Scans representing pedestrians and other objects
Autonomous Vehicle

Data Augmentation in 3D

An unconventional approach to modifying data is cutting the amount of work required to train self-driving cars. Waymo unveiled a machine learning pipeline that varies lidar scans representing pedestrians and other objects.
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Some results from CB Insights' annual list of the 100 most promising startups in AI
Autonomous Vehicle

Machine Learning Churning

Many of this year’s hottest AI companies are taking the spotlight from last year’s darlings.What’s new: CB Insights, which analyzes early-stage companies, published its annual list of the 100 “most promising” startups in AI.
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Fragment of a video explaining a model that extracts landmarks on the fly from radar scans
Autonomous Vehicle

Locating Landmarks on the Fly

Directions such as “turn left at the big tree, go three blocks, and stop at the big red house on your left” can get you to your destination because they refer to stationary landmarks. New research enables self-driving cars to identify such stable indicators on their own.
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Drone following a person riding an ATV
Autonomous Vehicle

Imitation Learning in the Wild

Faster than a speeding skateboard! Able to dodge tall trees while chasing a dirt bike! It’s … an upgrade in the making from an innovative drone maker.
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Autonomous vehicle detecting images projected on the street
Autonomous Vehicle

Phantom Menace

Some self-driving cars can’t tell the difference between a person in the roadway and an image projected on the street. A team of researchers used projectors to trick semiautonomous vehicles into detecting people, road signs, and lane markings that didn’t exist.
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Lifelike video imagery of virtual people made by NEON
Autonomous Vehicle

AI Steals CES

Artificial intelligence was everywhere at the biggest, buzziest consumer-technology showcase in the U.S. AI ruled the convention floor at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, as numerous media outlets proclaimed.
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Anima Anandkumar
Autonomous Vehicle

Anima Anandkumar: The Power of Simulation

We’ve had great success with supervised deep learning on labeled data. Now it’s time to explore other ways to learn: training on unlabeled data, lifelong learning, and especially letting models explore a simulated environment before transferring what they learn to the real world.
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Illustration of a crystal snowball
Autonomous Vehicle

Simulation Substitutes for Data

The future of machine learning may depend less on amassing ground-truth data than simulating the environment in which a model will operate. Deep learning works like magic with enough high-quality data. When examples are scarce, though, researchers are using simulation to fill the gap.
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Observational dropout
Autonomous Vehicle

Seeing the World Blindfolded

In reinforcement learning, if researchers want an agent to have an internal representation of its environment, they’ll build and train a world model that it can refer to. New research shows that world models can emerge from standard training, rather than needing to be built separately.
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Security robot walking on the street
Autonomous Vehicle

What the Watchbot Sees

Knightscope’s security robots look cute. But these cone-headed automatons, which serve U.S. police departments and businesses, are serious surveillance machines.
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Volvo car identifying a pedestrian
Autonomous Vehicle

Blind Spot

In March 2018, one of Uber’s self-driving cars became the first autonomous vehicle reported to have killed a pedestrian. A new report by U.S. authorities suggests that the accident occurred because the car’s software was programmed to ignore jaywalkers.
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Military tank
Autonomous Vehicle

Robot Tanks on the March

A new generation of battlebots is gaining momentum.What’s new: The Army is at least two years ahead of schedule in its plan to deploy self-driving (and self-aiming) transports, jeeps, and tanks.
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Drone race
Autonomous Vehicle

Autonomous Drones Ready to Race

Pilots in drone races fly souped-up quadcopters around an obstacle course at 120 miles per hour. But soon they may be out of a job, as race organizers try to spice things up with drones controlled by AI.
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An illustration of filter pruning
Autonomous Vehicle

High Accuracy, Low Compute

As neural networks have become more accurate, they’ve also ballooned in size and computational cost. That makes many state-of-the-art models impractical to run on phones and potentially smaller, less powerful devices.
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DeepScale's automated vehicle technology
Autonomous Vehicle

Tesla Bets on Slim Neural Nets

Elon Musk has promised a fleet of autonomous Tesla taxis by 2020. The company reportedly purchased a computer vision startup to help meet that goal. Tesla acquired DeepScale, a Silicon Valley startup that rocesses computer vision on low-power electronics.
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