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Every new Alexa device Amazon just announced: Prices, release dates, and how to buy

ZDNet

Amazon-owned Ring announced a new line of security cameras for cars: The new $199 Car Cam, $60 Car Alarm, and the Car Connect systems, which lal integrate with the Ring app. The Car Alarm plugs into your car's OBD-II diagnostic port and sends alerts to your phone. It has a built-in siren that can be remotely triggered, or it can link to other Ring or Alexa devices to emit audible alerts when an event is detected. As for the Car Cam, it is Ring's first camera for outside of the home and has the ability to record both inside and outside of the car when mounted on a dashboard. Like the Car Alarm, the Car Cam can send alerts.


From bomb-affixed drones to narco tanks and ventilated tunnels: How well-equipped are the Mexican cartels?

FOX News

Mexico's increasingly militarized crackdown of powerful drug cartels has left nearly 39,000 unidentified bodies languishing in the country's morgues – a grotesque symbol of the ever-burgeoning war on drugs and rampant violence. Investigative NGO Quinto Elemento Labs, in a recent report, found that an alarming number of people have been simply buried in common graves without proper postmortems, while others were left in funeral homes. The so-called war of drugs has claimed the lives of nearly 300,000 people over the last 14 years, while another 73,000 have gone missing. All the while, these cartels have yet to be designated formal terrorist organizations despite boasting well-documented arsenals of sophisticated weaponry to rival most fear-inducing militias on battlefields abroad. Just last month, reports surfaced that Mexico's Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) now possess bomb-toting drones – which The Drive's Warzone depicts as "small quadcopter-type drones carrying small explosive devices to attack its enemies."


Self-Driving Vehicle Technology

Communications of the ACM

Automakers have already spent at least $16 billion developing self-driving technology, with the promise of someday creating fully autonomous vehicles.2 What has been the result? Although it seems that we have more promises than actual progress, some encouraging experiments are now under way, and there have been intermediate benefits in the form of driver-assist safety features. Engineers started on this quest to automate driving several decades ago, when passenger vehicles first began deploying cameras, radar, and limited software controls. In the 1990s, automakers introduced radar-based adaptive cruise control and dynamic traction control for braking.


Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

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You've probably heard something along the lines of: "Artificial Intelligence has the potential to change lives." But how does it work? In this article, I hope to share what I've been learning about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and a simple introduction to topics in the field. Since I am just starting out, I've been scouring the web for resources, talks, and articles about AI to try to get a better idea of what it is and how we can use it to its full potential. I hope to convey these ideas in simple terms that hopefully anyone can understand.


Ford parks itself as autonomous valet comes to the U.S.

Mashable

The days of searching for a spot and struggling to fit your car in it could be numbered, because Ford is now showing what it's like to leave the parking to a robot driver. In a garage in downtown Detroit on Wednesday, Ford and auto parts supplier Bosch showed how automated valet parking could change one of the most annoying parts of driving. Using a connected Ford Escape that has Ford's Co-Pilot360 driver-assistance system, a smartphone app, and a "smart" garage equipped with Bosch's sensors and self-driving infrastructure, the car was able to park itself and later pull out of the spot. The car's modem and a server in the garage were communicating with each other to safely pull the car in and out of the space. Here's the valet service in one of Bedrock real estate firm's garages in Detroit that was retrofitted for the autonomous parking experience: Drivers pull up to a designated area in the garage and then can get out of the car and let the app and connected car do the rest. To pick up the car, the driver returns to the same space and requests the car from the app.


Examples of AI You Don't Know You're Using Every Day

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There are several ways technology betters our day-to-day lives. Our phones, cars, and computers are becoming smarter every day. With a few buttons, you can order food, set up doctor consultations, and even be driven to another place. We are now used to living in that version of our world. But do we ask ourselves how they keep advancing? More often than not, the reason for this is AI. But what is AI, and what are some examples of AI that we don't know we're using? There is not a universal definition of artificial intelligence (AI). Some define it through its field of study; others define it by how "human" its qualities are. When these definitions are added together, you get an idea of what AI is all about. AI is a branch of the computer sciences that develops machines into thinking and acting like humans. Machines, when built with AI, must think rationally and act humanly. Recent developments in AI have made them capable of speech recognition, problem-solving, and machine-learning. As you can see from these examples, humans are replicating what makes them distinct from other animals.


Artificial Intelligence Is Here To Calm Your Road Rage

TIME - Tech

I am behind the wheel of a Nissan Leaf, circling a parking lot, trying not to let the day's nagging worries and checklists distract me to the point of imperiling pedestrians. Like all drivers, I am unwittingly communicating my stress to this vehicle in countless subtle ways: the strength of my grip on the steering wheel, the slight expansion of my back against the seat as I breathe, the things I mutter to myself as I pilot around cars and distracted pedestrians checking their phones in the parking lot. "Hello, Corinne," a calm voice says from the audio system. The conversation that ensues offers a window into the ways in which artificial intelligence could transform our experience behind the wheel: not by driving the car for us, but by taking better care of us as we drive. Before coronavirus drastically altered our routines, three-quarters of U.S. workers--some 118 million people--commuted to the office alone in a car.


How to hack a self-driving car – Physics World

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Cars that drive themselves may one day improve road safety by reducing human error – and hopefully deaths by accidents too. One morning in March 2019, a brand new, cherry-red Tesla Model 3 sat in front of a Sheraton hotel in Vancouver, Canada. Once they were inside the car, Amat Cama and Richard Zhu, both tall and lean twentysomethings, needed only a few minutes. They exploited a weakness in the browser of the "infotainment" system to get inside one of the car's computers. Then they used the system to run a few lines of their own code, and soon their commands were appearing on the screen. Cama and Zhu got the car, but they weren't thieves.


Michigan developing driverless car corridor

The Japan Times

San Francisco – Michigan announced an initiative to explore the development of a more than 40-mile (64-kilometer) stretch of road dedicated to connected and autonomous vehicles between the cities of Ann Arbor and Detroit. The project will be led by Cavnue, a subsidiary of Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, and will be supported by an advisory committee that includes General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp., as well as autonomous driving startups Argo AI and Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo. "We are taking the initial steps to build the infrastructure to help us test and deploy the cars of the future," Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement. Michigan said the dedicated autonomous vehicle (AV) corridor is the first of its kind and eventually will improve safety and transit access for communities along the road. The first two years of the project will focus on testing technology and exploring the viability of a highway dedicated to vehicles that drive themselves.


Driverless Cars Gain Speed, Despite Global Slowdown

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Automakers Volkswagen, Ford, and General Motors are betting billions that autonomous driving will get us moving again. We're headed for an electric, driverless future. The shock of losing air travel and public transportation has proven one sector of the American workforce to be especially resilient: the road warriors. A mass shift to single-occupancy vehicles is occurring nationwide according to new research from Cornell University, which poses a major traffic and pollution problem in many cities. The solution, according to today's most influential automakers, is to accelerate the development of electric, driverless cars programmed by artificial intelligence.