Musk claims Tesla is ‘very close’ to achieving Level 5 autonomous driving

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has a more ambitious timescale in mind for achieving Level 5 autonomous driving than many other experts.

Level 5 self-driving is defined as requiring no human driver at any time, can drive in any city, and in any weather conditions. The previous level is considered “mind off” meaning that a human driver is rarely needed but may be required to intervene if driving in an unprogrammed area or in conditions such as snow.

“We overestimated the...

Waymo and Volvo establish partnership to build electric robotaxis

Waymo has formed a partnership with automotive giant Volvo to build electric robotaxis.

The companies announced the "exclusive" collaboration on Thursday which will see Waymo's self-driving software being integrated with an electric vehicle by Volvo designed for taxi purposes.

"Through our strategic partnership, we will first work together to integrate the Waymo Driver into an all-new mobility-focused electric vehicle platform for ride hailing services," the companies...

Congressman requests specifics of Amazon’s facial recognition pledge

California Congressman Jimmy Gomez has joined those sceptical of Amazon’s recent facial recognition pledge and has penned a letter to CEO Jeff Bezos asking for specifics.

“Corporations have been quick to share expressions of support for the Black Lives Matter movement following the public outrage over the murders of Black Americans like George Floyd at the hands of police,” said Congressman Gomez. “Unfortunately, too many of these gestures have been performative at...

IBM will no longer build facial recognition tech, sends letter to Congress

IBM has announced it will no longer build facial recognition amid growing concern over the technology’s implications.

In a letter to Congress, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna wrote:

“IBM firmly opposes and will not condone uses of any [facial recognition] technology, including facial recognition technology offered by other vendors, for mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of basic human rights and freedoms, or any purpose which is not consistent with our values and...

IIHS: Self-driving cars would only prevent one-third of human crashes

Research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has found that self-driving cars may not reduce crashes as much as hoped.

One of the touted benefits of autonomous vehicles is they do not suffer from the same issues as us humans. Tiredness, inebriation, or even a medical condition while at the wheel can often result in injury or fatalities for us mere mortals.

According to automotive safety experts, around 94 percent of crashes are caused by...

How IoT and AI can enable companies to restart their business during Covid-19

After months of extreme uncertainty, pause of economies and isolation in our homes, finally economies slowly restart their operations and transactions. However, this transition will not be smooth. There are many rules related to physical distance and hygiene as well as limitations which still force employers to ask their employees to work from home (for months). Of course, these rules are more than necessary so we can avoid the second wave of the pandemic, but there are some key concerns...

Waymo will resume self-driving van trials in the Bay Area on June 18th

Waymo has said it will resume trials of self-driving vans in the Bay Area on June 18th.

The company was forced to suspend its autonomous vehicle trials in mid-March following a “shelter-in-place” order issued in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Back in March, we decided to suspend our driving operations in response to COVID-19 to ensure the safety of everyone involved in our services and local communities,” a Waymo spokesperson said in a...

Siri whistleblower goes public following inaction against Apple

A whistleblower who revealed Apple contractors were listening in on Siri recordings has gone public following a lack of action against the company.

Thomas le Bonniec, a former Apple contractor at the firm's Cork office in Ireland, believes that the company should be held legally responsible for breaching users' privacy.

Le Bonniec was employed by Apple to transcribe recordings in both English and French but left the company over ethical concerns.

The...

Study: Americans believe driverless cars are ‘not ready for primetime’

A new study has found that Americans still distrust self-driving cars and believe they are “not ready for primetime”.

The research comes from Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE), a coalition of self-driving car industry players and nonprofits which aim to boost the public’s sentiment towards autonomous vehicles.

Cars provide us with freedom and we often hold a sentimental attachment to them. Combine that with the general tendency of humans to resist...

NVIDIA DRIVE shifts to Ampere architecture, supports Level 5 self-driving

NVIDIA is shifting its autonomous car platform DRIVE over to its brand new Ampere architecture.

The capabilities of DRIVE are expanding significantly. DRIVE is no longer just an entry-level ADAS (Advanced driver-assistance systems) solution and can now support complete Level 5 autonomous driving like robotaxis.

DRIVE will now use NVIDIA’s Ampere GPUs which promise to be “the company’s largest leap in performance to date within its eight generations of GPUs,” and...