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Self-Driving Car 'Guardian Angels' Will Protect You From Yourself

WIRED

They are trying to prove that there's a different way to use robotic vehicles to improve people's lives than the driverless taxi vision espoused by some automakers and tech giants, such as Alphabet and Uber. But it's designed to test a concept dubbed "parallel autonomy," where a human still drives, and the car's computer only takes over when the meatbag behind the wheel is about to mess up. Rus and her team think parallel autonomy could start saving lives sooner than cars to which we humans are just dumb cargo, because the technical and regulatory hurdles are lower. Although many companies are testing prototype autonomous cars in cities, suburbs, and freeways, today's prototypes still need constant supervision from humans in case they make a mistake.


This Could Be the First Airbag of the Self-Driving Car Era

WIRED

The current model of placing these safety devices in front of a restrained passenger facing forward may not work. "The whole paradigm may need to be shifted," says Tom Matano, car design veteran, now at the Academy of Art University. The company created it for contemporary cars--it is designed to prevent passengers from whacking their heads together in a side impact--but because the airbag is affixed to the seat, ZF sees it as future proof. Installing a sophisticated airbag on each side of each seat could protect passengers regardless of what direction they might be facing.


Hackers caught cloning activist Twitter accounts to spread fake news

The Independent

What's more, thanks to their knowledge of how Twitter's account recovery and recycling processes work, the hackers are managing to lock the victims out of their accounts and keep them out. 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.


Google, Facebook and Twitter should share users' information to fight piracy and terrorism, says report

The Independent

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Daily Mail

Kar-go the robotic pod (artist's impression pictured) could soon be delivering packages direct to your front door, if the startup firm behind its creation can find funding to create a fleet of the vehicle Kar-Go uses state of the art artificial intelligence software to detect and manoeuvre around hazards. As the vehicle arrives at each delivery address, the system automatically selects the package belonging to the corresponding customer for delivery. The Academy of Robotics, has already gained permission from the UK government to test out a prototype of the vehicle (pictured) on public roads. As the vehicle arrives at each delivery address, the system automatically selects the package belonging to the corresponding customer.


Facebook's new general election feature sparks data privacy fears

The Independent

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 dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art ...


Focus on self-driving vehicles distracts carmakers from lifesaving brake technology

The Japan Times

Nissan Motor Co. Ltd said Thursday it will make automatic braking systems standard on an estimated 1 million 2018-model cars and light trucks sold in the United States, including high-volume models such as the Rogue and Rogue Sport compact sport utility vehicles, the Altima sedan, Murano and Pathfinder SUVs, LEAF electric car, Maxima sedan and Sentra small car. Overall, however, most automakers are not rushing to make automatic brake systems part of the base cost of mainstream vehicles sold in the competitive U.S. market. Last year, 20 automakers reached a voluntary agreement with U.S. auto safety regulators to make collision-avoiding braking systems standard equipment by 2022. General Motors Co. offers automatic braking as optional equipment on about two-thirds of its models.


Britney Spears Instagram: Hackers plant malware in singer's comments section

The Independent

The unusual incident was spotted by security firm ESET, which investigated a comment that most web users would typically dismiss as spam. 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.


Honda to focus on self-driving cars and EVs through 2030

Daily Mail

Japanese carmaker Honda spelled out for the first time its plans to develop autonomous cars which can drive on city streets by 2025, building on its strategy to take on rivals in the auto market of the future. By 2025, Honda plans to come up with cars with'level 4' standard automated driving functions, meaning they can drive themselves on highways and city roads under most situations. Nissan Motor Co is planning to launch a car which can drive automatically on city streets by 2020. By 2025, Honda plans to come up with cars with'level 4' standard automated driving functions, meaning they can drive themselves on highways and city roads under most situations (pictured is Honda's self-driving car concept) The Japanese carmaker's goal for 2030 appears to be in line with a report released by Goldman Sachs Economics Research last month that had suggested autonomous vehicles will take 25,000 jobs a month away from US drivers.


Facebook plans to secretly watch users through webcams, patent reveals

The Independent

Facebook is planning to secretly watch and record users through their webcams and smartphone cameras, a newly discovered patent suggests. 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.