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One company’s new product, an in-car camera that identifies and monitors your every emotion, has some interesting goals for future product iterations: not only is a future iteration aimed at identifying when someone drunk gets into a car, but as cars go autonomous, this product’s creators plan to have it identify your age, race, and gender—as well as predict what your relationship is with others in the car. Eventually, they believe this tech will connect with other smart devices to collectively identify your ideal user experience, personalizing music, adjusting car temperature and lighting, and changing car TV content.

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You no longer have to wait to hear from your airline to get an idea about your flight delay. Google has added delay info to it’s Flights feature. This tool suggests when your flight may be late—and it’s only included when the algorithm has an 80 percent or higher confidence score.

But Google also warns you not to misuse this new predictive tool. It’s not a guarantee your plane will be late, so show up on time for your departure. This’ll just help you adjust your expectations.

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Researchers have been training autonomous drones to avoid hitting things while on the roads, and they’ve seen initial success (see video below). But the major success comes from the fact that this research team successfully trained drones to do this while using very little processing power. That’s impressive. This is a great breakthrough because it usually takes a lot of computing power for autonomous drones to navigate. Also, one thing it could do in the future is enable nano drones to autonomously function in urban settings as well.

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The Volocopter X2 is a massive drone that will autonomously fly you around one day, or so the CEO of Intel Corporation, Brian Krzanich, thinks (watch video below). This impressive AI application has even been approved for use in Germany. How will it work? You’ll use your app to call your copter ride, it’ll meet you at your local copter pad, and it’ll drop you off at your destination—all without you needing to know how to fly (and, also, you get to start your day with a beautiful view from the sky!).


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AI added a signature touch to Mercedes-Benz—NLP. You can talk to your car like you would another human: ask it if you can wear sandals tomorrow, and it knows you’re asking about the weather. The system also offers you suggestions through its interface, predicting what you may want to do next based on your user history. Call your spouse? Search for a restaurant? All made easier with this new system.
Note: The video below has background noise because it’s straight from the show floor. If you think that’ll bother you, you may want to skip it.

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If you are worried about getting to your destination safely, you shouldn’t have much concern. If you are trying to get there quickly, you could have a frustrating experience.

Chevy notes that they are optimizing for safety above all else, and rightfully so. In a test drive of the autonomous Chevy Bolt, it never went above 30, sat patiently behind a garbage truck until it was absolutely sure it could pass, and took a roundabout in the most agonizingly slow way it could.

But, it was safe.


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No steering wheel. Seats that face each other. The ability to hail the computerized chauffeur from an app. These are the goals of Zoox, one of the 50 companies that are allowed by permit to test autonomous cars in the state of California. And unlike many of its competitors, it is testing and optimizing for dense city driving.

Apparently, it does will letting pedestrians go first, and also at navigating tricky spots like four-way intersections.

But production-ready cars are still in the (near?) future. Read about Bloomberg’s sneak peek here.

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