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Americans trust tech companies more than automakers on self-driving cars

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Americans trust tech companies more than automakers on self-driving cars

- In a study surveying drivers in the US, UK, Germany, France, and Italy, transportation data company INRIX finds that attitudes about autonomous vehicles (AVs) differ quite a bit depending on what side of the Atlantic one lives on, as well as by age. The survey gathers responses about safety, privacy, and trust and confidence in the connected and autonomous vehicle market, as well as their likelihood to purchase a self-driving car

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Drivers could lose up to 25,000 jobs per month when self-driving cars hit, Goldman Sachs says

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Drivers could lose up to 25,000 jobs per month when self-driving cars hit, Goldman Sachs says

- The full impact of self-driving cars on society is several decades away — but when it hits, the job losses will be substantial for American truck drivers, according to a new report from Goldman Sachs. When autonomous vehicle saturation peaks, U.S. drivers could see job losses at a rate of 25,000 a month, or 300,000 a year, according to a report from Goldman Sachs Economics Research

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The #1 affordable robot vacuum on Amazon is on sale

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The #1 affordable robot vacuum on Amazon is on sale

- Of all the robot vacuums we’ve tested, few have that golden combination of low price and high quality. Generally, if you want a robot vacuum that works well, you’re going to need to spend a bit of money. But that’s not the case with . In our tests, we found the Eufy was able to suck up as much dirt as an average upright vacuum, and its low profile let it fit under virtually any furniture for a more thorough clean

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Tags: Robotics |  Robots |  Automaton | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States | 

Chinese online retailer developing one-ton delivery drones

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Chinese online retailer developing one-ton delivery drones

- BEIJING — China's biggest online retailer, JD.com Inc., announced plans Monday to develop drone aircraft capable of carrying a ton or more for long-distance deliveries. The company said it will test the drones on a network it is developing to cover the northern Chinese province of Shaanxi. It said they will carry consumer goods to remote areas and farm produce to cities

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Tags: Automaton |  Drones | 
Places: United States |  North |  Beijing | 

Weekend tech reading: Hobbyist drones go registration-free, Monoprice ships $200 3D printer, Panasonic recalls 280k batteries

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Weekend tech reading: Hobbyist drones go registration-free, Monoprice ships $200 3D printer, Panasonic recalls 280k batteries

- Americans no longer have to register non-commercial drones with the FAA If you buy a new drone in the U.S. to fly non-commercially, you no longer have to register your drone with the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a decision issued today by a federal court in Washington, D.C. The court ruled that the FAA’s drone registration rules, which have been in place since 2015, were in violation of a law passed by Congress in 2012

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Tags: Automaton |  Drones | 
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Farhad’s and Mike’s Week in Tech: Caring About Tech News

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Farhad’s and Mike’s Week in Tech: Caring About Tech News

- Farhad: I know it’s hard to love Uber, and also it’s quite possible that Uber stole Google’s self-driving tech (we’ll find out as the big lawsuit proceeds). But to me, Google’s actions here also deserve scrutiny. Look at all the sides Google and its parent company, Alphabet, are playing in self-driving. Through Waymo, Alphabet is building its own self-driving tech. But through its venture capital firm, Alphabet is also a huge investor in Uber

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Tags: Automaton |  Self-Driving | 
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You no longer have to register your drone

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You no longer have to register your drone

- A federal appeals court has shot down a rule requiring hobbyists to register their drones. Appeals court judges in Washington, D.C. agreed on Friday with a drone enthusiast’s challenge to a FAA requirement that all hobbyists register their drones in a national database and pay a $5 fee. People who failed to comply with the regulations, intended to promote drone safety and help identify dangerous drone operators, risked fines and jail time

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Singapore robot guards aim to help ease worker shortage

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Singapore robot guards aim to help ease worker shortage

- In Singapore, where robots are being deployed from healthcare to restaurants in a government-backed push to ease a workforce crunch, a new niche has been found for intelligent machines — nightwatchman. O-R3, a four-wheeled security robot unveiled by a Singapore technology company on Friday, is designed to patrol large outdoor areas without human guidance, making sure all people on the site are authorised to be there

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Places: United States |  Asia |  S.E. Asia |  Mainland |  Singapore | 

Waymo's lidar wipers make self-driving cars safer - and they're fun to watch

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Waymo's lidar wipers make self-driving cars safer - and they're fun to watch

- Safety is a paramount concern for the developers of autonomous vehicles. While self-driving cars are meant to minimize the element of human error, people need to be able to trust their lives to a machine. As Waymo works to make autonomous cars reality, it is addressing these safety concerns with hardware and software. While part of that job focuses on the machine aspects of automated driving, it also focuses on the passengers' perception of safety, as Bloomberg reports

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Volvo tests self-driving garbage truck

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Volvo tests self-driving garbage truck

- Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck. . . Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck "There is amazing potential to transform the swift pace of technical developments in automation into practical benefits for customers and, more broadly, society in general," Volvo Chief Technology Officer Lars Stenqvist said

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Volvo tests self-driving garbage truck

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Volvo tests self-driving garbage truck

- Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck. . . Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck "There is amazing potential to transform the swift pace of technical developments in automation into practical benefits for customers and, more broadly, society in general," Volvo Chief Technology Officer Lars Stenqvist said

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Appeals court strikes down FAA drone registration rule

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Appeals court strikes down FAA drone registration rule

- Washington — A federal appeals court on Friday struck down a federal rule that required owners of recreational drones and other model aircraft to register the devices with the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA had announced the rule in 2015 in response to growing reports of drones flying near manned aircraft and airports. Drones have become increasingly popular with hobbyists and more than 550,000 unmanned aircraft were registered within the first year it was required

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Volvo tests self-driving garbage truck

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Volvo tests self-driving garbage truck

- Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck. . . Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck "There is amazing potential to transform the swift pace of technical developments in automation into practical benefits for customers and, more broadly, society in general," Volvo Chief Technology Officer Lars Stenqvist said

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Volvo tests self-driving garbage truck

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Volvo tests self-driving garbage truck

- Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck. . . Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck "There is amazing potential to transform the swift pace of technical developments in automation into practical benefits for customers and, more broadly, society in general," Volvo Chief Technology Officer Lars Stenqvist said

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Volvo tests self-driving garbage truck

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Volvo tests self-driving garbage truck

- Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck. . . Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck "There is amazing potential to transform the swift pace of technical developments in automation into practical benefits for customers and, more broadly, society in general," Volvo Chief Technology Officer Lars Stenqvist said

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Uber threatens to fire self-driving car engineer in trade secrets case

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Uber threatens to fire self-driving car engineer in trade secrets case

- Uber has threatened to fire an engineer accused by Alphabet's self-driving Waymo unit of stealing confidential documents in a high-profile trade secrets case between the two companies, according to a court filing. Waymo sued ride services company Uber Technologies alleging that former Waymo executive Anthony Levandowski downloaded over 14,000 confidential documents before leaving Waymo to subsequently join Uber. The case, which pits two companies battling to dominate the fast-growing field of self-driving cars, hinges on Waymo allegations that the information Levandowski took made its way into Uber's Lidar system, a key sensor technology in self-driving cars

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How to Become an FAA-Approved Drone Pilot
How to Become an FAA-Approved Drone Pilot Since 29 August 2016, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has made it possible for people to fly small drones for commercial purposes, so long as they adhere to some generally reasonable rules described by Part 107 of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, better known as the small UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) rule. The key point of the new regs is that you have to become a qualified “remote pilot”—and get an official certificate to prove it   Read More ...
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Americans trust tech companies more than automakers on self-driving cars
Americans trust tech companies more than automakers on self-driving cars In a study surveying drivers in the US, UK, Germany, France, and Italy, transportation data company INRIX finds that attitudes about autonomous vehicles (AVs) differ quite a bit depending on what side of the Atlantic one lives on, as well as by age. The survey gathers responses about safety, privacy, and trust and confidence in the connected and autonomous vehicle market, as well as their likelihood to purchase a self-driving car   Read More ...
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Robotic Venus flytrap snaps at electronic flies
Robotic Venus flytrap snaps at electronic flies Researchers designing agile robots generally look to agile animals, such as cockroaches and sharks, for ideas. Now a fast-moving robot has been created from an unlikely source of inspiration: a plant. The plant is the carnivorous Venus flytrap, which catches its own dinner. Like the real flytrap, the synthetic flytrap can snatch objects flitting through the air and hold them tight between its “jaws   Read More ...
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Robotics Contest for Youth Promotes Innovation for Economic Growth in Africa
Robotics Contest for Youth Promotes Innovation for Economic Growth in Africa DAKAR — Several hundred middle school and high school students from Senegal and surrounding countries spent last week in Dakar building robots. Organizers of the annual robotics competition say the goal is to encourage African governments and private donors to invest more in science and math education throughout the continent. The hum of tiny machines fills a fenced-off obstacle course, as small robots compete to gather mock natural resources such as diamonds and gold   Read More ...
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Drivers could lose up to 25,000 jobs per month when self-driving cars hit, Goldman Sachs says
Drivers could lose up to 25,000 jobs per month when self-driving cars hit, Goldman Sachs says The full impact of self-driving cars on society is several decades away — but when it hits, the job losses will be substantial for American truck drivers, according to a new report from Goldman Sachs. When autonomous vehicle saturation peaks, U.S. drivers could see job losses at a rate of 25,000 a month, or 300,000 a year, according to a report from Goldman Sachs Economics Research   Read More ...
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The #1 affordable robot vacuum on Amazon is on sale
The #1 affordable robot vacuum on Amazon is on sale Of all the robot vacuums we’ve tested, few have that golden combination of low price and high quality. Generally, if you want a robot vacuum that works well, you’re going to need to spend a bit of money. But that’s not the case with . In our tests, we found the Eufy was able to suck up as much dirt as an average upright vacuum, and its low profile let it fit under virtually any furniture for a more thorough clean   Read More ...
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Chinese online retailer developing one-ton delivery drones
Chinese online retailer developing one-ton delivery drones BEIJING — China's biggest online retailer, JD.com Inc., announced plans Monday to develop drone aircraft capable of carrying a ton or more for long-distance deliveries. The company said it will test the drones on a network it is developing to cover the northern Chinese province of Shaanxi. It said they will carry consumer goods to remote areas and farm produce to cities   Read More ...
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Drones, autonomous vehicles on Echodyne’s radar as it pulls in $29M from investors
Drones, autonomous vehicles on Echodyne’s radar as it pulls in $29M from investors Bellevue radar startup Echodyne has wrapped up a $29 million investment round, including contributions from previous investors Bill Gates and Paul Allen, to fund continued development of radar for drones and autonomous vehicles. The funding round, the first since a $15 million haul in 2014, was led by Silicon Valley venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates. All of Echodyne’s existing investors, including Gates, Allen’s Vulcan and Seattle-based Madrona Venture group, contributed to the new round, the company said   Read More ...
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Weekend tech reading: Hobbyist drones go registration-free, Monoprice ships $200 3D printer, Panasonic recalls 280k batteries
Weekend tech reading: Hobbyist drones go registration-free, Monoprice ships $200 3D printer, Panasonic recalls 280k batteries Americans no longer have to register non-commercial drones with the FAA If you buy a new drone in the U.S. to fly non-commercially, you no longer have to register your drone with the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a decision issued today by a federal court in Washington, D.C. The court ruled that the FAA’s drone registration rules, which have been in place since 2015, were in violation of a law passed by Congress in 2012   Read More ...
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Farhad’s and Mike’s Week in Tech: Caring About Tech News
Farhad’s and Mike’s Week in Tech: Caring About Tech News Farhad: I know it’s hard to love Uber, and also it’s quite possible that Uber stole Google’s self-driving tech (we’ll find out as the big lawsuit proceeds). But to me, Google’s actions here also deserve scrutiny. Look at all the sides Google and its parent company, Alphabet, are playing in self-driving. Through Waymo, Alphabet is building its own self-driving tech. But through its venture capital firm, Alphabet is also a huge investor in Uber   Read More ...
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You no longer have to register your drone
You no longer have to register your drone A federal appeals court has shot down a rule requiring hobbyists to register their drones. Appeals court judges in Washington, D.C. agreed on Friday with a drone enthusiast’s challenge to a FAA requirement that all hobbyists register their drones in a national database and pay a $5 fee. People who failed to comply with the regulations, intended to promote drone safety and help identify dangerous drone operators, risked fines and jail time   Read More ...
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Singapore robot guards aim to help ease worker shortage
Singapore robot guards aim to help ease worker shortage In Singapore, where robots are being deployed from healthcare to restaurants in a government-backed push to ease a workforce crunch, a new niche has been found for intelligent machines — nightwatchman. O-R3, a four-wheeled security robot unveiled by a Singapore technology company on Friday, is designed to patrol large outdoor areas without human guidance, making sure all people on the site are authorised to be there   Read More ...
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Waymo's lidar wipers make self-driving cars safer - and they're fun to watch
Waymo's lidar wipers make self-driving cars safer - and they're fun to watch Safety is a paramount concern for the developers of autonomous vehicles. While self-driving cars are meant to minimize the element of human error, people need to be able to trust their lives to a machine. As Waymo works to make autonomous cars reality, it is addressing these safety concerns with hardware and software. While part of that job focuses on the machine aspects of automated driving, it also focuses on the passengers' perception of safety, as Bloomberg reports   Read More ...
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Volvo tests self-driving garbage truck
Volvo tests self-driving garbage truck Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck. . . Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck "There is amazing potential to transform the swift pace of technical developments in automation into practical benefits for customers and, more broadly, society in general," Volvo Chief Technology Officer Lars Stenqvist said   Read More ...
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Volvo tests self-driving garbage truck
Volvo tests self-driving garbage truck Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck. . . Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck "There is amazing potential to transform the swift pace of technical developments in automation into practical benefits for customers and, more broadly, society in general," Volvo Chief Technology Officer Lars Stenqvist said   Read More ...
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Appeals court strikes down FAA drone registration rule
Appeals court strikes down FAA drone registration rule Washington — A federal appeals court on Friday struck down a federal rule that required owners of recreational drones and other model aircraft to register the devices with the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA had announced the rule in 2015 in response to growing reports of drones flying near manned aircraft and airports. Drones have become increasingly popular with hobbyists and more than 550,000 unmanned aircraft were registered within the first year it was required   Read More ...
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Volvo tests self-driving garbage truck
Volvo tests self-driving garbage truck Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck. . . Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck "There is amazing potential to transform the swift pace of technical developments in automation into practical benefits for customers and, more broadly, society in general," Volvo Chief Technology Officer Lars Stenqvist said   Read More ...
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Volvo tests self-driving garbage truck
Volvo tests self-driving garbage truck Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck. . . Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck "There is amazing potential to transform the swift pace of technical developments in automation into practical benefits for customers and, more broadly, society in general," Volvo Chief Technology Officer Lars Stenqvist said   Read More ...
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Volvo tests self-driving garbage truck
Volvo tests self-driving garbage truck Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck. . . Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck "There is amazing potential to transform the swift pace of technical developments in automation into practical benefits for customers and, more broadly, society in general," Volvo Chief Technology Officer Lars Stenqvist said   Read More ...
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Volvo tests self-driving garbage truck
Volvo tests self-driving garbage truck Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck. . . Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck Partnering with Swedish waste and recycling specialist Renova, Volvo Group is testing a self-driving refuse truck "There is amazing potential to transform the swift pace of technical developments in automation into practical benefits for customers and, more broadly, society in general," Volvo Chief Technology Officer Lars Stenqvist said   Read More ...
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Uber threatens to fire key exec in self-driving car dispute
Uber is threatening to fire a key executive accused of stealing self-driving car technology from a spin-off unless he waives his constitutional right against self-incrimination so the ride-hailing service can comply with a court order. The development raises the possibility that Uber may end up dumping Anthony Levandowski, whose expertise in robot-controlled cars is the main reason that the company bought Levandowski's startup for $680 million last year   Read More ...
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Appeals court strikes down FAA drone registration rule
A federal appeals court has struck down a federal regulation that required owners of recreational drones and other model aircraft to register the devices with the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA had announced the rule in 2015 in response to growing reports of drones flying near manned aircraft and airports. Drones have become increasingly popular with hobbyists and more than 550,000 unmanned aircraft were registered within the first year it was required   Read More ...
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Robots could wipe out another 6 million retail jobs
Robots could wipe out another 6 million retail jobs Robots have already cost millions of factory jobs across the nation. Next up could be jobs at your local stores. Between 6 million to 7.5 million existing jobs are at risk of being replaced over the course of the next 10 years by some form of automation, according to a new study this week from by financial services firm Cornerstone Capital Group   Read More ...
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Why Volvo's self-driving garbage truck spends most of its time in reverse
Why Volvo's self-driving garbage truck spends most of its time in reverse Volvo will soon test a radical new style of garbage truck. The self-driving truck backs down streets in reverse and periodically stops so a garbage man can load it with trash. Volvo will begin tests on a closed course next month, and will shift to public streets in late autumn. With the new truck, the garbage man won't have to be constantly jumping in and out of the driver's seat to empty trash bins   Read More ...
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Why Volvo’s self-driving garbage truck spends most of its time in reverse
Why Volvo’s self-driving garbage truck spends most of its time in reverse (CNN)– Volvo will soon test a radical new style of garbage truck. The self-driving truck backs down streets in reverse and periodically stops so a garbage man can load it with trash. Volvo will begin tests on a closed course next month, and will shift to public streets in late autumn. With the new truck, the garbage man won’t have to be constantly jumping in and out of the driver’s seat to empty trash bins   Read More ...
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Uber threatens to fire self-driving car engineer in trade secrets case
Uber threatens to fire self-driving car engineer in trade secrets case Uber has threatened to fire an engineer accused by Alphabet's self-driving Waymo unit of stealing confidential documents in a high-profile trade secrets case between the two companies, according to a court filing. Waymo sued ride services company Uber Technologies alleging that former Waymo executive Anthony Levandowski downloaded over 14,000 confidential documents before leaving Waymo to subsequently join Uber. The case, which pits two companies battling to dominate the fast-growing field of self-driving cars, hinges on Waymo allegations that the information Levandowski took made its way into Uber's Lidar system, a key sensor technology in self-driving cars   Read More ...
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Daily Report: Remembering When Uber and Google Were Allies
Daily Report: Remembering When Uber and Google Were Allies Photo Sometimes old friends make for the best of enemies. By now, the nasty fight between the ride-hailing service Uber and Waymo, the unit of Alphabet that used to be Google’s self-driving-car project, has been well cataloged. Waymo claims Uber is using stolen technology plans in its own self-driving-car project — plans that Waymo claims were brought to Uber by a former Google employee   Read More ...
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Locally noisy autonomous agents improve global human coordination in network experiments
Coordination in groups faces a sub-optimization problem and theory suggests that some randomness may help to achieve global optima. Here we performed experiments involving a networked colour coordination game in which groups of humans interacted with autonomous software agents (known as bots). Subjects (n = 4,000) were embedded in networks (n = 230) of 20 nodes, to which we sometimes added 3 bots. The bots were programmed with varying levels of behavioural randomness and different geodesic locations   Read More ...
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Elon Musk's AI project is making humans teach robots through VR in a big breakthrough moment
Elon Musk's AI project is making humans teach robots through VR in a big breakthrough moment An Elon Musk-backed artificial intelligence research firm called OpenAI has created a way for robots to learn tasks by giving them a demonstration virtual reality (VR). A blog post on Tuesday by OpenAI outlined how robotic arm could pick up small wooden blocks and stack them in a tower after seeing a human do it just once. An OpenAI researcher put on a VR headset and imitated picking up the blocks   Read More ...
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Only on 2: Drone Development in Nevada
Only on 2: Drone Development in Nevada Experts have been keeping Nevada at the forefront of drone research. Chris Walach, director of the FAA designated Nevada UAS test site, says drone development is taking place in Nevada on a day to day basis, and the Reno-Stead Airport is used as a test site for the latest technology. "This is a major industry and it's going to dramatically change how people receive goods and services," says Walach   Read More ...
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Delivery robots may find San Francisco sidewalks off-limits
Delivery robots may find San Francisco sidewalks off-limits Robots may be coming for our jobs (and our shins), but one San Francisco politician is taking a stand — on the sidewalk. San Francisco Supervisor Norman Yee introduced legislation Tuesday that would ban autonomous delivery robots from city sidewalks, largely for safety concerns. A number of startup companies, including Dispatch, Marble and Starship Technologies, are currently testing robot deliveries of meals and packages in San Francisco, and their use has been legalized in two Silicon Valley cities as well as Washington D   Read More ...
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Delphi joins BMW-Intel-Mobileye autonomous car partnership
Delphi joins BMW-Intel-Mobileye autonomous car partnership DETROIT - The automotive parts and electronics maker Delphi is the latest company to partner with BMW, Intel and Mobileye in a joint bid to develop autonomous vehicles. The companies announced Tuesday that Delphi will help to integrate autonomous driving systems. BMW, Intel and Mobileye joined forces in July of 2016. They plan to start producing automated vehicle systems by 2021   Read More ...
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Uber must return stolen Waymo files, can continue self-driving work, judge says
Uber must return stolen Waymo files, can continue self-driving work, judge says SAN FRANCISCO - Uber must promptly return stolen confidential files to Alphabet Inc's Waymo self-driving car unit, a federal judge ruled, while stopping short of shutting down the ride-services company's autonomous car program. The judge wrote that Uber knew, or should have known, that an ex-Waymo engineer it later hired had taken Waymo files potentially containing trade secrets, and that some of the intellectual property had "seeped into" Uber's own development efforts   Read More ...
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Delphi joins BMW-Intel-Mobileye autonomous car partnership
The automotive parts and electronics maker Delphi is the latest company to partner with BMW, Intel and Mobileye in a joint bid to develop autonomous vehicles. The companies announced Tuesday that Delphi will help to integrate autonomous driving systems. BMW, Intel and Mobileye joined forces in July of 2016. They plan to start producing automated vehicle systems by 2021. The broadening coalition that includes Delphi is one of a growing number of partnerships between tech and auto giants   Read More ...
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Judge Rules Uber Can Continue Self-Driving Development
Judge Rules Uber Can Continue Self-Driving Development The U.S. judge presiding over Waymo’s ongoing lawsuit with Uber has said that the ride-hailing service can continue to develop self-driving technologies but that it must return stolen confidential materials to Alphabet. U.S. District Judge William Alsup said that Uber knew, or should have been aware, that ex-Google engineer Anthony Levandowski downloaded confidential files from his former employer and brought them to Uber   Read More ...
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Judge blocks top Uber engineer from working on key self-driving technology amid battle with Alphabet
Judge blocks top Uber engineer from working on key self-driving technology amid battle with Alphabet One of Uber's top engineers will no longer be able to work on a key self-driving car technology, a federal judge ordered, adding a new hurdle in the ride-hailing company's race to get to market. Uber will be able to continue working on its self-driving car technology, the judge said, but embattled engineer Anthony Levandowski must be removed from any work relating to a key technology called LIDAR, which helps cars "see   Read More ...
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Judge bars Uber star engineer from key self-driving tech work
Judge bars Uber star engineer from key self-driving tech work A federal judge has given Uber a green light to continue working on robot cars, rejecting a request from Waymo, the self-driving arm of Alphabet, to slap a temporary injunction on the project. However, the judge barred Anthony Levandowski, formerly a star Waymo engineer and until recently head of Uber’s self-driving program, from working on lidar, a key technology that helps self-driving cars “see” the world around them   Read More ...
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5 challenges confronting enterprise drones
5 challenges confronting enterprise drones Forecasts for the drone market have been very aggressive. One research firm predicts sales of drones will exceed $12 billion by 2021. Another says the market for drone-based business services is worth more than $127 billion. And the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) predicts that by 2025 the U.S. drone industry will create more than 100,000 jobs and add $82 billion to the economy   Read More ...
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US judge demands Uber return downloaded documents to Waymo
US judge demands Uber return downloaded documents to Waymo SAN FRANCISCO: A U.S. judge ordered Uber Technologies Inc to promptly return any files that had been downloaded and taken from Alphabet Inc's Waymo self-driving car unit but said the ride-services company could continue work on its autonomous car technology. The latest court ruling in a high-profile trade secrets case from U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco, made public on Monday, granted a partial injunction against Uber, which Waymo has accused of using stolen information to accelerate the building of its autonomous cars   Read More ...
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Lyft and Waymo Announce Partnership That Will Bring Autonomous Vehicle Program to Mainstream
Lyft and Waymo Announce Partnership That Will Bring Autonomous Vehicle Program to Mainstream After opening up a self-driving car program to the public in Phoenix, Arizona last month, Alphabet-owned Waymo has now officially partnered with ride-hailing app Lyft (via The New York Times). The two will work together in order "to bring autonomous vehicle technology into the mainstream" by launching various pilot projects and helping one another to develop products for the mass market   Read More ...
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