CA DMV Endorses Waymo, Autonomous Cruise Ship Taxi Services • The Register



In short Self-driving car startups Cruise and Waymo are set to launch commercial fleets of autonomous taxis in California after the U.S. Department of Motor Vehicles granted them the two relevant permits.

Cruise has been licensed to operate “light” self-driving taxis on San Francisco roads between 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM PT. They can only drive at a maximum speed of 30 miles per hour and when the rain and fog are not too strong.

Waymo can also drive its fleet of autonomous taxis to San Francisco and San Mateo; its cars are allowed to go faster, up to 65 miles per hour, which means they can travel on freeways. Again, they can only run up to light rain and light fog, and no run time has been specified.

Vehicles must be able to operate with range level 3 or higher. The two upstarts still need to be approved by the California Public Utilities Commission before they can deploy their autonomous taxi services, according to at the DMV.

Can Apple iPhone Detect Depression?

Apple and academics at the University of California at Los Angeles are working on algorithms capable of detection if 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, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Southern California and technical director of Immersion, a provider of neuroscience technologies , Recount TechTarget.

Even though AI algorithms can detect whether we’re happy or sad, it’s hard to link that with mental health diagnoses. “We don’t know how many meanings [emotion] a to help us 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 are working to enroll people to test their software. About 150 human guinea pigs participated in the study in 2020 and the number is expected to reach around 3,000 people by the end of 2023.

Facial recognition and cloud-managed computing systems to arrive at 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 IoT devices that power all kinds of capabilities like facial recognition to recognize drivers or the automatic closing of sunroofs when it rains, according to at 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 high-end 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, as the car as a service provides a way for automakers to continue to extract money from their customers. ®



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