Senate set to approve self-driving cars for US roadways

Senate set to approve self-driving cars for US roadways

  • The US Senate today announced it had reached an agreement internally concerning self-driving car technology.
  • The Senate is expected to pass legislation on October 4th that would clear regulations and restrictions for manufacturers, in essence providing a clear path to putting driverless cars on the road.
  • The House passed legislation this summer in a bipartisan effort to ensure the US remains at the cutting-edge of driverless car development.
  • Earlier this year the the US Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, released its updated guidelines for self-driving cars.
  • In the document, a series of safety considerations are provided to manufacturers with explicit mention that State governments should not regulate self-driving cars: – – NHTSA strongly encourages States not to codify this Voluntary Guidance (that is, incorporate it into State statutes) as a legal requirement for any phases of…

US Senators today announced and agreement to pass legislation that approves driverless cars on US roadways, to be voted on in October.
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Putin seems unconvinced AI won’t ‘eat us’ — RT News

#Putin may secretly be on the side of #ElonMusk in their indirect debate over #AI

  • Vladimir Putin may secretly be on the side of Elon Musk in their indirect debate over the threat posed by artificial intelligence (AI).
  • READ MORE: ‘Whoever leads in AI will rule the world’: Putin to Russian children on Knowledge Day

    The remark was taken as an ominous sign by some people in the West while Elon Musk, an outspoken advocate of restricting AI development, warned competition between nations in this area may lead to World War III.

  • As the technology matures, it is being adapted for ‘real world’ applications like self-driving cars or even the optimization of centuries-old manufacturing technology like metal casting, Volozh told Putin during the tour.
  • However there is concern that such algorithms and robots controlled by them would make millions of human employees redundant over the next couple of decades, creating a large force of disenfranchised people.
  • A debate also rages over whether humans should entrust AI with tasks of an ethical nature, such as the use of lethal weapons.

Vladimir Putin may secretly be on the side of Elon Musk in their indirect debate over the threat posed by artificial intelligence (AI). As Arkady Volozh, the head of Yandex, pitched him on the technology’s potential, the Russian president inquired about when AI ‘will eat us’.
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The Self-Driving Project That Could Help China Leapfrog the West

The #Chinese plan to overtake all #selfdriving cars #baidu #AI

  • One of Baidu’s experimental self-driving

    The CEO of Baidu, Robin Li, arrived at his company’s first AI developer conference, held in Beijing this week, in a vehicle that has the potential to reshape the world of self-driving cars.

  • The vehicle was controlled using software that Baidu (50 Smartest Companies 2017) plans to offer for free in the coming years through a project called Apollo.
  • The Apollo platform consists of a core software stack, a number of cloud services, and self-driving vehicle hardware such as GPS, cameras, lidar, and radar.
  • Dawen Zhou, Apollo’s principle product manager, explained that the simulation platform being developed by Baidu would be used to test the code and also to train self-driving algorithms.
  • Since lots of real-world driving data is vital for the continued improvement for Baidu’s self-driving technology, one of the biggest benefits of opening up the Apollo platform is the data Baidu can receive from its partners.

Baidu opens up its software, a stark departure from the normally secretive world of commercial AI development.
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Get ready for 5G connectivity with your autonomous car

Get ready for #5G connectivity with your autonomous car   MT @UCStrategies #IoT #M2M #AI

  • Autonomous cars are going to need to send and receive mountains of data, and the current 4G wireless networks simply won’t cut it.
  • Super-fast transfer speeds will be required by self-driving cars to enable them to communicate with a wide range of systems such as navigation services, traffic signals as part of connecting to smart city infrastructure, car-to-car communication and even to close-proximity mobile phone users – all in the interest of pilotless vehicle safety.
  • Using 5G wireless networks will enable driverless cars to avoid hitting pedestrians by a direct connection between the car and the person’s handheld device as they approach an intersection.
  • While 5G standards are currently being worked out, expect to see everything up and running by 2020, when Volkswagen has promised to bring its first semi-autonomous electric car to market.
  • That said, electric car company Tesla will have fully-autonomous vehicles ready by 2018, Toyota, General Motors and Volkswagen by 2020, while Ford and BMW claim they will have autonomous cars on the road by 2021.

Autonomous cars are going to need to send and receive mountains of data, and the current 4G wireless networks simply won’t cut it….
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Hyperimaging and AI will give us superhero vision- IBM Research

In 5 years, hyperimaging and #AI will give us superhero vision:  #IBM5in5

  • A view of the invisible or vaguely visible physical phenomena all around us could help make road and traffic conditions clearer for drivers and self-driving cars.
  • For example, using millimeter wave imaging, a camera and other sensors, hyperimaging technology could help a car see through fog or rain, detect hazardous and hard-to-see road conditions such as black ice, or tell us if there is some object up ahead and its distance and size.
  • Cognitive computing technologies will reason about this data and recognize what might be a tipped over garbage can versus a deer crossing the road, or a pot hole that could result in a flat tire.

Our ability to see beyond visible light will reveal new insights to help us understand the world around us. This technology will be widely available throughout our daily lives, giving us the ability to perceive or see through objects and opaque environmental conditions anytime, anywhere.
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Cars are learning to hear like humans and self-diagnose problems

Hear that? Your #car just did - ! 🚗 #iot #ai

  • Just like humans identify whether or not there is a problem with the car by hearing odd sounds coming from the engine or by hearing creaking sounds, cars can identify as well.
  • Their software can give cars the ability to diagnose problems themselves by simply hearing anomalous sounds coming from the car and/or the environment.
  • They are testing the tech by providing it with many sounds that come from their cars.
  • This can be a huge boost as one of the important factors of customer dissatisfaction is odd noises coming from a car and not being able to locate the problem.
  • Other than diagnosing problems, this tech can also be used to help cars in perceiving their environment.

Intelligent machines are not only trying to learn and act like humans, they are beginning to sense their environment like them as well. Latest among them are cars that are getting a sense of hearing that would allow them to enhance their intelligence level by perceiving their environment like humans do.
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A Visual Introduction to Machine Learning

A Visual Introduction to Machine Learning  #IIoT #IoT #IoE #InternetOfThings #MachineLearning

  • Machine learning is the science of getting computers to act without being explicitly programmed.
  • In the past decade, machine learning has given us self-driving cars, practical speech recognition, effective web search, and a vastly improved understanding of the human genome.
  • From our friends at R2D3 is a very interesting visual introduction to machine learning.

Machine learning is the science of getting computers to act without being explicitly programmed. In the past decade, machine learning has given us self-driving…
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