Automated in-flight refueling has come to large aircraft after Airbus Defence and Space and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) conducted the first Automatic Air-to-Air (A3R) refueling between an Airbus 310 development tanker and a RAAF KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport. Previously demonstrated using a fighter aircraft, the June 20, 2018 exercise off the coast of Spain saw the two aircraft make seven automatic contacts.
Driverless technology challenges a number of fundamental values in the auto industry – from what it means to drive to what it means to own a car. We spoke to automotive mobility expert Dr Wolfgang Bernhart, Senior Partner at consultancy firm Roland Berger to find out more about the issues facing traditional branding and the measures being taken to address them.
The BlackFly is the result of nine years of development with over 1,000 test flights and boasts triple modular redundancy for greater safety, as well as an optional ballistic parachute. The company claims that it charges in under 30 minutes, has a low-noise signature, is geo-fence capable, and even has an Automatic Return-to-Home button.
Hardware engineer Xiaolang Zhang was picked up by authorities as he waited to board a plane to China. Since May 2015, he had worked on the Apple Compute team where he “designed and tested circuit boards to analyze sensor data,” according to an FBI complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and posted on scribd
Rio Tinto, the world’s largest autonomous truck operator, has just received the first delivery of iron ore by an autonomous train, said to be the world’s largest robot, in the Pilbara, Western Australia.
The autonomous train, consisting of three locomotives and carrying around 28,000 tonnes of iron ore, travelled over 280 kilometres from Rio Tinto’s mining operations in Tom Price to the port of Cape Lambert on Tuesday.
The new robot, which is 2.5 meters long and weighs 6kg, can be used for the inspection of collapsed buildings, according to Fumitoshi Matsuno, the robotics professor at Kyoto University leading the project. His team aims to put the device into practical use within two to three years.
Matsuno was also involved in the development of the previous version, which was designed for use in decommissioning the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.
The Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) group in New York created two AI programs: a “tourist” effectively lost in the Big Apple, and a “guide” designed to help its fellow algorithm find its way around by offering natural-language instructions. The lost tourist sees photos of the real world, while the “guide” sees a 2-D map with landmarks. Together they are tasked with reaching a specific destination.
The idea is that by learning how instructions relate to real objects like a “restaurant” or a “hotel,” just as a baby learns by associating words with real objects and actions, the tourist algorithm will start to figure out what these things actually are—or at least how they fit into a simple street view of the world. AI researchers hope that algorithms taught this way will be more sophisticated in their use of language.