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Google gives an update on D-Wave 2 quantum computer benchmark status

Google gives an update on D-Wave 2 quantum computer benchmark status

As a tech company, Google has been known to branch out into different areas of interests, from self-driving cars to smart wearable technology and, more recently, to robotics. One thing it has dipped its toe in also quite recently is the field of quantum computing, having jointly purchased a fancy D-Wave 2 supercomputer. Now its A.I. Lab Team is trying to give an update on just how much that $10 million expenditure is worth.

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Nissan self-driving Leaf first to ride on Japanese roads

Nissan self-driving Leaf first to ride on Japanese roads

Nissan is taking its self-driving car to the roads of Japan, securing a street-legal license plate for its autonomous Leaf prototype so that it can begin public testing. The car - which took us for a self-driving spin back in August - uses an amped-up version of Nissan's Safety Shield technology, and is part of the Japanese company's aim to have autonomous vehicles ready for the masses by 2020.

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Tesla to also make self-driving car, ready in three years

Tesla to also make self-driving car, ready in three years

The prolific Elon Musk, founder and CEO of Tesla Motors, has just revealed plans to take the company on a path towards developing and producing autonomous cars, putting it even more at odds not only with rival car makers, but even with technology giant Google, who also has similar plans. Tesla, however, has more reasonable goals, albeit paired with a seemingly tighter schedule.

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Nokia and Mercedes self-driving car project taps HERE research

Nokia and Mercedes self-driving car project taps HERE research

Nokia and Mercedes Benz will work together on self-driving cars, the companies have confirmed, with Nokia's HERE developing metadata-rich navigation and mapping data with extra information for robot drivers. The partnership, which comes alongside deals between Nokia HERE and both Continental Corporation and Magneti Marelli, takes map data and bakes in aspects like how many lanes there are, what direction they go in, what traffic signs are along the route, and the precise location of traffic lights, so that autonomous cars will better understand the roads they are using.

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Google self-driving car brand tipped after Big Auto turn down

Google self-driving car brand tipped after Big Auto turn down

Google is working on its own self-driving, production-ready car and could initially deploy the autonomous vehicles as a "Robo Taxi" service, insiders claims, with the search giant supposedly exploring how it could use its R&D into car-AI itself rather than license it to existing manufacturers. company has been negotiating with contract manufacturers around building an autonomous Google car, former WSJ reporter Amir Efrati claims, after supposedly getting the cold shoulder from established brands.

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Self-driving cars get UK green-light for public roads in 2013

Self-driving cars get UK green-light for public roads in 2013

Self-driving cars will take to public roads in the UK before the end of the year, the UK government has confirmed, though as in the US a human backup driver will be required behind the wheel. Initial trials will see the autonomous cars of researchers such as those at Oxford University venture off the private property they've been tested on so far, and onto quieter rural and suburban roads, a Department for Transport [subscription required] paper outlines, and are part of the UK government's attempt to cut congestion with a total of £28bn ($43bn) in overall investment.

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Google buys Makani Power for X-team eco ambitions

Google buys Makani Power for X-team eco ambitions

Google has acquired an innovative wind power generator company, Makani Power, bringing the team into the same Google X "moonshot" lab responsible for Glass and Google's self-driving cars. Makani Power, which Google had already been partly funding as part of the Google.org "Renewable Energy cheaper than Coal" (RE<C) initiative, puts its generator turbines not on the ground, but on fixed-wing aircraft tethered to the ground but sent up to soar in stronger, more consistent airflow at high-altitude or above deeper water.

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Oxford University tests out their new self-driving car system

Oxford University tests out their new self-driving car system

A team of scientists at Oxford University, led by Professor Paul Newman, has developed a new self-driving car system that that is supposedly much more advanced than the one being developed by Google. The self-driving car system will be able to be implemented into existing cars. The car that the team test drove was a Nissan Leaf electric car, and it was tested on the private roads of Oxford University.


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