Udacity-Didi self-driving car challenge, Collabnet releases TeamForge 17.1, and Bugsnag supports Code Push for React Native—SD Times news digest: March 9, 2017

Self-driving car enthusiasts can join the Udacity-Didi self-driving car challenge, which focuses on a core feature of self-driving cars: the Automated Safety and Awareness Processing Stack (ASAPS). ASAPS identifies stationary and moving objects from a moving car, and it uses data that includes radar objects, camera images and frames, and Velodyne’s point cloud, according to … continue reading

SD Times GitHub Project of the Week: AirSim

Microsoft wants to help developers test their autonomous solutions without having to worry about any real-world damage. The company has open-sourced AirSim, its simulator for autonomous vehicles. AirSim is designed to provide a platform for AI researchers to experiment and test deep learning, computer vision and reinforcement learning algorithms. With AirSim, users can safely test … continue reading

BMW’s new self-driving development center, Firebug merges with developer tools, and Flock launches FlockOS—SD Times news digest: December 21, 2016

BMW is ramping up its self-driving efforts with the development of a new autonomous campus in Unterschleissheim, a town in Germany. “The road to fully-automated driving is an opportunity for Germany’s automobile manufacturing base. The decision to develop and road-test these vehicles in the Munich area illustrates how the BMW Group and the whole region … continue reading

Uber’s self-driving car hits Pittsburgh’s roads

Uber is unveiling its first self-driving car in the Steel City. The company announced a test car developed at its Advanced Technologies Center (ATC) in Pittsburgh will be hitting the roads in the next coming weeks. “If you’re driving around Pittsburgh in the coming weeks, you might see a strange sight: a car that looks … continue reading

Google launches new service, the U.S. tells Google computer system can count as a driver, and Microsoft employees raise $125 million for nonprofits—SD Times news digest: Feb. 10, 2016

Google has quietly launched a service called Google Cloud Functions. It allows developers to set up functions that get triggered in response to certain events. Google claimed that it’s similar to the Lambda service from Amazon Web Services. According to Cloud Functions documents, “Google Cloud Functions is a lightweight, event-based, asynchronous compute solution that allows … continue reading

Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test, Mozilla’s Thimble, and the autonomous car problem—SD Times news digest: Sept. 2, 2015

Google wants to make mobile sites more mobile friendly by removing distracting app install interstitials. According to the company, some interstitials hide a majority of the site’s content, and users get frustrated when they come across them. To address this, Google is updating its Mobile-Friendly Test to indicate which sites should avoid app install interstitials. … continue reading

Autonomous vehicles have reached their peak, according to Gartner

There has been a lot of talk around autonomous vehicles lately, with Google testing its self-driving cars and Apple reportedly building its own, but that talk is about to die down. According to Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies report for 2015, autonomous vehicles have reached the peak of inflated expectations and are expected to … continue reading

Report: Apple is building a self-driving car

Apple is the latest company to jump on the self-driving bandwagon. Rumors have been circulating about Apple’s self-driving electric car, codenamed Project Titan, but according to documents obtained by The Guardian, the company is a lot further along in its development than expected. There still aren’t any specific details about Project Titan, but The Guardian … continue reading

Mcity opens for autonomous vehicles, Google’s Application Defect Credentials feature, and Visual F# 4.0 hits RTM—SD Times news digest: July 21, 2015

The University of Michigan is joining the autonomous car movement. The university has opened Mcity, a controlled environment designed to test connected and driverless cars. “We believe that this transformation to connected and automated mobility will be a game-changer for safety, for efficiency, for energy and for accessibility,” said Peter Sweatman, director of the University … continue reading

Ford’s new research center, new job opportunities at Oracle, and Internet Society’s approach to cyber security policy—SD Times news digest: Jan. 23, 2015

Ford is opening up a new Silicon Valley research center in order to advance development in mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and Big Data. “This new research center shows Ford’s commitment to be part of the Silicon Valley innovation ecosystem—anticipating customers’ wants and needs, especially on connectivity, mobility and autonomous vehicles,” said Mark Fields, president … continue reading

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