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After Google now Uber has joined race for driverless cars launching test drives in Pittsburg

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PITTSBURG, Sept 15, 2016:  Beating all competition in the silicon valley Uber did a test ride of its driverless cars in Pittsburg.Competitors such as Volvo and Google have invested hundreds of millions of dollars and logged millions of miles test driving autonomous vehicles, but Uber is the first company in the U.S. to make self-driving cars available to the general public.

Starting Wednesday morning, a fleet of self-driving Ford Fusions will pick up Uber riders who opted to participate in a test program. While the vehicles are loaded with features that allow them to navigate on their own, an Uber engineer will sit in the driver’s seat and seize control if things go awry.

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That pilot really pushes the ball forward for us,” said Raffi Krikorian, Director of Uber Advanced Technologies Center (ATC) in Pittsburgh, the company’s main facility for testing self-driving vehicles. “We think it can help with congestion, we think it can make transportation cheaper and more accessible for the vast majority of people.”

A reporter from The Associated Press tried out the service Monday. The ride through downtown Pittsburgh and over some bridges went smoothly, with the car waiting for oncoming traffic before making a turn and at one point stopping for a vehicle that was backing into a parking space. Parking, however, was a task the human driver had to perform.

This real-time map is constantly being matched against a map that’s been pre-loaded into the car’s brain. Uber collects the new, real-time data from its cars twice a day, and it pushes updated maps to its cars once a week.

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What allowed Uber to get to the front of the pack was not auto engineering but rather its ability to accumulate and crunch massive amounts of data on road and driving conditions collected from the billions of miles driven by Uber drivers.”We have one of the strongest self-driving engineering groups in the world, as well as the experience that comes from running a ride-sharing and delivery network in hundreds of cities,” said Uber founder and chief executive Travis Kalanick.

But even if Uber manages to get the driverless cars on the road and running, there’s still a matter of legislation issues as even if a car is fully functional and equipped it still requires a driver with a legitimate license behind the wheel according to the current laws which of course might undermine the whole point of making mechanised cars.

But bigger changes in laws have been done and nobody can undermine the huge technological advancement that is represented by these driverless cars.

– prepared by Anubhuti Gupta of NewsGram

 

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  • Enakshi

    Technology is making its way to the top.
    Amazing news but will it be successful? will people be fine with a car that is fully automatic and does not have a driver?

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Google Releases ‘Go Edition’ of Android 9 Pie

Google launched Android 9 Pie earlier in August that uses AI to predict how users would like to experience their devices.

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Google has rolled out a “Go Edition” of its recently launched Artificial Intelligence (AI)-packed Android 9 Pie with additional storage, faster boot time, better security and more to bring improvements to entry-level phones.

The “Go edition” brings a fully redesigned set of Google apps, which are specifically built to serve the needs of first-time smartphone owners.

“Along with an additional 500MB storage, Android 9 Pie (Go Edition) also comes with features like verified boot and an accessible dashboard for tracking and monitoring data consumption,” Sagar Kamdar, Director of Product Management, Android wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.

“We welcomed our first wave of Android (Go edition) phones this April, and now there are more than 200 devices available in 120+ countries including India, South Africa, U.S., Nigeria and Brazil,” Kamdar added.

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Android Pie is now available on Google’s Pixel phones and the Essential Phone followed by Motorola, which plans to ship Pie to many of its flagships this fall.

“A core part of these apps include unique features, like free downloading in YouTube Go, that aren’t found in the classic app,” Kamdar added.

Google launched Android 9 Pie earlier in August that uses AI to predict how users would like to experience their devices while offering a smoother navigation system and features like “Adaptive Battery” which learns the apps users use most and prioritises battery for them.

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Devices that participated in the P Beta programme — Sony Mobile, Xiaomi, HMD Global, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus and all other qualifying Android One devices — would receive this update by the end of this year. (IANS)