Friday, August 29, 2014

Inside Google's Secret Drone-Delivery Program


CMU alumnus Nick Roy is the lead roboticist of Project Wing, a secret drone program that's been running for two years at Google X.

Point-to-Point Car-Share Service Car2Go Getting Ready to Launch in Brooklyn

What differentiates Car2Go from other car-share services in New York is that users can make one-way trips. (Zipcar, a competitor, is getting into the one-way car-share game in other cities, but does not currently offer the service here.) The added flexibility could entice more car-owning New Yorkers to give up their private vehicles, though it’s tough to say whether this effect will outweigh the additional driving trips made by households without cars, which are the majority in NYC.
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How Google's Driverless Car Detects Aggressive Drivers

The tech giant says its cars will be able to recognize other vehicles that are "exceeding a speed limit, driving fast for given road conditions, excessive lane changing without cause, failing to signal intent to pass another vehicle, tailgating another vehicle, using the horn excessively, and flashing headlights excessively at oncoming traffic."
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The IoT China 2014 Conference and China Connected Vehicle and ITS Expo and Forum 2014 will be held in Shanghai in October

The Internet of Things (IoT) China 2014 Conference as well as China Connected Vehicle and ITS Expo and Forum 2014 will be held at Shanghai Mart on October 28th and 29th. The event is the result of a collaboration between EU-China IoT Summit, one of the industry's influential events, and the 5th Internet of Things China.
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‘Smart’ car group promises less oil use, better air

A report out on Thursday from the Intelligent Transportation Society of America promised that new technologies have the ability “to make our transportation systems more efficient, less costly, and more environmentally friendly.”
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Hidden Obstacles for Google’s Self-Driving Cars

Google’s cars have safely driven more than 700,000 miles. As a result, “the public seems to think that all of the technology issues are solved,” says Steven Shladover, a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies. “But that is simply not the case.”
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This Seat Belt Could Stop You From Falling Asleep At The Wheel

That's the idea behind Harken, which is a system of sensors in the driver’s seat and seat belt that measure breathing and heart rate. The system was developed by a number of universities, companies and technology centers working together in a consortium funded by a research branch of the EU, Mashable reported.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Autonomous and Connected Vehicles: Implications for Bicyclists and Pedestrians

In order to help make sure that these technologies consider bicyclists and pedestrians, Ken McLeod of League of American Bicyclists spoke last Friday to researchers, agency staff, and industry at the fall meeting of the Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation (T-SET) University Transportation Center (UTC) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, PA. CMU and the University of Pennsylvania are partners in the US DOT funded UTC that is one of up to 35 UTCs that are funded under MAP-21 with up to $72.5 million per year being allocated to research on a competitive basis. The CMU/UPenn UTC has a strategic goal of safety...

The audience was very interested in bike/ped concerns and what it might take in order for bicyclists and pedestrians to buy-in to these new technologies.

VALERI Project is making robots to make airplanes

In the automotive industry, life is pretty easy for the car-assembling robots ... they just sit in the same place performing the same task, day after day. Things are different in the aerospace industry, however. Airplanes aren’t made on assembly lines, so any robots used in their construction would have to move around them. The member organizations of the European VALERI Project (Validation of Advanced, Collaborative Robotics for Industrial Applications) are now working on making such mobile, autonomous plane-building robots a reality...

Carnegie Mellon University, incidentally, has already developed robots for stripping paint off of aircraft, although their designers believe that they could also be used for performing inspections and repairs.
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Smart Cars, Smart Roads Seen in Nationwide Survey as Boosting Safety, Reinventing Transportation

A new America THINKS survey from HNTB Corporation, a national infrastructure solutions firm, finds Americans craving more technology to keep them safe and informed when they hit the road. And many Americans would be willing to part with more cash to implement a connected vehicle system, which would allow travelers to be notified about road conditions and potential dangers electronically in real-time.
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