Transportation


Autonomous vehicles: Expect up to 50 driverless buses on Oslo streets by 2021

ZDNet

Ruter, the mass-transit company for the Oslo metropolitan area, is about to start testing autonomous buses in the Norwegian capital. Its recently signed agreement with Danish company Autonomous Mobility involves several pilot schemes and, in the longer run, tests of a fleet of up to 50 vehicles. The partners aim to introduce autonomous vehicles gradually and in the process learn about customer needs. At the same time, they want to develop demand for new mobility services in the city. In the bigger picture, this initiative will also contribute to Oslo's ambitions for greener transport and fewer traffic accidents.


U.S. regulator orders halt to self-driving school bus...

Daily Mail

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it had ordered Transdev North America to immediately stop transporting school children in Florida in a driverless shuttle as the testing could be putting them at'inappropriate' risk. The auto safety agency known as NHTSA said in an order issued late on Friday that Transdev's use of its EZ10 Generation II driverless shuttle in the Babcock Ranch community in southwest Florida was'unlawful and in violation of the company s temporary importation authorization.' 'Innovation must not come at the risk of public safety,' said Deputy NHTSA Administrator Heidi King in a statement. The NHTSA said it had ordered Transdev North America to immediately stop transporting school children in Florida in a driverless shuttle as the testing could be putting them at'inappropriate' risk. The EZ10 minibuses can carry up to six seated passengers and six standing. Like a metro, the shuttle buses run back and forth in a single traffic lane.


Ford is the first company to test self-driving cars in Washington, DC

Engadget

Washington, DC has taken some steps to govern self-driving cars, but now it's finally going to see those cars in action. Ford and its partner Argo AI have unveiled plans to test their autonomous vehicles in the US capital with an eye toward commercial service in 2021. The duo already has cars on the road, and will spend the next year expanding its test fleet until it's operating in all eight wards. Yes, you might just see one of these vehicles roaming near the National Mall. The automaker is collaborating with local officials and hopes to create jobs in the area.


Ford's self-driving cars are first to hit D.C. roads

Mashable

Washington, D.C., is tracking more than politics. As of Monday, the nation's capital has its first self-driving cars on city streets. Ford is expanding its autonomous vehicle testing from Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Miami to the D.C. area. But that self-driving Domino's pizza delivery service is still only in Miami -- for now. SEE ALSO: Remember the driver disguised as a car seat?


OnePlus forced to change 6T release date because of Apple event

The Independent

OnePlus has been forced to change the release date of its new 6T phone after Apple announced it would hold a launch on the same day and in the same place. The 6T will mark a major launch for OnePlus, which is currently trying to push into the mainstream and take on phones like the iPhone. But Apple announced that it would be holding its latest event on 30 October, in New York City. That happened to be the same time and location as the OnePlus event, forcing it to change its schedule. 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.


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

Daily Mail

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.


Addison Lee's self-driving taxis could hit London by 2021

Engadget

Private hire taxi company Addison Lee has announced plans to place autonomous cabs on the streets of London by 2021. To help it get there, it's teaming up with Oxbotica, a company that specializes in self-driving software. The pair will work together on developing, launching and operating the vehicles. They'll also create detailed maps of London and the surrounding area that account for factors such as road signs and traffic lights. There are plans afoot to offer shared, self-driving minibuses to help people get to work or the airport too.


YouTube says EU copyright rules could see people banned from uploading videos and poses 'threat' to way site works

The Independent

YouTube says that new EU copyright rules could force it to ban people from uploading their own videos. It says that the new directive puts its entire creative community at risk and that the new rules could "drastically change the internet that you see today". The comments from YouTube boss Susan Wojcicki are just one part of widespread outrage about the new rules, which campaigners have referred to as the'meme ban'. 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. 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.


Robots Are Coming to a Jail Near You CDOTrends

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You can't put it into a chip." Much has changed since Arnie, and his cyborg friends stormed LA in The Terminator. And while we're yet to experience havoc quite at the levels seen in the 1984 hit, artificial intelligence is a reality in our lives today. Autonomous vehicles were mooted in the 1920s and, hot on the heels of real-life'Iron Man' Elon Musk, car manufacturers are working tirelessly to stamp their badge on early mainstream vehicles. And as tech giants like Uber and Baidu invest heavily in AI research, many proclaim their cars are safer and more efficient than human-driven cars. While Musk predicts self-drive cars will be widely available within a couple of years, several issues need addressing before consumers will take their eye off the road: from the vehicles' ability to navigate phrenetic city centers to make critical moral choices in potentially dangerous situations. We're also beginning to see the emergence of AI across the financial services industry.


Australian government invests AU$6m in EV charging network

ZDNet

The Australian government has announced a AU$6 million investment in an "ultra-rapid" electric vehicle (EV) charging network powered by renewable energy across the nation under the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). According to the federal government, the EV charging network will be deployed around Sydney and Melbourne; between Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, and Adelaide; and across Western Australia. Euroa, in Victoria, and Barnawartha North, outside Albury Wodonga on the New South Wales-Victorian border, will be the first sites to gain charging areas thanks to a grant from the Victorian government. The AU$15 million EV charging network is being built by Chargefox, with plans to develop 21 charging stations across the nation, each around 200km apart. The charging stations are designed to provide a range of 400km or up to 80 percent capacity within 15 minutes of charging, with the network to be worth AU$15 million.