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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BMW LINK: this ain’t your grandma’s scooter


Is it a cool scooter or a small motorcycle? The new BMW Motorrad Concept, LINK, is designed to be a cross between. By making this motorcycle smaller it is designed to navigate congested city streets like a scooter. The electric drive allows for a lower seat, so you don’t have that driving-on-a-bar-stool posture typical of gas-fed scooters. In addition it has:

  • A reverse gear, to aid in parking and other scenarios
  • Under-seat storage for that funky headgear you insisted on getting
  • Cut-away display for the cool built-in, on-board tech

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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


Aston Martin’s Self-driving Laconda, LM-RB 001

Aston Martin unveiled its entry into self-autonomous vehicles with the AM-RB 001

Editorial note: were I working for RD it would’ve been designated AM JB 007 for reasons obvious to every Bond fan.

Assuming you’re willing to give up the wheel on this sleek beast, this wonder will boast all the self-automation features (car-avoidance, self-park, lane change) features that we will eventually all grow to know, love and expect of our cars. In addition AM is placing a focus on cyber-security; likely in response to reports we seen of car systems being compromised.

Which threat is greater: car-jacking or car-hacking?

Either way, the model, which debuted this week at the Toronto Car show, isn’t available yet, so we’ve time to start saving our pennies and pounds.

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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.


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


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Row, Row, Robo-Boat: Amsterdam’s Self-Driving Boats

“I want to go to there.”

The self-driving movement is coming to Amsterdam’s canals. Researchers are planning to launch “roboats” to traverse the Dutch capital’s canals next year, part of a five-year project to test the self-driving vessels’ ability to transport people and goods in a city whose area is about one-quarter water.

For more, follow this link to Quartz article.


‘Self-Driving’ Tesla involved in Fatal Crash

Tesla Motors announced in a blog post today that it had been made aware that one of its Model S electric cars was involved in a fatal accident on May 7, while the car’s “autopilot” function was enabled. …

via A Tesla was involved in a fatal crash while in autopilot mode — Quartz

Updated 7/6/2016:

 A Detroit art gallery owner informed police that he had his 2016 Tesla Model X in Autopilot mode when it crashed and rolled over on the Pennsylvania Turnpike last Friday, as reported by the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday morning. via Another Tesla crashes in Autopilot mode — TechCrunch