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Google Reorganizes with New Parent Company — Alphabet

August 11, 2015By
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Google is reorganizing under a new name, Alphabet, separating its moneymaking businesses from its cutting-edge ventures such as the self-driving car and drone delivery service. The move is being made because Google’s penchant for experimentation made traditional investors nervous, according to the New  York Times. Alphabet would be the parent entity, housing several companies, with Google the biggest among them. Alphabet Inc. will replace... read more

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Autonomous Vehicles Face Privacy, Security and Liability Issues

June 24, 2015By

Plus: Resurgence in indoor location-based marketing, ITS America annual meeting report
Autonomous vehicle technology has made industry-smart people pause and think what the consequences will be if cars and other platforms drive themselves. Will there be a huge increase in traffic when everyone decides to call their cars to grab a loaf of bread at a store? Many of these topics were discussed at the ITS America annual meeting held in Pittsburgh May 31-June 3. In other location news, there seems to be a resurgence in location-based marketing and indoor positioning conferences, leading one to believe that large retailers are finally taking notice. read more

Will China Win the Automated Vehicle Race?

June 24, 2015By

By Janice Partyka The race for the automated vehicle is on. This time, it’s not about whether automotive OEMs or tech will own the vehicle. It’s a battle between Baidu, China’s web giant, and Google, and it isn’t clear who will win. Baidu has announced it will launch an unmanned car in the second half of this year. Despite speculation... read more

On the Road to Driverless

June 1, 2015By
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Differential GNSS+INS for Land Vehicle Autonomous Navigation Qualification
Land-vehicle autonomous navigation requires centimeter-level accuracy to hit the open road. One demonstrated absolute accuracy and mobility solution extends the potential test area and minimizes cost for multi-environment validation. read more

Google Patent Seeks to Link Robots via Smartphones

April 16, 2015By
The Google patent shows an example system in which robotic devices interact with the cloud and share information with other cloud computing devices.

In a patent awarded April 14, Google describes “systems and methods for allocating tasks to a plurality of robotic devices,” reports Nextgov.com. Google’s patent (Patent #9,008,839) outlines methods for connecting a series of robots over the cloud to complete tasks. A robotic device configured to perform a task could make use of a GPS receiver to determine its location. It might also use other sensors, such as a... read more

Autonomous Cars Take to Britain’s Streets

February 23, 2015By

Driverless cars are now traveling Britain’s public roads, according to a report in the Providence Journal. Four prototype self-driving cars took to the country’s highways, launching Britain’s first public trials. Still, with regulatory and legal hurdles, officials said fully driverless cars are unlikely to be used on British roads until 2030. Four types of autonomous vehicles are being tested, including a shuttle that... read more

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Apple, Sony May Develop Self-Driving Cars

February 17, 2015By

Apple is working on its own autonomous car, according to Reuters. An auto industry source told Reuters that the tech giant is gathering information and parts to make a prototype for the autonomous electric vehicle — the entire car, not just automotive software or components. “They don’t appear to want a lot of help from carmakers,” said the unnamed source. Apple is gathering... read more

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ISRO to Launch Google’s Skybox Satellite This Year

February 12, 2015By

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will launch Google’s Skybox Imaging satellite by the end of this year, according to The Asian Age. ISRO will launch its first U.S. satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, according to the news brief. Google acquired Skybox Imaging in August of 2014 to develop advanced GPS mapping using its own network of satellites, according to... read more