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New Chip Could Simplify V2X Development

September 12, 2017

NXP Semiconductors N.V. today is rolling out a single-chip, global platform solution for so-called “V2X” communication, which promotes highway safety by allowing vehicles to talk each other and to roadside infrastructure.

AI and Robotics Companies Ask UN to Ban 'Killer Robots'

September 11, 2017

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Google Deepmind Founder Mustafa Suleyman, and Universal Robotics Founder Esben Østergaard are among the 116 robotics and artificial intelligence founders and experts who signed a recent open letter to the UN asking for a ban on lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS), more colloquially known as, “killer robots.”

The letter reads in part:

Are Mirrorless Cars Inevitable?

September 11, 2017

If you’re like most drivers, you probably glance at your mirrors every few seconds. In the next decade, however, that may change.

Increasingly, concept cars are popping up without mirrors. At next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show, for example, Kia is expected to roll out a sleek station wagon with no side mirrors. Similarly, Tesla earlier this year provided a glimpse of its Model Y crossover concept, which featured no rear-view mirrors. And BMW unveiled a mirrorless design on an i8 concept car in 2016.


Making Collaborative Robots You Can Talk To

September 8, 2017

Thanks to everyday artificial intelligence like Alexa, Siri, and Google Home, users have come to expect to use simple sentences and queries to communicate with their devices. But while you can give your smart home device a simple statement to find out about weather, movie times, or other benign things, that same ease of communication hasn't translated into the industrial space, where more and more collaborative robots (cobots) are working alongside humans.

Arm TechCon Innovation Awards Nominations Now Open

September 8, 2017

Nominations are now being accepted for the Arm TechCon 2017 Innovation Awards. These awards are open to all exhibitors at ARM TechCon 2017 (October 24-26, 2017, in the Santa Clara Convention Center). The Innovation Awards honor that intoxicating moment when illumination kindles the long, painstaking work of R&D, and innovation is born. 

7 Tips for Getting Started with Application Tracing

September 7, 2017

Early in my career it always bothered me that I couldn’t see how my program was executing. I would write some software, cross my fingers, and assume the application worked because the LED seemed to be blinking with the correct timing. In reality, once the run button was pressed, who knows if the application executed along the paths the way I thought they should. Verifying the application ran correctly required extraordinary effort.