Self-driving startup AutoX expands beyond deliveries and sets its sights on Europe – TechCrunch


AutoX, the Hong Kong and San Jose, Calif.-based autonomous vehicle technology company, is pushing past its grocery delivery roots and into the AV supplier and robotaxi business. AutoX has partnered with NEVS -- the Swedish holding company and electric vehicle manufacturer that bought Saab's assets out of bankruptcy -- to deploy a robotaxi pilot service in Europe by the end of 2020. Under the exclusive partnership, AutoX will integrate its autonomous drive technology into a next-generation electric vehicle inspired by NEVS's "InMotion" concept that was shown at CES Asia in 2017. This next-generation vehicle is being developed by NEVS in Trollhättan, Sweden. Testing of the autonomous NEVs vehicles will begin in the third quarter of 2019.

ANSYS and BMW collaborate on autonomous driving tools


ANSYS and BMW have announced plans to create the first holistic simulation toolchain for developing autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies. The simulation tool chain will enable highly automated and autonomous driving (AD) with the first vehicle launch expected in just two years. BMW Group is leveraging ANSYS' engineering simulation solutions to speed up the development of a safety-focused solution for the validation of AD systems. The multi-year agreement drives the development of BMW Group's Level 3 offering and Level 4-5 technology, delivering high/full automation for the highly anticipated BMW iNEXT, expected to launch in 2021. The new automated simulation toolchain will make efficient use of BMW s large amount of sensor data through intelligent data analytics and the creation of scenarios according to statistical relevance and AD system sensitivity.

Amazon's Alexa will deliver NHS medical advice in the UK


The UK's National Health Service (NHS) has announced what it claims is a world first: a partnership with Amazon's Alexa to offer health advice from the NHS website. Britons who ask Alexa basic health questions like "Alexa, how do I treat a migraine?" The partnership does not add significantly to Alexa's skill-set, but it is an interesting step for the NHS. The UK's Department of Health (DoH) says it hopes the move will reduce the pressure on health professionals in the country, giving people a new way to access reliable medical advice. It will also benefit individuals with disabilities, like sight impairments, who may find it difficult to use computers or smartphones to find the same information.

mtes Neural Networks And DTCO Announce Their Partnership On CitiOS Project


Japan's mtes Neural Networks and DTCO announced their partnership to promote the "CitiOS Project", combining structural health monitoring (SHM) and blockchain technology to monitor structural changes in infrastructures such as buildings, stations, railways, etc. CitiOS can significantly improve public safety for the areas that have suffered from earthquakes. Earthquakes has always been one of the biggest security issues facing Taiwan and Japan. The damage to infrastructures generated by earthquakes has often caused unacceptable casualties and an irreparable lost in property value. CitiOS will predict whether infrastructures changes in time and take necessary measures to overcome various defects. Moreover, with the aging of population in Japan, they can no longer rely entirely on manpower to manage urban infrastructures.

Government puts £12m into AI-powered vacuum cleaners and dolphin-protection tech


The government is investing £12m in the development of new technologies including robots that can perform household tasks and products to protect dolphins from noise protection. The money is being invested by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in four partnerships between universities and the private sector. Government funding is being supplemented by a further £17.5m in cash from commercial partners. The first project being funded involves work to develop materials that do not make noise underwater. This, the government said, will not only improve the life expectancy of dolphins, fish, and other marine creatures, but will also have a positive impact on human health.

AI, Labor, and the Economy Case Study Compendium - The Partnership on AI


The AI, Labor, and Economy Case Studies Compendium is a work product of the Partnership on AI's "AI, Labor, and the Economy" (AILE) Working Group, formed through a collaborative process of research scoping and iteration. Though this work product reflects the inputs of many members of PAI, it should not be read as representing the views of any particular organization or individual within this Working Group, or an entity within PAI at-large. The Partnership on AI (PAI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established to study and formulate best practices on AI technologies, to advance the public's understanding of AI, and to serve as an open platform for discussion and engagement about AI and its influences on people and society. One of PAI's significant program lines is a series of Working Groups reflective of its Thematic Pillars, which are a driving force in research and best practice generation. The Partnership's activities are deliberately determined by its coalition of over 80 members, including civil society groups, corporate users of AI, and numerous academic artificial intelligence research labs, but from the outset of the organization, the intention has been to create a place for open critique and reflection.

What the UK learnt on its robotics and AI investment mission to the US


Whilst the'special relationship' between the UK and the US has been put to the test this week following a diplomatic dispute, it's clear that there are still mutually beneficial investment opportunities for the two nations - particularly in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence (RAI). That was the view of a cohort of leading experts from the UK's RAI research, start-up and enterprise communities, who were taken out to California and Texas in March of this year on a mission to meet with some of the US's leading aerospace, marine and cross-cutting technology companies. The cohort included people from D-RiskQ, Shadow Robot, Rolls Royce, London Southbank University, Brunel University, Soil Machine Dynamics, Forth Engineering, Autonomous Devices, Headlight.AI and HyBird. Their feedback was presented at an event yesterday in central London, alongside the publication of their findings in new Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) report - 'USA Robotics & AI in Extreme Environments 2019'. I'd recommend reading the report for a full overview of the mission and the RAI opportunities available.

NHS partners with Amazon to offer health advice via Alexa


In a world-first, Amazon has partnered with the UK's health service, the NHS. From this week, its voice-controlled device, Alexa, will give out health advice, and answer common questions such as'Alexa, how do I treat a migraine?' and'Alexa, what are the symptoms of chickenpox?' In response to health-related queries, Alexa will now search the NHS Choices website for health information (and there you were thinking Amazon was all about Prime Day deals). The aim is to ease pressure on the NHS and help those who can't easily access information on the internet – such as the elderly or blind people. Will this partnership with Amazon really end up easing pressure on the health service, or will it lead to data protection issues and misdiagnoses? As we've previously explored, the use of voice interfaces is one of the fastest growing web design trends in recent years, but so far the news has been met with concerns over the appropriateness of using Alexa to deliver this kind of important and sensitive information.

Amazon Alexa offering NHS health advice


People will be able to get expert health advice using Amazon Alexa devices under a partnership with the NHS, the government has announced. From this week, the voice-assisted technology is automatically searching the NHS Choices website when UK users ask for health-related advice. Previously the device provided information from a range of sources. The Department of Health in England said it could provide valuable support and even reduce demand on the NHS. The partnership was first announced last year and now talks are under way with other companies, including Microsoft, to set up similar arrangements.

Amazon, Microsoft wage war over $10 billion opportunity with the Pentagon

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In this June 19, 2017, file photo President Donald Trump, left, and Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, center, listen as Jeff Bezos, Chief Executive Officer of Amazon, speaks during an American Technology Council roundtable in the State Dinning Room of the White House in Washington. Amazon and Microsoft are battling for a $10 billion opportunity to build the U.S. military its first "war cloud." Amazon and Microsoft are battling it out over a $10 billion opportunity to build the U.S. military its first "war cloud" computing system. But Amazon's early hopes of a shock-and-awe victory may be slipping away. Formally called the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure plan, or JEDI, the military's computing project would store and process vast amounts of classified data, allowing the Pentagon to use artificial intelligence to speed up its war planning and fighting capabilities.