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KYMCO launches Noodoe Navigation

KYMCO has launched Noodoe Navigation, a revolutionary navigation experience designed from the ground up for riders. It pioneers a ROADFOCUSED NAVIGATION concept.

It is a completely new rider-centric approach in the navigation industry. Instead of continuously telling riders how many meters until the next turnand requiring them to stare at the screen repeatedly- Noodoe Navigation presents the number of intersections on the side of the street before your next turn. As a result, riders simply count down the streets without the need to repeatedly look down, allowing them to stay focused on the road as they approach the next maneuver. During the entire ride, there are no unwanted alerts or interruptions. Riders can confirm the approach of the next turn whenever they want. http://markets.businessinsider.com

HP Introduces workstation for Machine Learning Development

HP has unveiled a set of industryleading machine learning (ML) solutions, including the HP Z8, the world’s most powerful workstation for ML development1. HP Z Workstations, with new NVIDIA technology, are ideal for local processing at the edge of the network – giving developers more control, better performance and added security over cloud-based solutions. The use of workstations for machine learning development is the gateway to automating workflows in areas such as facial identification, sentiment analysis, fraud detection and predictive analytics.

As machine learning algorithms advance and data sets grow, the platform of choice for ML development is local processing at the edge of the network.

Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover announce long-term partnership

Jaguar Land Rover and Waymo have announced a long-term strategic partnership. Together, the two companies will develop the world’s first premium self-driving electric vehicle for Waymo’s driverless transportation service. Jaguar Land Rover and Waymo (formerly Google self-driving car project) will work together to design and engineer self-driving Jaguar I-PACE vehicles. This long-term strategic collaboration will further Waymo and Jaguar Land Rover’s shared goals: to make cars safer, free up people’s valuable time and improve mobility for everyone.

To date, Waymo is the only company with a fleet of fully self-driving cars – with no one in the front seat – on public roads. Later this year Waymo will launch the world’s first self-driving transportation service allowing members of the public to use Waymo’s app to request a vehicle. https://media.jaguarlandrover.com

GM to begin mass production of autonomous cars by 2019

General Motors will begin mass scale autonomous vehicle production at Michigan’s Orion Township plant in 2019. From the last few years, the company has been pouring investment into autonomous vehicles and has absorbed Cruise Automation, a San Franciscobased start-up. The Cruise AV will have a dedicated assembly line at the plant, where the LiDAR modules, built at the Brownstown plant, will be integrated. GM has approved of $100 million in improvements to both locations.

Baidu tests autonomous cars

Chinese internet search giant Baidu Inc obtained a license to test its self-driving cars on open roads in Beijing recently. The company became the first enterprise to conduct road tests in designated zones in the capital. Five vehicles using Baidu’s autonomous driving system Apollo underwent an open road test in Yizhuang, a southern suburb in Beijing.

The municipal government issued the country’s first guideline for road tests of autonomous vehicles in December. To qualify for road testing, a vehicle must already have been test-driven for at least 5,000 kilometers in a closed environment and the backup drivers should have received no less than 50 hours of training, according to the Beijing Commission of Transportation The commission said the city’s first closed test center was opened in Haidian district. The test site covers about 13.3 hectares, allowing vehicles to be tested under as many as 100 road conditions, such as those found on urban and rural roads.

China expects vehicles with some autonomous functions to account for half of new vehicles sold in the country by 2020, according to a guideline released by the National Development and Reform Commission in January. http://usa.chinadaily.com.

California will let autonomous cars operate

Waymo has already been testing cars without contingency drivers in Arizona The California Department of Motor Vehicles announced rule changes recently that would allow auto companies to test completely driverless cars on public roads beginning in April. Whereas the state previously required a person to sit behind the wheel in case the autonomous vehicle needed course correction, these cars now only have to have oversight from a remote operator and be capable of communicating with law enforcement and passengers in case anything goes haywire.

As of now, 50 companies are testing almost 300 licensed self-driving cars in the state. Industry experts believe these new, more flexible rules will accelerate the development of a budding selfdriving car industry that’s largely based in California. Waymo and Uber have tussled with the state’s regulators in the past over what the manufacturers saw as draconian protocols, so they had been conducting much of their testing in Arizona where there are no regulations for autonomous vehicles. Waymo began operating cars without any contingency drivers in Phoenix last year.The DMV’s latest move still doesn’t quite create this devil-may-care regulatory climate in California, though the rule changes do bring the state more in line with Florida, where self-driving cars also only require a remote operator https://slate.com

Ford partners with Domino’s and Postmates on self-driving car project

Ford has declared a new self-driving vehicle project that will see the company joining hands with Domino’s Pizza DPZ and delivery service Postmates in Miami, Florida. The automobile giant has further expanded its partnership with Argo AI to start mapping roads throughout Miami-Dade County using a fleet of Fusion Hybrids. Ford referred to the area’s heavy traffic congestion and pointed that racking up these mapping trips could prove crucial in the eventual roll-out of self-driving cars.

Toyota to invest $2.8 billion in self-driving car project

Japanese automaker Toyota is planning to invest 300 billion yen ($2.8 billion) with two of its suppliers to form a new company dedicated to the research and development of self-driving vehicles The main objective of this development is to develop “production-quality software” for automated driving.

BMW partners with DRL to develop world’s fastest drone

To break its last year’s record of the world’s fastest drone, the Drone Racing League (DRL) is working with BMW. The automobile company will loan its technical expertise and wind tunnel at its Aerodynamic Test Center to help the league break the 165.2 mph Guinness world speed record it set with its DRL RacerX drone. BMW is also bringing a DRL race to its BMW Welt exhibition center and museum in Munich, Germany.

The Drone Racing League has grown rapidly, thanks to a deal with ESPN and new, more spectator- and competitor-friendly DRL Racer 3. The new model, used by all pilots to ensure races are strictly a test of pilot skill, is more crash resistant and easier for spectators to follow.

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