New study: ‘People are downright scared of robot cars’ – Autoblog

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According to Jack Weast, senior principal engineer and the chief systems architect of Intel’s Autonomous Driving Group, “People are downright scared of robot cars.” At least they are until they gain familiarity with what autonomous vehicles can do. The Intel Trust Interaction Study identified seven areas of concern:

Source: New study: ‘People are downright scared of robot cars’ – Autoblog

‘Seeing’ robot learns tricky technique for studying brain cells in mammals — ScienceDaily

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Now, for the first time, a team of scientists led by Professor Simon Schultz and Dr Luca Annecchino at Imperial College London has developed a robot and computer programme that can guide tiny measuring devices called micropipettes to specific neurons in the brains of live mice and record electrical currents, all without human intervention. This is the first reported fully automated platform to do this.

Source: ‘Seeing’ robot learns tricky technique for studying brain cells in mammals — ScienceDaily

Robots intended to reduce cost of ‘last-mile’ deliveries

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But the Robby is loaded with advanced technology, ranging from video cameras to ultrasonic sensors to inertial motion devices, and uses artificial intelligence to not only find its way around city streets, but to learn.Rui Li, one of the co-founders of Robby Technologies, a start-up based in a Palo Alto house not far from the Palo Alto house where Mark Zuckerberg developed Facebook, said the devices use “advanced AI technology so it can react differently to different situations, and learn. It becomes smarter and smarter.”When does it achieve self-awareness?

Source: Robots intended to reduce cost of ‘last-mile’ deliveries

Saint Vincent surgeons use robot, software to advance knee surgeries

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he Mako System allows doctors to map out the surgery using a virtual three-dimensional model based on the patient’s CT scan and to make adjustments during surgery to provide a better-fitting knee replacement.

Source: Saint Vincent surgeons use robot, software to advance knee surgeries

Meet Qihan’s Amazon Alexa-powered robot that can order you a pizza

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Chinese technology firm Qihan launched the Sanbot Nano on Thursday equipped with Amazon’s voice assistant that is featured in its Echo speaker.The 2.7 foot robot will go on sale in October for $2,800, and will be available in English and German. Those are the languages that Alexa currently understands.Qihan’s Sanbot Nano is equipped with 50 sensors that helps it avoid obstacles, hear voices, and recognize when someone enters the room.Users can access all the features that Alexa enables such as controlling lights in the home or ordering pizza.

Source: Meet Qihan’s Amazon Alexa-powered robot that can order you a pizza

Robot learns to follow orders like Alexa | MIT CSAIL

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Recently researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have gotten closer to making this type of request easier: In a new paper, they present an Alexa-like system that allows robots to understand a wide range of commands that require contextual knowledge about objects and their environments. They’ve dubbed the system “ComText,” for “commands in context.”

Source: Robot learns to follow orders like Alexa | MIT CSAIL

Robotic Petting Zoo wows crowds at CarFest South | Heriot-Watt University

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Thousands of people travelled to Basingstoke where visitors had the chance to learn about projects such as the Heriot-Watt Student Robotics Society’s humanoid robot, built from 3D printed body parts.

Source: Robotic Petting Zoo wows crowds at CarFest South | Heriot-Watt University

Oxford launches on-street charging trial for EV users

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Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council have joined forces to launch a major new EV charging programme that will see 100 new charging stations installed on Oxford’s residential streets in the coming months.The initiative, which kicked off earlier this week, is thought to be one of the largest of its kind anywhere in the world.RELATED ARTICLESReports: May taps Sir John Randall as new environment adviserCampaigners launch last-ditch appeal to stop fracking in LancashireKenya ushers in world’s strictest plastic bag banOxford launches on-street charging trial for EV usersRenault-Nissan partner with Dongfeng to make EVs in ChinaIn particular, it is designed to help residents of Oxford living in the city’s narrow terraced streets where parking is often on the road and based on availability, making the installation of personal charge points very difficult.”The project has global scientific significance because we know surprisingly little about how electric vehicle users and local communities adapt to new charging infrastructure, especially if this is provided on residential streets where availability of a parking space is not guaranteed,” Dr Tim Schwanen, director of University of Oxford’s Transport Studies Unit, said of the project.

Source: Oxford launches on-street charging trial for EV users

Popularity of Korean Batteries: Global Leading Automakers Flooded into Domestic EV Battery Producers | BusinessKorea

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Global leading automakers are asked the sales division of domestic electric vehicle (EV) battery producers to visit them two to three times a month on average. They even visit South Korea to have meetings with South Korean EV companies. Until now, employees of the purchasing and development department at Porsche, BMW, Daimler AG, Tesla and Volkswagen visited South Korea from last year.According to industry sources on August 29, the value of domestic EV battery producers is increasing due to the release of the Tesla Model 3, Europe’s plan to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars and China’s new energy vehicle policy that requires automakers to meet eco-friendly vehicle production quotas. In particular, pouch type EV batteries developed by LG Chem and SK Innovation have a high growth potential.

Source: Popularity of Korean Batteries: Global Leading Automakers Flooded into Domestic EV Battery Producers | BusinessKorea

Renault installs electric car charging stations powered by used EV battery packs | Electrek

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Renault technically owns a lot of electric car battery packs thanks to its Zoe program under which they sell the actual car, but they lease the battery pack for a monthly fee.Now they are using some of those used battery packs to power electric vehicle charging stations.  Groupe Renault and Connected Energy have built the stations on highways in Belgium and Germany.They want to install the system in locations “where constructing a high power connection to the power grid would be very costly.”

Source: Renault installs electric car charging stations powered by used EV battery packs | Electrek

A cute robot will make you a perfect ice cream cone for 100 yen in Japan【Video】 | SoraNews24

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Robots can do pretty much everything in Japan, from delivering sushi to even recommending what kind of haircut you should get. So then it comes as no surprise to see that that robots are taking over yet another industry: the ice-cream stand.

Source: A cute robot will make you a perfect ice cream cone for 100 yen in Japan【Video】 | SoraNews24

Cummins Unveils Class 7 All-Electric Daycab Tractor – TopNews – Fleet Management – TopNews – TruckingInfo.com

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Cummins has beaten Tesla to the punch with its unveiling of a new, all-electric truck, a demonstration vehicle dubbed the Urban Hauler EV. With all eyes looking toward Tesla and its much-hyped unveiling of its new all-electric, commercial truck next month, Cummins on Aug. 29 stunned the trucking industry with the launch of its own new and fully electric, Class 7 day cab tractor.Click here for more photosThe story is still developing, but it appears the new truck is a prototype model for demonstration purposes The truck reportedly is intended for urban delivery, port drayage, terminal hauling, and similar applications.According to Cummins, the concept Class 7 Urban Hauler EV uses a state-of-the art battery pack, which “redefines” energy efficiency and density capabilities for the electric vehicle market.Cummins said the lighter, denser battery design allows it to hold a longer charge for improved range and faster charging, reducing downtime.The concept truck design includes an Engine-Generator option for extended range capabilities, allowing users to benefit from Cummins B4.5 or B6.7 engines, providing a major advantage over today’s hybrid systems. These engine options offer 50% fuel savings compared to today’s diesel hybrids with zero emissions.

Source: Cummins Unveils Class 7 All-Electric Daycab Tractor – TopNews – Fleet Management – TopNews – TruckingInfo.com

Dem-Con Companies Installs AMP Cortex Robot in its Minnesota Facility

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In late March, the Carton Council of North America joined forces with Alpine Waste & Recycling and AMP Robotics to test the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the recycling of food and beverage cartons via a robot called AMP Cortex at Alpine Waste & Recycling’s Denver facility. And now, the Carton Council of North America and AMP Robotics have announced that a second installation of the AMP Cortex robot has been installed at Dem-Con Companies’ Minnesota facility.The AMP Cortex identifies, grabs and sorts food and beverage cartons from the recycling stream so that the items can be sent to recyclers and turned into new materials, such as tissues, paper towels and other paper materials, as well as sustainable building and construction materials. Once fully operational, the robot will be able to pick up 60 cartons per minute (or more), considerably more than a human’s average pickup rate of 40.

Source: Dem-Con Companies Installs AMP Cortex Robot in its Minnesota Facility

New robot rolls with the rules of pedestrian conduct | MIT News

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Now engineers at MIT have designed an autonomous robot with “socially aware navigation,” that can keep pace with foot traffic while observing these general codes of pedestrian conduct.In drive tests performed inside MIT’s Stata Center, the robot, which resembles a knee-high kiosk on wheels, successfully avoided collisions while keeping up with the average flow of pedestrians. The researchers have detailed their robotic design in a paper that they will present at the IEEE Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems in September.

Source: New robot rolls with the rules of pedestrian conduct | MIT News

China Has Deployed A Brand New “RoboCop”

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Deployed February 17, 2016, the machine can aid commuters in the station, respond to questions, scan, as well as identify faces, and if deemed necessary, pass these images on to security. The machine’s sensors also allow it to keep track of air quality and changes in temperature. At night, the AnBot can reliably guard the station and alert authorities to possible emergencies, like fires, and recharge itself autonomously.Developed by the National Defense University, the AnBot was first introduced early in 2016 and was the first security robot to roam the halls of China’s Shenzhen airport, then primarily used for its facial recognition capabilities. Its deployment at the Zhengzhou East station makes it the first security robot to patrol a railway station in China. This development begs the question: will the progression of robots in public spaces make us safer, or just take existing jobs?

Source: China Has Deployed A Brand New “RoboCop”