Uber to set up its own artificial intelligence lab


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...

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

IBM Watson partners with General Motors' OnStar platform


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


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


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


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...

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

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


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...

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


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...

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

Intel acquires Itseez to boost computer vision capabilities


Intel has acquired Itseez, an expert in computer vision algorithms and implementations for embedded and specialised hardware.

Itseez provides software tuning and integration in many market-leading products shipping from cars to security systems and other applications. The acquisition gives Intel an advantage in catering to IoT market segments like automotive and video, where the ability to electronically perceive and understand images makes way for innovation and positive prospects.

“Intel is...

By Connected CarTech, 31 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Cloud, Connectivity.

Smart car algorithm will detect pedestrians in real-time

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Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a pedestrian detection system for smart vehicles which can detect pedestrians in near real-time to help ensure the streets remain safe in the era of semi-autonomous and driverless cars.

Results we’re obtaining with this new algorithm are substantially better for...

By Ryan Daws, 09 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Contextual data, Driverless.

Microsoft and Volvo come together for next generation automotive technologies


Microsoft will collaborate with Volvo Cars on the development of automotive technologies in a variety of areas.

The companies demonstrated the use of Microsoft HoloLens to improve the auto customer experience. The HoloLens technology has the potential to open new sales channels by allowing dealers to provide prospective customers with a car configurator on the road or at shopping malls.

Volvo Cars senior vice president of marketing sales and service Björn Annwall, said:...

By Connected CarTech, 27 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Microsoft.

Google admits its self-driving cars have been in 11 accidents in six years

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There’s an old joke about the elderly driver who’s never had an accident in their 60 years on the road – but they’ve seen hundreds of them. Is that ancient gag to be re-applied for self driving cars? Google has admitted that its autonomous cars had been in 11 minor traffic accidents over a six year period, yet was adamant their cars had not been the cause of the accident.

Chris Urmson, principal engineer and software lead for Google’s self-driving car...

Nvidia unveils developer platform for 'Drive PX'

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Driving can be one of the most unpredictable things, which makes the job of self-driving cars difficult. At CES in January, Nvidia announced their work on a computer that will "learn" the right and wrong decisions to make under various scenarios rather than attempting to rely on just pre-programmed situations.

We could've guessed such a complex system would come with a hefty price tag, and on...

By Ryan Daws, 18 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Driverless.

Driverless cars: Intellectual property disputes in the offing?


Driverless cars raise a diverse array of legal issues, one of which will almost certainly be the intellectual property (IP) rights that industry players create and assert to assist them in establishing their market position, and differentiating their products. The auto industry has always been a hotbed of IP disputes. The advent of driverless technologies could well lead to a spike in scuffles caused by jockeying for dominance in this new area, as well as the convergence of...

By Alex Wilson, 26 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Driverless.

Driverless cars: The safety conundrum


Before driverless cars can be released into our complex environment, they need to achieve exceptional levels of safety. How close are we to making this happen?

Automation is old hat. Almost every new car built features some form of non-human control: ABS; cruise control; lane-changing warning systems; even semi-automatic control. In the latter case, the car is capable of following traffic, accelerating and braking, as well as keeping to the same lane, within a defined maximum...

By Luis Gargaté, 24 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Driverless.

Connected car market worth trillions of dollars by 2020?


Connected cars are on the rise, this much is certain, but how fast the market will grow in the future is an area that is still up for discussion and one company has its own take on where the industry is headed.

By the year 2020, Business Insider Intelligence estimates that the market’s value will be $2.2 trillion thanks to the 220 million connected cars due to be be on the road by then, although connected services will only be used by consumers in 88 million of...

By Simon Holland, 24 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Connectivity, Driverless.

How will driverless technology impact the fleet industry?

The development of driverless technology has gathered momentum along with claims that automation should bring with it improved road safety, fuel efficiency and ecological benefits. Leading automotive brands including Mercedes-Benz and Nissan are working on high profile driverless vehicles while Google’s much-discussed autonomous car project will see the search giant join the race to meet the demands of a potentially significant new market.

All the emerging driverless vehicles, including the Google car...

By Emily Hurford, 23 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Driverless.