Automotive electronics and parts maker Delphi and French transport company Transdev plan to use autonomous taxis and a shuttle van to carry passengers on roadways in France. Volvo launched'Drive Me UK' earlier this year, an extensive UK-based autonomous driving trial, involving up to 100 driverless cars being driven on roads by people later this year. But humans at a central dispatch center would still be able to take control of the vehicles, said Glen De Vos, Delphi Corp.'s chief technology officer. Bryant Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina who tracks self-driving cars, said the Delphi-Transdev project would be among the first to carry passengers on roads without human backup drivers.
In the Terminator film franchise, hyper-intelligent robots learn to operate without their human masters, leading to a machine uprising that wipes out most of mankind. To test their theory on'robot-confidence', the researchers developed an algorithmic model of an interaction between humans and robots called the'off-switch game'. To test their theory on'robot-confidence', the researchers developed an algorithmic model of an interaction between humans and robots called the'off-switch game'. In the Terminator film franchise (pictured) hyper-intelligent robots learn to operate without their human masters.
Japanese shipping companies are working with shipbuilders to develop self-piloting cargo ships. Shipping firms Mitsui OSK Lines and Nippon Yusen are working with shipbuilders including Japan Marine United to share both costs and expertise, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. Nippon Yusen has already been working on technology to enable ships to use data to assess collision risks. In 2016, Rolls-Royce announced plans to develop unmanned cargo ships, starting with remote-controlled vessels that could be operational as soon as 2020.
A new program called Project Icarus is teaching kids how to build drones, while at the same time helping them grow in STEM fields, which focus in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Seven-year-old Ava builds her drone at a Project Icarus workshop. Dani Dias' seven-year-old daughter Ava participated in a Project Icarus workshop. The drone program helped Ava grow, her mother said.
The plan to have so-called "smart ships" moving around the world is being driven by a consortium of Japanese shipping companies who are working with shipbuilders to develop self-piloting cargo ships. At the heart of the ships will be a form of artificial intelligence. The idea is to reduce costs and to improve efficiency. From then on a human captain will be based on-shore, monitoring the progress of the boats as they navigate the world's marine trade routes.
The AI tech is expected to make shipping safer by not just potting the course, but also detecting machinery malfunctions and other problems way in advance. Since Japan has a head start on the technology, it could make the country's shipping technology more competitive. The marine branch of carmaker Rolls Royce is also working on an autonomous shipping technology. Ever since then, many tech companies ride-hailing services and auto companies have ventured into the technology.
The Reconfigurable Robotics Lab presents Mori, a modular origami robot. Mori is the first example of a robot that combines the concepts behind both origami robots and reconfigurable, modular robots. Origami robotics utilises folding of thin structures to produce single robots that can change their shape, while modular robotics uses large numbers of individual entities to reconfigure the overall shape and address diverse tasks. UT's Human Centered Robotics Lab has been running some painful-looking simulations on Valkyrie: We'd all like to see this tried on the actual robot, I think.
Self-driving cars need accurate maps. The maps should ideally be accurate down to less than an inch, says Christoph Mertz, a scientist at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University and cofounder of a road monitoring company called Roadbotics. Maps of the future may get an accuracy boost, thanks to a new partnership between Bosch and mapping company TomTom; they are collaborating on a technology they call a "radar road signature." The idea, announced on Wednesday, is that cars driven by humans (and possibly autonomous ones as well) will use onboard radar sensors to map the roads in a highly-detailed way.
In his keynote address at the first-ever United Nations "AI for Good Global Summit" in Geneva, Audi CEO Prof. Rupert Stadler warned his audience that despite its revolutionary potential, particularly in areas such as automated driving, artificial intelligence needs to be treated with care and without unreal expectations. Alongside Audi's chairman and CEO, UN delegates will hear from Peter Norvig, Google's director of research, Microsoft's head of AI, Peter Lee, representatives from Facebook, IBM and many of the world's leading universities, plus António Guterres, UN Secretary-General of the United Nations, who is attending via video link. The AI for Good Global Summit represents the beginnings of our efforts to ensure that AI charts a course that will benefit all humanity," said Guterres. Regardless of the number of sensors or the clarity of pre-loaded maps, a future car's electronic brain has to draw on, it will still need to make new decisions when a unique driving situation arises.