Apple Scientists Disclose Self-Driving Car Research

Research by Apple computer scientists on how self-driving cars can better spot cyclists and pedestrians while using fewer sensors has been posted online, in what appears to be the company’s first publicly disclosed paper on autonomous vehicles. The paper by Yin Zhou and Oncel Tuzel, submitted on Nov. 17 to independent online journal arXiv, is significant because Apple’s famed corporate secrecy around future products has been seen as a drawback among artificial intelligence and machine learning researchers. The scientists proposed a new software approach called “VoxelNet” for helping computers detect three-dimensional objects. Apple declined to…

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Turkey explosion: Car bomb kills child in Sanliurfa province

A child was killed and at least 15 people injured in a large car bomb blast in a town in southern Turkey, a regional governor says. The explosion targeted a building housing judges and prosecutors in Viransehir, in Sanliurfa province, which borders Syria. Provincial governor Gungor Azim Tuna told the state news agency Anadolu that a child aged three had been killed. Turkish cities and towns have been hit by several attacks in the past year. In May last year, police in Viransehir, a mainly Kurdish and Arab town, shot…

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Smart remote to self-balancing car: Meet the game changing gadgets at CES 2017

I started this column as part II of a report on CES 2017 with some good stuff, a few of the junky products and closing it with some of the weird. Halfway through, I realised that the list of truly innovative stuff was long and very meritorious. Thus, I’m dedicating this column to all the game-changing technology and products of CES 2017. Some of these will change the world this year. Sevenhugs Smart Remote Sevenhugs Smart Remote Remotes are a mixed blessing. A universal remote was supposedly the solution, but…

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State safety laws key to saving kids’ lives in car crashes

Traffic crash death rates for American children vary widely among states, and safety regulations are a major reason why, a new study suggests. Researchers examined 2010-14 federal government data and found that crash deaths among children are 12 times more common in some states than others. For example, rates ranged from a high of 3.2 deaths per 100,000 in Mississippi to a low of 0.25 deaths per 100,000 in Massachusetts, reported a team led by Dr. Lindsey Wolf. She’s a research fellow at the Center for Surgery and Public Health…

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