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Researchers develop a new robot that can efficiently navigate sidewalks in urban environments

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To operate efficiently in urban environments, mobile robots and other autonomous systems should be able to move safely on sidewalks and avoid collisions with pedestrians or other obstacles. This is particularly true for delivery robots or systems that are specifically programmed to patrol urban environments. Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology and Stanford University have recently developed AlienGo, a quadruped robot that can follow specific routes generated by public map services while remaining on sidewalks and avoiding collisions with obstacles or humans. This robot, presented in a paper pre-published on arXiv, is based on a new, highly performing two-staged learning framework for safe sidewalk navigation. "As part of this project, we developed an intelligent quadrupedal robot that can navigate sidewalks in the real world," Sehoon Ha, one of the researchers who carried out the study, told TechXplore.


Paccar, Aurora, Fedex Pilot Autonomous Linehaul Trucking Operation

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Paccar's autonomously-enabled trucks configured with the Aurora autonomous Driver platform will haul FedEx loads between Dallas and Houston along the I-45 corridor. Paccar has teamed up with Fedex and Aurora to launch a commercial pilot of autonomous trucks in linehaul trucking operations. Paccar's autonomously-enabled trucks configured with the Aurora autonomous Driver platform will haul FedEx loads between Dallas and Houston, a 500-mile round trip, along the I-45 corridor. The trucks will operate autonomously, with a backup driver for additional safety. This is the first collaboration of its kind between a truck manufacturer, an autonomous technology developer and a logistics provider, Paccar officials said.


Career Guidance - Robotics Process Automation RPA ( Jobs in RPA )

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Now a days, most of the technologies are getting boost. One of them is Robotics Process Automation. Why students should go with technology. We have explained considering package and consistency of this technology. There are more RPA tools in market like Uipath studio, BluePrism, Automation Anywhere etc. Students can practice by creating robots by downloading these tools from their official sites.


Stanford Researchers Solve One Thing That Bothered Drones

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"Researchers at Stanford introduce a new algorithm that can help drones decide when and when not to offload their AI tasks." Autonomous vehicles, be it self driving cars or drones, in an ideal situation, should need to upload only 1 per cent of their visual data to help retrain their model each day. According to Intel, running a self-driving car for 90 minutes can generate more than four terabytes of data. And, going by the ideal case of 1 per cent, this would generate 40 GBs of data from a single vehicle. Now, that's a lot of data transfer for an ML model to crunch and dish out insights for the vehicle to make the right decisions.


Volvo unveils prototype self-driving semi truck built for long hauls

Engadget

Volvo and Aurora are one step closer to putting autonomous semi trucks on North American roads. The two have revealed a prototype self-driving semi truck meant for "long-haul" trips in North America, not just quick hops as with past vehicles. The variant of Volvo's VNL looks familiar, but packs a wide array of sensors to detect the surrounding environment and navigate on its own using the virtual Aurora Driver. The automaker was shy on technical details, but said the big rig expanded on existing VNL safety features like Volvo Dynamic Steering and automated transmission to create a "redundant" system. This truck might not run into much trouble on the highway, in other words. The companies previously said they hoped for Level 4 autonomy, or completely human-free driving in limited situations.


Scientists develop a 3D-printed microneedle vaccine patch

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Scientists have developed a tiny 3D-printed microneedle vaccine patch that could offer a pain-free alternative to needles. In trials on mice, it offered a 10-fold greater immune response and a 50-fold greater T-cell and antigen-specific antibody response compared with a needle in the arm. The polymer patch, which is smaller than a 5p coin, needs lower doses and could be mailed to people's homes and self-administered, eliminating the need for trained medical personnel. It also offers an'anxiety-free' vaccination option for people who have a'needle phobia', also known as trypanophobia, which is putting some off getting their Covid jabs. The researchers are yet to conduct clinical trials of the patch on humans, which could pave the way for a new way of administering vaccines in the future.


AIhub monthly digest: September 2021 – AI100 report released, Tutorial Tuesdays, and haikus

AIHub

Welcome to our September 2021 monthly digest where you can catch up with any AIhub stories you may have missed, get the low-down on recent events, and much more. In this edition we cover the release of the latest AI100 report, an award winning paper from IJCAI, some useful AI resources, and more. In this interesting article, IJCAI 2021 invited speaker Edith Elkind writes about the continuing quest to bring the theory of fair land division closer to practice. This is work that won Edith, and co-authors Erel Segal-Halevi and Warut Suksompong, a distinguished paper award at IJCAI 2021. Their article "Keep your distance: land division with separation" investigates fair land allocation under separation constraints.


Nvidia, University of Toronto are making robotics research available to small firms

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This article is part of our reviews of AI research papers, a series of posts that explore the latest findings in artificial intelligence. The human hand is one of the fascinating creations of nature, and one of the highly sought goals of artificial intelligence and robotics researchers. A robotic hand that could manipulate objects as we do would be enormously useful in factories, warehouses, offices, and homes. Yet despite tremendous progress in the field, research on robotics hands remains extremely expensive and limited to a few very wealthy companies and research labs. Now, new research promises to make robotics research available to resource-constrained organizations.


China Shows Off New Drones And Jets At Zhuhai Airshow

International Business Times

China on Tuesday showed off its increasingly sophisticated air power including surveillance drones, with an eye on disputed territories from Taiwan to the South China Sea and its rivalry with the United States. The country's biggest airshow, in the southern coastal city of Zhuhai, comes as Beijing pushes to meet a 2035 deadline to retool its military for modern warfare. China still lags the United States in terms of tech and investment in its war machine, but experts say it is narrowing the gap. On Tuesday, the air force aerobatic team left colourful vapour trails as it manoeuvred in formation, while visitors inspected new jets, drones and attack helicopters on the tarmac. The CH-6, a prototype drone with a wingspan of 20.5 metres (67 feet), was among the domestic tech unveiled.


Global cooperation on autonomous driving advancing sector-Ecns.cn

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An autonomous bus has a test drive with passengers aboard in Qingdao, Shandong province on Sept 19. International carmakers are partnering with Chinese companies to tailor autonomous driving solutions for their vehicles sold in the world's largest vehicle market. Last week, the largest carmaker in the United States said it is investing $300 million in Chinese autonomous driving startup Momenta. The deal is expected to accelerate General Motors' development of self-driving technologies for its vehicles in China, said Julian Blissett, executive vice-president of GM and president of GM China. "Customers in China are embracing electrification and advanced self-driving technology faster than anywhere else in the world," Blissett said.