Animation showing Tesla car's vision system
Autonomous Vehicle

Tesla All-In For Computer Vision

Tesla is abandoning radar in favor of a self-driving system that relies entirely on cameras. The electric car maker announced it will no longer include radar sensors on Model 3 sedans and Model Y compact SUVs sold in North America.
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Selected data from AI Index, an annual report from Stanford University
Autonomous Vehicle

AI for Business Is Booming

Commercial AI research and deployments are on the rise, a new study highlights. The latest edition of the AI Index, an annual report from Stanford University, documents key trends in the field including the growing importance of private industry and the erosion of U.S. dominance in research.
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Drone flying over a massive field
Autonomous Vehicle

Drones Unleashed

U.S. regulators for the first time allowed commercial operators of autonomous aerial vehicles to fly out of operators’ sight. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration authorized drone maker American Robotics to fly without requirement.
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Robotaxi in different angles
Autonomous Vehicle

Robotaxi Reimagined

A new breed of self-driving car could kick the autonomous-vehicle industry into a higher gear. Zoox unveiled its first product, an all-electric, driverless taxi designed fully in-house.
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AI-driven balloon reaching high altitude
Autonomous Vehicle

How to Drive a Balloon

Helium balloons that beam internet service to hard-to-serve areas are using AI to navigate amid high-altitude winds. Loon, the Alphabet division that provides wireless internet via polyethylene blimps.
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Fighter pilot in action
Autonomous Vehicle

Phantom Menace

A fighter pilot battled a true-to-life virtual enemy in midair. In the skies over southern California, an airman pitted his dogfighting skills against an AI-controlled opponent that was projected onto his augmented-reality visor.
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Example of Occupancy Anticipation, a navigation system that predicts unseen obstacles, working
Autonomous Vehicle

Guess What Happens Next

New research teaches robots to anticipate what’s coming rather than focusing on what’s right in front of them. Researchers developed Occupancy Anticipation (OA), a navigation system that predicts unseen obstacles in addition to observing those in its field of view.
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Autopiloted aircraft
Autonomous Vehicle

Deep Learning Is in the Air

An aviation startups is using neural networks to put air freight on autopilot.What’s new: Xwing, a California startup, is test-flying an autonomous pilot system aboard cargo aircraft with an eye toward crewless commercial flights in 2022.
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Sequence of an autonomous fighter pilot
Autonomous Vehicle

AI Versus Ace

An autonomous fighter pilot shot down a human aerial ace in virtual combat. Built by defense contractor Heron Systems, the system also defeated automated rivals from seven other companies to win the AlphaDogfight trial.
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Dozens of drones coordinating movements
Autonomous Vehicle

Drones of a Feather

Deep learning is coordinating drones so they can flock together without colliding. Caltech researchers Soon-Jo Chung and Yisong Yue developed a pair of models that enables swarms of networked drones to navigate autonomously through cluttered environments.
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Information related to Policy Adaptation during Deployment (Pad)
Autonomous Vehicle

Same Job, Different Scenery

People who take driving lessons during daytime don’t need instruction in driving at night. They recognize that the difference doesn’t disturb their knowledge of how to drive. Similarly, a new reinforcement learning method manages superficial variations in the environment without re-training.
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Self-driving car from the inside
Autonomous Vehicle

Cars Idled, AV Makers Keep Rolling

The pandemic has forced self-driving car companies off the road. Now they’re moving forward by refining their mountains of training data. Self-driving cars typically collect real-world training data with two human operators onboard, but Covid-19 makes that unsafe at any speed.
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Self-driving software working
Autonomous Vehicle

Tracking the Elusive Stop Sign

Recognizing stop signs, with their bold color scheme and distinctive shape, ought to be easy for computer vision — but it turns out to be a tricky problem. Tesla pulled back the curtain on what it takes to train its self-driving software to perform this task and others.
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Graphs and data related to Scan2Plan, a model that segments 3D scans of empty indoor spaces into floor plans
Autonomous Vehicle

Finding a Floor Plan

Robot vacuum cleaners are pretty good at navigating rooms, but they still get stuck in tight spaces. New work takes a step toward giving them the smarts they’ll need to escape the bathroom.
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Road sign with the word "trust"
Autonomous Vehicle

Toward AI We Can Count On

A consortium of top AI experts proposed concrete steps to help machine learning engineers secure the public’s trust. Dozens of researchers and technologists recommended actions to counter public skepticism toward artificial intelligence, fueled by issues like data privacy.
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