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by   -   February 13, 2015

Lutz_PODThe government-baked robocar projects in the UK are going full steam, with this press release from the UK government to accompany the unveiling of the prototype Lutz pod, which should ply the streets of Milton Keynes and Greenwich.

by   -   February 11, 2015

In a care scenario, a robot may have been purchased by the patient, by the hospital (which sent it home with the patient to monitor their health), or by a concerned family member who wants to monitor their relative. Should a care robot prioritize its owner's wishes over those of the patient?

by   -   February 5, 2015

There is great buzz about some sensor-laden vehicles being driven around the USA, which have been discovered to be owned by Apple. The vehicles have cameras, LIDARs, and GPS antennas, and many are wondering is this an Apple Self-Driving Car?

by   -   February 4, 2015

After yesterday’s story about Uber and CMU, and a rumour about Google's plans to launch an Uber-like “ride share” service, a lot of speculation has flown that Uber will now be at odds with Google. Since then, the Uber blog post and this interview with Uber folks tell a slightly different story.

by   -   February 3, 2015
Source: US DOT
Source: US DOT

I commonly see statements from connected car advocates that vehicle to vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to infrastructure communications are an important, even essential technology for robocar development. Readers of this blog will know I disagree strongly, and while I think infrastructure to vehicle (I2V) will be important, and done primarily over the existing mobile data network, I suspect that V2V will only barely be useful, with minimal value cases that have a hard time justifying its cost.

by   -   February 3, 2015

Uber is opening a robocar lab in Pittsburgh, and could be hiring up to 50 CMU folks to staff it.

Massimo Russo, a senior partner and managing director at The Boston Consulting Group, speaks with Raffaello D’Andrea about the future of robotics.

by   -   January 28, 2015

The number of people aged 65+ is on the rise, and so is the number of robotics projects that hope to avert the impending care crisis by augmenting or substituting human caregivers with robotic ones. But how much time are we comfortable letting our seniors spend with robots?

by   -   January 27, 2015

Some new results from the NGV Team at the University of Michigan describe different approaches for perception (detecting obstacles on the road) and localizations (figuring out precisely where you are).

by   -   January 27, 2015

Robotics has the potential to be hugely beneficial to society, but is too important to leave to free-market capitalism.

by   -   January 23, 2015
Photo: General Motors
Photo: General Motors

Let me confess a secret fear. I suspect that the first “autopilot” functions on cars are going to be a bit boring.

by   -   January 22, 2015

door_open_book_science_fiction_data_mind_face_AI_intelligence_creativeOpen science isn’t one thing – it is a set of practices that range from making sure your papers are openly accessible (which is relatively easy), to open notebook science, which makes the process open – and not just the results. Open notebook science is, of course, much more demanding.

by   -   January 21, 2015

Just like the GUI overlapped and largely replaced the command line, NLP is now being used by robots, the Internet of things, wearables, and especially conversational systems like Apple's Siri, Google's Now, Amazon's Echo and others. These interfaces are designed to simplify, speed up, and improve task completion. Natural language interaction with robots, if anything, is an interface, and it needs to be designed.

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