At CES 2018, Nvidia Launches Xavier, an Effort to Meld Autonomous Driving and AI

ZDNet – January 8, 2018

Touted by Nvidia as the “world’s most powerful SoC (system on a chip),” Xavier was built to process Level 5 autonomous driving data from a vehicle’s radar, cameras, Lidar and ultrasonic systems with more energy efficiency and a smaller form factor than anything else on the market.

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Toyota Unveiled a Crazy-Looking Self-Driving Vehicle That Could Haul Freight or Deliver Pizza on the Sidewalk

Business Insider – January 8, 2018

Toyota revealed a self-driving concept vehicle, the e-Palette, at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Monday. The vehicle will come in three sizes and is designed to be used for a variety of purposes, including freight and package delivery, ride-sharing, and mobile offices and storefronts.

LimeBike Rolling Out Electric Bicycles in Seattle, San Francisco and Several Other Cities

GeekWire – January 8, 2018

The hilly streets of Seattle and San Francisco are often intimidating to would-be cyclists. LimeBike hopes to help them get over the hump with new additions to its fleet. Today, the dockless bike sharing company announced it will roll out electric-assist bicycles in Seattle, several California cities, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Miami, Fla. LimeBike announced the program, called Lime-E, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

5 Questions For Autonomous Car Pioneer Chris Urmson

Star Tribune – January 5, 2018

After leaving a leadership post at Google’s autonomous car unit, Chris Urmson and two other self-driving vehicle pioneers are back in the race with a new company that will rival their former employers. Aurora Innovation on Thursday announced that it had signed partnerships with Hyundai and Volkswagen to help the automakers develop autonomous vehicles, a major step in the tightening competition.

Lyft Trips in San Francisco More Efficient Than Personal Cars, Study Finds

San Francisco Chronicle – January 5, 2018

Because they carry multiple passengers, ride-hailed cars contribute fewer miles per person to traffic than personal cars making equivalent trips, according to an independent report released Thursday by the Rocky Mountain Institute. That’s true even after accounting for the miles that ride-hailed drivers spend waiting for fares and going to pick up passengers, it said.

Brain Drain: Uber, Google & Facebook engineers create crypto housing rental startup

The Huffington Post – January 3, 2018

For outsiders, it’s easy to forget that blockchain is so much more than just Bitcoin or cryptocurrencies. We are only at the tip of the iceberg for the explosion of real-world uses to come from this technology. Something core to the spirit of blockchain tech is the ability to oust trusted third parties to run our services — services like banks to hold our money or sharing economy services like Uber and Airbnb that connect users together for an exchange.