New research argues morality can be programmed into driverless cars

Remember the Moral Machine? The program from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) aimed to collect data from users on a variety of ethical dilemmas over driverless cars. Given the choice between killing pedestrians or crashing the car and killing its occupants, for instance, which would be the better course of action?

Now, a new study from researchers at the University of Osnabruck argues self-driving vehicles can be programmed for the big moral decisions after creating a...

By James Bourne, 07 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Nvidia and Baidu announce collaboration on AI in the car, home, and cloud

Nvidia and Chinese giant Baidu have announced plans to collaborate on AI technology for self-driving vehicles, cloud computing, and home assistants.

The announcement was made during Baidu's AI developer conference in Beijing. Baidu president and COO Qi Lu described his company's plans to work with NVIDIA to:

  • Bring next-generation NVIDIA® Volta™ GPUs to Baidu Cloud, providing cloud customers with the world's leading deep learning platform.

  • Adopt NVIDIA's DRIVE™ PX platform for Baidu's self-driving car initiative, and develop self-driving cars with major Chinese...

By Ryan Daws, 06 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Homes.

Qualcomm to work with Geely to power next-gen infotainment systems

Qualcomm has announced its Snapdragon automotive platforms have been selected for inclusion in the next generation of infotainment systems in Geely vehicles.

The high-performing multimedia and graphics capabilities of Snapdragon 820Am platform will benefit the future generations of iNTEC, the Chinese automaker’s technology package. The package includes G-Netlink, a system that allows drivers to interface with their vehicles through various ways, including remote control via app to lock, or unlocking the...

By IoT News, 05 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars.

Kangaroos are confusing Volvo’s self-driving technology

Meeting a kangaroo in the wild is not a likely occurrence for most of us, and it’s proving to be just as much of a shock to Volvo’s self-driving technology.

Volvo has been testing its self-driving technology in Australia since October 2015 but the unique way in which kangaroos move is confusing the “Large Animal Detection” feature.

Speaking to the Australian Broadcasting Corp, Volvo Australia’s technical manager, David Pickett, said: “We’ve noticed with the kangaroo...

By Ryan Daws, 03 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Oxbotica-powered CargoPod makes driverless Ocado deliveries

Ocado has demonstrated its vision for driverless grocery deliveries with a prototype van powered by Oxbotica’s driverless technology.

The vehicle spent two weeks on a two-mile circuit in a semi-pedestrianised area of Greenwich, south-east London to demonstrate the kind of environment Ocado believes its driverless vehicles will operate in once deployed.

CargoPod is an electric vehicle which helps to reduce its environmental impact. The vehicle’s top speed of 25 MPH makes it suitable for urban...

By Ryan Daws, 29 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Smart Cities.

Volkswagen and NVIDIA embark on a journey to expand AI beyond the car

Car manufacturing giant Volkswagen is partnering with NVIDIA to harness their AI knowledge and use it for applications beyond in-car technology.

Volkswagen explores the possibilities for AI in their dedicated Munich-based Data Lab which opened back in 2014. One example of their current work involves new procedures for optimising the flow of traffic in cities where overpopulation and the need for individual vehicles is causing severe and increasing congestion on the roads.

"Artificial intelligence is the...

By Ryan Daws, 27 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Jaguar Land Rover ploughs $25 million into Lyft

Jaguar Land Rover is to invest $25 million (£19m) investment in Lyft, aiming to support the US ridesharing firm’s expansion and technology plans.

The investment, made through InMotion Ventures, an investment firm linked to Jaguar which focuses on mobility and smart transportation, was included in Lyft’s most recent round of funding in April which totalled approximately $500 million.

InMotion had previously invested in SPLT, a Detroit-based ‘enterprise carpooling’ provider, which...

By James Bourne, 13 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars.

Toyota moves to Automotive Grade Linux for infotainment – BlackBerry hits back

Toyota has adopted the Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) platform for its infotainment systems, according to the foundation, with the 2018 Toyota Camry the first vehicle to have it installed.

The announcement was made at the Automotive Linux Summit in Tokyo, with plans to debut ‘late summer’ this year, rolling out to ‘most’ Toyota and Lexus vehicles in North America.

More than 100 members are...

By James Bourne, 07 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Data & Analytics.

Intel looks at new $7 trillion ‘passenger economy’ through autonomous driving

One of the key questions surrounding connected cars and autonomous driving is around efficiency: will users be able to do more with their free time normally spent behind the wheel? Intel has had a look into the crystal ball, and argues the ‘passenger economy’ opportunity could hit $7 trillion (£5.4tn) as the technology becomes mainstream.

“Companies should start thinking about their autonomous strategy now – less than a decade ago, no one was talking about the potential of a...

By James Bourne, 02 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

AI drives (nearly) as badly as the rest of us in GTA 5

A programmer created an AI and set it loose in the world of GTA 5, and it didn’t end well.

The world of GTA 5 is sprawling, life-like, and full of unpredictable moments just like a real city. You have various densities of traffic, working lights, various weather conditions, and pedestrians also roaming around. For this reason, the game has been highlighted as being useful to help train AI for self-driving vehicles as it offers fairly realistic conditions without a danger to real life.

Programmer...

By Ryan Daws, 19 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, Smart Cities.