Boeing Invests in Pittsburgh-based, CMU spin-off Autonomous Tech Near Earth Autonomy

In addition to the undisclosed investment, Boeing said the two companies will also explore products and applications for emerging markets such as urban mobility.

It was the first investment in autonomous technologies by Boeing’s venture capital arm, Boeing HorizonX, since it was established in April of this year, Boeing said.

Near Earth Autonomy, a spin-off from the Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, develops technologies including sensor suites, three dimensional mapping and survey, and collision detection and avoidance that enables aircraft to operate autonomously.

Boeing Invests in Pittsburgh-based, CMU spin-off Autonomous Tech Near Earth Autonomy

In addition to the undisclosed investment, Boeing said the two companies will also explore products and applications for emerging markets such as urban mobility.

It was the first investment in autonomous technologies by Boeing’s venture capital arm, Boeing HorizonX, since it was established in April of this year, Boeing said.

Near Earth Autonomy, a spin-off from the Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, develops technologies including sensor suites, three dimensional mapping and survey, and collision detection and avoidance that enables aircraft to operate autonomously.

"PennDOT Innovations Challenge" Contest For High School Students

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) today invited high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to take part in the first PennDOT Innovations Challenge.

"Every hour, about 15 reportable traffic crashes occur in Pennsylvania and although we have made positive steps towards reducing traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities, a disproportionate number of these crashes involve teenagers," said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. "Through PennDOT's Innovations Challenge, we are inviting high school students to become an active part of the solution in helping develop innovative ways to tackle this real transportation concern."

The PennDOT Innovations Challenge asks students to look at technologies and innovative methods, aside from traditional paid advertising, marketing and social media channels, that can be developed in the next five to 10 years to curb unsafe teen driving practices.

Intel, Mobileye Develop System to Determine Fault in Self-Driving-Car Crashes

“The ability to assign fault is the key,” Mobileye CEO Amnon Shashua said, according to prepared text of his speech. “Just like the best human drivers in the world, self-driving cars cannot avoid accidents due to actions beyond their control. But the most responsible, aware and cautious driver is very unlikely to cause an accident of his or her own fault, particularly if they had 360-degree vision and lightning-fast reaction times like autonomous vehicles will.”

His system involves programming autonomous cars to always follow certain parameters such as calculating the exact safe distance to follow other cars on the highway, based on sensor input of their speed, information on their braking power, and other factors.

“A major positive of agreeing on these definitions of responsibility and fault would be to never put an autonomous vehicle at risk of violating any of these rules,” Galves said. “It creates a safety layer where, no matter what, the vehicle will never issue a command to the brakes or steering that would put it at risk of causing a collision that would be its fault.”


Intel, Mobileye Develop System to Determine Fault in Self-Driving-Car Crashes

“The ability to assign fault is the key,” Mobileye CEO Amnon Shashua said, according to prepared text of his speech. “Just like the best human drivers in the world, self-driving cars cannot avoid accidents due to actions beyond their control. But the most responsible, aware and cautious driver is very unlikely to cause an accident of his or her own fault, particularly if they had 360-degree vision and lightning-fast reaction times like autonomous vehicles will.”

His system involves programming autonomous cars to always follow certain parameters such as calculating the exact safe distance to follow other cars on the highway, based on sensor input of their speed, information on their braking power, and other factors.

“A major positive of agreeing on these definitions of responsibility and fault would be to never put an autonomous vehicle at risk of violating any of these rules,” Galves said. “It creates a safety layer where, no matter what, the vehicle will never issue a command to the brakes or steering that would put it at risk of causing a collision that would be its fault.”


CMU’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team: These Emerging Technologies Bring New Cybersecurity Risks

The CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University once again has updated its list of technologies that might present challenges from an information security and safety perspective.

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS): Future ITSs will provide communications and data between connected and autonomous cars and trucks, road infrastructure, and other types of vehicles. The impact of security compromises is similar to that for individual autonomous or connected vehicles, CERT said, but on a larger scale. A miscommunication in systems, accidental or intentional, could lead to numerous traffic accidents. Privacy is a concern due to the ability to track a vehicle's location in real time.

CMU’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team: These Emerging Technologies Bring New Cybersecurity Risks

The CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University once again has updated its list of technologies that might present challenges from an information security and safety perspective.

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS): Future ITSs will provide communications and data between connected and autonomous cars and trucks, road infrastructure, and other types of vehicles. The impact of security compromises is similar to that for individual autonomous or connected vehicles, CERT said, but on a larger scale. A miscommunication in systems, accidental or intentional, could lead to numerous traffic accidents. Privacy is a concern due to the ability to track a vehicle's location in real time.

Uber Built a Miniature Fake City in Pittsburgh to Test Self-Driving Cars

This 42-acre simulated town has everything...errr most things, a busy city would have. From non-observant pedestrians to containers simulating buildings and terrible drivers whizzing by. ALMONO is on an old steel mill site on the Monongahela River in Hazelwood, Pennsylvania.

This very interactive village is used to test Uber's autonomous Volvo XC90s in near real world conditions without putting anyone in true danger. According to Uber, its vehicle operators (person making sure the vehicle doesn't go off the rails) have to go through three weeks of intensive training which include behind the wheel time at the facility, classroom work, and a series of written tests. Once vehicle programing and Uber Vehicle Operators are certified and ready for the road, they begin accepting fairs in Pittsburgh.

Uber Built a Miniature Fake City in Pittsburgh to Test Self-Driving Cars

This 42-acre simulated town has everything...errr most things, a busy city would have. From non-observant pedestrians to containers simulating buildings and terrible drivers whizzing by. ALMONO is on an old steel mill site on the Monongahela River in Hazelwood, Pennsylvania.

This very interactive village is used to test Uber's autonomous Volvo XC90s in near real world conditions without putting anyone in true danger. According to Uber, its vehicle operators (person making sure the vehicle doesn't go off the rails) have to go through three weeks of intensive training which include behind the wheel time at the facility, classroom work, and a series of written tests. Once vehicle programing and Uber Vehicle Operators are certified and ready for the road, they begin accepting fairs in Pittsburgh.

You Can Now Charge Electric Cars at Shell in the U.K.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc opened its first rapid charging point for electric cars at gasoline stations in the U.K., the latest sign that oil majors are waking up to the disruption plug-in vehicles could have on their industry.

The new Shell Recharge service is available at three sites in London, Surrey and Derby. It will expand to seven other locations in London and Reading by the end of the year, according to an emailed statement.