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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.


Council Post: How Artificial Intelligence Can Add Value To Your Personal Life And Business

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Harro has over 20 years of experience in management consulting and early stage investments in disruptive products, processes and services. In many of the conversations with our (potential) customers, we discuss the power of artificial intelligence. In many publications the usage of AI is almost promoted as "the land of milk and honey" -- but those with a bit of experience will be able to tell you that using AI is not always the answer, and it's not as easy to implement as many try to make you believe. But with the right use-cases defined, it can help your company -- or you as a person -- make life easier or create specific added value. I'd like to tell you about how AI improved my personal life in five examples.


The Next Time You Fly, AI Could Help Ease the Journey

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

Arranging transportation to the airport, lugging bags, waiting on security lines, and putting up with delays are just some of the headaches travelers suffer when flying from one city to the next. Airlines and technology companies are developing artificial intelligence to ease the journey. Here, The Wall Street Journal outlines one vision of the future of air travel, based on interviews with a major aircraft manufacturer, airlines, technology developers and travel consultants.


Verizon details network enhancements aimed at improving GPS accuracy

ZDNet

Verizon on Thursday released details around its initiative to enhance the GPS accuracy of the phones, drones, and IoT devices that run on its network. The company said it's been building and deploying Real Time Kinematics (RTK) reference stations to its network that are meant to provide hyper-precise location information for connected devices. Verizon said RTK's pinpoint-level location data is a building block to bring to scale emerging technologies like driverless cars, drone delivery, and IoT. As part of its efforts, Verizon is also working with mapping provider HERE Technologies and automated mobility specialist Renovo on scaling autonomous vehicle technology that can address future autonomy needs and pedestrian safety issues. On the mapping side, the companies are pairing HERE's HD Map and HD Positioning technologies with intelligent RTK algorithms, and making that scalable.


DHL's IDEA to make warehouse processes more effective

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August 13, 2020: DHL Supply Chain is aiming to optimise e-fulfilment for online shops with IDEA, a solution specifically designed for warehouses. IDEA algorithm can significantly improve order-picking processes in DHL-operated warehouses. The costs involved are comparatively low since the software, developed by DHL, is compatible with most traditional warehouse management systems and can be integrated easily into existing IT infrastructure. In its first commercial deployments, the solution has reduced distance travelled by warehouse employees by up to 50 percent and increased productivity of individual DHL locations by up to 30 percent. "The Covid crisis has shown us that unforeseen volume fluctuations for individual products can put enormous stress on supply chains. Lack of clarity regarding stock levels and incorrect data on availability can lead to bottlenecks for individual products and then delays in delivering to end customers," said Markus Voss, CIO & COO at DHL Supply Chain.


The Emergence Of Hardware As A Key Enabler For The Age Of Artificial Intelligence

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Over the past few decades, software has been the engine of innovation for countless applications. From PCs to mobile phones, well-defined hardware platforms and instruction set architectures (ISA) have enabled many important advancements across vertical markets. The emergence of abundant-data computing is changing the software-hardware balance in a dramatic way. Diverse AI applications in facial recognition, virtual assistance, autonomous vehicles and more are sharing a common feature: They rely on hardware as the core enabler of innovation. Since 2017, the AI hardware market has grown 60-70% annually, and is projected to reach $65 billion by 2025.


Ibeo's LiDAR systems to provide higher autonomy to autonomous vehicles - Geospatial World

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Germany's Ibeo Automotive Systems, which specializes in lidar systems for autonomous driving, has signed a contract to provide China's Great Wall Motor Company (GWM) with its latest solid-state design. Ibeo said that it has commissioned key partner ZF Friedrichschafen – which in 2016 acquired a major stake in Ibeo – to produce the sensors and control unit for the "Level 3" system, which will provide partial autonomy. GWM has contracted one of its own subsidiaries to develop the system, which will be based around vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) produced by Austria's AMS. Ibeo points out that, after signing a letter of intent in 2019, it has already been in pre-development with GWM for a year. Officially, the project started with the signing of an additional contract by the two parties last month.


How Chatbots Help Business Avoid the Fear of a Black-Box AI Planet

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The rise of AI in business largely goes unquestioned, until a poor decision comes out of a black box that no one can fathom or that causes actual damage. To avoid this, businesses need to adopt AI tools that are provable and customer-friendly, with chatbots paving the way until AI can be truly trusted. In most business cases, artificial intelligence helps companies progress when it comes to their varied use cases. From understanding us humans and our convoluted languages, recovering data from forms, predicting outcomes etc., AI helps spot meaning, intent and value, and provides the power for chatbots, analytic services and other digital business tools. However, as with 5G and 4G before it, as with robots in factories, and those pesky vaccines that keep us alive, there is a narrative in the media that AI is here to destroy us, to wipe out jobs, to weaken employees and other negative outcomes.


Apes Spotted Flying Drone and Smiling

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In a new short video that has surfaced on TikTok, apes have been spotted flying drones. The drone is an Autel Robotics Evo and the apes are located in a Myrtle Beach Safari in South Carolina. The video was taken by photographer Nick B. and shows two apes flying a drone. One is standing up using the drone's controller while the other sits beside him holding the drone's case. The video is particularly impressive as the ape seems very much in control of the drone.


AI Magic Makes Century-Old Films Look New

WIRED

On April 14, 1906, the Miles brothers left their studio on San Francisco's Market Street, boarded a cable car, and began filming what would become an iconic short movie. Called A Trip Down Market Street, it's a fascinating documentation of life at the time: As the cable car rolls slowly along, the brothers aim their camera straight ahead, capturing women in outrageous frilly Victorian hats as they hurry across the tracks. Early automobiles swerve in front of the cable car, some of them convertibles, so we can see their drivers bouncing inside. After nearly a dozen minutes, the filmmakers arrive at the turntable in front of the Ferry Building, whose towering clock stopped at 5:12 am just four days later when a massive earthquake and consequent fire virtually obliterated San Francisco. Well over a century later, an artificial intelligence geek named Denis Shiryaev has transformed A Trip Down Market Street into something even more magical.