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Elon Musk says 'Full Self-Driving' mode on Tesla is finally here, sort of


For the lucky few selected to experience "Full Self-Driving" (or FSD) on their Tesla vehicle, Tuesday night is the night. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the autonomous mode was "happening tonight" after promising the feature would make it onto cars last week. FSD has been a long time coming. It's been available as a future-ready option on the electric cars for a while, even if you couldn't actually use it. Musk warned that the car's autonomous abilities will be "extremely slow & cautious."

Uber's Self-Driving Car Killed Someone. Why Isn't Uber Being Charged?


Autonomous vehicle design involves an almost incomprehensible combination of engineering tasks including sensor fusion, path planning, and predictive modeling of human behavior. But despite the best efforts to consider all possible real world outcomes, things can go awry. More than two and a half years ago, in Tempe, Arizona, an Uber "self-driving" car crashed into pedestrian Elaine Herzberg, killing her. In mid-September, the safety driver behind the wheel of that car, Rafaela Vasquez, was charged with negligent homicide. Uber's test vehicle was driving 39 mph when it struck Herzberg. Uber's sensors detected her six seconds before impact but determined that the object sensed was a false positive.

The new ML framework that could make robots safer in crowds - TechHQ


Robots will soon be moving around us in the'real world'. They won't be confined behind the closed doors of warehouses or factories, they will operate in and interact with the world around us, taxiing us around town or delivering our mail. As new advances in technology are rapidly being made by organizations like Boston Dynamics and Amazon Robotics, 61% of executives expect their organizations to use robotics in uncontrolled environments within the next two years, according to Accenture. While these machines will be capable of performing the functions of roles traditionally previously carried out by people with ease, question marks still loom over their innate lack of instinct -- the lack of a comparative mass of situational data generated and stored by humans throughout our lives, that subconsciously enables us to sense a risky maneuver in the road or somebody about to step in front of us. Building safety into robots and autonomous vehicles remains one of the key challenges to their deployment.

What is a Smart City? Definition from


A smart city is a municipality that uses information and communication technologies (ICT) to increase operational efficiency, share information with the public and improve both the quality of government services and citizen welfare. While the exact definition varies, the overarching mission of a smart city is to optimize city functions and drive economic growth while improving quality of life for its citizens using smart technology and data analysis. Value is given to the smart city based on what they choose to do with the technology, not just how much technology they may have. Several major characteristics are used to determine a city's smartness. A smart city's success depends on its ability to form a strong relationship between the government -- including its bureaucracy and regulations -- and the private sector.

Tesla's 'Full Self-Driving' Beta Coming This Week


Tesla may be in all of the electric headlines because of its bizarre price cuts on the Model S, but the automaker's CEO announced some big news in a tweet last week. Before we get into that, we should go back to where it started. During Tesla's annual Battery Day earlier this September, Musk claimed that a private beta test of the brand's Full Self-Driving suite would come out in the next few months. With October coming down to an end, it turns out that Tesla's ahead of schedule with its beta test. Limited Full Self Driving Testing Coming Soon In a recent tweet, Musk claimed that a limited release of the automaker's Full Self-Driving suite would be out on Tuesday, October 20.

Did 'The Simpsons' Predict Yet Another Technological Marvel Before Its Time?


Over the years, Fox's animated comedy The Simpsons has successfully predicted several real-life developments. From Donald Trump becoming the United States President to Disney purchasing 20th Century Fox, the show's writers have been correct more than a few times. Though not all their predictions have received the attention they deserve. Back in Season 5, in the episode entitled "Homer Loves Flanders," the frenemy neighbors become better acquainted with each other. At one point, Ned takes his new best friend to a baseball game.

Driverless race steps up with Cruise allowed to drive empty in San Francisco


"So that's a step or two beyond what we'll be doing initially with this permit," said Dan Ammann, Cruise's chief executive. "It's not too far down the road," he said, but declined to share a timeline. In a blog post, he added, "We're not the first company to receive this permit, but we're going to be the first to put it to use on the streets of a major U.S. city." It will be an important step for Cruise to charge customers. For any of the companies to start making money in California, a separate permit is required, state officials said.

Cruise to launch unmanned self-driving cars in San Francisco this year


Self-driving cars will start rolling on the streets of San Francisco without a human on board by the end of this year, according to Cruise, a General Motors-owned autonomous vehicle company that received a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles this week. Cruise is now one of five companies to hold a permit to test self-driving cars in California without a person in the vehicle, along with the Alphabet-owned Waymo and several others, though dozens of companies have been permitted by the California DMV to test self-driving cars with a human operator in the vehicle. GM President Dan Ammann confirmed in blog post on Thursday that the company will rapidly deploy its autonomous vehicles in San Francisco by the end of this year, citing the potential safety and environmental benefits the technology could have for city residents. "And while it would be easier to do this in the suburbs, where driving is 30–40 times less complex, our cities are ground zero for the world's transportation crisis," Ammann wrote. "This is where accidents, pollution, congestion, and lack of accessibility collide.

Waymo Has Launched a Self-Driving Taxi Service


The age of the driverless taxi has arrived – at least in parts of Phoenix, Arizona. Self-driving car company Waymo, owned by Google's parent company Alphabet, announced its autonomous vehicles are now available to the general public (or at least paying customers). The service is only available in a limited area for now, both because regulations in Arizona are relatively permissive and because the cars need a detailed three-dimensional map to tell them all about the road environment. Until earlier this year, the self-driving vehicles were under testing and were used in 5-10% of Waymo's rides. The service has been shut because of the pandemic, but is now back and Waymo is aiming to increase availability.

Sapcorda expands GNSS augmentation service for autonomous vehicles - GPS World


GNSS augmentation solution targets North America and Europe with safe and precise centimeter-level accuracy performance from two geostationary satellites. Sapcorda Services GmbH is now testing its GNSS augmentation services for the L-band signal in North America and Europe. The testing lays the foundation for a Dec. 1 launch of what Sapcorda said will be the strongest, most reliable GNSS augmentation signal for safety-critical navigation in autonomous vehicles and machinery. Available in areas without GSM coverage or mobile internet signal, the new Sapcorda L-band beam solutions from two geostationary satellites provide PPP-RTK data-feed redundancy in real-time by swapping to a second data feed when internet connectivity is not available. This automated swapping significantly improves reliability for life-critical applications such as autonomous cars. "To use GNSS in mass-market safety-critical applications, manufacturers need GNSS augmentation services that provide correction data with safety-critical positioning," said Botho zu Eulenburg, CEO, Sapcorda.