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Uber Eats delivery goes fully autonomous

ZDNet

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. Uber Eats is turning to autonomous vehicles in a major market. Along with AV partner Motional, the third-party delivery platform will be launching a new autonomous delivery experience in Santa Monica, California. Deliveries will be conducted in Motional's IONIQ 5 vehicles, which are capable of operating autonomously. Participating restaurants bring packaged orders to the curb and place them inside a locking compartment.


Forget rideshares, Uber will rent you a party bus

Engadget

Uber continues to show that it has grand ambitions that go far beyond the ride-sharing service that it first became known for. At the company's second annual, product-focused Go/Get event, Uber announced a host of new features focused primarily on expanding its offerings in both the travel and delivery categories. Travel may sound obvious, given Uber's background, but probably the most notable new offering is simply called Uber Travel; its focus is helping you get around when you're not in your home city. It's an integration with Gmail that can pull details out of your inbox like hotel, flight and restaurant reservations and group it together in the Uber app. The point, of course, is that you can then schedule rides for each of these events, and Uber will give 10 percent back in Uber Cash when you do.


Uber Eats is launching two autonomous delivery pilots today in Los Angeles

Engadget

Uber Eats is launching not just one but two autonomous delivery pilots today in Los Angeles, TechCrunch has reported. The first is via an autonomous vehicle partnership with Motional, originally announced in December, and the second is with sidewalk delivery firm Serve Robotics, a company that spun out of Uber itself. The trials will be limited, with deliveries from just a few merchants including the Kreation juicery and organic cafe. Serve will do short delivery routes in West Hollywood, while Motional will take care of longer deliveries in Santa Monica. "We'll be able to learn from both of those pilots what customers actually want, what merchants actually want and what makes sense for delivery," an Uber spokesperson told TechCrunch.


Nvidia's H100 "Hopper" Chip Aims to Help AI Speed up Digitization - TechEngage

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Data is a new reality of life and tech industries in Silicon Valley and across the globe know it. Every small and big tech giant is working to capture the attention of customers. Artificial intelligence (AI) is indispensable in bringing a true digital revolution to turn history upside down. Nvidia is also trying to maintain its clout in the global computing industry through frequent bold steps. It will sell a new AI chip later this year to enhance data processing and AI modeling.


Functional Safety Engineer

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Woven Planet is building the safest mobility in the world. A subsidiary of Toyota, Woven Planet innovates and invests in new technologies, software, and business models that transform how we live, work and move. With a focus on automated driving, smart cities, robotics and more, we build on Toyota's legacy of trust and safety to deliver mobility solutions for all. For nearly a century, Toyota has been delivering products and services that improve lives. Automation that originated to increase the efficiency of daily activities has evolved into the safe, reliable, connected automobiles we enjoy and depend on today.


Google parent Alphabet misses estimates on YouTube, Europe ads

Al Jazeera

Google parent Alphabet Inc. reported first-quarter revenue that fell short of analysts' expectations, a rare miss for the technology giant reflecting slower ad sales in Europe and a lackluster performance by its YouTube video service. The shares declined about 6% in extended trading. The company also announced a $70 billion share buyback program. Revenue, excluding payouts to distribution partners, increased 20% to $56 billion in the period ended March 31, Alphabet said Tuesday in a statement. Analysts, on average, projected $56.1 billion.


SoftBank cuts back spending, leaving startups desperate for cash

The Japan Times

SoftBank Group Corp.-backed Light is struggling to raise funds after the world's largest tech investor balked at putting more money into the startup, people familiar with the matter said. SoftBank owns about 30% of Light through its first Vision Fund, which led an injection of $121 million (¥15.4 billion) into the advanced camera developer in 2018. SoftBank's continued support is critical for the cash-strapped startup, which had been spending millions of dollars to expand into self-driving tech at SoftBank's urging. Hurt by plunging tech valuations, SoftBank is walking away from some of its loss-making portfolio firms to comply with stricter investment criteria, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter was not public. Many of the two Vision Funds' portfolio of 300-plus companies are loss-making.


AI Startups Finally Getting Onboard With AI Ethics And Loving It, Including Those Newbie Autonomous Self-Driving Car Tech Firms Too

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AI startups are increasingly embracing AI ethics, though this is trickier than it might seem at ... [ ] first glance. Whatever you are thinking, think bigger. Fake it until you make it. These are the typical startup lines that you hear or see all the time. They have become a kind of advisory lore amongst budding entrepreneurs. If you wander around Silicon Valley, you'll probably see bumper stickers with those slogans and likely witness high-tech founders wearing hoodies emblazoned with such tropes. AI-related startups are assuredly included in the bunch. Perhaps we might though add an additional piece of startup success advice for the AI aiming nascent firms, namely that they should energetically embrace AI ethics. That is a bumper sticker-worthy notion and assuredly a useful piece of sage wisdom for any AI founder that is trying to figure out how they can be a proper leader and a winning entrepreneur. For my ongoing and extensive coverage of AI Ethics and Ethical AI, see the link here and the link here, just to name a few. The first impulse of many AI startups is likely the exact opposite of wanting to embrace AI ethics. Often, the focus of an AI startup is primarily about getting some tangible AI system out the door as quickly as possible. There is usually tremendous pressure to produce an MVP (minimally viable product). Investors are skittish about putting money into some newfangled AI contrivance that might not be buildable, and therefore the urgency to craft an AI pilot or prototype is paramount.


Computer Vision Engineer - Autonomous Driving

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Woven Planet is building the safest mobility in the world. A subsidiary of Toyota, Woven Planet innovates and invests in new technologies, software, and business models that transform how we live, work and move. With a focus on automated driving, smart cities, robotics and more, we build on Toyota's legacy of trust and safety to deliver mobility solutions for all. For nearly a century, Toyota has been delivering products and services that improve lives. Automation that originated to increase the efficiency of daily activities has evolved into the safe, reliable, connected automobiles we enjoy and depend on today.


Self-driving car pulled over in San Francisco, confounding police. 'Ain't nobody in it.'

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

The first words many police officers use when pulling over a vehicle weren't applicable last week when San Francisco police pulled over – or attempted to pull over – an autonomous vehicle without a person inside. A video that has gone viral shows a San Francisco police officer saying to his partner that there "ain't nobody in it." The vehicle, a self-driving car without a steering wheel for the San Francisco-based company Cruise, was being pulled over for driving without headlights at night. The Cruise car's digitalized system, however, determined it was being pulled over for going a different speed limit. Once the officer confusingly checked the vehicle and went to talk to his partner, the vehicle took off through another intersection at a seemingly more acceptable speed before being pulled over again.