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Lyft offers self-driving car rides in Boston

Daily Mail

The ride-hailing company Lyft is now sending self-driving cars to pick up passengers in a Boston neighborhood. The cars will have backup human drivers at the wheel and will be limited to short routes within the city's Seaport District, a burgeoning tech startup hub. Lyft and its Boston-based partner nuTonomy, which builds self-driving software, announced Wednesday that the pilot project has begun. The Renault Zoe EVs will be limited to short routes within the city's Seaport District The cars will initially be a small number of Renault Zoe EVs, which Nutonomy began road-testing in Boston starting last November. Nutonomy engineers are already working on integrating Lyft software into'a couple of' vehicles, to be deployed sometime'in the coming months,' for actual customer pickups, though no more specific timeline was given.


Global Automotive Artificial Intelligence Market Outlook 2017-2023 - The Big Three are Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and Fiato Chrysler Automotive - Research and Markets

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DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Automotive Artificial Intelligence - Global Market Outlook (2017-2023)" report has been added to Research and Markets' offering. The Global Automotive Artificial Intelligence Market accounted for $563.58 million in 2016 and is expected to reach $5,265.81 million by 2023 growing at a CAGR of 37.6% during the forecast period. The automotive industry has seen the promise of artificial intelligence (AI) technology, and is among the industries at the forefront of using AI to augment human actions and to mimic the actions of humans. The arrival of standards such as the adaptive cruise control (ACC), blind spot alert, and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and rising demand for convenience and safety presents an opportunity for OEMs to build up novel and innovative artificial intelligence systems that would attract customers. Although 2016 was spoiled by some technological failures in self-driving cars, the year als-observed a couple of successful test runs in the US.


AI Weekly: There are more pressing problems than god-like AI

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A religion based around artificial intelligence is in the news again, this time helmed by Anthony Levandowski, a former member of Google's self-driving car team. His argument is that humans will eventually create AI that is more intelligent than we are, making it functionally god-like, so we might as well start planning for that eventuality. His thinking about the rise of super intelligent machines runs parallel to that of Elon Musk, who has been trumpeting the risks of artificial superintelligence on Twitter and in public appearances. But while talking about an AI god grabs headlines, we have more pressing problems to consider. The AI experts I get to speak with aren't concerned about an artificial superintelligence suddenly cropping up in the next few months and taking over the world.


Nvidia CEO: Gaming will be huge, but so will AI and data center businesses

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Nvidia reported a stellar quarter for the three months ended October 31. Nvidia had $2.6 billion in revenue in the quarter, and $1.5 billion of it came from graphics chips for gaming PCs. But the company's investment in artificial intelligence chips is paying off, with data center growing beyond $500 million in revenue for the first time. Jensen Huang, CEO of Santa Clara, California-based Nvidia, said his company started investing in AI seven years ago, and that its latest AI chips are the result of years of work by several thousand engineers. That has given the company an edge in AI, and other rivals are scrambling to keep up, he said.


Nvidia CEO: Gaming will be huge, but so will AI and data center businesses

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Nvidia reported a stellar quarter for the three months ended October 31. Nvidia had $2.6 billion in revenue in the quarter, and $1.5 billion of it came from graphics chips for gaming PCs. But the company's investment in artificial intelligence chips is paying off, with data center growing beyond $500 million in revenue for the first time. Jensen Huang, CEO of Santa Clara, California-based Nvidia, said his company started investing in AI seven years ago, and that its latest AI chips are the result of years of work by several thousand engineers. That has given the company an edge in AI, and other rivals are scrambling to keep up, he said.


NVidia $NVDA Earnings Glow With Machine Learning, AI, Bitcoin & Gaming Graphics

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High-performance graphics chip pioneer NVidia reported better than expected fiscal Q3 earnings after the market close on Thursday. NVidia raised the dividend 7 percent to 15 cents a share and intends to return $1.25 billion to shareholders during the next fiscal year. NVidia consistently trumps analysts' expectations and comes just after Sony and gaming stocks Take Two Interactive $TTWO and Activision Blizzard $ATVI delivered strong earnings. NVIDA chips, graphics processors are gaming industry standouts for personal computers and video game consoles. Earnings: EPS $1.33 way ahead of analysts expected EPS of 94 cents on Revenue of $2.64 Billio beats expected 18% revenue growth to $2.36 billion.. "We had a great quarter across all of our growth drivers.


Renault's self-driving car can avoid obstacles like pro drivers

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The Renault Group announced today that its autonomous vehicle control system can avoid obstacles just as well as professional test drivers. The company said that in designing the system, it was actually inspired by these drivers' abilities and used them as a sort of benchmark as to what level its technology should be performing. "Despite popular belief, the reality is that human beings are pretty amazing drivers, with less than one fatality per 100,000,000 kilometers in most developed countries," Simon Hougard, director of the Renault Open Innovation Lab, wrote in a Medium post. "Reaching and exceeding that benchmark is essential to improve safety and realize our dreams of autonomous cars, providing more productivity during our morning commutes and robo-vehicle services in city centers." The technology is a result of Renault's collaboration with Stanford University Dynamic Design Lab Director Chris Gerdes, who's also a former US Department of Transportation Chief Innovation Officer, and Renault says it will help with its goal to be one of the first companies to bring "mind off" technology to the public.


There's an Apple-like acquisition trend in the self-driving car space

Mashable

Ford's self-driving car subsidiary Argo AI has acquired Princeton Lightwave, a LiDAR producer, in a move to take ownership of its supply chain, which is becoming more common in the autonomous vehicle (AV) development space. LiDAR, which stands for Light Detection And Ranging, are sensors used by AVs to determine how far away objects are in the world around it to create a 3D map of road conditions. The system works by sending out lightwaves from lasers that bounce off objects before returning to the sensor, similar to how more commonly understood tools like radar and sonar function. Argo AI CEO Bryan Salesky announced the acquisition in a Medium post, calling the sensor tech "crucial" to the development of Argo's autonomous platform. He wrote that the move to bring Princeton onboard makes Argo "uniquely positioned" to build out its hardware and software systems together, which presumably gives the company more direct control over how the platform works as one, along with cutting costs by owning the means of LiDAR production.


Canada is officially testing driverless cars on public streets

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Canada is celebrating a technological milestone after its first official self-driving car test on public roads last week. The street test was conducted in Ottawa's west end using technology developed by Blackberry. The city of Ottawa announced a partnership with Blackberry's QNX team, the operating system arm of the company which is developing self-driving vehicle software. "With support from BlackBerry QNX and its Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Center and by working closely with all our partners, we are facilitating smart initiatives and research, and fuelling innovation and job creation in Ottawa," said the city's mayor, Jim Watson in a press release. The test was not run in real-life conditions as the roads were closed during the demonstration.


GM buys Strobe, a Pasadena startup that makes crucial tech for self-driving cars

Los Angeles Times

Last week, General Motors Co. announced plans to release a fleet of new electric vehicles by 2023, laying the groundwork for an "all-electric future." But the technology's high price, complexity and limited performance has kept self-driving cars from being deployed on a larger scale, according to Kyle Vogt, chief executive of Cruise Automation, a subsidiary developing self-driving technology that GM bought last year. "To solve these problems we've acquired Strobe, a company that has quietly been building the leading next-generation lidar sensors," Vogt wrote in a blog post announcing the purchase of Strobe. In his blog post, Vogt said Strobe's lidar sensors can be coupled with a radar sensor to more accurately read road conditions and avoid wrecks for self-driving cars.