogue after humans plan to deactivate it. The lack of clarity around the term enables technology pessimists to warn AI will conquer humans, suppress individual freedom, and destroy personal privacy through a digital "1984." Part of the problem is the lack of a uniformly agreed upon definition.

A Smarter World: How AI, The IoT And 5G Will Make All The Difference


From fields and streams to offices, factories, hospitals and transportation systems, organizations are using internet of things (IoT) sensors to collect massive amounts of data in order to improve operations and increase sustainability. Analyzing this information reveals patterns that can nip maintenance problems in the bud and lead to better decisions about resource allocation. Systems become smarter, using artificial intelligence to make speedy decisions without human intervention. The infrastructure that will unleash the IoT revolution will be powered by 5G technology. Without it, networks wouldn't have anywhere near the capacity to handle the estimated 125 billion devices that will connect to the internet by 2030.

Autonomous driving: Facing dogs, pigeons, heavy rain, this driverless bus passes test


In the latest example, in Catalonia, Spain, an autonomous bus called Èrica is being tested around the region to help citizens become familiar with what driverless technology entails. These bus experiments are also designed to allow local-government officials to adapt to this new means of transportation, which they expect to be fully functioning by 2020. Equipped with eight sensors, the red and yellow self-driving shuttle unveiled by the Association of Municipalities for Mobility and Urban Transport, AMTU, is 100 percent electrically powered with 14 hours of autonomous driving. Looking like a rectangular minivan, Èrica can transport up to 11 passengers and an attendant, who is there to help and advise travelers and deal with emergencies. Some 4,600 citizens from Sant Cugat, Terrassa, and Sabadell, all cities close to Barcelona, already took the new bus in September.