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Chris Urmson, director of Google's self driving car program, reports that after 1.7 million miles (over a million driven by the car itself), there were 11 accidents, all minor, no injuries.  And not one was Google's fault.  The problem is that human driver are pretty crappy (my reading of what he says between the lines here).  He illustrates the post with amusing graphics that show that Mountain View drivers must have Boston DNA.  HIs big message is that the sooner we drive by wire, the better.  I was happy to let him present this data on Backchannel.

 https://medium.com/backchannel/the-view-from-the-front-seat-of-the-google-self-driving-car-46fc9f3e6088
After 1.7 million miles we’ve learned a lot — not just about our system but how humans drive, too.
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Summary of autonomous cars

This is pretty good intro to autonomous car technology.
Driving a car is easy. Engine on, eyes open, foot on the gas and you’re all set. So why is it taking autonomous cars so long to learn?
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Sorry for my klugscheissing you - I'm such a car freak (and I've worked so long for car parts manufactures) - it would hurt me more to shut it than to blurt out what I think ;)
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Google+ Collections

This is a very exciting development that I've been hoping for since very early in G+. I follow a lot of people that post interesting things mixed in with things I don't care about. Hopefully, they will take advantage of this and I will be able to clean up my stream.

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Introducing Google+ Collections, a new way to group your posts by topic

Our happiest Google+ users are those who connect with others around shared interests and passions. So we set out to give people a place to express the things they love. Today, we’re announcing Google+ Collections, a new way to group your posts by topic.

Every collection is a focused set of posts on a particular topic, providing an easy way for you to organize all the things you’re into. Each collection can be shared publicly, privately, or with a custom set of people. Once you create your first collection, your profile will display a new tab where other people can find and follow your collections.

Posts in collections you follow will appear in your Home stream, with a link to easily jump right into the collection so you can get to similar content from that author. Collections give you a great way to find more of the stuff you love from the people you follow.

Collections is available on Android and the web, and iOS is coming later. For Android users, make sure to update your Google+ app to get access to Collections.

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Stop by Booth 620 next week (April 21-23) at the SAE World Congress in Cobo Center, Detroit to see Quanergy's latest 3D sensing and perception technology
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Bosch highly automated car

Some people think that Tesla, Google, and even Apple will make us into passengers in just a few years. I think this concept from Bosch is much more likely. Current systems expect you to keep your hands on the wheel at all times. When this is no longer a constraint, the interface between the driver and vehicle particularly when switching modes will be critical. Bosch has imagined a pretty interesting version of how that might work.
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+bebomac5 Tesla's autopilot seems to be similar in concept to Bosch's but Tesla hasn't addressed how the system will manage the hand-off. This is actually a very important user interface detail that Bosch seems to have put some thought into. We will soon see if Tesla delivers and what the interface is.
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Google patents "Ash" from Black Mirror

In the Black Mirror episode "Be Right Back," there is a service that lets you reproduce your loved ones based on their social media profiles. It is a really interesting show and a bit disturbing. It is available on +Netflix and you should watch it.

Now, +Google has patented the idea of customizable robot personalities like this. Here is a Newsweek article about it: http://goo.gl/snwjmP 
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Well that's a stretch.  You could also claim this is a patent for Marvin the depressed robot from Hitchhiker's guide.  The technologies required to mimic a specific person is a long shot from simply picking from a set of personalities.
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Autonomous cars have 0% injury rate!

People are sensationalizing this article and talking about how high the incident rate is compared to human drivers. So, I thought I'd sensationalize another part of the article that there have been 0 injuries reported.
Four of the nearly 50 self-driving cars now rolling around California have gotten into accidents since September, when the state began issuing permits for companies to test them on public roads.
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Thank you +Mark Jones​. That is exactly the point. The statistical significance of my statement is exactly the same as that of the statements people have made that the accident rate is very high.
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First road legal freight truck

It will be interesting to see where this goes, particularly with the additional information coming up in the next few hours. The idea of automating the truck but keeping an operator is a brilliant way to painlessly introduce the technology. Not only can you get away with less mature capability but you don't make the trucking unions as mad. Also, in theory, driver restrictions can be circumvented so you get more on the road time from your truck.
The Freightliner “Inspiration Truck” will be the first autonomous commercial truck to drive on American roads. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Daimler Chairman Wolfgang Bernhard just bolted on its Autonomous Vehicle license plate to prove it’s the real deal, and it’s already been spotted in action.
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JSC MRV

This cool vehicle was developed with the automotive industry to see how some of the JSC robotics work could transition into the real world.
 
One of the cool rovers we have built in partnership with the automotive industry
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Where does oxygen mask oxygen come from?

This is a brief, interesting, read about the chemicals that produce the oxygen supplied for oxygen masks. How? They are burned.
You're on a plane. The oxygen masks have dropped. While you're screaming and crying, does it occur to you to wonder where that oxygen comes from? It's not a scuba tank. Here's how weed killer, fireworks, and candy destroyers keep you alive.
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3D scans of artifacts

The quality of these 3D images is truly amazing. I don't see a way to download them which is disappointing but it is still cool to just look at them.

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Today, we're glad to announce the launch of the new 3D feature on the Google Cultural Institute website: http://goo.gl/1p93XR

You can now admire hundreds of multi-dimensional objects from our six pilot partners' collections, from the extensive set of animal skulls of the +California Academy of Sciences (http://goo.gl/xQyk3F) to the Oldest Mask in the world at +The Israel Museum, Jerusalem(http://goo.gl/HtGFhy). #3D #artstech
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Google and J&J making a surgical robot

This is really interesting for a variety of reasons. We don't see Google announce these kinds of things in advance very often and this isn't exactly a moonshot unless their is something unique. It's hard to imagine it being a lot different from a DaVinci robot though.
Johnson & Johnson today announced that Ethicon, a medical device company in the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, has executed a definitive agreement to enter into a strategic collaboration with Google, Inc., working with the Life Sciences team on advancing surgical robotics to benefit surgeons, patients and health care systems.
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    BS Mechanical Engineering, 1997 - 2001
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Roboticist and Computer Vision Engineer
Introduction
I'm a robotics engineer and a computer vision expert, an early adopter, and a technophile. These are the things I will post about most but I'll occasionally throw in some space stuff and other randomness.

I have two mechanical engineering degrees but I spend 95% of my time developing algorithms and software focusing on computer vision and robotics. I am also very interested in artificial intelligence but I'm still waiting for an opportunity to really delve into that field.
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I taught Robonaut how to move and took 3D pictures of the Space Shuttle in orbit.
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Computer Vision Engineer
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  • Quanergy
    Computer Vision Engineer, 2014 - present
  • Aerodyne Industries
    Robotics Engineer, 2012 - 2014
  • Neptec USA
    R&D Engineer, 2004 - 2012
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