Person dressed up as Tesla Bot showing some dance moves
Autonomous Vehicles

Dances With Robots: Tesla Unveils a Robot and D1 Chip at AI Day

Tesla unveiled its own AI chip and — surprise! — plans for a humanoid robot.What’s new: At Tesla’s AI Day promotional event, the company offered a first look at an upcoming self-driving computer powered by custom AI chips.
Sequence of images showing tractors working on fields
Autonomous Vehicles

Outstanding in the Field: John Deere buys Bear Flag Robotics for $250 million.

One of the world’s largest makers of farm equipment is doubling down on self-driving tractors. John Deere agreed to pay $250 million for Bear Flag Robotics, a California startup that upgrades conventional tractors.
Video showing how robots from Israeli startup Arugga Farming work
Autonomous Vehicles

To Bee or Not to Bee: AI farm robots help to pollinate tomatoes.

Insects that spread pollen to fruiting plants are in trouble. A possible alternative: Robots. Farmers in Australia and the U.S. are using robots from Israeli startup Arugga Farming to pollinate greenhouse tomatoes.
A self-riding bicycle
Autonomous Vehicles

A Bicycle Built for Zero

Self-driving cars, get ready to share the road with self-riding bikes. Beijing-based machine learning researcher Zhihui Peng built a riderless bike that stays upright, navigates, and avoids collisions.
Animation showing Tesla car's vision system
Autonomous Vehicles

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.
Selected data from AI Index, an annual report from Stanford University
Autonomous Vehicles

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.
Drone flying over a massive field
Autonomous Vehicles

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.
Robotaxi in different angles
Autonomous Vehicles

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.
AI-driven balloon reaching high altitude
Autonomous Vehicles

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.
Fighter pilot in action
Autonomous Vehicles

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.
Example of Occupancy Anticipation, a navigation system that predicts unseen obstacles, working
Autonomous Vehicles

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.
Autopiloted aircraft
Autonomous Vehicles

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.
Sequence of an autonomous fighter pilot
Autonomous Vehicles

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.
Dozens of drones coordinating movements
Autonomous Vehicles

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.
Information related to Policy Adaptation during Deployment (Pad)
Autonomous Vehicles

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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