Elon Musk: We Will Have “Full Self-Driving Capabilities” in 3 to 6 Months

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In a recent tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk wrote that cars with full self-driving capabilities will arrive in the next three to six months.Tesla has been making improvements to both its Autopilot software and hardware, so this timeline seems doable for the cutting-edge company.

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s AI Acquisition Will Make Science Free for All

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ack in September, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative – the philanthropic company set up by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan – set a goal to invest $3 billion to cure, prevent, and manage disease by the end of the century.

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Patent Hints at Amazon Self-Driving Delivery Truck Plans | Doug Newcomb | PCMag.com

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While tech titans such as Google, Uber, and Apple along with almost every auto maker on the planet have poured resources into the development of autonomous vehicle technology, online retail giant Amazon has been relatively quiet on that front. But a recently approved patent shows the Seattle-based company could be ready to make a big move in the autonomous vehicle space.

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Airbus Plans to Make Autonomous, Flying Cars a Reality by 2017

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We live in a time where Level 5 autonomous cars are close to becoming a reality, and more than one company is working towards bringing humans to Mars. Consider all this, it’s almost surprising that flying cars haven’t taken to the skies yet. But it turns out we may not have to wait too long: Airbus is planning to test a prototype, not only for a flying car but an autonomous flying car.

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This is the self-driving car that Korean researchers are quietly building

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While Uber and Tesla grab headlines in self-driving car tech, Korean engineers are building an autonomous vehicle that is planned for roadworthiness by the middle of this year.A team at the Seoul National University have been building their self-driving car — cleverly named SNUber — for the past couple of years. While it’s been available for use on campus via an app, the team is ready to test the outside terrain, thanks to Korea recently opening downtown roads to self-driving cars.SEE ALSO: This 13-foot-tall mechanical suit looks like something straight out of a sci-fi filmIn a ride I had with two engineers, the car safely maneuvered through traffic on the Seoul campus, stopping for pedestrians, slowing traffic and oncoming buses that poked into its lane. It was also able to overtake obstacles like double-parked cars and made safe left and right turns — perhaps more passively than the average driver in safety-first, “grandma-style” fashion, as the driver put it.Seo Seung-woo, lead professor on the project, said he and his team of around 20 engineers ultimately aims for Level 4 driverless technology — regarded as full autonomy, which involves ferrying a passenger from door-to-door on regular roads. They expect the tech will be ready for primetime by 2025.

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The Construct launches Robot Operating System courses | Robotics & Automation News

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Beginning on February 13, the one-week training course includes direct, individualised guidance from experienced tutors.The course can be undertaken online, through the web, or in Barcelona – if you’re lucky enough to live in Barcelona.The Construct also said it has now opened enrolment to its ROS in a Single Week course, aimed at starters.The company says the course is “entirely practical ROS training”, which integrates theory and practice. Participants learn by programming different simulated robots and full integrated development environment.That course, too, can be done online or in person, if you fly over to Barcelona, Spain.

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Apple more or less confirms autonomous car project in letter to US government | Robotics & Automation News

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Apple is wading in to the debate over regulation of self-driving cars, declaring it is excited about the potential for automated transportation and calling on US regulators not to restrict testing of such vehicles.A five-page letter from Steve Kenner, Apple’s director of product integrity, to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is the company’s most comprehensive statement yet about its interest in self-driving vehicle technology.The November 22 letter followed more than a year of industry speculation about the computer and iPhone maker’s plans for expanding into transportation. Kenner wrote: “The company is investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.“Executed properly under NHTSA’s guidance, automated vehicles have the potential to greatly enhance the human experience – to prevent millions of car crashes and thousands of fatalities each year and to give mobility to those without.”

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