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Waymo Self-Driving Engineer Says Humans Aren’t Meant To Drive 8
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Google, Reports, Tech, Waymo on 12 8th, 2017


A self-driving car engineer from Waymo says humans aren’t designed to drive cars in a strange tweet that has left many pundits scratching their heads.

Yesterday, Vahid Kazemi tweeted of his experience almost running over five people in two days while driving a rental car without autonomous features.

“Have been driving in LA with a rental car that doesn’t have the autonomous features that my own car has. Almost crashed ten times and ran over five people in two days! Humans aren’t designed to drive cars!” he said.

The tweet has since been deleted with Kazemi claiming that it was a joke.

Nonetheless, it’s hard to ignore his ignorance. Sure, humans aren’t designed to drive cars but that doesn’t mean we can’t. In fact, many human drivers are better than any of the autonomous systems on offer. The point that many technology companies are designing their self-driving vehicles to mimic the way humans drive tells you that we can’t be all that horrible at controlling an automobile.

In Kazemi’s defence, there are millions of dangerous drivers out there that shouldn’t be on the roads but clearly he understands the error of his tweeting ways.

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What Our Cars Tell Google Street View’s AI About Our Political Views 7
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Google, Reports, Tech on 12 7th, 2017


Google Street View is an amazing service but as it turns out, the images it captures can be used for much more than simply displaying the world around us.

Recently, a team of researchers, predominately from Stanford University, used artificial intelligence to analyze the types of vehicles parked in 200 cities across the United States to determine the political leanings of a particular area.

According to Popular Science, researches built a collection of over 50 million images from Google Street View and used an object recognition technique to pick out vehicles from their surrounding environments. An AI tool was then trained to classify those vehicles by make, model, and year.

Researchers discovered that if there were a greater number of pickup trucks in an urban area, that region had an 82 per cent chance of voting Republican. Alternatively, the presence of more sedans meant there was an 88 per cent of that area voting Democrat.

Study co-author Timnit Gebru said the AI was “surprisingly accurate” but wasn’t so accurate that such an analysis could fully replicate the results of a census.

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Uber-Waymo Trial Delayed As Judge Discovers Uber Withheld Evidence 3
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Google, Reports, Tech, Uber, Waymo on 12 3rd, 2017


A U.S. judge has delayed the impending trial between Uber and Waymo after discovering that the ride-hailing company withheld evidence in a lawsuit filed by Waymo.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Alsup was provided with a 37-page letter fromr former Uber security analyst Richard Jacobs’ lawyer. Uber should have provided Waymo with a copy of this letter as both sides prepared their respective cases and, well, it didn’t.

In turn, Judge Alsup agreed to Waymo’s request for the trial to be delayed from its scheduled start next week, Reuters reports.

Speaking in the court, Judge Alsup hit out at Uber’s decision to withhold evidence: “I can’t trust anything you say because it’s been proven wrong so many times. You’re just making the impression that this is a total cover-up.”

In the letter, it is alleged that there was an organization within Uber dubbed ‘marketplace analytics’ whose sole purpose was “acquiring trade secrets, code base and competitive intelligence.”

In his testimony, Richard Jacobs said the operation within Uber aimed to gather data about competitors and erase any possible paper trail.

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Google Starts Using Maps To Show Pollution Levels Across LA 10
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Google, Tech, video on 11 10th, 2017


In recent years, Google Maps has changed the way we look at the world, allowing anyone with internet access to explore every square inch of the planet we call home.

However, Google has started to use its service for more, mapping out pollution levels in cities, starting with Los Angeles.

The technology company recently partnered with air-quality sensor producer Aclima to create a virtual map of pollution throughout the City of Angels. In the past two years, two specially-equipped Google Street View cars have driven more than 100,000 miles for over 4,000 hours to collect and analyze 1 billion hyperlocal air pollution data points, Co Design reports.

Results from the pilot study have just been released, depicting areas of pollution on a heat map, with yellow representing high pollution and blue representing low pollution. The maps show that LA’s highest areas of pollution are its major highways and streets.

Google intends to continue collecting air quality data in California, and ultimately hopes to scale up its efforts.

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Google Starts Using Maps To Show Pollution Levels Across LA 10
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Google, Tech, video on 11 10th, 2017


In recent years, Google Maps has changed the way we look at the world, allowing anyone with internet access to explore every square inch of the planet we call home.

However, Google has started to use its service for more, mapping out pollution levels in cities, starting with Los Angeles.

The technology company recently partnered with air-quality sensor producer Aclima to create a virtual map of pollution throughout the City of Angels. In the past two years, two specially-equipped Google Street View cars have driven more than 100,000 miles for over 4,000 hours to collect and analyze 1 billion hyperlocal air pollution data points, Co Design reports.

Results from the pilot study have just been released, depicting areas of pollution on a heat map, with yellow representing high pollution and blue representing low pollution. The maps show that LA’s highest areas of pollution are its major highways and streets.

Google intends to continue collecting air quality data in California, and ultimately hopes to scale up its efforts.

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VW To Use Quantum Computing With Google 9
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Google, Reports, Tech, VW on 11 9th, 2017


Volkswagen will partner with Google to develop new vehicle technologies on advanced quantum computers.

Bloomberg reports that the German car manufacturer will use quantum computing to simulate the structure of electric vehicle batteries, develop artificial intelligence for autonomous driving, and refine traffic-management systems.

In a statement, VW’s chief information officer Martin Hofman said the company wants to be the first to the market with new digital features for its cars.

“Quantum computer technology opens new dimensions for us. We from Volkswagen want to be among the first to use quantum computing as a company as soon as this technology is commercially available.”

As part of the tie-up between the two firms, Google will provide VW with access to devices that process information by using the principals of quantum mechanics. Before reaching an agreement with Google, Volkswagen used quantum computing in March to optimize traffic for 10,000 taxis in Beijing.

“We’re looking forward to explore together how quantum computing could change and bring forward the automobile industry,” development head at Google Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Hartmut Neven said.

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Waymo Now Testing Fully Autonomous Vehicles Without Safety Drivers 8
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Autonomous, Google, video, Waymo on 11 8th, 2017


Autonomous driving technology has come a long way in the past few years and Waymo has announced its self-driving vehicles are now being tested on public roads without anyone in the driver’s seat.

This is a big leap forward as most autonomous vehicles require a safety driver who can take control if something goes wrong. Waymo used to use safety drivers but the company says that after more than eight years of development, they are no longer needed.

The company will operate a “subset” of its fleet in the Phoenix metro region in fully autonomous mode. Over time, the company intends to expand its coverage area to a region that’s “larger than the size of Greater London.”

In order to go fully driverless, Waymo vehicles have driven more than 3.5 million miles autonomously since 2009 and the company has subjected its cars to more than 20,000 individual scenarios on its test track. Besides the real world experience, Waymo has been running simulations where its software drives more than 10 million miles every day.

Should something go wrong with one of its driverless vehicles, Waymo says there shouldn’t be any problems as they are equipped with backup steering, braking, computer, and power systems. The systems are designed to bring the vehicle to a safe stop in the event of an emergency.

Waymo will be inviting members of its early rider program to use the fully autonomous vehicles over the course of the next few months.

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Waymo Ditched Semi-Autonomous Path As Employees Napped Behind The Wheel 7
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Google, Reports, Tech, Waymo on 11 7th, 2017


Waymo head John Krafcik has revealed that the autonomous driving division of Google once intended on bringing partial self-driving technologies to the roads like many car manufacturers but decided against it over safety concerns.

Speaking to Reuters last week, Krafcik said Waymo was developing autopilot features for highway-driving but discovered its engineers were losing focus, and even falling asleep, while behind the wheel. As a result, Google is now pursuing level 5 autonomy where a human driver isn’t required in any scenario.

According to Krafcik, semi-autonomous technologies are dangerous because human drivers lose contextual awareness as their mind drifts from driving. Consequently, if the car encounters a situation which only a human can respond to, they’re often not ready to take control.

Throughout 2013, tests from Waymo showed users napping, playing with their phones and putting on makeup at up to 56 mph. Just days after footage from these tests was viewed by company executives, a decision was made to solely pursue technology that requires no human intervention.

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Alphabet Leads A $1 Billion Financing Round In Lyft, Pushes Valuation To $11 billion 19
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Google, Lyft on 10 19th, 2017


Waymo is expected to launch its ride-hailing service soon but that hasn't stopped its parent company from leading a $1 billion financing round in Lyft.
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Google And Ford To Develop VR App To Combat Distracted Driving 10
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Ford, Gadgets, Google, Reports, Tech on 10 10th, 2017


Ford has joined forces with Google, as well as virtual reality studio Happy Finish to launch Ford Reality Check, a VR app that focuses on the consequences of distracted driving.
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Google And Ford To Develop VR App To Combat Distracted Driving 10
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Ford, Gadgets, Google, Reports, Tech on 10 10th, 2017


Ford has joined forces with Google, as well as virtual reality studio Happy Finish to launch Ford Reality Check, a VR app that focuses on the consequences of distracted driving.
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Waymo Ride-Hailing Service Reportedly Launching This Fall 5
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Autonomous, Google, Reports, Waymo on 10 5th, 2017


The legal battle between Uber and Waymo is heating up and it looks like the competition won't be limited to the courtroom.
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Judge Delays Waymo Vs Uber Trial Until December 4
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Google, Reports, Tech, Uber, Waymo on 10 4th, 2017


A judge in the U.S. has approved Waymo’s request for its impending trial against Uber to be postponed until December 4.
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Intel And Google Have Been Collaborating On Autonomous Systems For 8 Years 19
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Google, Intel, Reports, Waymo on 09 19th, 2017


It is no secret that automakers and technology companies are combining their know-how to rapidly develop autonomous driving systems. However, we’ve only just discovered how long Intel and Google have been working together on autonomous technology.
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Google May Invest $1 Billion In Lyft 17
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Google, Lyft, Reports, Tech on 09 17th, 2017


Alphabet, Google's parent company, could invest up to $1 billion in ride-hailing company Lyft.
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