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2018
11 Jul

"Blind" Cheetah 3 robot can climb stairs littered with obstacles

MIT's Cheetah 3 robot can now leap and gallop across rough terrain, climb a staircase littered with debris, and quickly recover its balance when suddenly yanked or shoved, all while essentially blind.
26 Jun

Fiber lasers: A versatile technology

Fiber lasers: A versatile technology for lightweighting, battery manufacturing and LiDAR in the automotive industry. Recent advances in fiber laser welding are highly advantageous for lightweighting and battery manufacturing. Fiber lasers are reliable, compact and energy efficient systems that offer the best beam quality for applications where precision is important.
1 Jun

Making driverless cars change lanes more like human drivers do

In the field of self-driving cars, algorithms for controlling lane changes are an important topic of study. But most existing lane-change algorithms have one of two drawbacks: Either they rely on detailed statistical models of the driving environment, which are difficult to assemble and too complex to analyze on the fly; or they're so simple that they can lead to impractically conservative decisions, such as never changing lanes at all.
11 May

Self-driving cars for country roads

Uber's recent self-driving car fatality underscores the fact that the technology is still not ready for widespread adoption. One reason is that there aren't many places where self-driving cars can actually drive.
6 Mar

Toyota's new $2.8 billion company to develop self-driving software

Toyota will establish a new company in Tokyo in the latter part of this month named "Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development" that will accelerate its efforts in advanced development for automated driving.
2017
8 Sep

Robots learn contextual commands

Despite what you might see in movies, today's robots are still very limited in what they can do. They can be great for many repetitive tasks, but their inability to understand the nuances of human language makes them mostly useless for more complicated requests.
23 May

Blockchain technology for development of new mobility ecosystem

Blockchain and distributed ledger technology for use in the development of a new mobility ecosystem that could accelerate development of autonomous driving technology.
7 Apr

Toyota uses artificial intelligence to hunt for new materials

$35 Million to Accelerate Materials Science Discovery. Projects will apply artificial intelligence and machine learning to speed development of materials for next-generation energy.
2014
14 Jan

'Superlens' extends range of wireless power transfer

Duke University researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of wireless power transfer using low-frequency magnetic fields over distances much larger than the size of the transmitter and receiver.