Big data and technology for mining applications


Mining is all about profitability. But tracking that can prove tricky, particularly when you're relying on people on the ground to report on activities. It all comes down to big data: the more data you can collect, the more information you have at your disposal, and the more insight you have into the business. IOT technology is paving the way for mine optimisation initiatives, says Johan Pietersen, MD of Virtualscape Technologies. "Mines are looking for the ability to gather data for various purposes, including improvements in efficiency and safety.

Japan to place accident liability on self-driving car owners


Japan plans to hold owners responsible for accidents involving self-driving cars, like regular vehicles, easing liability concerns among automakers and likely accelerating commercialization efforts. The policy is part of the guidelines governing autonomous cars unveiled by the government's Council on Investments for the Future Friday. The plan is to submit related legislation to the Diet as early as 2019. "By taking concrete steps toward a legal framework, I would like Japan to take the lead in creating international rules," said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a council meeting. The guidelines are meant to set regulatory and legal direction before self-driving cars become widespread -- likely in the first half of the next decade.

DHL Gets Logical – And Logistical – About Machine Learning


For the past several years, machine learning as evolved by the hyperscalers has been trickling down from on high, through frameworks and services, into enterprises. Machine learning is becoming a regular technique underpinning applications in a growing number of industries like manufacturing, energy, telecommunications and engineering, where companies see it as a way to not only reduce the costs and improve the efficiencies in their operations but also to more quickly detect patterns in and gain insights from the huge amounts of data they are generating. The goal is to making better and faster business decisions, and to make more money. We have talked a lot here at The Next Platform about the growing use of AI in research and business and have touched on its potential in the logistics industry. A report by DHL and IBM released this week indicates that while investment in AI is growing rapidly, numbers from last year showed that adoption among commercial businesses is still slow.

Hyundai Selects Verisk For Usage-Based Insurance


Hyundai Motor America and Verisk, a data analytics provider, are partnering to bring usage-based insurance programs to Hyundai customers. As a hub for connected vehicle and smart home data, the Verisk Data Exchange is an insurance industry Internet of Things (IoT) platform helping personal and commercial lines insurers achieve more accurate ratings, proactive loss mitigation services, and faster first notices of loss. The exchange now has 3.3 million cars with more than 36.5 billion miles of driving data and is growing at more than 150,000 vehicles every month. Hyundai will supply Verisk with driving data via its Blue Link connected car service from consenting car owners. Together, both companies will help to reduce the cost of ownership for Hyundai owners and lessees.

Hyundai and Verisk Partner on Data Sharing and Might Save You Money on Insurance


Hyundai is delving into the realm of big data. The Korean automaker is partnering with Verisk, a data analytics firm, to offer usage-based insurance to its customers. The scheme could help Hyundai owners save money on insurance, but only if they agree to share their data. Vehicles equipped with Hyundai's BlueLink telematics platform will be able to send data to the Verisk Data Exchange, a massive automotive-data stockpile that insurance companies use to determine rates. Owners who opt into the program will get a Verisk Driving Score based on their driving behavior.

Hyundai Joins the Verisk Data Exchange


About Hyundai Motor America Hyundai Motor America is focused on delivering an outstanding customer experience grounded in design leadership, engineering excellence, and exceptional value in every vehicle we sell. Hyundai's technology-rich product lineup of cars, SUVs, and alternative-powered electric and fuel cell vehicles is backed by Hyundai Assurance-our promise to deliver peace of mind to our customers. Hyundai vehicles are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide, and the majority sold in the U.S. are built at U.S. manufacturing facilities, including Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama. Hyundai Motor America is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, and is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea.

Drones as first responders


During his presentation, Dr. Lupashin of ETH Zurich attached a dog leash to an aerial drone while declaring to the audience, "there has to be another way" of flying robots safely around people. Lupashin's creativity eventually led to the invention of Fotokite and one of the most successful Indiegogo campaigns. Since Lupashin's demo, there are now close to a hundred providers of drones on leashes from innovative startups to aftermarket solutions in order to restrain unmanned flying vehicles. Probably the best known enterprise solution is CyPhy Works which has raised more than $30 million. Last August, during President Trump's visit to his Golf Course in New Jersey, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deployed CyPhy's tethered drones to patrol the permitter.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says humans are 'underrated'

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As the capabilities of robots and AI continue to grow, many are worried machines will soon take the jobs of millions of workers. But according to electric car firm Tesla, automation has held back production of its latest vehicle. Chief executive Elon Musk said humans are'underrated' and that he regrets using so many robots to build the Tesla Model 3. The company had struggled to meet production targets for the £25,000 ($35,000) vehicle, hailed as Tesla's first lower-cost, high-volume car, and according to Musk humans rather than machines were the answer. As the capabilities of robots and AI continue to grow, many are worried machines will soon take the jobs of millions of workers. But according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, automation has held back production of the firm's latest vehicle'Excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake.

A Smart Car That Can Read Brain Signals


EPFL and Nissan researchers are able to read a driver's brain signals and send them to a smart vehicle so that it can anticipate the driver's moves and facilitate the driving process. Nissan recently unveiled this brain-to-vehicle (B2V) technology. Future cars will be both self-driving and manual. "We wanted to harness technology to enhance drivers' skills without interfering with the enjoyment of being behind the wheel," explains José del R. Millán, who holds the Defitech Foundation Chair in Brain-Machine Interface (CNBI). As part of a joint project with Nissan researchers based at the CNBI, the team managed to read the brain signals that indicate a driver is about to do something – such as accelerate, brake or change lanes – in order to send that information to the vehicle.

EVs, Automation, & Artificial-Intelligence: Opportunities & Threats CleanTechnica


Were you aware that 3,285 people were killed today, in a war that has been going on for decades, and that each year at least 20 million people have been injured in that same war? Well, it is not surprising, as this particular war is not well publicized, and rarely makes the news. This is the war that takes place between frail-bodied people -- often women and children -- and that unforgiving machine of destruction, the motor car. If that many people were killed and injured in a war anywhere in the world, it would definitely make headline news. As it is, the carnage is swept up, the bodies buried, and everyone tries not to notice.