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In Texas, driverless trucks are set to take over roads

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A giant 18-wheel transport truck is barreling down a multi-lane Texas highway, and there is no one behind the wheel. The futuristic idea may seem surreal, but it is being tested in this vast southern US state, which has become the epicenter of a rapidly developing self-driving vehicle industry. Before driverless trucks are allowed onto roads and highways, however, multiple tests must still be conducted to ensure they are safe. Self-driving lorries are operated using radars, laser scanners, cameras and GPS antennas that communicate with piloting software. "Each time we drive a mile or a kilometer in real life, we re-simulate a thousand more times on the computer by changing hundreds of parameters," explains Pierre-François Le Faou, trucking partner development manager at Waymo, the self-driving unit at Google's parent company Alphabet.


Daimler Trucks and Torc Robotics Kick Off Third Year of Autonomous Truck Collaboration

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Torc Robotics and Daimler Truck kick off their third year of partnership poised to commercialize the first scalable, profitable Level 4 autonomous truck that will help fleets improve their operations while bolstering the backbone of the U.S. economy. Torc is currently testing the Level 4 trucks on public roads in Virginia, New Mexico, and Texas, with continued route expansion in the works. The two companies are pursuing a focused, safety-oriented approach to market that also seeks to build trust among fleets and the drivers of vehicles who will share the road. Introducing a world-changing technology into an existing infrastructure, where human drivers will share the road with automated trucks, requires credibility and responsibility, according to Dr. Peter Vaughan Schmidt, Head of Daimler Truck's Autonomous Technology Group. "As the inventor of the truck, Daimler Truck has many decades of experience in testing and validation of commercial vehicles. Nevertheless, to develop a safe autonomous level 4 truck remains a complex task and resembles a marathon, not a sprint. Two years together with Torc Robotics, we have accomplished a lot, collaboratively pursuing a common goal of leading the logistics sector into the future and making road traffic safer for society. I am convinced that we are optimally positioned as a company and together with Torc we have the right partner at our side to achieve our goals."


Aurora Expands Autonomous Trucking Tests in Texas

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Autonomous vehicle technology developer Aurora Innovation Inc. said it plans to expand testing throughout Texas as it works toward commercializing self-driving trucks. In a May 27 blog post, the company said that it is expanding its relationships with shippers and motor carriers as it works to refine its autonomous Aurora Driver technology to fit their needs and handle highway traffic. To safely deploy a self-driving truck that can handle the complexities of highway driving, Aurora is developing and refining key capabilities such as complicated lane changes and merges, and entering and exiting the freeway. The goal is to create an autonomous freight system that is "safer, faster, more reliable and more efficient," the company said. Take a closer look at how we're preparing the Aurora Driver to move goods for key logistics companies on middle-mile routes in Texas https://t.co/FlvnmBNaCN Aurora said it takes about three days to deliver goods from Dallas to Los Angeles with humans at the wheel.


Uber in talks to sell ATG self-driving unit to Aurora – TechCrunch

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Eighteen months ago, Uber's self-driving car unit, Uber Advanced Technologies Group, was valued at $7.25 billion following a $1 billion investment from Toyota, DENSO and SoftBank's Vision Fund. Now, it's up for sale and a competing autonomous vehicle technology startup is in talks with Uber to buy it, according to three sources familiar with the deal. Aurora Innovation, the startup founded by three veterans of the autonomous vehicle industry who led programs at Google, Tesla and Uber, is in negotiations to buy Uber ATG. Terms of the deal are still unknown, but sources say the two companies have been in talks since October and it is far along in the process. An Uber spokesperson declined to comment, citing that the company's general policy is not to comment on these sorts of inquiries.


Towards a Framework for Certification of Reliable Autonomous Systems

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The capability and spread of such systems have reached the point where they are beginning to touch much of everyday life. However, regulators grapple with how to deal with autonomous systems, for example how could we certify an Unmanned Aerial System for autonomous use in civilian airspace? We here analyse what is needed in order to provide verified reliable behaviour of an autonomous system, analyse what can be done as the state-of-the-art in automated verification, and propose a roadmap towards developing regulatory guidelines, including articulating challenges to researchers, to engineers, and to regulators. Case studies in seven distinct domains illustrate the article. Keywords: autonomous systems; certification; verification; Artificial Intelligence 1 Introduction Since the dawn of human history, humans have designed, implemented and adopted tools to make it easier to perform tasks, often improving efficiency, safety, or security.


Machine Learning Engineer: Up to $300,000 Equity Job in Austin, TX at AI Startup

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There has never been a better time to indulge in the science and technology of Artificial Intelligence. We are a group of people who love what we do. Our founders have a wealth of experience working on various ground-breaking products including self driving cars, AWS AI services, GMail, Google Docs and flash storage systems. Backgrounds include key roles at Google, AWS, Uber, founding team of a startup which had a billion dollar IPO, and degrees from IIT, Stanford and Dartmouth. We are looking for talented backend software engineers, machine learning software engineers and research scientists to be part of the founding team.


Machine Learning Software Engineer, Up to $250k Job in Austin, TX at Deep Learning / AI Startup

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There has never been a better time to indulge in the science and technology of Artificial Intelligence. We are a group of people who love what we do. Our founders have a wealth of experience working on various ground-breaking products including self driving cars, AWS AI services, GMail, Google Docs and flash storage systems. Backgrounds include key roles at Google, AWS, Uber, founding team of a startup which had a billion dollar IPO, and degrees from IIT, Stanford and Dartmouth. We are looking for talented backend software engineers, machine learning software engineers and research scientists to be part of the founding team.


Bug repelling technology could end to self-driving car malfunctions

Daily Mail - Science & tech

For humans, bugs are a pesky distraction, but for self-driving cars they can be a matter of life or death. Ford, whose self-driving cars were just deployed in Austin, Texas, has come up with a novel set of tools to keep stray insects from interfering with the crucial sensors in its self-driving cars. Developed in partnership with Argo AI, Ford's vehicles use a complex laser technology called Lidar to generate spatial information for the car's navigation system. Similar to a radar system, lidar sends out a laser light and measures small differences in the speed and angle of the light that's reflected back from the environment, as reported by VentureBeat Those measurements are then used to generate information about surrounding vehicles and objects. Predictably, the biggest challenge for the sensors aren't parked cars or irresponsible drivers but insects, which can end up smashed against the lidar sensors and throw off their readings.


The Arrival Of Self-Driving Cars Will Shake Up Rankings Of Top Safe Driver Cities

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The annual America's safest drivable cities list has been published, let's start thinking about what the list will be like once driverless cars emerge. The annual ranking of the top cities in the United States for having the "safest" drivers has been recently published by Allstate Insurance, the chronicler of the America's Best Driver's Report. I'm sure that you want to know which cities have the best drivers and which ones have the worst. Of the 200 cities listed, the "best" or topmost five in terms of being at the top of the list were: Of the 200 cities listed, the "worst" in terms of ending at the final pole positions of 196 through 200 were: Some people glance at the list to see where their particular city has landed. Some use the list to be extra cautious when driving in the cities that are toward the latter portion of the list.


Self-driving truck startup Kodiak Robotics begins deliveries in Texas – TechCrunch

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A year after coming out of stealth mode with $40 million, self-driving truck startup Kodiak Robotics will begin making its first commercial deliveries in Texas. Kodiak will open a new facility in North Texas to support its freight operations along with increased testing in the state. There are some caveats to the milestone. Kodiak's self-driving trucks will have a human safety driver behind the wheel. And it's unclear how significant this initial launch is; the company didn't provide details on who its customers are or what it will be hauling.