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Ford, Nissan & Google Race to Build Self-Driving Cars
Ford Corporation has released a new Fusion Hybrid that is more autonomously automatized out of visualizations for a future of driverless cars.
Under the Blueprint for Mobility (BFM), by 2050 “75 percent of the world’s population is expected to live in cities, with 50 of those cities projected to have more than 10 million residents.”
The vision Ford wants to introduce involved a blend of “smart transportation with intelligent vehicles and transport systems . . . [where] private car, commercial and public transportation are all connected in ways that save time, conserve resources, lower emissions and improve safety.”
Both the University of Michigan and State Farm have collaborated with Ford to develop this prototype that has “four LiDAR sensors (Light Detection And Ranging) that scan the road 2.5 million times per second. Infrared light bounces off anything within a 200 feet radius, generating a 3D map of the car’s surrounding environment.”
This technology enables the car to “drive itself and ensures it doesn’t hit anything. Even at maximum range, the sensors can detect the difference between a paper bag and small animal, as well as observing and classifying pedestrians, cyclists and stationary objects.”
Just this past summer, Nissan Motor Co unveiled their focus to become the first manufacturer to offer self-driving cars (SDC) to customers by 2020.
Within two vehicle generations and sold at “realistic prices”, consumers can purchase a car that drives itself.
Andy Palmer, executive vice president at Nissan said: “Nissan Motor Co. pledges that we will be ready to bring multiple affordable, energy efficient, fully autonomous-driving vehicles to the market by 2020.”
The SDC version of the Nissan Leaf was presented at a former US military base in Irvine, California.
Technology that has advanced car manufacturers toward SDCs is:
• Adaptive cruise control
• Electronic steering and throttle controls
• Road monitoring capabilities
Nissan has joined forces with Google to endeavor on a marketing campaign to make the new SDC Leaf more attractive to the general public.
Palmer said: “I don’t preclude the possibility of working with Google, or anyone else for that matter.”
Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, predicted that by 2017 SDCs would be available to the general public.
Using artificial intelligence, provided by Google and other features such as around view cameras and actuators, Nissan believes that these cars will give ease to complexity in real-world situations.
The auto industry is convinced that SDCs will take over conventional driving. The idea is that these autonomous cars could replace possible human error when operating a vehicle and reduce the amount of accidents and injuries that now occur.
Nissan is also collaborating with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Tokyo (UoT) to test and perfect autonomous driving technology.
To create the autonomous car for Google, a Stanford University team invented Stanley . This SDC won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge and the $2 million prize from the Department of Defense (DoD).
MUST VIEW VIDEO: Digital Carjackers Show Forbes How Michael Hasting’s Car Could Have Been Remotely Carjacked0
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Digital Carjackers Show Forbes How Michael Hasting’s Car Could Have Been Remotely Carjacked
Hasting’s isn’t mentioned in the video, just a demonstration of how a car can be remotely carjacked.
The research on this was done as a result of funding by the Pentagon, which Forbes writer Andy Greenberg tells us was commissioned to, ahem, “to root out security vulnerabilities”:
This fact, that a car is not a simple machine of glass and steel but a hackable network of computers, is what Miller and Valasek have spent the last year trying to demonstrate. Miller, a 40-year-old security engineer at Twitter, and Valasek, the 31-year-old director of security intelligence at the Seattle consultancy IOActive, received an $80,000-plus grant last fall from the mad-scientist research arm of the Pentagon known as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to root out security vulnerabilities in automobiles.
Meet Atlas: DARPA Unveils Humanoid Terminator-Like Robot
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have unveiled Atlas, a humanoid robot that stands over 6 feet tall and weighs 290 pounds, being called “one of the most advanced humanoid robots ever built.”
Atlas was created by Boston Dynamics, INC, (BD) with funding from DARPA.
This robot “is a high mobility, humanoid robot designed to negotiate outdoor, rough terrain. Atlas can walk bipedally leaving the upper limbs free to lift, carry, and manipulate the environment. In extremely challenging terrain, Atlas is strong and coordinated enough to climb using hands and feet, to pick its way through congested spaces.”
Bult like a human, Atlas has “sensate hands will enable Atlas to use tools designed for human use. Atlas includes 28 hydraulically-actuated degrees of freedom, two hands, arms, legs, feet and a torso. An articulated sensor head includes stereo cameras and a laser range finder. Atlas is powered from an off-board, electric power supply via a flexible tether.”
BD is an offshoot of the Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT) that collaborates with the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). They are responsible for robots such as:
Atlas will be allocated for civilian use in trials to prefect its software and response to human interaction.
As part of the DARPA Virtual Robotics Challenge (VRC), DARPA was able to use civilian innovation with the promise of a $2 million reward for the design of robotic systems that could be used during a disaster.
The VRC endeavors to build disaster robots with 26 universities provided robotic teams that will produce technology for DARPA.
One of the teams comes from:
• NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
• Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
• University of Kansas
• Carnegie Mellon University
• Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• TRAC Labs
• University of Washington
• TORC Robotics
• Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Laboratories
The simulated ATLAS robot will be used by those teams of researchers to complete tasks during simulated disaster situations that would be hazardous for humans to enter to rescue victims.
To make the situational environment realistic, DARPA will limited communications and vision between the remotely controlled robot and the teams to reflect how responders would have to navigate through real disasters.
The Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF) provided simulator software for the teams.
Brian Gerkey, chief executive officer for OSRF said: “If you come up with a winning solution for [the simulation], then the software that you’ve written for it should, for the most part, transfer to a physical robot in a physical environment and produce qualitatively the same results.”
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Crashes of Convenience: Michael Hastings
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Michael Hastings was that rarest of breeds: a mainstream reporter who wasn’t afraid to rail against the system, kick back against the establishment, and bite the hand that feeds him. On the morning of June 18, 2013, he died in a fiery car crash. But now details are emerging that he was on the verge of breaking an important new story about the CIA, and believed he was being investigated by the FBI. Now even a former counter-terrorism czar is admitting Hastings’ car may have been cyber-hijacked. Join us this week on The Corbett Report as we explore the strange details surrounding the untimely death of Michael Hastings.
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Dr. Kathleen Fisher speaks on DARPA’s High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems (HACMS) program. To learn more, please visit http://go.usa.gov/PsI
Forget Passwords: Take a Pill & Let Your Body Log You In
The Motorola Pill, a.k.a. the authentication vitamin, is a stomach acid-powered pill that emits an 18-bit authentication signal that will log the person into an online service.
Regina Duncan, head of special projects for Motorola Mobility and former head of the (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) DARPA, is part of an initiative to bring electronic tattoos that retain passwords to log-in users and the authentication vitamin.
Duncan revealed at the All Things D conference that: “We are thinking of a variety of options for how you could do better at authentication. You can start with near term things like tokens or fobs, but you can also think of a means of authentication that you could wear on your skin for a week at a time. We are talking about an electronic tattoo.”
The electronic tattoo has “sensors and an antenna that can recognize your devices, after which it sends out an authenticating signal.”
Duncan laughed at the idea of teenagers defying their parents by wearing an electronic tattoo. She said: “Teenagers might not want to wear a watch, but you can be sure they’ll wear a tattoo just to piss off their parents.”
Duncan explained: “There are a lot of problems in wearables,” Dugan said, “Electronics are boxy and rigid, humans are curvy and soft. That’s a mechanical mismatch problem. The strategy these companies use for radical innovation is decades out of date. We need to update it. We learned to do it at DARPA and we’re going to bring it to mobile, and it will have cascading effect on industry.”
MC10 is working with Motorola to perfect the electronic tattoos. In essence, the pill turns the user’s entire body into a password.
Duncan explained how the authentication pill is actually a tiny computer ship. She said: “It also has what amounts to an inside-out potato battery. The acids in your stomach serve as an electrolyte and power it up.”
PDH developed a silicon chip as big as a grain of sand. The human body gives it power by interacting with the digestive juices to produce voltage with copper and magnesium inside the pill.
This emits a signal to a smartphone which will alert the physician that the patient has taken their medication.
The pill has been used in conjunction with treatments for tuberculosis, mental health, heart failure, hypertension, and diabetes.
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The ARGUS array is made up of several cameras and other types of imaging systems. The output of the imaging system is used to create extremely large, 1.8GP high-resolution mosaic images and video.
The U.S. Army, along with
Boeing, has developed and is preparing to deploy a new unmanned aircraft
called the “Hummingbird.” It’s is a VTOL-UAS (vertical take-off and
landing unmanned aerial system). Three of them are being deployed to
Afghanistan for a full year to survey and spy on Afghanistan from an
altitude of 20,000 feet with the ability to scan 25 square miles of
And we are allowed to know about ARGUS, what else is out there?
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Gary Franchi interviews James Corbett connecting from Japan on Next News Network on various topics including the future of 3D printing, intellectual property, free speech, upcoming government regulations, local drone surveillance and much more.
Last month, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) unveiled Vetting Commodity IT Software and Firmware (VET) program. This endeavor is designed to indicate “backdoors and other hidden malicious functionality in commercial information devices, like cell phones, routers and other networked consumer devices.”
According to DARPA reports, their agency and the Department of Defense (DoD) are concerned about the reliance upon digital technology that encompasses military, governments and citizens worldwide.
As of now the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is able to spy on Americans through commercial devices that reside in nearly every household.
In December of 2011, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced plans to transition unused over-the-air wireless bands into Super Wi-Fi. This super Wi-Fi will use low frequencies (from 470 to 698 megahertz) that have longer wavelengths and travel father; and even penetrate walls.
Because of the risks involved in rescue aid workers and human response teams, DARPA awarded Boston Dynamics, Inc. a $10.9 million contract to manufacture humanoid robots that are bi-pedal, built like humans and have a sensor head with on-board computing capabilities. Completion of the project is expected for August of 2014.
These robots are being created to assist in excavation and rescue missions, according to DARPA . They could also be employed to evacuation operations during either man-made or natural disasters.
Kent Massey, director of advanced programs for HDT Robotics , who attended the DARPA meeting in which the purpose of the allocation of humanoid robotic technology was explained, said: “The goal of this Grand Challenge is to create a humanoid robot that can operate in an environment built for people and use tools made for people. The specific challenge is built around an industrial disaster response.”
Another of DARPA’s interests into robotics is the Avatar for the allocation of bi-pedal robots and essential super-soldiers and has devoted $7 million of its $2.8 billion 2012 budget to developing “interfaces and algorithms to enable a soldier to effectively partner with a semi-autonomous bi-pedal machine and allow it to act as the soldier’s surrogate.”