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Mobileye CEO clowns on Nvidia for allegedly copying self-driving car safety scheme

By | Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, autonomous vehicles, Gadgets, Hardware, Intel, Mobileye, nvidia, Robotics, self-driving cars, TC, Transportation

While creating self-driving car systems, it’s natural that different companies might independently arrive at similar methods or results — but the similarities in a recent “first of its kind” Nvidia proposal to work done by Mobileye two years ago were just too much for the latter company’s CEO to take politely.

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Gates-backed Lumotive upends lidar conventions using metamaterials

By | Accelerator, Automotive, autonomous vehicles, Bill Gates, Gadgets, Hardware, Intellectual Ventures, lasers, Lidar, Lumotive, Robotics, Science, self-driving cars, TC, Transportation

Pretty much every self-driving car on the road, not to mention many a robot and drone, uses lidar to sense its surroundings. But useful as lidar is, it also involves physical compromises that limit its capabilities. Lumotive is a new company with funding from Bill Gates and Intellectual Ventures that uses metamaterials to exceed those limits, perhaps setting a new standard for the industry.

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Don’t worry, this rocket-launching Chinese robo-boat is strictly for science

By | Artificial Intelligence, Asia, autonomous vehicles, Boats, China, climate change, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, Science, TC

It seems inevitable that the high seas will eventually play host to a sort of proxy war as automated vessels clash over territory for the algae farms we’ll soon need to feed the growing population. But this rocket-launching robo-boat is a peacetime vessel concerned only with global weather patterns.

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Uber in fatal crash detected pedestrian but had emergency braking disabled

By | Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, autonomous vehicles, Gadgets, Government, Hardware, self-driving cars, TC, Transportation, Uber

The initial report by the National Transportation Safety Board on the fatal self-driving Uber crash in March confirms that the car detected the pedestrian as early as 6 seconds before the crash, but did not slow or stop because its emergency braking systems were deliberately disabled.

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Waymo reportedly applies to put autonomous cars on California roads with no safety drivers

By | Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, autonomous vehicles, Gadgets, Government, Robotics, Transportation, waymo

Waymo has become the second company to apply for the newly-available permit to deploy autonomous vehicles without safety drivers on some California roads, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. It would be putting its cars — well, minivans — on streets around Mountain View, where it already has an abundance of data.

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Luminar puts its lidar tech into production through acquisitions and smart engineering

By | Automotive, autonomous vehicles, Gadgets, Hardware, Lidar, Luminar, Robotics, Science, self-driving cars, Startups, Transportation

When Luminar came out of stealth last year with its built-from-scratch lidar system, it seemed to beat established players like Velodyne at their own game — but at great expense and with no capability to build at scale. After the tech proved itself on the road, however, Luminar got to work making its device better, cheaper, and able to be assembled in minutes rather than hours.

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Massterly aims to be the first full-service autonomous marine shipping company

By | Artificial Intelligence, autonomous vehicles, Europe, Gadgets, GreenTech, Hardware, Logistics, massterly, Robotics, Shipping, TC, Transportation

Logistics may not be the most exciting application of autonomous vehicles, but it’s definitely one of the most important. And the marine shipping industry — one of the oldest industries in the world, you can imagine — is ready for it. Or at least two major Norwegian shipping companies are: they’re building an autonomous shipping venture called Massterly from the ground up.

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Here’s how Uber’s self-driving cars are supposed to detect pedestrians

By | Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, autonomous vehicles, Computer Vision, Gadgets, Hardware, Lidar, Robotics, Science, self-driving cars, TC, Transportation, Uber

A self-driving vehicle made by Uber has struck and killed a pedestrian. It’s the first such incident and will certainly be scrutinized like no other autonomous vehicle interaction in the past. But on the face of it it’s hard to understand how, short of a total system failure, this could happen when the entire car has essentially been designed around preventing exactly this situation from occurring.

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Finnish autonomous car goes for a leisurely cruise in the driving snow

By | Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, autonomous vehicles, Gadgets, TC, Transportation, VTT Technical Research Center

 It’s one thing for an autonomous car to strut its stuff on a smooth, warm California tarmac, and quite another to do so on the frozen winter mix of northern Finland. Martti, a self-driving vehicle system homegrown in Finland, demonstrated just this in a record-setting drive along a treacherous (to normal drivers) Laplandish road. Read More

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