Finding Nemo, the underwater Drone

Having surpassed it’s Kickstarter goal, NEMO, the underwater drone, may be coming to a watering hole near you.

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This underwater drone (and competitors like it) seems to be marketed towards two groups: the first are the wannabee Scuba enthusiasts, who don’t want to get wet. The second are those weekend anglers who find fishing too taxing and unpredictable (because sitting in a boat and waiting is already arduous enough).

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Uber Self-driving Car Causes Pedestrian Fatality

excerpted from: CNN-Money

Uber has removed its self-driving cars from the roads following what is believed to be the first fatality involving a fully autonomous car.

A self-driving Uber SUV struck and killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg as she walked her bicycle across a street in Tempe, Arizona, Sunday night, according to the Tempe police. The department is investigating the crash.

 

“The vehicle involved is one of Uber’s self-driving vehicles,” the Tempe police said in a statement. “It was in autonomous mode at the time of the collision, with a vehicle operator behind the wheel.”

Uber said it is “fully cooperating” with local officials. “Our hearts go out to the victim’s family,” Uber said in a statement.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it is launching an investigation.

 

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LG and HERE bring AI to Self-driving Cars

 

Electronic giant LG and Intelligent mapping group HERE, are joining talents to bring AI to self-driving cars. You can read more about that here. But what I’m excited about is the marketing teams’ optimistic view of the SF commuting:

In the above marketing pic, not only is there an absence of standing traffic on the SF Bay Bridge during what must be  rush-hour (judging by the suncast shadows on the road), but there is also a pedestrian walkway on the western span (the one that links Treasure Island to San Francisco).

Now THAT’S a future I’m looking forward to.

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Quincy

NTSB finds Tesla Autopilot crash due to inattentive driver

excerpted from: TechCrunch article

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) held a meeting this week to discuss the results of its investigation into a 2016 crash in which a Tesla Model S with Autopilot engaged collided with a transport truck, resulting in the death of the Tesla’s driver Joshua Brown.

The NTSB report follows a finding earlier this year from NHTSA that found no evidence that Tesla’s Autopilot software didn’t work as intended. The NTSB similarly found that the system operated as intended – but also cited the driver’s inattentiveness, a result of his excess reliance on the Autopilot tech, was a cause in the death.

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Uber Oops; Self Driving Car Crashes

More bad news for Uber: one of the ride-hailing giant’s self-driving Volvo SUVs has been involved in a crash in Arizona — apparently leaving the vehicle flipped onto its side, and with damage to at least two other human-driven cars in the vicinity.

Read More via TechCrunch

UPS Piloting Drone Delivery Service

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Brown delivers..by air!

Traffic, road work and accidents all complicate the UPS delivery schedule, but none of these land-based impediments should deter a drone, right?

UPS announced today that it has successfully delivered a package in Florida using an autonomous drone that launched from one of its delivery trucks. The test is the first step in what the company hopes could one day become a more routine use of drones for package delivery.

UPS is betting the driver-drone pairing will double their efficiency. The driver can complete one delivery and dispatch the drone to another, later rendezvousing at some point along the return route.

yeah, but how will the drone look in brown shorts?

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Riding Assist Gives Honda Motorcycles Balance

Honda’s displayed its concept Riding Assist motorcycle model at CES, today. It can help motorcycles maintain balance while traveling at low speed, something particularly tricky for even experienced drivers.  These motorcycles will leverage Honda’s Asimo Articulated Movement Intelligence, the same programming that makes a bot walk, dance,  kick; even strut like Tony Manero.

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For more on this concept bike and  Asimo click here for the TechCrunch post.

 

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