Daily Mail

The original's rattly, rear-mounted petrol engine and its charming back-to-basics features have been swapped for green electric motors and a host of hi-tech electronic gadgets. A Volkswagen spokesman said: 'While the driver relaxes, laser scanners, ultrasonic and radar sensors and cameras monitor other road users and the surroundings.' But in advance of changes to the law to allow self-driving cars, there's also an automatic'lounge mode' that kicks in when the operator decides to let the car drive itself in'autonomous pilot mode' (concept image) Range on a full charge is around 373 miles with 80 per cent of the battery replenished in just half an hour's charge, the company says (concept image) Acceleration from nought to 60mph takes just five seconds but top speed is restricted to 99mph. A Volkswagen spokesman said: 'While the driver relaxes, laser scanners, ultrasonic and radar sensors and cameras monitor other road users and the surroundings' (concept image)

How Self-Driving, AI And Robotics Will Transform The Auto Industry

International Business Times

It is an industry that has functioned largely without changes for the past hundred years, but with the emergence of technologies such as artificial intelligence, self-driving and robotics, the basic paradigm of the industry is expected to change. While the Tesla Gigafactory 1 is just one of many examples of auto companies increasingly employing robots in production, it is the strongest indication that as the auto industry moves toward automation and robotics, human employment in the industry is set to decrease. According to the Information Handling Services (IHS) Technology's Automotive Electronics Roadmap Report, the use of AI based driver-assistance systems in vehicles is set to jump from 7 million a couple of years ago to 122 million by 2025. Since cars are increasingly expected to be equipped with hardware such as camera-based machine units, radar-detection units and driver evaluation units, AI will serve as the connecting interface between the regular car machinery and such hardware -- e.g., advance brake warnings using object detection feedback from the onboard cameras.

Why Companies Should Want to Be Held Liable for Their Artificial Intelligence


The liability question comes into play in almost every type of business, especially as leaders move toward sophisticated solutions powered by artificial intelligence. For some software-reliant businesses, however, accepting liability is part of providing high-quality customer service. One company that exemplifies this approach is Signifyd, an artificial intelligence platform that protects e-commerce merchants against credit card fraud. From autonomous cars to financial advice to fraud risk, artificial intelligence is making a serious impact on the way businesses serve their customers.

Ford self-driving cars might have a removable parts

Daily Mail

On August 10, Ford was granted a patent for a system that would make an autonomous car include removable driving equipment. 'The lack of a steering wheel can handicap development by making it more difficult to place under driver control,' the patent reads, adding driver control is important for vehicle development purposes. The University of Michigan opened the $6.5m, 32 acres Mcity, the world's first controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies that will lead the way to mass-market driverless cars Ford was the first major car maker test autonomous vehicles at Mcity – the full-scale simulated real-world urban environment at the University of Michigan. Occupying 32 acres at the University's North Campus Research Complex, M City includes approximately five lane-miles of roads with intersections, traffic signs and signals, sidewalks, benches, simulated buildings, street lights and obstacles Occupying 32 acres at the University's North Campus Research Complex, it includes approximately five lane-miles of roads with intersections, traffic signs and signals, sidewalks, benches, simulated buildings, street lights, and obstacles such as construction barriers Vehicle passenger would be able to control the drone using the car's'infotainment,' or navigation system.

Smart Cars Suffer From Hacker Vulnerability That Can't Be Patched

International Business Times

A new vendor-neutral vulnerability discovered by security researchers affects a number of smart cars and could put drivers and passengers in the vehicle at risk of "dangerous" or "fatal" outcomes if exploited. By standardizing how certain systems within smart cars operate, it makes it possible for vehicles from different manufacturers to communicate with one another. Typically in order to exchange information, the communications systems write a frame--a message encoded in binary, a series of ones and zeros. Trend Micro researcher Federico Maggi warned the attack could be used to shut down operations like antilock braking systems or the car's accident responses like deploying airbags.

Artificial Intelligence: Marketing's New Ally


We can already see glimmers of this zeitgeist in some of the consumer applications now on the market – in any number of offerings from Google, for instance: Google Lens, which gives consumers the ability to learn more about a business simply by snapping a picture; Google Assistant and GoogleHome, which account for and respond to trends in buyers' daily habits. It only makes sense for B2B marketing technologies to follow suit, enabling personalized, one-to-one interactions in real-time across the customer journey. AI will empower marketers to build Adaptive Journeys that adapt to each individual and their preferred channel and send time and delivers the most relevant message in real-time as the customer goes about their research and discovery process. More importantly: this is the kind of continuous learning marketers require in order to deliver the customized experiences their buyers expect, and also the functionality they should prioritize in solutions they implement.

Will Self-Driving Cars Come Without Steering Wheel, Pedals? Yes, Suggests Ford Patent

International Business Times

According to the patent titled, "Removable Steering Wheel and pedals for autonomous vehicle," the steering would remain only for development purposes and be available as a customer-requested option. A new Ford patent has hinted at a removable steering wheel and pedals in self-driven cars. What this means, in simple terms, is that the ability of a self-driven vehicle response in an emergency, such as making rapid lane changes to avoid a collision cannot be fully assessed without a human at the wheel ready to take over when needed. The steering one will deploy when the car is under human control, while the dashboard one will deploy when the car is driving autonomously.

Uber Can't Keep Driving Itself


When Benchmark Capital distributed a letter this week about its lawsuit against former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, it was addressed to Uber's employees. There is no chief operating officer or chief marketing officer, and the company's first employee, Ryan Graves, left his role as senior vice president of operations last week. Rather than expanding into new markets, Uber is pulling back, announcing the sale of its China business to Didi a year ago and more recently ceding control of its Russia operations to Yandex.Taxi. Liane Hornsey, who joined Uber as chief human resources officer in January, openly acknowledged employee burnout in a Buzzfeed interview.

Top 6 Industries at Risk for Automation


From robot cooks to ordering food home via delivery to automated convenience stores, it's clear the fast-food, convenience stores and the cafe sector will become automated very quickly. From the driver, cashier to the retail sales person; these jobs aren't by any means safe. The technology is here and coming to completely reshape how the retail industry functions. The future of digital banking and machine learning in Finance has just started, and as tech companies challenge banks with ubiquitous mobile payment methods and data on customers; smart finance and smart banking will mean different things in the future, much to the disruption of traditional financial services and the banking sector.

Eliminating the Human

MIT Technology Review

Online ordering and home delivery: Online ordering is hugely convenient. Robot workforce: Factories increasingly have fewer and fewer human workers, which means no personalities to deal with, no agitating for overtime, and no illnesses. Big data: Improvements and innovations in crunching massive amounts of data mean that patterns can be recognized in our behavior where they weren't seen previously. Automated high-speed stock buying and selling: A machine crunching huge amounts of data can spot trends and patterns quickly and act on them faster than a person can.