Taxi services

CA DMV approves Waymo, self-driving taxi services Cruise • The Register

In short Self-driving car startups Cruise and Waymo are set to launch self-driving commercial taxi fleets in California after the US State Department of Motor Vehicles granted them the two relevant permits.

Cruise has received approval to operate “lightweight” self-driving taxis on San Francisco roads between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. PT. They can only be driven at a maximum speed of 30 miles per hour and when the rain and fog are not too heavy.

Waymo can also drive its fleet of self-driving taxis in San Francisco and San Mateo; its cars are allowed to go faster, up to 65 miles per hour, which means they can run on freeways. Again, they can only operate in light rain and light fog, and no hours of operation have been specified.

Vehicles must be capable of operating with Level 3 autonomy or better. According to the DMV, the two newcomers still need to be approved by the California Public Utilities Commission before they can roll out their self-driving taxi services.

Can the Apple iPhone detect depression?

Apple and academics at the University of California, Los Angeles are working on algorithms that can detect whether an iPhone user is suffering from depression or anxiety. However, experts are not convinced that the technology works.

It’s hard for software to understand and classify something as complex as human emotions, Jorge Barraza, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Southern California and technical director of Immersion, a vendor, told TechTarget. technologies in neuroscience.

Even though AI algorithms can detect whether we’re happy or sad, it’s hard to make the connection with mental health diagnoses. “We don’t know how many senses [emotion] a to enable us to understand what people’s psychological experiences are. Different types of expressions or emotions can have different meanings, whether in a social context or not,” he said.

Undeterred, Apple and UCLA continue to recruit people to test its software. About 150 human guinea pigs participated in the study in 2020, and the number is expected to reach about 3,000 people by the end of 2023.

Facial recognition and cloud computing systems coming to GM next year

General Motors cars will operate and run AI applications from a Linux-based software platform known as Ultifi by 2023, the company said.

Ultifi will act as a central hub controlling Internet of Things devices that power all sorts of capabilities like facial recognition to recognize drivers or automatically closing sunroofs when it rains, according to The Verge.

Scott Miller, vice president of software-defined vehicles, said the company was undergoing a “transformation…from an automaker to a platform innovator.” Ultifi will be connected to the cloud; all updates will be broadcast over the air. Companies will be allowed to develop third-party applications on Ultifi.

Automakers like General Motors will charge customers a subscription fee for using premium features in Ultifi. Buying a car will no longer be a one-time purchase; it will be an expense that users will have to bear because car-as-a-service offers automakers a way to continue extracting money from its customers. ®