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Autonomous train completes first journey across Australian Outback
 

Just like freight trucking, mining operations where trains haul heavy loads along the same route seem a high-potential application for autonomous vehicle technologies. Mining giant Rio Tinto has been busy exploring these possibilities in the Australian Outback and has now completed the nation's first autonomous heavy haul rail journey as it looks for more efficient ways to move iron ore around the country.

Rio Tinto's AutoHaul project has been underway since 2012 and is hoped to help the company expand its operations by allowing the trains hauling iron ore to largely control themselves. The company also has 69 autonomous haulage trucks in operation at its mine sites in the Pilbara, a remote region of north-western Australia.

 

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Waymo to launch commercial driverless car ride sharing service this fall
brian wang | October 5, 2017 |
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Waymo, Alphabet’s [Google’s] self-driving car unit, is preparing to launch the first commercial ride-sharing service powered by self-driving vehicles with no human “safety” drivers as soon as this fall, according to two people briefed about the plan.

Two anonymous sources have told Amir Efrati that Google’s self-driving car unit, Waymo, is preparing to launch “a commercial ride-sharing service powered by self-driving vehicles with no human ‘safety’ drivers as soon as this fall.”

 

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A Unanimous Vote Just Approved Legislation to Allow Self-Driving Cars in the U.S.
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Autonomous vehicle technology has grown by leaps and bounds. A bill in the U.S. Senate — which already passed in the House — that ensures development won't be unnecessarily hindered by state laws got committee approval today.
 

 

Legislation Aids Innovation

Today, inside the halls of the U.S. Senate, a committee unanimously approved legislation which secures a future for self-driving cars in the country — or at least lets carmakers test their autonomous driving systems with little to no hindrance from state governments. Dubbed the American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies (AV START) Act, the bi-partisan bill has moved forward with today’s vote.

 

 

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First self-driving cars, now Google AI is helping Rolls-Royce with autonomous ships

The neural-net, machine-intelligence behind many Google products is now being used in autonomous ship tech

In a potentially important move for creating autonomous ships, Google is working with Rolls-Royce to improve the artificial intelligence in the engineering firm's system for situational awareness around seagoing vessels.
Under a new agreement between the two companies, Rolls-Royce will be using Google's Cloud Machine Learning Engine for further training its AI-based object classification system for detecting, identifying and tracking the objects a vessel can encounter at sea.
 
This is essential technology for autonomous ships, as it isn't possible to expect that everything a ship could encounter is detectable through traditional technologies, such as radar and Automatic Identification System (AIS).


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Driverless cars could let you choose who survives in a crash

‘An “ethical knob” could let the owners of self-driving cars choose their car’s ethical setting. You could set the car to sacrifice you for the survival of others, or even to always sacrifice others to save you.’

Would you ride in a car that was prepared to kill you? An “ethical knob” could let the owners of self-driving cars choose their car’s ethical setting. You could set the car to sacrifice you for the survival of others, or even to always sacrifice others to save you.
The dilemma of how self-driving cars should tackle moral decisions is one of the major problems facing manufacturers. When humans drive cars, instinct governs our reaction to danger. When fatal crashes occur, it is usually clear who is responsible.
But if cars are to drive themselves, they cannot rely on instinct, they must rely on code. And when the worst happens will it be the software engineers, the manufacturers or the car owner who is ultimately responsible?

The Reddit comments are mirroring my sentiment exactly.

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Honestly, this is sensationalist horseshit.
There is literally only one way these things could be programmed to comply with ethics and laws: Attempt to stop safely.
Something jumps out in the road? Attempt to stop safely. Don't enter into a trolley-problem situation and attempt to identify which one is the healthy child and which one is the 80-year-old with only a few years left. Just attempt to stop safely.
Deer in the road? Attempt to stop safely.
Giant sinkhole with fire coming out of it opens up? Attempt to stop safely.


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But wouldn't the courts accept the argument that turning that ethical knob so your car will prioritize your life over others is equivalent to attempted murder or at least involuntary manslaughter?

 

They carry prison sentences, you know.

 

I think car manufacturers have thought about this and will not introduce this feature into their designs since that would introduce the element that they could be "accomplices" to the murders.


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That's another thing I was thinking, in fact. Almost exact same wording, even— "couldn't the family of someone run down by my AV press manslaughter or even murder charges?" It's a wet dream come true for lawyers and could make for some good TV. But I'd not like to be the one in the firing line in the case something goes wrong and I'm the bastard whose super-safe AV actually kills someone and it turns out I set it to "Egoist mode". 

 

Speaking of which, what a psychological game there. Having such a knob can be considered a subtle way to figure out your personality and make you feel bad about yourself, because society hates selfish assholes (despite being so culturally capitalist) and what bigger asshole is there than the guy who wants his car to run over others to save his own life? It might not seem like too much of a choice at first, but it's the kind of choice I wouldn't want to tell anyone about on Facebook.


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Is this in a world where pedestrians can teleport into the road?

I'm just trying to envisage a world in which an autonomous car is as 'blind' to it's surroundings as it's human occupant is. 


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Lyft gets $1 billion investment and ridesharing is about 0.5% of car miles in USA
brian wang | October 19, 2017 |
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CapitalG — Alphabet’s [Google] growth investment fund — is leading a $1 billion financing round in Lyft. This brings Lyft’s post-money valuation to $11 billion.

2017 has been an important year for the Lyft community. Earlier this month, Lyft completed thei 500 millionth ride and our service is now available to 95% of the U.S. population — up from 54% at the beginning of the year.

While we’ve made progress towards our vision, we’re most excited about what lies ahead. The fact remains that less than 0.5% of miles traveled in the U.S. happen on rideshare networks. This creates a huge opportunity to best serve our cities’ economic, environmental, and social futures.

 

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Tesla strikes another deal that shows it's about to turn the car insurance world upside down

InsureMyTesla shows how the insurance industry is bound for disruption as cars get safer with self-driving tech

  • Tesla has created a customized insurance package, InsureMyTesla, that is cheaper than traditional plans because it factors in the vehicles' Autopilot safety features and maintenance costs.
  • InsureMyTesla has been available in 20 countries, but Tesla just recently partnered with Liberty Mutual to make the plan available in the US.
  • InsureMyTesla shows how the insurance industry is bound for disruption as cars get safer with self-driving tech.

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Artificial intelligence researchers taught an AI to decide who a self-driving car should kill by feeding it millions of human survey responses

Last year, researchers at MIT set up a curious website called the Moral Machine, which peppered visitors with casually gruesome questions about what an autonomous vehicle should do if its brakes failed as it sped toward pedestrians in a crosswalk: whether it should mow down three joggers to spare two children, for instance, or veer into a concrete barrier to save a pedestrian who is elderly, or pregnant, or homeless, or a criminal. In each grisly permutation, the Moral Machine invited visitors to cast a vote about who the vehicle should kill.
The project is a morbid riff on the “trolley problem,” a thought experiment that forces participants to choose between letting a runaway train kill five people or diverting its path to kill one person who otherwise wouldn’t die. But the Moral Machine gave the riddle a contemporary twist that got picked up by the New York TimesThe Guardian and Scientific American and eventually collected some 18 million votes from 1.3 million would-be executioners.


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Lexus offers a taste of autonomous tech in LS+ Concept for Tokyo
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Like pretty much all major car manufacturers these days, Lexus very much sees autonomous vehicle technologies as part of its future. A new concept vehicle unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show offers a glimpse at what it might have in store, with the company packing some next-gen automated driving tech into a bigger and bolder version of its flagship LS sedan.

 

 

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Quantifying the driverless startup boom

 

https://techcrunch.c...s-startup-boom/

 

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(TechCrunch) For driverless car startups, raising capital seems to happen on autopilot. Investors and acquirers have put billions into the space over the past couple of years in the race for early mover advantage. They’ve shown no desire to hit the brakes lately either, as indicated by a spate of recent deals, including last week’s $450 million sale of autonomous driving software developer NuTonomy to Delphi Automotive.

 

In an effort to put the deal-making in perspective, Crunchbase News has aggregated some of the metrics for startup investment in the space. Our chief finding — that autonomous driving is a red-hot sector — is already obvious.

But in addition, we found:

  • Startup investment so far this year is more than double 2016 totals.
  • While Silicon Valley is a known hotspot for autonomous driving, Israel is a pretty solid No. 2 for startup deals, with three of the 10 largest rounds this year. Intel’s $15.3 billion purchase of Mobileye, an Israel-based startup, is also the largest M&A deal for an autonomous driving-related company for this or any year.
  • Self-driving tech rounds are pretty crowded. For U.S. investments in the space this year, we found just one financing — Ford’s investment in Argo AI — with a sole investor. (And that wasn’t a traditional VC deal, as it has Argo developing technology specifically for Ford.) On average, U.S. autonomous vehicle-related deals this year had an average of seven listed investors per round.

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Artificial intelligence researchers taught an AI to decide who a self-driving car should kill by feeding it millions of human survey responses

Last year, researchers at MIT set up a curious website called the Moral Machine, which peppered visitors with casually gruesome questions about what an autonomous vehicle should do if its brakes failed as it sped toward pedestrians in a crosswalk: whether it should mow down three joggers to spare two children, for instance, or veer into a concrete barrier to save a pedestrian who is elderly, or pregnant, or homeless, or a criminal. In each grisly permutation, the Moral Machine invited visitors to cast a vote about who the vehicle should kill.
The project is a morbid riff on the “trolley problem,” a thought experiment that forces participants to choose between letting a runaway train kill five people or diverting its path to kill one person who otherwise wouldn’t die. But the Moral Machine gave the riddle a contemporary twist that got picked up by the New York TimesThe Guardian and Scientific American and eventually collected some 18 million votes from 1.3 million would-be executioners.

 

 

That's as bad as the tyranny of the majority. A dangerous slippery slope there.

 

I'd suggest that AI, at that critical juncture of decision-making, use up all of its available computing power in an attempt to find a solution that doesn't involve killing people before even shifting to which-to-kill-that's-the-question algorithm.


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I don't drive, those of you that do, and have been driving for years, how many times have you had to choose between killing person A or killing person B in a scenario where there is no alternative to someone dying?

 

Because I suspect you'd do what every person would do in that situation, you'd frantically try to not kill anyone, and also to save yourself at the same time, and you'd probably fuck up and kill yourself, or one or both of the people, and you wouldn't have time to stop and consider their age, their weight, or who's turn it was to cross the street. 

 

your thought process would be a lot more like: "oh shi-AAAH-"

 

So I suggest that, in order to have it act as a human would act, we need our AIs to panic and basically decide at random.


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I don't drive, those of you that do, and have been driving for years, how many times have you had to choose between killing person A or killing person B in a scenario where there is no alternative to someone dying?

 

Because I suspect you'd do what every person would do in that situation, you'd frantically try to not kill anyone, and also to save yourself at the same time, and you'd probably fuck up and kill yourself, or one or both of the people, and you wouldn't have time to stop and consider their age, their weight, or who's turn it was to cross the street. 

 

your thought process would be a lot more like: "oh shi-AAAH-"

 

So I suggest that, in order to have it act as a human would act, we need our AIs to panic and basically decide at random.

 

Exactly, the ethical situation where you need to make a decision between killing yourself or a pedestrian is the result of poor judgement, poor awareness, and poor reactions, all of which are inherent human traits that would not be shared by an AI counterpart. If a driver-less car is operating correctly such a situation would never occur in the first place.


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Waymo's autonomous cars do away with the driver
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There are numerous driverless car trials taking place around the world, but these invariably involve a human at the wheel ready to take control in case of emergency. Waymo (formerly known as the Google self-driving car project) is moving into the next phase of testing, setting its driverless cars free on the roads of Phoenix in a first-of-its-kind public trial.

It was almost one year ago that the Google's self-driving car project was spun off into its own company Waymo, under the umbrella of parent company Alphabet. But the team has been building its autonomous technologies since well before then, with eight years of development and millions of miles of testing its modified Chrysler Pacifica minivans now under its belt.

 

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Self-driving bus involved in an accident on its first day

 

When the service debuted in the city on Wednesday, one of the driverless vehicles was involved in a collision with a delivery truck, the Las Vegas government said in a statement.
 
During the incident in downtown Las Vegas, the bus automatically stopped to try avoid an accident after its sensors detected the truck, the city said.
 
"Unfortunately, the delivery truck did not stop and grazed the front fender of the shuttle," it said. "Had the truck had the same sensing equipment that the shuttle has, the accident would have been avoided."
 
Local media reported that nobody was hurt in the accident.
 

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Volvo to supply Uber with self-driving cars (Update)
November 20, 2017

Volvo said in a statement that it would supply Uber with "autonomous driving compatible base vehicles between 2019 and 2021"

Swedish carmaker Volvo Cars said Monday it has signed an agreement to supply "tens of thousands" of self-driving cars to Uber, as the ride-sharing company battles a number of different controversies.

 

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