Audiobooks are more emotionally engaging than TV and film – even if you don't realise it, according to a landmark new study. The new research from UCL suggests that having a book read to you causes physiological changes including an increased heart rate and heat spreading through your body. During the experiment, scientists had 103 participants of various ages listen to a range of different books, and compared their responses to how they felt when they watched the same scene in a film or TV adaptation. The study included emotional scenes from Game of Thrones and the Girl on the Train, for instance, both from the original book and their hugely popular adaptations. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph.
Busy Britons are suffering from "gadget confusion," a study has found. Research revealed millions are baffled by the number of buttons, symbols and switches on devices which are difficult to use. It also emerged a large percentage claim they don't have the time to read instructions and three quarters confessed to being confused by gadgets. Why the connected home's best place might be the garden New at-home beauty gadgets you need to try The latest smart gadgets keep homes cosy -- and safe -- all year round The best kitchen gadgets for creating healthy meals, fast Why the connected home's best place might be the garden Another eight in 10 admitted using a "trial and error" approach when it comes to their devices and appliances. And more than a third can't be bothered to try different settings or options.
Arguably since its inception some two decades ago in Silicon Valley, OPENLANE has been "pushing the envelope" when it comes to wholesale car marketplace technology. That continued in a big way Monday when parent company KAR Auction Services announced a "reimagined" version of the upstream vehicle auction platform designed to help OPENLANE's 40-plus OEM and financial institution customers sell cars upstream much more efficiently. The upgrades to OPENLANE, which facilities private-label upstream sales, incorporates a host of data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence and cloud technology from across KAR's business units. "With more than 1 million vehicles sold upstream over the past 12 months, we are continuously pushing the envelope of OPENLANE's technology," KAR chief technology officer Peter Kelly said in a news release. "Upstream selling is a critical part of our customers' remarketing strategies.
Car makers have been warned of the dangers of suggesting vehicles with some automated features can drive themselves. Experts say manufacturers are lulling drivers into a false sense of security by using terms such as'autonomous' and'autopilot' in their advertising. A report says it poses a danger as drivers become over-reliant on the technology and lose concentration at the wheel. Modern vehicles increasingly offer partly automated features such as keeping the car within its lane, speed controls or emergency braking. However, experts say fully self-driving cars are still a long way off in the UK.
Brazilian startup Cobli has specialized in technological solutions for vehicle fleet monitoring and management. It is currently focusing on safety and refining a tool to identify driver behavioral patterns by analyzing data collected by a solar-powered tracker. The project is based on machine learning, an application of artificial intelligence, and had the support from the São Paulo Research Foundation--FAPESP through its Innovative Research in Small Business Program (PIPE). "The algorithm uses the data collected to establish a driving profile with more than 90% accuracy," says engineer Rodrigo Mourad, a partner and co-founder of Cobli. According to Mourad, in one or two weeks of use, the system can glean a sufficient amount of data--on speed, acceleration, braking and curve angles--to produce a profile of the driver's vehicle handling habits.
Episode summary: Unlike the field of self-driving cars, the fields of construction, mining, agriculture, and other classes of "heavy industry" involve a huge variety of equipment and use-cases that go beyond traveling from A to B. The heavy industry leaders of today are no farther behind automakers in their understanding that AI and automation will be essential for the future of their companies. In this episode, guest Dr. Sam Kherat discusses the applications of AI in heavy industry, including: What type of capabilities and functions are automate-able, and at what level? Dr. Kherat also shines a light on how AI might affect the future of the industry within the next 2-3 years, and in what ways we can expect large equipment to become more autonomous. We'd like to thank RE-WORK for introducing us to Dr. Kherat at their autonomous vehicles conference in San Francisco. Dr. Kherat has expertise in the fields of robotics, autonomous excavation, and mining systems.
Brazilian startup Cobli has specialized in technological solutions for vehicle fleet monitoring and management. It is currently focusing on safety and refining a tool to identify driver behavioral patterns by analyzing data collected by a solar-powered tracker. The project is based on machine learning, an application of artificial intelligence, and had the support) from the São Paulo Research Foundation - FAPESP through its Innovative Research in Small Business Program (PIPE http://www.bv.fapesp.br/en/3). "The algorithm uses the data collected to establish a driving profile with more than 90% accuracy," says engineer Rodrigo Mourad, a partner and co-founder of Cobli. According to Mourad, in one or two weeks of use, the system can glean a sufficient amount of data - on speed, acceleration, braking and curve angles - to produce a profile of the driver's vehicle handling habits.
Recent changes to greenhouse gas emission policies are catalyzing the electric vehicle (EV) market making it readily accessible to consumers. While there are challenges that arise with dense deployment of EVs, one of the major future concerns is cyber security threat. In this paper, cyber security threats in the form of tampering with EV battery's State of Charge (SOC) was explored. A Back Propagation (BP) Neural Network (NN) was trained and tested based on experimental data to estimate SOC of battery under normal operation and cyber-attack scenarios. NeuralWare software was used to run scenarios. Different statistic metrics of the predicted values were compared against the actual values of the specific battery tested to measure the stability and accuracy of the proposed BP network under different operating conditions. The results showed that BP NN was able to capture and detect the false entries due to a cyber-attack on its network.
If that works out as planned, the auto maker expects to double operating profit to €16 billion ($18.71 billion) by 2022 and hit double-digit profit margins from 6.8% today. Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said the company will invest €9 billion to develop and deploy electric engines as it expands its lineup of electric-powered vehicles, part of a €45 billion spending plan over the next five years focused on four core brands: Jeep SUVs, Ram pickups and Alfa Romeo and Maserati luxury cars. "This plan will provide the portfolio of products aligned with our brands that will ensure our ability to comply in each region" with stricter emissions and fuel-economy standards, Mr. Marchionne told financial analysts and media at a meeting on a company test track located outside Milan. In the U.S., the company is expanding its bet on bigger SUVs and trucks, reflecting consumer demand and a more relaxed approach to increasing fuel economy standards in Washington. Mr. Marchionne chided his peers for appearing to back away from what he said was a unified request to President Donald Trump by auto industry leaders to ease fuel economy regulations.
LOS ANGELES – Google-owned Waymo is adding as many as 62,000 Fiat Chrysler minivans to its autonomous fleet in an expanded collaboration announced by the companies on Thursday. Delivery of the Chrysler Pacifica minivans was expected to begin later this year, with the automaker also exploring the potential to build Waymo technology into a self-driving car it might add to its model line-up for consumers. "FCA is committed to bringing self-driving technology to our customers in a manner that is safe, efficient and realistic," chief executive officer Sergio Marchionne said in a release. "Strategic partnerships, such as the one we have with Waymo, will help to drive innovative technology to the forefront." Waymo plans to launch the "world's first self-driving transportation service" this year, with people able to summon rides from driver-less vehicles using a smartphone application.