Toyota Concept-i series pieces together door-to-door mobility


Introduced at CES earlier this year, Toyota’s Concept-i offered a glimpse of how artificially intelligent vehicles might interact with their users. The company has now added a couple of new concepts to this forward-thinking lineup that cater to less mobile folks, with both to be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month.If the futuristic and eye-catching exterior didn’t give it away, then the user interface inside might. Toyota sees the Concept-i not as a car for today, but as a vehicle for how AI can be developed to make for new and improved driver experiences in the future. A heads-up display spans the width of the windshield, while the onboard AI monitors the driver’s mood and alertness and can learn to automatically switch between manual and automated driving modes.

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Watch Humans Fail at Being Self-Driving Cars – Motherboard


If fully autonomous vehicles ever hit the world’s highways en masse, their developers have a lot of work to do to convince the humans inside the tech is trustworthy. Seventy-five percent of Americans say they would be afraid to travel in an autonomous vehicle, and initiatives are starting around the US to help self-driving cars earn the confidence of their would-be passengers. Taking our hands off the wheel won’t be easy.

Source: Watch Humans Fail at Being Self-Driving Cars – Motherboard

Autonomous Chevrolet Bolt Keeps Getting Hit By Human-Operated Vehicles


GM’s Cruise Automation has increased the number of autonomous Bolts testing on California roads to 100 over the last three months. Prior to this ramp up, the company was only testing 30 to 40 self-driving units. Now that there are so many robo-Bolts on the road, there have been increased reports of minor crashes, all of which were caused by humans operating cars and bicycles. GM Cruise spokeswoman, Rebecca Mark, assured:Autonomous Chevy Bolt EV out testing in San Francisco (via Glenn L)“All our incidents this year were caused by the other vehicle.”Just over the course of September, the Bolts have been involved in six minor incidents, none of which they caused. The tests are taking place on the busy roads of San Fransico, in order to prepare the self-driving vehicles for real-world situations and urban stop-and-go traffic.The accident situation is something that we also saw early on when Google was testing prototypes. Just because these cars use artificial intelligence and are programmed not to “hit” people, cars, or bikes, among other things, this doesn’t mean that they are accident-free. In fact, since many humans don’t obey traffic laws, aren’t used to the robo-vehicles, and often make errors, accidents are likely. Though it seems that most are minor in nature, and no one has been hurt.

Source: Autonomous Chevrolet Bolt Keeps Getting Hit By Human-Operated Vehicles

You might not want to ride in a self-driving car today — but you will soon


Intel, for example, is already working to demystify its self-driving car technology. The company has one of the most recognizable faces in the world behind its efforts, too, with a new ad campaign starring LeBron James and his new driverless car. The ad shows how even a person of James’ stature can be apprehensive about getting in a self-driving car — but after a short trip in one, he’s “fearless.” LeBron’s smile has worked magic for Nike and Sprite, so Intel’s betting he might have the same success with autonomous vehicles.

Source: You might not want to ride in a self-driving car today — but you will soon

New Nvidia system designed to power fully autonomous cars – Axios


Nvidia just announced plans for “Pegasus,” its next-generation system for autonomous cars. Due out in the second half of next year, Pegasus is a license-plate sized computer that the chip giant says can process 320 trillion operations per second. That, Nvidia said, is the equivalent to a 100-server data center and — more importantly — enough to power a fully autonomous car.

Source: New Nvidia system designed to power fully autonomous cars – Axios

Tesla Reportedly Working With AMD On Self-Driving AI Chip | CleanTechnica


Tesla is reportedly now working with the chip manufacturer AMD on the development of its own self-driving tech management AI chip, according to an unnamed source quoted by CNBC in a recent article.According to that source, Tesla has now “received back samples of the first implementation of its processor and is now running tests on it” — bringing the company closer to its goal of being entirely vertically integrated and not dependent upon outside firms for key components.This processor is, as noted above, based on top of AMD intellectual property, so complete independence is clearly not going to be the case within the immediate future, but perhaps not too long into the future either.

Source: Tesla Reportedly Working With AMD On Self-Driving AI Chip | CleanTechnica

Born to Drive turns cars into self-delivering vehicles


Still in the prototype stage, Born to Drive augments the driver assist systems and sensors found in modern cars without additional hardware, as a way of cutting down the number of times a car must be driven manually once it leaves the factory. Currently, the software can steer cars from the production line to a collection point, but the hope is that it will soon be able to handle more complex maneuvers while controlling and tracking the entire logistics flow of the vehicles. The company says it will even be able to tell if the fuel tank needs topping up.Born to Drive is a collaborative project between technology companies, government agencies, component manufacturers and Volvo Cars, with Semcon having overall technical responsibility for the development of control algorithms, and vehicle positioning and communication with the traffic routing system.

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