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MIT

A simulation system invented at MIT to train driverless cars creates a photorealistic world with infinite steering possibilities, helping the cars learn to navigate a host of worse-case scenarios before cruising down real streets.


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Most people are familiar with driver’s education courses, but do cars need something similar? Here MIT explains a new effort at improving self-driving cars with VISTA, Virtual Image Synthesis and Transformation for Autonomy.

Electrek

Tesla Model Y wiring schematics reveal that the electric SUV is equipped with a radar heater to weather-proof Autopilot and its future self-driving capability.


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Tech Crunch

Biometrics continue to be implemented in the automotive market, as Chinese auto maker Changan has launched its UNI-T with facial recognition for driver monitoring and human-computer interaction. The UNI-T also features an L3 self-driving system, which the company plans to fully introduced once autonomous driving has become established in China.


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Korea Times

Hyundai Mobis said Sunday it has developed a radar-based rear occupant alert system and will introduce it in a number of global carmakers’ new vehicles..


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Bloomberg

This spring the U.S. government was planning to focus on its strategy for rolling out fifth-generation wireless networks, bringing faster internet connections to power movie downloads, telemedicine, self-driving cars, and more. Officials want to see 5G, now available in only some cities, ramped up quickly and to keep Chinese companies such as Huawei Technologies Co. from dominating the critical networking technology. Then the new coronavirus hit, sending workers and schoolchildren home to try to do their jobs and continue their education on laptops.


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Reuters

TOKYO – Toyota Motor Corp and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp have agreed to work together on developing smart cities and will invest 200 billion yen (1.55 billion pounds) in each other to cement the relationship, the two companies said on Tuesday.


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CNBC

Alphabet’s self-driving car business, Waymo, is suspending all driving operations in Phoenix and Detroit amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.


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Clean Technica

Researchers at MIT have devised a system for training autonomous driving systems how to drive. The technology is called VISTA, which stands for Virtual Image Synthesis and Transformation for Autonomy. What it does is create a digital laboratory where self-driving algorithms can be subjected to simulated real world driving situations without ever leaving the laboratory.


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Enterprise IoT Insights

“Depending on the projects we have planned, we will apply for licenses for different sites during the course of the year. We cannot provide further details for the time being… We are still in the phase of planning the 5G rollout,” the company said, in a statement to Enterprise IoT Insights.


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ZDNet

Using touch to change a tune on Android Auto and Apple CarPlay slows driver reaction times far more than driving under the influence of cannabis and alcohol, according to a new study.


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University of Michigan

A small, inexpensive and highly accurate gyroscope, developed at the University of Michigan, could help drones and autonomous cars stay on track without a GPS signal.


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GPS is important for self-driving cars, but what happens if the signal cuts out? Here researchers at University of Michigan look at a cheaper alternative to normal backup systems.

Caixin Global

Baidu Apollo has secured a 52.8 million yuan ($7.47m) government contract to provide autonomous driving solutions for a road-testing project in the Chinese municipality of Chongqing, the company said in a statement Thursday.


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Geospatial World

Germany: Munich-based LiDAR start-up Blickfeld has completed its Series A financing round. The new financing was led by the venture capital unit of Continental together with Wachstumsfonds Bayern, which is managed by Bayern Kapital, with participation of the existing investors Fluxunit – OSRAM Ventures, High-Tech Gründerfonds, TEV (Tengelmann Ventures) and Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners. Blickfeld will use the new financial resources to ramp up production, qualify its LiDAR sensors for the automotive market and strengthen the application development and sales teams for industrial markets.


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The Register

You may want to check what you’re actually teaching your neural networks in future


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FossBytes

Who imagined we’d have a self-driving car at the start of the 21st century? Well, a lot of people would have imagined, but Tesla turned this dream into a reality. Amid the panic due to Coronavirus, let this video of the Tesla Autopilot help shift your mind from panic a bit.


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Security Boulevard

The prosecution of former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski ended March 20 when he agreed to plead guilty to one count of theft and attempted theft of trade secrets from Alphabet’s Waymo after pilfering Waymo’s intellectual property (IP).


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Automotive News

TOKYO — Toyota has nominated James Kuffner, currently the CEO of its automated driving and robotics arm, to join the board of directors from June, signaling a shift in President Akio Toyoda’s priorities away from old-school automotive to next-generation new mobility.


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Analytics Insight

A lot of factors have contributed to the revolutionizing success of AI. Computer Vision is one of those driving elements. It is a sequential integration of three distinct processes, i.e. acquisition of images or visual stimuli from the real world in the form of binary data, image processing in form of edge detection, segmentation matching and lastly analysis and interpretation. From augmented reality games to self-driving cars to Apple’s Facial Unlock feature, it has deeply impacted our life. And this influence is not free of consequences. However, on the flip side, it has been welcomed with generally encourage reviews.


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VoA News

SAN FRANCISCO, CALF. – They are known as “Little White Snails,” self-driving street sweepers that for several years cleaned up parks and other public places across China. Kids liked them.


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Companies and governments are trying to step up to deal as much as they can with the coronavirus crisis. Here VoA explores how robots include self-driving delivery vehicles can help.

CPO Magazine

A controversial plan by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) to collect mobility data has met with pushback from a broad variety of sources. Uber, one of the primary market forces that the plan was designed to counteract, has emerged as the leader of an unusual coalition that opposes it for everything from data privacy rights to financial gain.


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Electrek

Tesla is preparing to release an update to its Autopilot system that will enable it to automatically stop at traffic lights and a video of the system at work has already been released.


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CNET

Together, the companies hope to accelerate self-driving tech developed specifically for trucks and large vehicles with true driverless tests starting in 2021.


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Silicon Angle

Self-driving truck startup Starsky Robotics Inc. is no more with the company announcing Thursday that it is closing down after failing to secure additional funding.


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Venture Beat

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerates an automated future that’s already on its way. It serves as a wake-up call to all AI, robotics, and driverless car startups: stop building eye-dazzling demos and talking about the future possibility of general-use AI. Instead, focus on deploying real-world solutions that can run 24 hours a day with minimum human intervention and deliver true value to users.


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Freight Waves

Heavy emphasis on safety of system failed to impress investors and contributed to company’s downfall


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