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Self-driving truck that's built to crash comes to Colorado

Engadget

Tech and automotive companies have quietly been trialing autonomous trucks since 2015. But, a new kind of driverless truck is designed to stick out like a sore thumb. While you read this, an autonomous impact protection vehicle is making its way around Colorado. With this trial, the state is now the first to test a connected impact protection vehicle without a support driver at the wheel.


How can Apple and autonomous systems help you?

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The Internet of Things (IoT) means we already have millions of connected devices. Wikipedia tells us an autonomous system relates to the complex network of networks that comprise the internet. These autonomous machines must be able to achieve all of this in real time, on real roads, no matter what random events may take place on those roads. But the things it doesn't do will be an opportunity for eagle-eyed entrepreneurs seeking a smart, highly secure, fragmentation-free market-trusted platform upon which to build autonomous systems for profitable verticals.


Humans are an autonomous car's biggest problem. The new Audi A8 has a solution

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In 2012 the engineers working on Google's self-driving car realised they had a problem. And before those fully autonomous cars arrive and are widely adopted, hundreds of thousands of lives will be lost that might have been saved. Decades from now, when fully autonomous vehicles are available everywhere, these stopgap measures won't be necessary. A truly autonomous car won't care if its passengers are watching the road.


Here's How Artificial Intelligence Solutions Could Help Tackle Global Issues

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Malthus wasn't exactly correct in his prediction as advancements in technology have helped food production increase faster than that of population growth in many parts of the world. In the developing world, a prototype called Nutrition Early Warning System (NEWS) uses big data and machines to predict when food shortages and crises could occur, giving advanced warnings to farmers. Real time analysing road traffic so that traffic light systems work as efficiently as possible sounds plausible. Manchester is to trial smart traffic lights to help reduce congestion and air pollution on their roads using Artificial Intelligence.


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.


This Lumbering Self-Driving Truck Is Designed to Get Hit

WIRED

Such cars remain years away, of course, but you can find an autonomous vehicle saving lives on the road right now, in Colorado. It's an autonomous impact protection vehicle, which you probably know as one of those weird trucks with a big orange or yellow bumper on the back. Today, the Colorado Department of Transportation is deploying an autonomous impact protection vehicle to shake down technology that could eliminate one of the riskiest jobs on the road. Nationwide, there's a work zone crash every five minutes, according to the Federal Highway Administration--resulting in 70 injuries every day.


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.


Building the Best Autonomous Brain

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With a flexible, scalable architecture of CPUs, Intel Arria 10 FPGAs and other accelerators, our Intel GO automotive solutions portfolio leads the industry with a diverse range of computing elements that support all three stages of driving. But autonomous driving is much more than just in-vehicle compute; that's why we offer a full car-to-cloud solution including 5G connectivity, data center technologies and software development tools to accelerate autonomous driving. Whether it's to incorporate new algorithms or completely rethink compute to accommodate new workloads, system designers will need a flexible, scalable architecture. With a flexible architecture of CPUs, FPGAs and other accelerators, future-ready solutions offer a diverse range of computing elements that can accommodate designs that may change long after hardware and vehicle design decisions have been made.


Intel's self-driving powerhouse group adds another major carmaker

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The autonomous development group spearheaded by Intel, Mobileye and BMW Group announced today that it will add Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to its ranks. FCA is the parent company behind instantly recognizable auto brands like Fiat, Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge. The company's Chrysler brand famously partnered with leading autonomous technology company Waymo, providing the Google-spinoff with a fleet of 100 Pacifica minivans which are currently on the road shuttling passengers around Phoenix in one of the first driverless pilot programs. The Intel/Mobileye/BMW group, which was formed back in 2016, meanwhile has stated that it's on track to accomplish its previously stated goal of putting a fleet 40 autonomous test vehicles on the road by the end of this year.


Waymo patents cars that soften to safeguard pedestrians

Engadget

The Alphabet-owned company recently received a patent for technology that would soften a car's body in the event of a collision with a pedestrian. The feature would change the rigidity of body panels, bumpers and the hood using underlying cables, rods or springs. And would this increase the risk of injury for people inside the car? Even if it never reaches real products, the patent (along with an earlier patent for pedestrian'flypaper') sheds light on Waymo's thinking.