Uber to set up its own artificial intelligence lab

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Uber has aquired a machine learning company and set up a new division dedicated to research in AI. 

Uber AI Labs will be based in San Francisco and its initial core will be formed ofthe team of 15 from recently acquired Geometric Intelligence, an AI research startup. 

Machine learning will be central to Uber's mission of using tech to "negotiate the real world", the company said. 

"It manifests in myriad ways, from determining an optimal...

By Rachael Power, 07 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence.

IBM Watson partners with General Motors' OnStar platform

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Connected cars from General Motors (GM) are about to get a whole lot more personalised, with a partnership involving IBM's machine learnign algorithm platform Watson. 

GM's in-car tech subsidiary OnStar and IBM Watson will come together to create OnStar Go, a cognitive mobility platform that'll be rolled out to millions of cars early next year.

This is good news for advertisers and marketers, as Watson will learn the driver's preferences - with...

By Rachael Power, 03 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence.

General Motors and IBM come together for OnStar Go utilising Watson

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Millions of General Motors (GM) car owners will be able to connect and interact with their favourite brands with the help of OnStar Go. The OnStar Go is auto industry’s first cognitive mobility platform developed by GM and IBM amalgamating their respective technological platforms – Onstar and Watson.

OnStar is GM’s subsidiary that provides subscription-based communications, in-vehicle security, hands-free calling, turn-by-turn navigation, and remote diagnostics...

By Connected CarTech, 28 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Cloud, Infotainment.

Analysing Uber’s market moves – and how it intends to disrupt transport markets

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Opinion I am pretty sure that Uber’s announcements over the past couple of years around building a centre of expertise in driverless vehicles did not come as a surprise to anybody interested in these technologies.

Though Uber hasn’t clearly mentioned why it would hire a few hundred engineers or buy a startup to support its driverless capability development, as it has done since then, the reason is quite straightforward: replacing more than one million freelance taxi drivers and...

By Serge Van Themsche, 06 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Data & Analytics, Driverless.

Bright Box using gaming and neural networks for its self-driving car platform

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Bright Box, a Switzerland-based connected vehicle applications provider, has announced the launch of a self-driving car product with a neural network which learns driving through gaming.

The product, Remoto Pilot, is a self-driving car retrofit kit with a neural network trained through computer games as well as real-life examples featuring safe, reliable road/lane following as well as real-time detection and avoidance of various obstacles such as cars and pedestrians.

By using...

By Connected CarTech, 30 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Data & Analytics.

Baidu partners with Nvidia for AI and autonomous cars

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The Baidu World Conference in Beijing, China saw CEO Robin Li and Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announce a partnership for utilising artificial intelligence (AI) to develop a cloud-to-car autonomous car platform for China and international markets.

The partnership will combine mapping technology and the cloud platform from Baidu, and the self-driving computing platform developed by Nvidia. It will develop solutions for Level 3 autonomous vehicle control, HD maps and automated...

By Connected CarTech, 02 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Driverless.

Honda to collaborate with SoftBank towards research on AI for mobility

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Honda R&D, a subsidiary of Japanese automotive firm Honda, is planning to undertake a joint research project with SoftBank aimed at making use of the “emotion engine”, an artificial intelligence (AI) technology developed by SoftBank-owned Cocoro SB for mobility applications.

In a short press release, the company confirmed the collaboration will work towards the development of mobility products that make use of interactions with the driver, in addition to information taken...

By Connected CarTech, 26 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Ecosystems.

AI software startup FiveAI raises $2.7 million to power autonomous vehicles

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FiveAI, an AI software startup targeting autonomous vehicles, has raised $2.7 million in funding in a round led by Amadeus Capital Partners with participation from Spring Partners and Notion Capital.

The company is aiming to utilise the latest in computer vision and AI/machine learning to ensure self-driving cars comprehend and navigate their immediate environment. FiveAI plans to reach simulator and supervised road testing before raising a larger amount of funds. The startup will then...

By Connected CarTech, 22 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Driverless.

Meet Olli – a self-driving bus powered by IBM Watson insights

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Local Motors has announced the development of its self-driving bus, dubbed ‘Olli’, powered by the advanced cognitive computing of IBM Watson. The electric vehicle, which can carry up to 12 people, facilitates natural interaction between the passenger and the vehicle. From today onwards, Olli will be used on public roads locally in DC, and late in 2016 in Miami-Dade County and Las Vegas.

Olli makes use of the...

By Connected CarTech, 07 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Driverless, Swarm.

Toyota to invest $1bn on self-driving technologies and AI

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Toyota will reportedly invest $1 billion over the next five years on self-driving technologies, artificial intelligence (AI) and technology that will help improve vehicle safety.

According to NBC, Toyota aims to improve vehicle safety by enabling vehicles to identify, predict and avoid potential accident situations. The company is also planning to bring out a self-driving car by the 2020...

By Connected CarTech, 23 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Driverless, Ecosystems.