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    Youtube: Telsa Autonomy Day - Tesla custom AI chip for self driving

    A few years ago, when Tesla said it was going to develop their own chip for the AI to to do self driving on their car, this was met with some skepticism. They reveal a lot of detail here: 6 Billion Transistors: 260mm2 - 14nm 72 TOPS from the AI engine 12 ARM A72 Cores 600 GFlop GPU (it's all...
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    Intel Acquires Indian Startup for GPU Talent

    The Times of India reports that Intel corporation acquired the Indian chip design startup Ineda Systems in an "all cash deal sealed last week" for an undisclosed amount. While Ineda seemingly specializes in low-power IoT hardware and autonomous driving technology, chipzilla is said to be more...
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    Tesla Patent Describes Camera Assisted GPS System

    Several media outlets, including Electronic Design, recently spotted an interesting patent Tesla filed in 2017. Called "Technologies for Vehicle Positioning," it seemingly addresses one of the major hurdles future self-driving vehicles face: the accuracy of GPS. As anyone with a smartphone...
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    Volvo and Luminar Show Off Cutting Edge Lidar

    We've seen the world through the eyes of a Tesla before, but Volve wants to take that concept even farther. The car company has partnered with Luminar to develophigh fidelity LiDAR, and showed off the new sensors in action at the Automobility LA trade show. Check out the lidar tech on the road...
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    Jaguar Land Rover Tests Traffic Light Connection Technology

    The prediction of red lights and green lights is almost a myth among many drivers, but Jaguar-Land Rover is trying to turn it into a reality. The company is testing "Vehicle-to-Infrastructure" technology that will help drivers avoid red lights, while the "Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory"...
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    AAA Says Driver Assist Systems Are Deceptively Unreliable

    "Self driving" tech is all the rage, but a new report by AAA says that consumers should be more cautious. AP says testing done by the company shows that "electronic driver assist systems on the road today may not keep vehicles in their lanes or spot stationary objects in time to avoid a crash."...
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    MSU Researchers Develop Self Driving, Off Road Electric Car

    Most self driving projects tend to focus on urban areas, and almost all of them focus on paved roads. But researchers and students from Mississippi State University are looking beyond roads with their recently unveiled "Halo Project" self-driving car. The modified Subaru Forester barely...
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    DARPA is Testing Self Flying Helicopters

    While some companies are developing flying taxis from scratch, others like SkyRyse are working from the other end, trying to automate existing helicopter airframes. DARPA is taking that approach as well, as they just recently showed off the "Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System" that lets...
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    MIT Publishes Self Driving Morality Survey Results

    MIT opened up their "Morality Machine" project over 2 years ago, asking participants to rate various accident scenarios self driving cars could run into. For those that want to take the survey, the site is still up. MIT published an analysis of their current data in Nature, and the results are...
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    See the World Through the Eyes of a Tesla

    Tesla made some big changes to their autopilot with the v9 update. The neural net can now use all the car's cameras to recognize things on the road, and one particular Tesla owner managed to overlay the computer's metadata on top of the camera feeds. Check out the footage here, or watch a more...
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    Ford Calls for Standardized Self Driving Signals

    Human expressions like making eye contact with a pedestrian or waving someone by are an essential part of driving. Current autonomous vehicles simply have no way to replicate them, and Ford sees that as a significant hurdle to future development. Yesterday, the company announced that they want...
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    Ford is Using NASA's Quantum Computers to Optimize Travel

    IEEE Spectrum says that Ford Motor Company signed a contract with NASA's Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory to use their D-Wave 2000Q quantum annealer for research. More specifically, Ford is seeking a generalization of the "traveling salesman problem," which involves finding the most...
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    BMW Shows Off Self Driving Motorcycle

    BMW posted a video of a motorcycle that starts up, accelerates, turns, and stops all by itself. The bike was developed by a team lead by graduate engineer Stefan Hans, and features other technical innovations like a 3D printed frame and carbon components derived from BMW's motorcycle racing...
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    SkyRyse Wants to Create Self Flying Helicopters

    While tech companies like Google and Uber are developing their own flying taxis, SkyRyse is tackling the problem from the other end. Instead of creating self-flying vehicles from the ground up, the California based startup is attempting to add self-flying technology to existing helicopter...
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    Tesla Accelerated Into Barrier

    The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on the fatal March 23 crash where a Tesla Model X in Autopilot drove into a barrier, killing 38 year old Walter Huang. The data shows that the Tesla made no attempt to brake or to steer around the barrier. The SUV was...
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    NTSB Revokes Tesla’s Party Status

    In a news release today, the NTSB has announced removal of Tesla as a party to the NTSB's investigation of the March 23 fatal crash of a 2017 Tesla Model X near Mountain View, California. The decision comes after the NTSB says Tesla violated the party agreement by releasing investigative...
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    Tesla Autopilot Nearly Recreates Fatal Crash

    A Tesla owner in Indiana decided to recreate the fatal crash from last month, where the cars autopilot mode drove straight into a K-Rail according to an article from electrek. The video below shows a Model S with the latest autopilot hardware mistakenly treating a right-side land as a left-side...
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    Arizona Shuts Down Uber Self-Driving Cars

    Uber and its self driving cars have been in the news a lot recently, and not for good reasons. After one of Uber's self-driving cars killed a woman crossing a dark street at night, and the footage of the accident came to light, it did not paint a very good picture of Uber's technology. Even...
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    Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Arizona Pedestrian

    The New York Times is reporting that a woman in Tempe Arizona has died after being hit by a self-driving car operated by Uber. The article states that the Uber vehicle was in autonomous mode with a human safety driver at the wheel when the car struck the woman when she was crossing the street...
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    New System Could Prevent Motion Sickness in Self-Driving Cars

    The University of Michigan has patented a new system that could prevent motion sickness while riding in self-driving cars. the article states that the main cause of motion sickness is a conflict between vestibular and visual inputs when not watching the road while in a moving vehicle. And there...
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