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Nov 5, 2021

My latest video in partnership with Corning dives deep into the trend toward larger screens inside cars, and the science that goes into ensuring the glass is up…

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Nov 4, 2021

The Ardent Belief That We Need A Line In The Sand Deadline For Attaining AI Self-Driving Cars Else We’ll Never Get There

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You either love them, hate them, or experience both sentiments at the same time.

For AI-based true self-driving cars, there isn’t a human driver involved. Keep in mind that true self-driving cars are driven via an AI driving system. There isn’t a need for a human driver at the wheel, and nor is there normally a provision for a human to drive the vehicle. For my extensive and ongoing coverage of Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) and especially self-driving cars, see the l… See more.

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Nov 4, 2021

Australian Army Getting Bulletproof Swarming Attack Robots

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The wheeled Jaeger-C is a small machine with a low profile designed to attack from ambush. In some ways, it might be seen as a mobile robotic mine. This is especially true because the makers note it can be remote-controlled or “autonomously with image analysis and trained models linked to robotic actions,” according to a report in Overt Defense. This sounds very much like the sort of deep learning increasingly used for other automatic target recognition, a trend driven by the ready availability of new, low-cost hardware for small uncrewed systems.

The Jaeger-C will sit in ambush in Gaard mode – a long-term silent watch mode – until it detects potential targets. It will then switch into either Chariot mode or Goliath mode depending on whether the targets are personnel or vehicles.

Nov 4, 2021

Nvidia Is Doubling Down On Robotics

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The value of attending major industry events like Nvidia’s GTC (GPU Technology Conference) is to see what companies are and are not focusing on going forward. Nvidia has transformed the agenda for GTC from gaming into one of the leading AI events. The agenda also includes HPC and data center networking topics, representing other areas Nvidia has been expanding into in the last few years. If the agenda for the upcoming GTC event is any indication, the company has greatly increased its focus on autonomous machines, which includes all forms of robotics.

In addition to autonomous vehicles, this GTC agenda includes more than ten sessions focused on autonomous machines. As the company has done with other market segments, the autonomous machines sessions will bring together experts from academia, the industry, and Nvidia to provide training, industry insights, and technical assistance in AI and robotics. Some of the experts attending include Brian Gerkey, Co-founder and CEO of Open Robotics, Patty Delafuente from the University of Maryland, Ajit Jaokar and Ayşe Mutlu form the University of Oxford, and Johan Barthelemy from the University of Wollongong. There will also be AI and robotics experts from Denso Wave, Digeiz, Hammerson, Integral AI, Milestone Systems, Nota, and SK Telecom presenting at the conference.

Nov 4, 2021

It’s Official. Japan Granted a Safety Certificate to a Flying Car, for the First Time

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And it could become a flying taxi service by 2025.

SkyDrive, the Tokyo-based startup developing an eVTOL flying car concept, revealed that it has been granted a safety certificate by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT), a press statement reveals.

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Nov 4, 2021

China’s 100 Richest 2021: Collective Wealth Climbs To Nearly $1.5 Trillion Amid Tumult

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It’s been a tumultuous 12 months for mainland China’s richest. Shifts in government policy covering the education and tech industries, along with worries about real estate debt, led to many of the country’s largest private-sector companies experiencing steep share declines. A government push to promote “common prosperity” saw tycoons and tech companies announce billions of dollars in donations to social causes.

Yet overall, China’s 100 Richest saw their collective net worth rise from last year’s list. Their total wealth increased to $1.48 trillion from $1.33 trillion a year earlier. Among the biggest gainers were those who benefited from increased sales at companies tied to green energy industries in which China is a global leader, such as lithium-ion batteries. China, the world’s largest auto market, also leads the world in EV sales. The minimum net worth to make the top 100 rose to $5.74 billion from $5.03 billion a year ago.

The second-biggest increase in wealth went to Robin Zeng, chairman of battery-maker Contemporary Amperex Technology, whose fortune increased to $50.8 billion from $20.1 billion last year. That earned him the No. 3 spot on this year’s list.

Nov 4, 2021

You can fly this electric aircraft without a pilot license 🚁

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Nov 4, 2021

VW ID Buzz Spied Again, This Time As Self-Driving Test Vehicle

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The gallery also contains a very clear shot of its interior which shares most visible parts with other ID-badged models.

Nov 4, 2021

Tesla is moving driver profiles to the cloud for smooth transitions between cars, rentals, and more

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Tesla is working on moving driver profiles to the cloud in order to sync them between vehicles.

It will make it easier for owners of multiple Teslas and for people renting or sharing Tesla vehicles.

Over the last few years, Tesla has been making moves to build a smooth experience for a self-driving and car-sharing future.

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Nov 4, 2021

China Now Has Over 1 Million Public Charging Points

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China is the world largest electric vehicle market and not surprisingly, has the world’s highest number of charging points.

According to the China Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Promotion Alliance (EVCIPA) (via Gasgoo), as of the end of September 2,021 there were 2.223 million individual charging points in the country. That’s a 56.8% increase year-over-year.

However, this is the total number, which consists of over 1 million publicly accessible points, and an even higher number of almost 1.2 million private points (mostly for fleets, as we understand).

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