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Elon Musk's Humanoid Robot Faces Concerns from Experts

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Job listings from Elon Musk's Texas-based Tesla company show that Tesla plans to deploy thousands of human-like, or humanoid, robots within its factories. The robots are being called Tesla Bot or Optimus. Musk says the number of Tesla Bots could one day reach millions around the world. Musk said at a TED Talk that robots could be used in homes, do household work, and care for older people. They could even become a friend or adult partner.


We boarded Volkswagen's latest self-driving car - California18

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The focus was on style this weekend at the Château de Chantilly. For the 2022 edition of the Arts & Elegance competition, Volkswagen did not come empty-handed and chose to involve "GenTravel", his new self-driving car, in the competition for the most beautiful concept cars. The body of this prototype did not have enough to impose itself with the competition of Bugatti Mistral and Aston Martin DBR22 (winner). But the presentation of such a specimen still allowed the automotive group to present the progress of its research to prepare the driverless car. Volkswagen presented its concept through a press release, before the Concours d'Elegance, but it was indeed at the Château de Chantilly that its world premiere was held. Each year, the event attracts manufacturers to present a new style study or a new model with an elegant design.


Forget Silicon. This Computer Is Made of Fabric

WIRED

His personal style may lean toward the conventional, but the Rice University mechanical engineer is here to tell me about his creative new fashion design. His team has made a shiny black jacket that performs logic--without electronics. Specifically, the jacket can raise and lower its own hood at the push of a button, and it contains a simple 1-bit memory that stores the state of the hood. Or, as Preston says, it's "a non-electronic durable logic in a textile-based device." Here's where we need to emphasize the wildness of this design.


Tesla Model Y receives highest overall safety score in new European assessment

ZDNet

The Tesla Model Y has received a 5-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, the European New Car Assessment Programme, according to a Tesla blog post. In addition, the Model Y also received the highest overall score among any vehicle tested under Euro NCAP's newest test protocol. The new protocol is the most stringent protocol the NCAP has ever had in place, testing a car's ability to protect adults, children and vulnerable road users and safety assistance features. The Model Y led the Euro NCAP overall score category with a 92% score. The Lexus NX came in second place scoring an 89%.


Apple's car is loved before it exists as 26% would buy one from the iPhone maker - more than Tesla

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Apple's nonexistent self-driving car is already being embraced by consumers as a new survey reveals that 26 percent of drivers would'definitely consider' buying a vehicle from the iPhone maker. Consulting firm Strategic Vision surveyed 200,000 new car owners and for the first time added Apple to the more than 45 brands that consumers could share their views on. Only Toyota and Honda ranked higher on the brand consideration question, at 38 percent and 32 percent, with Tesla taking 20 percent. In addition, when asked about quality impression, 24 percent of car owners gave Apple high marks. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has reported that Apple would like to have a fully autonomous electric car ready sometime in 2025 - but the road to this type of technology is littered with numerous failed or abandoned efforts. Consulting firm Strategic Vision surveyed 200,000 new car owners and for the first time added Apple to the more than 45 brands that consumers could share their views on.


Waymo opens driverless robotaxi service in Phoenix to locals who can't share experiences online

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Waymo is rolling out its driverless robotaxi service in Phoenix for members of the Alphabet-owned company's'trusted tester' program - but users can't share their experience on social media and must sign a nondisclosure agreement. The company calls these trips'rider only' to signify that's there's no human behind the wheel and people who hail them will be ferried around in a Jaguar I-Pace EV in downtown Phoenix. Trusted testers are prohibited from sharing their experiences on social media or with journalists and they must sign a nondisclosure agreement. Waymo is rolling out its driverless robotaxi service in Phoenix for members of the Alphabet-owned company's'trusted tester' program User who participate in the trusted tester program can't share their experience on social media or with journalists and must sign a nondisclosure agreement Back in May, Waymo co-CEO Dmitri Dolgov said at a TechCrunch event that the company had begun allowing its own employees to hail rides without drivers in downtown Phoenix. Waymo has allowed local residents to apply to be trusted testers since 2017, but the service still had human safety operators behind the wheel until October 2020 when the driverless effort was officially launched.


Driving Toward the Automobile's Electric, Autonomous Future

WIRED

It's a heady time to be a car executive. Lawmakers worldwide are pushing the auto industry to electrify, and fast. US companies are under pressure to do that without giving a boost to rival nations, primarily China. Reengineering decades of internal combustion-centric technology, business models, and supply chains should be easy, right? Meanwhile, another revolutionary technology is also approaching: self-driving vehicles.


General Motors figured out how to keep autonomous taxis clean

FOX News

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade is available with the latest version of GM's hands-free Super Cruise highway driving aid. Fox News Autos Editor Gary Gastelu lets it take him for a ride. General Motors has designed a new way to keep its upcoming fleet of autonomous ride-hailing vehicles clean. The electric Cruise Origin has been engineered to be a fully driverless vehicle, with subway-style seating and doors for passengers. It is planned to be produced in Michigan and deployed by GM's Cruise service in the near future.


Tesla's self-driving software confuses horse-drawn carriage on the highway with a semi-truck

Daily Mail - Science & tech

January 22, 2018 in Culver City: A Tesla Model S hit the back of a fire truck parked at an accident in Culver City around 8:30 am on Interstate 405 using the cars Autopilot system. The Tesla, which was going 65mph, suffered'significant damage' and the firetruck was taken out of service for body work. May 30, 2018 in Laguna Beach: Authorities said a Tesla sedan in Autopilot mode crashed into a parked police cruiser in Laguna Beach. Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Jim Cota says the officer was not in the cruiser during the crash. He said the Tesla driver suffered minor injuries.


Top Explainable AI Frameworks For Transparency in Artificial Intelligence

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Our daily lives are being impacted by artificial intelligence (AI) in several ways. Artificial assistants, predictive models, and facial recognition systems are practically ubiquitous. Numerous sectors use AI, including education, healthcare, automobiles, manufacturing, and law enforcement. The judgments and forecasts provided by AI-enabled systems are becoming increasingly more significant and, in many instances, vital to survival. This is particularly true for AI systems used in healthcare, autonomous vehicles, and even military drones.