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DeepRacer: Will Amazon's own programmable toy car interest you in AI?

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What DeepRacer is not, technically speaking, is an artificially intelligent car. To be accurate about this, the "intelligence" that drives the car resides on AWS' cloud. There, the DeepRacer system learns about the car's environment, and sends operating instructions over wireless link to the car. That does make the device an autonomous car, though in one respect, not an AI car.


Lyft patents tech that shows safety warnings on self-driving cars' windshields to prevent accidents

Daily Mail

Soon, Lyft's self-driving cars could warn pedestrians and cyclists when they're about to cross the street. The ride-hailing giant filed a patent for technology that would display on-screen warnings and other information to other cars, pedestrians and bicycles that it shares the road with. The patent, which was filed April 23rd but made public on Tuesday, describes what Lyft refers to as an autonomous vehicle system. By creating a way for autonomous cars to communicate with others in their environment, it could lead to improved safety once the technology becomes more common in the future. 'Traditionally transportation and related services have been provided by a human-operated vehicle,' the patent states.


Chinese tech workers told not to travel to US 'unless it's essential' after Huawei exec arrested

The Independent

Technology researchers in China have been ordered to not travel to the US unless it is absolutely necessary, amid rising tensions between the two countries. Staff working in sensitive tech sectors were given the warning following the arrest of a Chinese tech executive in Canada, a source told the South China Morning Post. Workers at a research agency were also told to remove any sensitive data from laptops, mobile phones and other devices if travel to the US was essential. The warning comes after a similar order from US tech giant Cisco to some of its employees, which asked them the to any non-essential travel to China. Cisco has since said the email to its employees was "sent in error."


People are slashing tyres and throwing rocks at self-driving cars in Arizona

The Independent

Vigilante citizens in a town in Arizona have slashed tyres, thrown rocks and even pointed guns at self-driving vehicles being tested in their neighbourhood, an investigation has revealed. Police in Chandler recorded 21 incidents over the past two years in which the autonomous vehicles and their test drivers were targeted by local residents. One incident on 24 October saw a man emerge from a park and slash the tyres of a Waymo vehicle stopped at an intersection. Earlier this year a Waymo test driver reported a man in shorts aiming a gun at his car when it passed the man's driveway. Police reports also show that rocks were thrown at Waymo's fleet on at least four separate occasions, according to The Arizona Republic, while other incidents include people yelling at the vehicles, chasing them and forcing them off the road.


Samsung Galaxy S10 will have 'incredible' camera feature, latest leak hints

The Independent

One of the stand-out features of Samsung's forthcoming flagship smartphone, presumably called the Galaxy S10, is expected to be the camera, with the latest rumour suggesting an ultra-wide lens that will significantly improve image quality. The new camera feature was spotted in a beta version of the Android Pie mobile operating system, which includes an option for "Ultra wide lens correction" within the camera settings. Several rumours surrounding the Galaxy S10 camera have already hinted at a multi-lens setup, both on the front and rear of the device. Last month, a report claimed that the successor to the Galaxy S9 will feature twice as many cameras as Apple's latest iPhone, with two on the front and four on the rear. The Galaxy S10, set to launch on the 10th anniversary of Samsung's first Galaxy flagship smartphone, is also expected to shun the precedent set by Apple by using a "hole-punch" instead of notch in order to incorporate a front-facing camera.


Pokemon Go players can finally battle against each other, as PvP arrives years after game's release

The Independent

It's the feature most players will have been waiting for so long they'll never actually get to use it, but Pokemon Go has finally allowed players to battle in the game. The introduction of player versus player fights arrives in the latest update to the game and lets Pokemon trainers use the creatures and skills they've honed over more than two years to take on friends. Battles had been a notably missing part of the game since it was released in the summer of 2016. Now developers say they have finally arrived, with players receiving special rewards for playing them. Developers are clear that the matches won't only reward players who have the strongest Pokemon and the best moves, privileging those who have been playing for a while.


Galaxy S10 release date, price and specs revealed in major leak ahead of Samsung launch

The Independent

A slew of rumours surrounding the Galaxy S10 mean there are few secrets left to reveal about Samsung's highly-anticipated flagship smartphone. One unknown that still remains, however, is the release date and price of the Galaxy S9 successor and its variants. Industry speculation has so far suggested the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona on 25 February could be a likely launch date, but a fresh leak claims it could come even sooner. The Galaxy S10 will instead be unveiled at a Samsung event ahead of MWC, with pre-orders beginning from this yet-to-be revealed date. The smartphone will then be released on 8 March 2019.


'Russia's most modern robot' revealed to be just a person in a suit

The Independent

A robot hailed as the most advanced created in Russia was actually just a man in a suit. The android – known as Boris – took to the stage at a Russian technology conference to delight the world with its entirely lifelike moving and dancing. It was so impressive that it appeared on Russian state television, celebrated as the most modern robot, and produced by a team of students. Video of the event went around the world, showing him taking part in banter with people on stage and being led through a series of dances. Its success was used to encourage children to explore robotics, and as proof of a technological breakthrough.


The Autonomous Car Is The Next Entertainment Frontier

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Self-driving cars are an inevitability and will unlock the potential for cars to transform beyond a simple means of transport. In the not too distant future, drivers will find themselves with a great deal of free time in-car. Rather than having to focus on driving, time can be spent on working, being entertained, or simply relaxing. In the near future, driving yourself will be about as popular as riding horses for transportation, according to Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk.metamorworks / Getty Images Audi calls this newly recoverable time "The 25th Hour" and recently revealed that it was working on a new type of media to fill the time. Exclusively speaking to Roadshow, Audi confirmed that it's partnering with The Walt Disney Company and will be revealing the technology they've created, alongside their plans to bring it to market, at the CES trade show in January 2019.


How Robo-Cars Handle the Frustratingly Human Act of Merging

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But they are roaming a few select sections of American road. Waymo just launched a limited service in metro Phoenix (albeit with a safety driver behind the wheel); General Motors' Cruise is testing in San Francisco; Ford is noodling around Florida; Aurora and Argo (which is closely aligned with Ford) swing through the hills of Pittsburgh. And in many of these places, you'll hear the same complaint from the humans sharing those roads: Man, these robots aren't great at merging. I heard it during a recent trip to Phoenix, and reporters have found other (human) drivers whinging about too-timid AVs. They're not wrong: Self-driving cars do find merges challenging.