Computer Sciences

Making 'smart headlights' with machine learning

It's a common scene for anybody driving at night on a dark road. Zipping around corners and over hills, the car's high beams are on to improve vision while the driver's hand remains poised to turn them off at a moment's notice, ...

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Comma.ai punctuating self-driving vision with tests, software update

What do you know about comma.ai? Self-driving car watchers know them for sure and are watching with interest in test drives that explore how far they have come along in their own visions of self-driving car capabilities. ...

Engineering

SureFly keeps focus on new day in safe, two-seater flight

SureFly's hybrid gas- and battery-powered vertical take-off and landing vehicle is making news after declaring success on its first flight—manned, untethered, lifitng off for the first time, outside Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Self-driving cars and humans face inevitable collisions

In 1938, when there were just about one-tenth the number of cars on U.S. roadways as there are today, a brilliant psychologist and a pragmatic engineer joined forces to write one of the most influential works ever published ...

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The everyday ethical challenges of self-driving cars

A lot of discussion and ethical thought about self-driving cars have focused on tragic dilemmas, like hypotheticals in which a car has to decide whether to run over a group of schoolchildren or plunge off a cliff, killing ...

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Uber patent application discusses intention signaling system

Reaching the highest levels of safety for self-driving cars will depend on how well the cars are engineered to know when communications are needed, and to be able to communicate with other cars, with bikes, with people on ...

Consumer & Gadgets

Lighthouse: Home monitor is one smart sentry

A smart home device that serves as a security camera delivers service that goes beyond house sentry. What if you find a home device that not only acts as sentry but does double duty as private investigator/concierge/babysitter?

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Are autonomous cars really safer than human drivers?

Much of the push toward self-driving cars has been underwritten by the hope that they will save lives by getting involved in fewer crashes with fewer injuries and deaths than human-driven cars. But so far, most comparisons ...

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