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Soon you won't need a wake word to talk to your car

Engadget

Voice assistants typically need a little nudge to listen to your commands. From "Hey, Siri," to "Hello, Google," to "Alexa," they all need to hear something (called a wake word or phrase) before doing your bidding. With the MBUX system you have to say, "Hey, Mercedes," to get the car to listen to you. Nuance, the company behind MBUX and a whole host of other automaker voice-assistant systems wants to do better. Starting next year, BMWs outfitted with the latest version of Nuance's voice-assistant will be able to tell the difference between the driver talking to passengers and the driver talking to the car.


Elon Musk denies Azealia Banks' claim he was on Twitter while on acid

The Independent

Elon Musk has responded after rapper Azealia Banks made a series of lurid claims about him. The Tesla founder was tweeting while on drugs and may have invited the musician to his house to have sex with him and his girlfriend Grimes, she suggested. But Mr Musk told Gizmodo he had has "never even met [Banks] or communicated with her in any way". The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.


FiveAI to start a trial of its shared autonomous car fleet in London in 2019

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After raising $35 million to develop driverless car technology and a strategy to build a fleet of shared vehicles, UK startup FiveAI is announcing its first on-street trial: a service aimed at commuters in the London outer boroughs of Bromley and Croydon. Projected to begin in late 2019, it will kick off first with a 10-month "data gathering" exercise, which will see five FiveAI vehicles, with drivers, collect information about road conditions, the movement of pedestrians and various vehicles, and other variables to help train its AI platform. The new trial will be the first on-street effort from the UK startup, which has up to now been testing its technology primarily in Bedfordshire, at automotive testing centre Milbrook Proving Ground, according to Ben Peters, FiveAI's VP of product who is also a co-founder of the company (alongside Stan Boland, Steve Allpress, John Redford and Simon Walker). The news of the London trial comes as TechCrunch has learned that FiveAI is also in the process of raising a new round of funding. While the $35 million FiveAI has raised to date is considered the highest amount of funding for an autonomous car company in Europe, it is a very modest figure when compared to startups in the US and China.


Honda adds driver assist tech to all 2019 Honda Civics

Engadget

In 2014, Honda added driver-assist technology called Sensing to its higher-end trim packages on select models. The system is part of the automaker's plans to bring Sensing to all its vehicles by 2022 and perfect self-driving cars by 2025. This year, however, the company will include Sensing safety features for all trim levels of the Civic Sedan and Coupe. The updated autos will arrive as the 10th-generation of the Civic line of cars launches next year. The company promises updated styling and a new Sport trim for both sedan and coupe along with the Sensing technology.


A transformative summer for student engineers

MIT News

Visitors roaming the MIT Stratton Student Center chatted with high school students stationed at various booths, as 3-D printers hummed and a remote-controlled inflatable shark swam above their heads. Down the street at the Johnson Ice Rink, self-driving miniature racecars hurtled down a racetrack while onlookers cheered them on. This was the scene on Sunday, Aug. 5 at the final event of the Beaver Works Summer Institute (BWSI), a four-week summer science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program for rising high school seniors. BWSI is an initiative of Beaver Works, a research and education center jointly operated by MIT Lincoln Laboratory and the MIT School of Engineering. BWSI started in 2016 with 46 students.


Bosch and Daimler teaming up for connected car and AI initiatives

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A Californian metropolis will soon become pilot city for fully-automated and driverless driving -- thanks to Bosch and Daimler who are speeding up the SAE Level 4/5 tech in the city. The chosen city will see a fleet of autonomous shuttle service on selected routes in the San Francisco Bay in Silicon Valley, which will be operated by Daimler Mobility Services. The pilot project will demonstrate how mobility services, such as car sharing (car2go), ride-hailing (mytaxi) and multi-modal platforms (moovel), can shape the future of mobility. Both have selected Nvidia as the AI platform supplier as part of their control unit network. This network will also be used in the fleet vehicles wherein both companies will put on the Californian roads in Q2/2019.


How brand new science will manage the fourth industrial revolution

ZDNet

Diagrams explaining the fourth industrial revolution, like this one by Christoph Roser, are OK as far as they go. What they mean is that physical systems are becoming digital. Think of the Internet of Things (IoT) supercharged by artificial intelligence (AI). But according to Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell, these diagrams are missing something rather important: Humans and their social structures. "Now for those of us who've come out of the social sciences and humanities, this is an excellent chart because of the work it does in tidying up history," Bell said in her lecture at the Trinity Long Room Hub at Trinity College Dublin in July.


Tesla Says Its New Self-Driving Chip Is Finally Baked

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Tesla's Model S sedan, the car company's flagship vehicle, was first shown as a prototype in 2009, has been on sale since 2012, and, barring one small change to remove the fake grille at the front, has looked exactly the same for nearly a decade. This is notable because most manufacturers fully redesign their cars every four to six years to keep them fresh--and to keep buyers buying. For Tesla, tech upgrades are the selling point. The company pushes software updates several times a year, adding features like summon, where a car pulls in and out of a garage with nobody inside, or camper-mode, for sleeping in the car with the heating on. Tesla's biggest claim is that one day, all the cars it's currently building will be capable of full-self driving.


Why Uber will win the scooter wars

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On this episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, Kara sits downs with Sunil Paul, the co-founder of Sidecar who recently penned a popular post for this site, "The scooter wars will be a bloodbath, and Uber will win." In this podcast, he elaborates on why that is and shares his thoughts about the broader transportation industry, including self-driving cars, bike-sharing and vertical lift and take-off vehicles like Larry Page's Kitty Hawk "flying car." Now primarily an investor, Paul also talks about why Sidecar couldn't compete with Uber and Lyft -- even though it created ride-hailing features that are now popular parts of their products. You can listen to Recode Decode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Overcast or wherever you listen to podcasts. Below, we've shared a lightly edited transcript of Kara's full conversation with Paul. Sunil Paul: Great to be here. Let's do a little background. You and I have known each other for ... A dog's age, as they say, like since D.C., in the early 90s. Can you explain how you were lucky enough to meet me then? Well, I think I first met you when I was AOL's internet product manager. And then, I started a company. I think you were the demo boy. That's what I think you were, weren't you? You showed me some demos. I think I was a demo boy. I recall demo boy-ing for Steve Case. You were working at AOL. What products did you work on there? How did you get there? What were you doing in D.C.? I came to D.C. to work on a space station. My early career I was an engineer. I helped do the early design for a space station. Then I got really interested in policy because Congress kept mucking around with the space station. I went, spent several years as a policy analyst on the Hill for [the] Office of Technology Assessment. While I was there, I started mucking around with this new thing, that was the early '90s, I started mucking around with this new thing called the internet and that ... Why did you pick AOL?


Why Uber will win the scooter wars

#artificialintelligence

On this episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, Kara sits downs with Sunil Paul, the co-founder of Sidecar who recently penned a popular post for this site, "The scooter wars will be a bloodbath, and Uber will win." In this podcast, he elaborates on why that is and shares his thoughts about the broader transportation industry, including self-driving cars, bike-sharing and vertical lift and take-off vehicles like Larry Page's Kitty Hawk "flying car." Now primarily an investor, Paul also talks about why Sidecar couldn't compete with Uber and Lyft -- even though it created ride-hailing features that are now popular parts of their products. You can listen to Recode Decode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Overcast or wherever you listen to podcasts. Below, we've shared a lightly edited transcript of Kara's full conversation with Paul. Sunil Paul: Great to be here. Let's do a little background. You and I have known each other for ... A dog's age, as they say, like since D.C., in the early 90s. Can you explain how you were lucky enough to meet me then? Well, I think I first met you when I was AOL's internet product manager. And then, I started a company. I think you were the demo boy. That's what I think you were, weren't you? You showed me some demos. I think I was a demo boy. I recall demo boy-ing for Steve Case. You were working at AOL. What products did you work on there? How did you get there? What were you doing in D.C.? I came to D.C. to work on a space station. My early career I was an engineer. I helped do the early design for a space station. Then I got really interested in policy because Congress kept mucking around with the space station. I went, spent several years as a policy analyst on the Hill for [the] Office of Technology Assessment. While I was there, I started mucking around with this new thing, that was the early '90s, I started mucking around with this new thing called the internet and that ... Why did you pick AOL?