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Tesla records its first Autopilot fatal crash; NHTSA opens investigation

Posted on 07/01 21:38 in Shows | 0

Joshua Brown, 40, of Canton, OH, was in self-driving (Autopilot) mode when his Tesla Model S failed to brake when a tractor-trailer turned left in front of Brown’s Tesla.It is believed that this is the first fatality in any self-driving car in autonomous mode.

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Tesla: We’re not going to disable Autopilot (obviously)

Posted on 07/13 21:49 in Shows | 0

In the wake of the fatal crash of a Tesla running in Autopilot mode, the media asked an obvious question: Would Tesla disable Autopilot?But Tesla says it will be more aggressive in telling drivers about the limits of Autopilot.

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Other countries are ‘beating’ the US to fully driverless cars. Let them.

Posted on 08/29 15:36 in Shows | 0

In principle, there are only a few reasons to consider getting upset about a plan like this.There’s the case in which the economic advantages of embracing this system lead the country overall to become so efficient that it cuts into the US economy.

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Tesla responds to Autopilot issues with major new radar-reliant update

Posted on 09/12 19:41 in Shows | 0

For those tracking the details, the issue wasn’t really related to autonomous features of the car, but to the AEB (Automatic Emergency Braking System).Either way, the blame was placed on a shortcoming in Mobileye’s camera-based object detection system — leading to a parting of ways between the two companies.

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IBM, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon form enormous AI partnership

Posted on 09/29 18:56 in Shows | 0

IBM, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon have all signed on as marquis members, though the group hopes to expand even further over time.The goal is to create a body that can provide a platform for discussions among stakeholders and work out best practices for the artificial intelligence industry.

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Specialized processors might reignite performance scaling, but they’ll also change the nature of computing forever

Posted on 10/04 14:44 in Shows | 0

Modern CPU scaling has largely flatlined, thanks to a combination of scaling challenges, intrinsic limits to silicon performance, and a general shift in the market towards lower power devices.To demonstrate, here’s a graph of Apple iPhone single-core CPU performance in Geekbench 2 and Geekbench 3.

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Your next car may be the most powerful computer you own

Posted on 10/05 16:36 in Shows | 0

Increasingly, though, new cars are powerful computing platforms — and starting to pack more compute power than laptops and even desktops.Coupled with an internal monitor, the result would be a more aerodynamic profile for the car, especially helpful for range-hungry electric vehicles.

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Self-driving truck makes short hops for brewery

Posted on 10/26 16:42 in Shows | 0

Various companies are racing to perfect self-driving car technology, but getting yourself from point A to point B is only the start.The truck went a total distance of 120 miles for the first fully autonomous beer run.

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Big boost for self-driving cars: Osram cuts lidar cost to less than $50

Posted on 11/14 18:56 in Shows | 0

Could this be the order-of-magnitude cost drop that enables self-driving cars?The system comprises a laser bar using four individually controllable laser diodes and control circuitry surface mounted on a single module.

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Samsung buys Harman: further proof the car is the biggest consumer electronics device

Posted on 11/14 22:29 in Shows | 0

With the purchase of Harman, Samsung is looking for a bigger role in the automotive sector.While sales growth for cars themselves is modest compared with sales of smartphones or tablets, the ramp-up in cars built with infotainment, driver assists, and telematics will be significant.

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Chips, ahoy: Intel joins Delphi-Mobileye self-driving collaboration

Posted on 12/01 19:06 in Shows | 0

This week Intel joined Delphi and Mobileye in a partnership that would produce the sensor components and autonomous driving software, some of it embedded on Intel chips, that would let automakers create self-driving cars.The self-drive technology package would be turned over to automakers in 2019, with the expectation vehicles would go on sale a year or two later.

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Google spins off self-driving car business as Waymo

Posted on 12/13 20:04 in Shows | 0

Now, the company has announced a new direction: Google is moving its self-driving car unit out of Google X, the company’s skunkworks division, and establishing it as an independent subsidiary of Alphabet, Google’s parent corporation.The new CEO of Waymo, Jon Krafcik, has previously headed Hyundai Motors America.

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Starting today, San Francisco residents can hail a self-driving Uber

Posted on 12/15 00:05 in Shows | 0

But they’ve always felt like a pie-in-the-sky technology rather than a product that could be right around the proverbial corner.It’s not the first time Uber has deployed self-driving cars, but bringing the technology to San Francisco, where Uber was founded, undoubtedly has particular meaning to the company.

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Robots are developing emotions, thanks to engineers at Honda

Posted on 12/19 16:59 in Shows | 0

Not surprisingly, the technology will first see use in a self-driving concept car Honda is developing called the NeuV (pictured, top).However, there is little reason to believe such a system would not find broader application in robots, like Pepper, that are specifically designed for human-robot interaction.

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Hyundai Ioniq self-driving car: flawless, all right turns, no danger of speeding tickets

Posted on 12/20 16:06 in Shows | 0

LAS VEGAS – The Hyundai Ioniq Autonomous Concept drove circles around Las Vegas last week.The Hyundai Ioniq test cars don’t have anything hanging off the roof or side that suggests this is a self-driving work in progress.

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CES 2017 delivered a clear vision of the car of the future

Posted on 01/10 20:44 in Shows | 0

A large part of the smartphone’s power is the connection to the cloud to enable new services and experiences across different devices.To that end, automakers — and industry suppliers — are beginning to flesh out their visions of what the “mobility experience” looks like in the future.

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Hands on with BMW's self-driving 5 Series

Posted on 01/18 17:43 in Shows | 0

And BMW actively plans to make the most of the free time afforded the drivers as well as the passengers.This self-driving BMW employed existing technology to show what’s possible even today.

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