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Uber adds electric vehicle ride option and drone delivery

Mashable

Uber announced a few big plans at its product event on Monday, including autonomous deliveries and the ability to specify if you want your ride to be an electric vehicle. Now, to be clear, these new features will not be rolling out to everyone right away. Uber rolled out its Comfort Electric program in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Dubai, while promising it would add more cities soon. The feature lets riders choose an electric ride, similar to how you can order a larger vehicle (Uber XL) or a ride with your pet (Uber Pet). "It's as simple as tap a button and request a ride in a premium EV like a Tesla or Polestar," the company wrote in a press release.


Qualcomm plunges into the robotics market with new platform

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. Qualcomm is taking a big dive into robotics. At its 5G Summit event, the company announced a new robotics platform that serves as an off-the-shelf developer kit for creating autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) and drones, utilizing 5G and edge AI for next-gen autonomy. In practical terms, this could set off huge changes in the expanding AMR market and the upstart enterprise drone market. Currently, the space is dominated by a handful of robotics firms that build AMRs or drone-in-a-box solutions and lease them on an as-a-service model.


Chinese drone giant DJI suspends business in Russia, Ukraine

Al Jazeera

DJI, the world's largest drone manufacturer, has announced it is temporarily halting operations in Russia and Ukraine, in a rare example of a Chinese firm suspending business in response to the war in Ukraine. The Shenzhen-headquartered company said on Wednesday it would suspend its business in the two countries while "internally reassessing compliance requirements in various jurisdictions". DJI, which was founded in Hong Kong in 2006, added it was "engaging with customers, partners and other stakeholders regarding the temporary suspension," according to a company statement. Adam Lisberg, DJI's director of corporate communications for North America, told Al Jazeera the company had taken the action "not to make a statement about any country, but to make a statement about our principles". "DJI abhors any use of our drones to cause harm, and we are temporarily suspending sales in these countries in order to help ensure no one uses our drones in combat," Lisberg said.


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.


Tesla CEO Elon Musk Makes New Claim To Introduce Robotaxi by 2024

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk isn't one to shy away from making bold claims about what's coming in the future from Tesla. Musk has earned a reputation for making gallant claims, but failing to meet them. Some examples include the affordable Tesla Model 3, introduction of the Cybertruck, and rebirth of the sporty Roadster. Sticking to a timeline is nearly impossible for Tesla. Tesla Robotaxi In The Works In a first-quarter earnings call with journalists, Musk, as reported by Automotive News, stated that the automaker would begin production of a "robotaxi" by 2024.


"HAI 2.0" – NPS Releases Updated Artificial Intelligence Course, Video Series

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Early AI began with a variety of tasks such as checkers and chess, speech recognition, language translation, and solving word problems. Over the years it has progressed to give us automated vacuum cleaners, robot dogs, Siri and Alexa, image recognizers, Chess and Go world masters, self-driving cars, and self-guided drones. These technologies have powerful impacts on Naval operations and warfighting as well. AI has the potential to revolutionize military technology, capability and operations. The possibilities have raised many speculations about what AI is capable of and whether it can be trusted.


Daily AI Roundup: Biggest Machine Learning, Robotic And Automation Updates

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This is your AI Daily Roundup today. We are covering the top updates from around the world. The updates will feature state-of-the-art capabilities in artificial intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Robotic Process Automation, Fintech, and human-system interactions. We cover the role of AI Daily Roundup and its application in various industries and daily lives. Software intelligence company Dynatrace announced it has extended its advanced AIOps capabilities for leading database environments, including Oracle and Microsoft SQL.


Tesla says robotaxi is coming in 2024, and it won't have a steering wheel

Mashable

Tesla's fleet of robotaxis will be unleashed onto the world in 2024, and they will truly be autonomous, with no option for human driver to take over. During Tesla's earnings call Wednesday, company CEO Elon Musk said the robotaxi is "highly optimized for autonomy" and won't have a steering wheel or pedals. Musk hinted at other "exciting" innovations, saying the goal is to achieve the lowest cost-per-mile possible, and that the cost of taking a Tesla robotaxi would be lower than riding a bus. "I think it will be a very powerful product," he said, adding that it will be a "massive driver for Tesla's growth." The robotaxi will be unveiled sometime next year, and the company plans to mass produce it by 2024, Musk said.


Elon Musk predicts a Tesla robotaxi ride will cost less than a subsidized bus ticket

ZDNet

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is once again talking up the anticipated benefits of the company's long-awaited robotaxi. After once promising to have them on the road by 2020, Musk on Wednesday said "we aspire to reach volume production of [the robotaxi] in 2024." "That really will be a massive driver of Tesla's growth," the CEO said. Beyond that, he touted the impact the vehicle could have on transportation affordability. "Especially with the robotaxi and autonomy, I think we'll end up providing consumers with by far the lowest cost per mile transport that they've ever experienced," he said on Wednesday's Q1 earnings conference call.


Qualcomm Expands Snapdragon Ride For All ADAS Levels

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CES has become the premier event to showcase new automotive technology. In fact, even before the COVID-19 Omicron variant outbreak, it seemed that the automotive segment was drawing the lion's share of in-person attendance at CES. And throughout CES, I will be highlighting some of the technology advancements aimed at Electric Vehicles (EVs), Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS), and Autonomous Vehicles (AV's). Qualcomm announced major enhancements to its product portfolio for ADAS and Autonomous Drive (AD) systems. While the company did not go into detail during its press conference, Qualcomm provided more depth on the announcement during a recent briefing.