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It will soon be easy for self-driving cars to hide in plain sight. We shouldn't let them.

MIT Technology Review

It will soon become easy for self-driving cars to hide in plain sight. The rooftop lidar sensors that currently mark many of them out are likely to become smaller. Mercedes vehicles with the new, partially automated Drive Pilot system, which carries its lidar sensors behind the car's front grille, are already indistinguishable to the naked eye from ordinary human-operated vehicles. Is this a good thing? As part of our Driverless Futures project at University College London, my colleagues and I recently concluded the largest and most comprehensive survey of citizens' attitudes to self-driving vehicles and the rules of the road.

Predicting Others' Behavior on the Road With Artificial Intelligence


Researchers have created a machine-learning system that efficiently predicts the future trajectories of multiple road users, like drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians, which could enable an autonomous vehicle to more safely navigate city streets. If a robot is going to navigate a vehicle safely through downtown Boston, it must be able to predict what nearby drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians are going to do next. A new machine-learning system may someday help driverless cars predict the next moves of nearby drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists in real-time. Humans may be one of the biggest roadblocks to fully autonomous vehicles operating on city streets. If a robot is going to navigate a vehicle safely through downtown Boston, it must be able to predict what nearby drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists are going to do next.

Self-Driving Cars Could Get Safer Thanks to These 3 Tech Developments


Self-driving cars are one of the most hotly debated topics when it comes to vehicle safety. Plenty of companies are using autonomous vehicles for various purposes. However, most Americans don't think they're all that safe. Additionally, with videos showing the faults of some of these systems, it's easy to see the hesitation. So, it will undoubtedly get better over time.

Artificial Intelligence to Support UAVs in Healthcare


Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or simply drones, are used in a plethora of civil applications due to their ease of deployment, low maintenance cost, high mobility, and ability to hover. A main advantage of drones is that, in contrast to other vehicles, they are not restricted to traveling over a road network and thus, can swiftly move over disperse locations. Such vehicles are utilized for many applications such as the real-time monitoring of road traffic, civil infrastructure inspection, wireless coverage, delivery of goods, security and surveillance, precision agriculture, and healthcare. Regarding the latter, drones can be utilized in natural disaster relief, as search and rescue units, as transfer units, and to support telemedicine. For drones to be efficient in such applications, their scheduled and coordinated flying is crucial. Moreover, given that drones typically use an electric motor and store the required energy in batteries, their scheduled charging is crucial to maximizing their availability.Controlling drones demands efficient algorithms that can solve problems that involve a large number of heterogeneous entities (e.g., drones’ owners), each one having its own goals, needs, and incentives (e.g., amount of goods to transport), while they operate in highly dynamic environments (e.g., variable number of drones) and having to deal with a number of uncertainties (e.g., future requests, emergency situations). In this context, artificial intelligence (AI) techniq...

Autonomous Vehicle with 2D Lidar


Lidar is an acronym for light detection and ranging. Lidar is like radar, except that it uses light instead of radio waves. The light source is a laser. A lidar sends out light pulses and measures the time it takes for a reflection bouncing off a remote object to return to the device. As the speed of light is a known constant, the distance to the object can be calculated from the travel time of the light pulse (Figure 1).

Jersey Mike's to offer its subs by drone


Greg Nichols covers robotics, AI, and AR/VR for ZDNet. A full-time journalist and author, he writes about tech, travel, crime, and the economy for global media outlets and reports from across the U. You might think you should look down toward the water to spot a sub. If you're in North Carolina, you'd be better off looking up. That terrible joke is brought to you by a drone delivery services company called Flytrex, which just announced a partnership with Jersey Mike's Subs.

Royal Mail is building 500 drones to carry mail to remote communities

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Royal Mail is building a fleet of 500 drones to carry mail to remote communities all over the UK, including the Isles of Scilly and the Hebrides. The postal service, which has already conducted successful trials over Scotland and Cornwall, will create more than 50 new postal drone routes over the next three years as part of a new partnership with London company Windracers. Drones, or UAVs (uncrewed aerial vehicles), can help reduce carbon emissions and improve the reliability of island mail services, Royal Mail claims. They offer an alternative to currently-used delivery methods that can be affected by bad weather – ferries, conventional aircraft and land-based deliveries. They can also take off from any flat surface (sand, grass or tarmac) providing it is long enough.

Seoul launches VR simulator to test autonomous driving


The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) has announced it is building a pilot driving zone for autonomous cars. Forming part of the cooperative intelligent transport system (C-ITS) construction project, the virtual reality autonomous driving simulator will reflect road, traffic, and weather conditions by using digital twin technologies. According to SMG, by expanding the virtual territory to Gangnam and the city centre, it will enable Seoul to "leap forward" as a city of commercialised self-driving vehicles. The autonomous driving simulator will be open to the public, and anyone from companies to research institutes, start-ups, and universities can use it free of charge. SMG's rationale is the greater the numbers of developers who test the simulator the more opportunity there is to improve their technologies, and help the industry to further advance.

Beijing's first autonomous minibusses make maiden test voyage


Beijing's first group of autonomous minibusses, Apollo Robobus, underwent a first test in Beijing's Intelligent Connected Vehicle Policy Pilot Zone after receiving licenses on April 28. The pilot zone, which covers 225 square kilometers in southern Beijing, was recently approved and involves road testing, demonstrations, commercial operation services and roadside infrastructure. The Robobus, developed by Chinese tech giant Baidu, is a Level-4 mass-produced intelligent connected bus. It achieves autonomous driving by relying on Baidu artificial intelligence, deep learning achievements and autonomous driving technologies, according to insiders from Baidu Apollo. Level-4 autonomy means that the vehicle can drive autonomously in most conditions without a human driver.

Red Hat Linux is coming to your Vette and Caddy Escalade


Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, aka sjvn, has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting edge, PC operating system; 300bps was a fast Internet connection; WordStar was the state of the art word processor; and we liked it. Linux has long played a role in cars. Some companies, such as Tesla, run their own homebrew Linux distros. Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, and Toyota all rely on Automotive Grade Linux (AGL). AGL is a collaborative cross-industry effort developing an open platform for connected cars with over 140 members.