Budget 2017: Philip Hammond to spend hundreds of millions to make cars drive themselves

The Independent

The Government is to spend hundreds of millions of pounds encouraging people to make electric cars that drive themselves. It will spend huge amounts of money to try and incentivise electric vehicles. Then eventually those cars will start driving themselves around the country – with Chancellor Philip Hammond backing a plan to have them making their own way by 2021. Jeremy Corbyn used the news about driverless vehicles to joke about having tested "backseat driving" in the Government, which has been bitterly divided before the Budget. Mr Hammond said the technology was being introduced because the Government saw it as the future.

Ray Massey says driverless car technology not yet ready

Daily Mail

The most dangerous part of any car, say the experts, 'is the nut behind the steering wheel'. Human error is to blame for most accidents, so remove that'nut' and let the car drive itself and many lives will be saved, runs the argument now pushed by ministers, manufacturers and supporters of what is known as'autonomous driving'. And it certainly seems as if it's full speed ahead for the driverless car. The Prime Minister Theresa May and Chancellor Philip Hammond yesterday confirmed plans -- widely trailed ahead of the Budget tomorrow -- to invest £900 million to deliver'fully driverless cars' by 2021. But is the Government right to be putting its foot on the accelerator?

Self-driving cars set to transform lives of elderly

Daily Mail

The lives of elderly and the disabled will be transformed by self-driving cars, the Transport Secretary claimed today. The first autonomous cars are expected to be on Britain's roads by 2021. In a speech in London, Chris Grayling promoted the benefits of this new mode of transport to the economy and to society. The government has estimated that driverless cars could be worth £28 billion to the economy by 2035. The first autonomous cars are expected to be on Britain's roads by 2021 and increase mobility for nearly a third of the population It has also been claimed automated cars will make the roads safer, with 85 per cent of accidents last year caused by human error.

Toyota targets 1,000-km driving range with fuel cell concept car

The Japan Times

Toyota Motor Corp. is set to unveil a fuel cell concept car that aims to offer 50 percent more driving range than its current hydrogen-powered sedan in a technology push that defies a rising wave of battery-powered vehicles. The nation's biggest auto manufacturer is targeting a 1,000-km (620-mile) range for the Fine-Comfort Ride concept saloon under local standards, compared with about 650 km for the current Mirai fuel cell vehicle, according to a statement Wednesday. The concept car, to be introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show next week, will include artificial intelligence and automated driving features. Toyota is continuing to champion fuel cell vehicles as the ultimate zero-emission cars, even as the falling cost of lithium-ion batteries have lured a majority of automakers to plug-in technology in the face of ever more stringent environmental standards worldwide. China, the world's largest market, said last month that it was working on a timeline to end the sale of internal-combustion vehicles, joining countries including France, India and the U.K. While Japan has created a Hydrogen Society Roadmap to increase the number of fuel cell vehicles on its roads to 40,000 by 2020, there are currently just 2,200 or so.

Robocar Startup Gets Backing From Uber Rival Grab, Plans Singapore Move


After announcing plans this month to supply self-driving vehicles for Lyft's ride-hailing network, the autonomous tech developer has scored financial backing from Southeast Asian rideshare powerhouse Grab and plans to expand into Singapore. Singapore office will study that market as a potential place to deploy vehicles equipped with its software and self-driving hardware kits in government and business fleets, Tandon said. Amid the rush by auto and tech firms to perfect robotic vehicles, Tandon and his co-founders, who were all researchers from Stanford University's Artificial Intelligence Lab, founded to specialize in deep learning-based driving software for business, government and shared vehicle fleets. Small relative to well-funded programs at Waymo, General Motors' Cruise, Uber's Advanced Technology Vehicle Group and Ford's Argo AI, Mountain View, California-based has made quick progress.

Small European nation becomes a "living lab" for urban innovation researchers

MIT News

But, for several years, the 180-square-mile nation of 77,000 people has served as a "living lab" for researchers from MIT Media Lab's City Science Initiative to prototype, deploy, and test urban innovation. In 2014, Andorran government officials met with Larson's City Science Initiative to discuss collaboration opportunities. This sparked a partnership in which Andorra would fund the City Science Initiative to develop projects related to data collection and analysis, urban mobility, urban planning for a new innovation district, and sensors deployed in schools for learning. By visualizing how thousands of tourists come and go to major events throughout the year, for instance, CityScope helped the Andorran government improve the experience and analyze the impact of the events, says Josep Maria Missé, Andorra's secretary of state for economic diversification and innovation.

China installs over 20 million AI-equipped street cameras


China has installed over 20 million cutting-edge security cameras in what is believed to be the world's most advanced surveillance system. The new technology can identify a person's age, gender and colour of clothes (left). China claimed to have the world's most advanced security system with 20 million CCTV cameras across the country Over 20 million CCTV cameras equipped with AI technology have been installed in China, crowning to be the world's most advanced surveillance system. Operation'Sky Net' was launched in 2015 as the Chinese central government aimed to hunt for corrupt fugitive officials, crack down on underground banks and confiscate misappropriated assets, according to Bloomberg.

AI: the new driving force in the automotive industry


Following the completion of the UK's largest collaborative trial of autonomous cars, which started in 2015, UK Autodrive has now been given the green light to start testing the driverless technology in public spaces around Milton Keynes and Coventry. Google's Waymo has now progressed to the point where it's cut the number of human interventions needed for its driverless cars by more than half and plans to start testing a minivan version this year. It's a community-generated navigation platform that allows drivers to add traffic congestion alerts and see them in real time. Beyond potential app integration, passenger data has even more promise.