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The future of driving — and transport — at CES 2018 – Roadshow

Rinspeed’s Snap concept demonstrates how future cars might separate the chassis and passenger compartment. Rinspeed As CES 2018 fast approaches, it brings with it the future of cars. As in recent years, automakers and equipment suppliers will show off the latest innovations, most of which will go into production cars in the next few years. Self-driving cars, the next big innovation for automotive, will have a big presence at the show as well. Not only will companies give demos of prototypes, but some of the biggest names in electronics are…

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Donald Trump hands Internet control over to BIG BUSINESS in ‘disastrous’ decision for web

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted along party lines yesterday to repeal rules that guarantee a fair and open internet. Trump appointee and FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s cast the decisive vote yesterday, marking a victory for internet service providers such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon by handing them power over what content consumers can access – and what speed. The old Obama-era rules were intended to give consumers equal access to the web and stop broadband providers from favouring their own content. And the move has caused uproar, with…

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Rise of the machines: Super intelligent robots could ‘spell the end of the human race’

GETTY Stephen Hawking warned AI could spell the end of humanity Artificial intelligence is beginning to transform society, from babysitting children to self-driving cars. But, many scientists, including Professor Stephen Hawking, argue it may only be a matter of time before they gain consciousness and destroy mankind like something out of science fiction. Professor Hawking said: “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” Robots could soon be weaponised and some people have advocated the advancement, arguing it could save lives. Related articles But,…

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Hybrids beat EVs as self-driving cars, Ford exec claims – Roadshow

General Motors has tied a good bit of its self-driving car development to the battery-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV. But Ford thinks there’s a better solution than EVs, at least to start. Ford will develop its autonomous technology using gas-electric hybrids, not pure electric vehicles, Automotive News reports, citing an interview with Jim Farley, the automaker’s top sales exec. According to Farley, there are several factors in the decision to start with hybrids. For one, current EVs need to leave the road to charge every 250 miles or less, whereas a…

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T-Mobile rips Verizon’s 5G broadband plan as ‘unrealistic’ – CNET

T-Mobile is getting into the holiday spirit — by laying into rival Verizon. On Monday, T-Mobile CEO John Legere used Twitter to call out Verizon for its plan to speed up wireless broadband service, using a next-generation cellular technology called 5G. Specifically, he criticized the rival for missing a self-imposed deadline of deploying commercial service by 2017 (which CNET first reported).   Verizon said last week that the planned rollout of its 5G broadband service would instead happen in the second half of next year, starting with Sacramento, California, and expanding…

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Nissan begins public robo-taxi trials next year – Roadshow

Nissan created the Easy Ride brand to begin public trials of its robo-taxi in Japan. Nissan Four years ago, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn set an aggressive goal by saying the company would produce self-driving cars by 2020. In retrospect, Ghosn might have been underselling Nissan’s technological chops, as it just announced public trials of robo-taxis to commence next year. The self-driving taxi service is called Easy Ride, and the trials will be conducted in Yokohama, Japan. Nissan is partnering with a company called DeNA, which operates online services for healthcare,…

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New Lidar tech uses 128 lasers to help self-driving cars see in high resolution

lidar double lasers vls 128 front top light1 More When it comes to autonomous vehicles, Lidar is one of the (no pun intended) driving forces that help make it all possible. A laser-based surveying method, Lidar builds up a depth-based image of the world by shining out laser lights and then measuring how long it takes for the reflected pulse to be bounced back to the sensor. Well, thanks to the work of pioneering company Velodyne, Lidar just got a whole lot better! Unveiled this week, Velodyne’s new VLS-128 sensor…

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Ericsson predicts 1 billion 5G subscriptions in 2023 – CNET

Flags with the logo of telecom equipment maker Ericsson flutter outside the company’s headquarters in Stockholm. Maja Suslin / AFP/Getty Images Telecom equipment maker Ericsson predicts there will be at least 1 billion 5G subscriptions in 2023. This is double the number of connections the company predicts for 2022, the company said in its semiannual Mobility Report.   The technology is expected to be first deployed in dense urban areas. Ericsson said more than 20 percent of the world’s population will have access to 5G by the end of 2023….

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Budget 2017: UK's driverless cars stuck on testing roundabout

Is chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond, betting on tech utopia with plans to see autonomous vehicles on UK roads by 2021? EU2016SK More The UK government is betting big on driverless cars with the chancellor, Philip Hammond, announcing plans to change regulation to allow developers to test autonomous vehicles on British roads. Ahead of the Budget, Hammond – echoing his predecessor, George Osborne – said that “bold reforms” to get driverless cars on UK roads by 2021 would see the country leading the world in new technologies and infrastructure….

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There May Be One Million Reasons Self-Driving Cars Make Sense

From fender benders to a fatal crash, the self-driving cars and trucks now on the road have had their share of mishaps. But they’re considered safer than conventional vehicles, and experts say they’ll become even safer as autonomous technology matures. Just how safe should they be before we embrace them fully? A new report gives a stark answer to that simple question. It suggests that even if “highly automated vehicles” (HAVs) are only a bit safer than human-driven vehicles, it makes no sense to delay their deployment until their safety…

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