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Governing
Driverless cars and trucks could provide many benefits, from safer highways to improved mobility, but widespread adoption could shrink the vehicle-related revenue streams that states rely on.

Editor’s Note: If self-driving cars affect everything, they will definitely affect the bottom line of state governments who bring in taxes from the way things currently are. Here Kil Huh looks into it.

Nikkei
NEW YORK/BANGKOK — General Motors is retreating from Thailand as part of a broad downsizing of its Asia-Pacific operations, but the entry of Chinese player Great Wall Motor is expected to cushion the blow to the Southeast Asian country.

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Vancouver Sun
OPINION: One of Azim Shariff’s novel discoveries is Canadian children were more generous than those from South Africa, Turkey, the United States, Jordan and China.

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Popular Mechanics
Subaru’s safety-laden base models should become the new normal.

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The Economist ($)
P have long quarrelled over whether data should be singular or plural (contrary to common usage, this newspaper is sticking with the latter, for now). A better question is why are data so singularly plural? That is, why do they have so many different faces?

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Nikkei
KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia unveiled on Friday a much-delayed automotive policy, hoping to stay ahead of Thailand and Indonesia by shifting the focus from energy-efficient cars to next-generation vehicles production for the region.

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The New York Times
LONDON — First came Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google’s parent company, Alphabet. Then Apple’s senior vice president for artificial intelligence, John Giannandrea, showed up.

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IT Pro Portal
With hysteria surrounding 5G, we need to go beyond the number before the G.

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Fleet News
Mobility will be cleaner, safer and more efficient than ever as fossil-fuel vehicles shift to vehicles with electric engines, advanced technology in autonomous cars transforms road safety, and vehicles will become more of a software platform according to a report from Allianz Partners

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Freight Waves
Founders of the self-driving truck outfit discuss efforts to build an autonomous logistics company.

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McAfee
The last several years have been fascinating for those of us who have been eagerly observing the steady move towards autonomous driving. While semi-autonomous vehicles have existed for many years, the vision of fleets of fully autonomous vehicles operating as a single connected entity is very much still a thing of the future. However, the latest technical advances in this area bring us a unique and compelling picture of some of the capabilities we might expect to see “down the road.” Pun intended.

Editor’s Note: Experiments have begun popping up about how it is possible to trick self-driving cars’ vision systems. Here Mcafee continues the trend, including using a single piece of black tape.

Roboflow
Machine learning, the process of teaching computer algorithms to perform new tasks by example, is poised to transform industries from agriculture to insurance. But ML models can only be as good as the data on which they’re trained.

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Bloomberg
Nissan shares fell 9.6 percent to a decade low after the company cut its full-year profit outlook and scrapped its year-end dividend payout, slipping to fifth place by market value among Japan’s automakers.

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Mashable
A little electrical tape has caused quite the stir.

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Forbes
Another piece of the tangled legal fight sparked by Uber’s attempt to catch up to Google’s self-driving car program has been resolved, with the ride-share giant paying Google nearly $10 million to settle accusations that Uber executive Lior Ron had improperly recruited Google engineers.

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New Atlas
The technology is intended for use in both human-driven and driverless cars

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Bruegel
Germany needs an industrial revival of the sort it experienced in the late nineteenth century, but this will be possible only if the state offers technological backing to German companies. The US government’s successful Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency should serve as a model.

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Venture Beat
Yandex is trialing a driver attention control system to combat drowsiness at the wheel

Editor’s Note: This article also appeared on our Face Value Distill on facial recognition. Venture Beat has the details about what Russia’s major tech giant is up to.

Financial Times ($)
The robots have arrived at Merry-go Kitchen, an Italian restaurant in Seoul where they drive back and forth during lunch hour, carrying food to diners.

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Tech Crunch
Cartken plans to use autonomous sidewalk bots for last-mile logistics

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Venture Beat
Driverless vehicle technology has the potential to transform industries — and indeed, it already has. Stockholm, Sweden-based Einride has raised over $32 million for freight systems that transport logs, shipping containers, and other cargo autonomously. For its part, Alphabet’s Waymo — a pack leader in the market segment — has deployed a commercial robo-taxi service in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Autonomous Vehicle International
Daimler Trucks and Torc Robotics will expand testing of automated truck technology on new public routes, building on tests in Virginia.

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GCN
It’s a common frustration — software updates intended to make our applications run faster inadvertently end up doing just the opposite. These bugs, called performance regressions in the field of computer science, are time-consuming to fix because locating software errors normally requires substantial human intervention.

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Engineering & Technology
Getting the artificial intelligence process right the first time around enables it to be the best it can be.

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Quartz
Payments are an obvious and lucrative add-on for taxi aggregators around the world.

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