Driverless Car Technology to Provide Huge Boost for Road Safety by 2025 says Toyota


The debate over whether technology is changing the world for good or bad is unlikely to ever be definitively won by either camp. However, few would argue that technological advances that promise traffic-related deaths dropping from 1.3 million a year to zero could be considered as anything but a positive development. That's exactly what Gill Pratt, chief executive of the Toyota Research Institute, believes will be the result of the impending transition to driverless cars. Using the analogy of two iconic photographs of New York's Fifth Avenue, one taken in 1905 and one in 1913, Pratt believes that this technology-based traffic utopia could happen much more quickly than any of us imagine. Talking at an open doors presentation at Toyota's Brussels R&D centre, Pratt demonstrated how quickly the age of the automobile manifested itself in central New York.

Tonight: Watch the World's First Giant Robot Fight

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

In 2015, two American engineers, Gui Cavalcanti and Matt Oehrlein, set out to build a giant human-piloted combat robot called Mk. II MegaBot that could drive on tank tracks and fire 3-pound projectiles. The robot was pretty cool, they thought, but who would they fight? So they decided to challenged the only other giant piloted robot in the world to a duel. That robot was a 4-metric-ton mech known as Kurata and built by Suidobashi Heavy Industry in Japan. The Japanese accepted the challenge.

GM to test self-driving cars in New York in early 2018

Daily Mail

General Motors Co plans to test vehicles in fully autonomous mode in New York state in early 2018, according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The self-driving cars will first take to the streets in Manhattan, with hopes the exposure to a densely populated environment will help accelerate improvements. The planned testing by GM and its self-driving unit, Cruise Automation, will be the first by a Level 4 autonomous vehicle in the state, Cuomo said in a statement. General Motors Co plans to test vehicles in fully autonomous mode in New York state in early 2018, according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. One of the firm's Bolt EV self-driving test vehicles is pictured above A level 3 car still needs a steering wheel and a driver who can take over if the car encounters a problem, while level 4 promises driverless features in dedicated lanes.

Audi AI, Autonomous Self-Driving Driving with A8, Electric SUV & Without Pedals in the Future


With the four-door design vision Audi Aicon, the brand with the four rings is presenting a autonomous Audi of the future – with no steering wheel or pedals. In January 2015, the Audi A7 piloted driving concept research vehicle drove 900 kilometers (559.2 mi) on the highway from San Francisco to Las Vegas. In this model, Audi is presenting the Audi AI traffic jam pilot – the world's first system that allows conditional automated driving at level 3. On the path to highly automated driving functions and the vision of autonomous driving, the car of the future will offer much more.

An Uber ride killed my brother, I am fixing it with Data Science


Corey my youngest brother died in a car crash when Robert Williams, an Uber driver, ran a red light with Corey in the backseat. Computer Vision and a simple Optical Sensor can detect dangerous driving patterns and alert Uber when drivers reaction time to traffic signals has been compromised. Sometimes these intersections are made more safe by implementing red light camera, speed bumps or other methods. By recording the speed patterns of drivers and using machine learning to detect unsafe behavior, Uber can give them alerts or institute disciplinary actions if they speed too much.

Algorithms Have Already Gone Rogue Backchannel


I try to show [earlier cases of] how humans tried to manage their algorithms, by talking about [how Google improved] search quality. The strategies put in place after World War II that worked for this period of 30 years have stopped working so well, so we came up with something else [which happened to create income inequality]. Here we have this amazing new technology, which is transforming an industry and putting more people to work than worked in that industry before, creating great consumer surplus, and yet it has ridden roughshod over cities, and exploited drivers. If that's the case, the systems we are building today, like Google and Facebook and financial markets, are really more important than the fake ethics of worrying about some far future AI.

The Big Data Boom Automobile Magazine


With the help of Microsoft, last year Toyota created a new data analytics division called Toyota Connected to bring Internet-connected services into the car. Earlier this year, Renault-Nissan inked a deal to leverage Microsoft's Connected Vehicle Platform and its Azure cloud architecture to collect vehicle sensor and usage data in order to develop "connected driving experiences." Ford recently invested $182 million in Pivotal, a cloud-based software company, in part to create analytics tools and a cloud platform to support the automaker's Smart Mobility initiative. Cadillac introduced the first production vehicle-to-vehicle communication system on its 2017 models, and last year, Audi launched a Traffic Light Information vehicle-to-infrastructure system that lets its cars know how long a light will stay red or green to help improve traffic flow.

Robohub Podcast #245: High-Performance Autonomous Vehicles, with Chris Gerdes


In this interview, Gerdes discusses developing a model for high-performance control of a vehicle; their autonomous race car, an Audi TTS named'Shelley,' and how its autonomous performance compares to ameteur and professional race car drivers; and an autonomous, drifting Delorean named'MARTY.' Chris Gerdes is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) and Director of the Revs Program at Stanford. His laboratory studies how cars move, how humans drive cars and how to design future cars that work cooperatively with the driver or drive themselves. When not teaching on campus, he can often be found at the racetrack with students, instrumenting historic race cars or trying out their latest prototypes for the future.

Jeremy Corbyn: Let workers control robots

BBC News

The Labour leader, who has previously warned of the risk to jobs of automation, will say new technology has led to "a more rapacious and exploitative form of capitalism". Drivers would collectively agree their own pay and conditions, he will say. Speaking to the Co-operative Party Conference in London on Saturday, Mr Corbyn will return to his warning made in Labour's conference about the possible impact on workers. Mr Corbyn will say: "Imagine an Uber run co-operatively by their drivers, collectively controlling their futures, agreeing their own pay and conditions, with profits shared or re-invested.

Driverless cars could let you choose who survives in a crash

New Scientist

An "ethical knob" could let the owners of self-driving cars choose their car's ethical setting. When humans drive cars, instinct governs our reaction to danger. The team have designed a dial that will switch a car's setting from "full altruist" to "full egoist", with the middle setting being impartial. If everybody were to choose the impartial option, the ethical knob will not help with the existing dilemma.