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Drink too much beer at a Dallas Cowboys game? Now a free robot-driven van will scoop you up afterward.

Washington Post

Things are not only bigger in Texas, they're also hotter, more sprawling and increasingly traffic-clogged thanks to a population boom that has lasted nearly a decade. In many of the state's fast-growing, car-dependent cities, these realities make for lousy walking conditions and long commutes. For the self-driving car company Drive.ai, Nearly four months after the Mountain View, Calif.-based start-up launched a six-month pilot program in nearby Frisco, Tex., the company deployed its second self-driving service on public roads in Arlington, Tex., on Friday. The service -- which is free to use -- will operate multiple routes in geo-fenced areas in downtown Arlington, according to Drive.ai


Drink too much beer at a Dallas Cowboys game? Now a free robot-driven van will scoop you up afterward.

Washington Post

Things are not only bigger in Texas, they're also hotter, more sprawling and increasingly traffic-clogged thanks to a population boom that has lasted nearly a decade. In many of the state's fast-growing, car-dependent cities, these realities make for lousy walking conditions and long commutes. For the self-driving car company Drive.ai, Nearly four months after the Mountain View, Calif.-based start-up launched a six-month pilot program in nearby Frisco, Tex., the company deployed its second self-driving service on public roads in Arlington, Tex., on Friday. The service -- which is free to use -- will operate multiple routes in geo-fenced areas in downtown Arlington, according to Drive.ai


Eric Tyree On The Future Of Artificial Intelligence And Humanity

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The debate on how to appropriately incorporate artificial intelligence into everyday life will become more intense as the robots get smarter. There are moral as well as practical questions, but also safety concerns. First written down by Isaac Asimov 75 years ago, the first of Three Laws of Robotics states that "a robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm." Conceived as science fiction, that law has some serious connections to today's real world. Carlson Wagonlit Travel vice president and chief data scientist Eric Tyree uses self-driving cars as an example of how AI can go wrong but eventually benefit the masses.


Eric Tyree On The Future Of Artificial Intelligence And Humanity

#artificialintelligence

The debate on how to appropriately incorporate artificial intelligence into everyday life will become more intense as the robots get smarter. There are moral as well as practical questions, but also safety concerns. First written down by Isaac Asimov 75 years ago, the first of Three Laws of Robotics states that "a robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm." Conceived as science fiction, that law has some serious connections to today's real world. Carlson Wagonlit Travel vice president and chief data scientist Eric Tyree uses self-driving cars as an example of how AI can go wrong but eventually benefit the masses.


This city is letting people try out self-driving cars for free

Mashable

If you're visiting Arlington, Texas, and have been itching to try out an autonomous vehicle, you're in luck. The Arlington deployment will be around for the next year. "This is a not a quick demonstration," CEO Bijit Halder said in a phone call this week. If you're interested, you can download the Drive.ai The cars are taking passengers along three routes that hit the Dallas Cowboys stadium, the Texas Rangers ballpark, the Arlington Convention Center, restaurant districts, and other venues.


Ghosts in AI Self-Driving Cars - AI Trends

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One way or another, I had to stay in that room. I asked the hotel staff if I could book my room for the computer industry event to be that ghostly haunted room. I told friends and colleagues about it. Some wondered if I would be frightened by the appearance of the ghost, if it so appeared. I told them I would be ecstatic to actually see a ghost.


Drive.ai Brings Its Self-Driving Cars to Dallas Cowboy Fans

WIRED

Nearly halfway into the NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys are 3–3 and sit 20th out of 32 on ESPN's power ranking index, which gives them a less than 50–50 shot at making the playoffs. So fans of America's Team don't have a whole lot to get excited about. Unless, that is, they like riding in robot cars. Today, startup Drive.ai is launching a self-driving car service in Arlington, Texas, which sits halfway between Dallas and Fort Worth and is home to the Cowboys' AT&T Stadium. The service will run several routes in multiple parts of the city, bustling to and from big venues including that stadium, Globe Life Park (where baseball's Texas Rangers play), and the Arlington Convention Center.


Shaken by hype, self-driving leaders adopt new strategy: Shutting up

Washington Post

Three former executives at Google, Tesla and Uber who once raced to be the first to develop self-driving cars have adopted a new strategy: Slow down. At their new company Aurora Innovation, which is developing self-driving technology for carmakers including Volkswagen and Hyundai, the rules are simple: No flashy launches, mind-blowing timelines or hyper-choreographed performances on closed tracks. "No demo candy," said Chris Urmson, a co-founder and former head of Google's self-driving car team. Aurora's long-game technique reflects a new phase for the hyped promise of computer-piloted supercars: a more subdued, more pragmatic way of addressing the tough realities of the most complicated robotic system ever built. In the wake of several high-profile crashes that dented public enthusiasm in autonomous cars, Aurora's executives are urging their own industry to face a reality check, saying lofty promises risk confusing passengers and dooming the technology before it can truly take off.


Humans Just Can't Stop Rear-Ending Self-Driving Cars--Let's Figure Out Why

WIRED

The self-driving car crashes that usually make the news are, unsurprisingly, either big and smashy or new and curious. The Apple that got bumped while merging into traffic. The Waymo van that got t-boned. And of course, the Uber that hit and killed a woman crossing the street in Tempe, Arizona in March. Look at every robo-car crash report filed in California, though, and you get a more mundane picture--but one that reveals a striking pattern.


Sharing More Than Just Rides in Car-Maker Alliances

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GM GM -1.27% said this month it would partner with Honda Motor Co. HMC -0.45% to develop a fully automated car. As part of the deal, Honda committed to investing $2.75 billion in GM's self-driving-car unit GM Cruise LLC over the next 12 years. The investment comes on top of a commitment to Cruise of more than $2 billion from SoftBank Group Corp.'s Vision Fund in May. GM bought Cruise in 2016 and also invested in ride-hailing company Lyft Inc. that year. Toyota TM -0.26% is investing $500 million in Uber Technologies Inc. as part of an agreement to collaborate on self-driving-car technology.