Automotive

The road not taken: South Korea's self-driving professor

Decades before the race to build a self-driving car became a multi-billion-dollar contest between tech giants such as Tesla and Google, a South Korean professor built an autonomous vehicle and test-drove it across the country—only ...

Robotics

Ford partners with U-M on robotics research, new building

Digit marches on two legs across the floor of the University of Michigan's Ford Motor Co. Robotics Building, while Mini-Cheetah—staccato-like—does the same on four and the yellow-legged Cassie steps deliberately side-to-side.

Robotics

An autonomous underwater robot saves people from drowning

Many swimming pools in Germany do not have enough trained lifeguards and in many places, this skilled labor shortage is even leading to closures. The solution could be a floating underwater rescue robot, which is intended ...

Engineering

Agile underwater glider could quietly survey the seas

Autonomous underwater vehicles have become versatile tools for exploring the seas. But they can be disruptive to the environment or have trouble traveling through confined spaces.

Automotive

Waymo brings robo-taxis to San Francisco in new test

Waymo, the autonomous driving unit of Google's parent company Alphabet, said Wednesday it would begin testing its driverless ride-hailing service on the streets of San Francisco with employees as riders.

Robotics

Researchers expand study of ethics, artificial intelligence

The Army of the future will involve humans and autonomous machines working together to accomplish the mission. According to Army researchers, this vision will only succeed if artificial intelligence is perceived to be ethical.

Automotive

A better intelligence test for autonomous driving systems

In 2015, Elon Musk guessed that the industry should expect fully autonomous vehicles by 2018—but that never happened. In 2014, Nissan promised multiple, commercially viable driverless vehicles on the market by 2020. While ...

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