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Japan to launch self-navigating cargo ships 'by 2025' Image copyright Getty Images Japanese shipping companies are working with shipbuilders to develop self-piloting cargo ships.

Japan to launch self-navigating cargo ships 'by 2025'

The "smart ships" will use artificial intelligence to plot the safest, shortest, most fuel-efficient routes, and could be in service by 2025. The AI will also be used to predict malfunctions and other problems, which could help reduce the number of maritime incidents. The companies plan to build about 250 self-navigating ships. Sharing data Developing the technology is expected to cost tens of billions of yen (hundreds of millions of dollars). Shipping firms Mitsui OSK Lines and Nippon Yusen are working with shipbuilders including Japan Marine United to share both costs and expertise, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. TED 2017: UK 'Iron Man' demonstrates flying suit. Image copyright Bret Hartman/Ted A British inventor, who built an Iron Man-style flight suit, has flown it at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference in Vancouver.

TED 2017: UK 'Iron Man' demonstrates flying suit

Richard Browning's short flight took place outside the Vancouver Convention Centre in front of a large crowd. Circular runways: Engineer defends his proposal. Media playback is unsupported on your device Last month we published a video arguing the case for circular runways at airports, as part of a series called World Hacks.

Circular runways: Engineer defends his proposal

It took off and went viral. The video has had more than 36 million views on Facebook and generated heated debate on social media - including within the aviation community. Many people are sceptical about the concept. So we decided to hand-pick some of the top concerns and put them straight to the man proposing the idea: Dutch engineer Henk Hesselink. This is what he had to say. Driverless shuttle bus to be tested by public in London. Media playback is unsupported on your device Members of the British public are getting their first extended trial of a driverless shuttle bus.

Driverless shuttle bus to be tested by public in London

Over the next three weeks, about 100 people will travel in a prototype shuttle on a route in Greenwich, London. The vehicle, which travels up to 10mph (16.1kmph), will be controlled by a computer. However, there will be a trained person on board who can stop the shuttle if required during the tests. Google Waymo self-driving minivan tests to start. Image copyright AFP Google's Waymo will launch the first public road tests of its self-driving minivans later this month.

Google Waymo self-driving minivan tests to start

The trials will take place in California and Arizona, according to Waymo chief executive John Krafcik. Modified Chrysler Pacificas with Waymo-designed sensors were on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, where Mr Krafcik spoke. Autonomous cars are ‘the vaccine that will cure deaths on the road’, says industry figurehead. People die on the roads, that’s a fact of life.

Autonomous cars are ‘the vaccine that will cure deaths on the road’, says industry figurehead

But it doesn’t have to be, according to the head of an energy industry watchdog in the US. Robbie Diamond, CEO of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), addressed media at CES 2017 overnight in Las Vegas, where he said autonomous vehicles could be a way of dramatically cutting down the road toll on a global level. “Think about this: 1.2 million people die globally on the roads every year. Apple reveals self-driving car plans. Image copyright Getty Images Apple has acknowledged for the first time that it is investing in self-driving car tech.

Apple reveals self-driving car plans

In a letter to US transport regulators, Apple said it was "excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation". It added that there were "significant societal benefits of automated vehicles" to be realised. There have long been rumours about the firm's plans but it had not publicly addressed them. However, Ford, which itself plans to have self-driving cars on the road by 2021, has said it was working on the basis that Apple was building one.

The tech firm has already registered several car-related internet domains, including apple.car and apple.auto. Car firms to build electric charge network. Image copyright Getty Images Several large car firms are working together to create a high-powered, electric-vehicle-charging network across Europe.

Car firms to build electric charge network

BMW, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen Group, including Audi and Porsche, say they will build 400 charging sites. The plug-in points will provide ultra-fast charging for cars along major roads. Tesla cars will not be able to use the charge points as they use different systems. Comma.ai pulls out of US after receiving NHTSA Special Order - Roadshow. Nobody likes dealing with US federal regulations, but a great many companies suck it up and do it anyway so their products can end up with US buyers.

Comma.ai pulls out of US after receiving NHTSA Special Order - Roadshow

It appears Comma.ai and its semi-autonomous driving system would rather take its toys to China instead of dealing with the feds, though. Comma.ai founder George Hotz sent out sent out a series of tweets Friday, claiming that Comma.ai is pulling out of the US market in response to requests from federal regulators. Its first product, Comma One, claimed to add semi-autonomous capabilities to vehicles for approximately $1,000. "Would much rather spend my life building amazing tech than dealing with regulators and lawyers," Hotz said in via Twitter. "The comma one is canceled. comma.ai [sic] will be exploring other products and markets. " "We are concerned that your product would put the safety of your customers and other road users at risk," writes Paul A.

George Hotz did not immediately return requests for comment. 2016-10-27 Special Order Directed to Comma.ai. George Hotz cancels self-driving car product after US regulator asks questions. Autonomous driving company Comma.ai announced via its Twitter feed this morning that it would be canceling its forthcoming Comma One product.

George Hotz cancels self-driving car product after US regulator asks questions

Comma One was supposed to bring after-market autonomy to third-party vehicles. The company was founded by hacker George Hotz (aka Geohot), who is credited as the first person to hack the iPhone. In his tweets under the Comma.ai account, Hotz said that he decided to discontinue production after he received a stern letter from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requesting more information about how the product works and safety precautions built into the technology. Uber Self-Driving Truck Packed With Budweiser Makes First Delivery in Colorado - Bloomberg. A tractor trailer full of beer drove itself down Colorado's I-25 last week with nobody behind the wheel. Uber Technologies Inc. and Anheuser-Busch InBev NV teamed up on the delivery, which they said is the first time a self-driving truck had been used to make a commercial shipment.

With a police cruiser in tow, the 18-wheeler cruised more than 120 miles while a truck driver hung out back in the sleeper cab, the companies said. The delivery appears to be mostly a stunt—proof that Otto, the self-driving vehicle group that Uber acquired in July, could successfully put an autonomous truck into the wild. "We wanted to show that the basic building blocks of the technology are here; we have the capability of doing that on a highway," said Lior Ron, the president and co-founder of Uber's Otto unit. "We are still in the development stages, iterating on the hardware and software. " Proving the viability of autonomous trucking has become more important amid mounting regulatory and public scrutiny.

Full Self-Driving Hardware on All Teslas from Tesla Motors on Vimeo. BMW just revealed a self-correcting motorcycle you can ride without a helmet. The biggest problem with self-driving cars is that a lot of people still love to drive. Goodnight, sweet prince. BlackBerry/BI It's a strange, somewhat melancholy experience replaying the video games of your childhood. First, there's that warm glow of nostalgia: I can't believe I'm playing this again! But it can quickly sour as the game's shortcomings, forgotten or missed the first time around, come glaringly into focus. These controls kinda suck. US releases highway code for robot cars. Image copyright AP Robot cars in the US will have to be fitted with black boxes that record what happens if they crash, under US policy covering the vehicles. The demand is part of a newly issued US Transportation Department policy covering autonomous vehicles. The guidelines will replace a patchwork of different, and often contradictory, rules drawn up by separate states.

The US government plans to vet the code controlling robot cars before they win permission to drive alongside humans. Uber starts self-driving car pickups in Pittsburgh. Beginning today, a select group of Pittsburgh Uber users will get a surprise the next time they request a pickup: the option to ride in a self driving car. The announcement comes a year-and-a-half after Uber hired dozens of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s robotics center to develop the technology. Uber gave a few members of the press a sneak peek Tuesday when a fleet of 14 Ford Fusions equipped with radar, cameras and other sensing equipment pulled up to Uber’s Advanced Technologies Campus (ATC) northeast of downtown Pittsburgh.

During my 45-minute ride across the city, it became clear that this is not a bid at launching the first fully formed autonomous cars. Instead, this is a research exercise. Uber wants to learn and refine how self driving cars act in the real world. Self-driving taxi trial kicks off in Singapore. Image copyright nuTonomy Self-driving cars and taxis are the buzz of the industry. Everyone seems to be doing it, trying grab headlines with every step forward or new trial phase. Will that red light end soon? Audi's countdown clock can tell you. You’re stuck at a red light. It’s taking forever. How much time until the light turns green? Ten seconds? Self-drive taxis to be tested in Singapore. Mercedes-Benz's semi-autonomous bus just passed its first major test. Germany mulls self-drive car 'black box'

What NASA could teach Tesla about the limits of autopilot. A Tesla Model S electric vehicle is shown in San Francisco, California. Death robots: Where next after Dallas? Image copyright EPA. New Study Says Failure To Use Turn Signals Is A Leading Cause Of Car Accidents. By Jim Melwert. The technology behind the Tesla crash, explained.

Tesla's Autopilot feature is now under investigation after the first known fatality involving a Tesla car using "Autopilot" mode was reported in May. (Jhaan Elker/The Washington Post) IBM, Local Motors ready to commercialize autonomous bus. Electric car sets world acceleration record. Airplane black boxes, explained. Human 'drone taxi' to be tested in Nevada. Image copyright AP. Google Teaches Self-Driving Cars the Art of Self-Honking. © Time Inc. All rights reserved. Fortune.com is a part of the Time.com network of sites. Powered by WordPress.com VIP Email address or Password is incorrect. Cruising with Tesla's Autopilot in Houston traffic.

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