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Nov 17, 2021

Qualcomm to supply BMW with self-driving car chips

Posted by in categories: business, finance, mobile phones, robotics/AI, transportation

Qualcomm is diversifying from mobile phones, to supplying chips for BMW’s self-driving cars.

#News #Reuters #BMW #Qualcomm #SelfDriving.

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Nov 16, 2021

Honda Puts Its Autonomous Vehicle Tech To Work At Construction Site

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Honda and the engineering and construction firm Black & Veatch have tested a prototype of Honda’s autonomous work vehicle at a construction site in New Mexico.

During a month of tests, the AWV performed such tasks as towing, moving construction materials and other supplies to specific locations within the work site.

Honda’s AWV was first shown as a concept at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show. It combines a durable off-road side-by-side platform with advanced autonomous technology. The vehicle uses a collection of sensors to maneuver without a driver, using GPS, radar and lidar for obstacle detection, as well as 3D cameras. Together, these features enable the AWV to be operated by remote control.

Nov 15, 2021

Ford and Purdue University Created a Cable That Fully Charges an EV in 5 Minutes

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

The new cable would be able to output four times more current than today’s best option.

Nov 15, 2021

Government assumes 90% of Australia’s new car sales will be electric by 2050. But it’s a destination without a route

Posted by in categories: government, transportation

The sale of traditional vehicles would have to cease completely by 2038 to reach the government’s target. So where’s the plan to get there?

Nov 15, 2021

If Elon Musk Is Modern Day Henry Ford, He’ll Have to Prove It in Germany

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, transportation

Tesla’s CEO believes he can radically change how cars are put together.

Nov 14, 2021

The Boring Co Tunnels Are the Future of Transportation

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

Photo: The Boring Company.

The Boring Company’s tunnels are the future of transportation and while some people don’t think so, those who have had the opportunity to try them are sure of it. Skeptical, West Coast Editor of Autoweek, Mark Vaughn, went downstairs to figure out for himself what The Boring Co tunnels are all about—and whether they are as important as Elon Musk says.

Vaughn admits that he was a little skeptical before using the tunnel. He suggested that there would be long lines and too few cars, so it would be faster and easier to simply walk from the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) to the far South Hall. However, after the “critic” descended the escalator into the underground tunnels he was a little surprised to find that the wait was only about a minute. Vaughn said he just walked up to the Tesla Model X, greeted the human driver, and immediately after the door closed, they drove away.

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Nov 14, 2021

What is Tesla Autopilot and how does it work? What you need to know

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Tesla Autopilot is a self-driving assistance system. In plain terms, it’s a capability that enables a Tesla to’see’ the cars and road ahead of it and, to a limited extent, drive itself.

Nov 13, 2021

Three-wheeled electric delivery vehicle with SmartSwapp batteries to launch in LA

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

The vehicle is a smart, efficient, and economical way to deliver goods and packages in an urban environment.

Nov 13, 2021

Reaction Engines assembles partners for its ammonia aviation project

Posted by in categories: economics, energy, transportation

The UK’s Reaction Engines has announced a joint venture to create compact, lightweight ammonia reactors it says can be used to decarbonize difficult sectors like shipping and off-grid energy generation – and surprisingly, also aviation.

We’ve written before about ammonia’s potential in the clean transport sector; check out our ammonia clean fuel primer piece from September. Compared against hydrogen, ammonia’s much easier and cheaper to store and transport, and although it only carries about 20 percent as much energy as hydrogen by weight, it carries about 70 percent more energy than liquid H2 by volume.

The weight issue generally rules ammonia out of aviation discussions; at less than half the specific energy of jet fuel it looks less attractive than hydrogen. But hydrogen’s volume issues must also be taken into account. Today’s airliners are built for jet fuel so retro-fitting large-volume long-range hydrogen tanks can mean you lose seats. And anyone who’s flown economy can attest, airlines really like fitting in as many seats as they can.

Nov 13, 2021

Women in tech are fighting A.I. bias —but where are the men?

Posted by in categories: business, ethics, robotics/AI, transportation

Battling bias. If I’ve been a little MIA this week, it was because I spent Monday and Tuesday in Boston for Fortune ’s inaugural Brainstorm A.I. gathering. It was a fun and wonky couple of days diving into artificial intelligence and machine learning, technologies that—for good or ill—seem increasingly likely to shape not just the future of business, but the world at large.

There are a lot of good and hopeful things to be said about A.I. and M.L., but there’s also a very real risk that the technologies will perpetuate biases that already exist, and even introduce new ones. That was the subject of one of the most engrossing discussions of the event by a panel that was—as pointed out by moderator, guest co-chair, and deputy CEO of Smart Eye Rana el Kaliouby—comprised entirely of women.

One of the scariest parts of bias in A.I. is how wide and varied the potential effects can be. Sony Group’s head of A.I. ethics office Alice Xiang gave the example of a self-driving car that’s been trained too narrowly in what it recognizes as a human reason to jam on the breaks. “You need to think about being able to detect pedestrians—and ensure that you can detect all sorts of pedestrians and not just people that are represented dominantly in your training or test set,” said Xiang.

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