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GeoWrap: European cities soon to be ready for autonomous vehicles; Airbus Aerial to bring aerial services expertise to US Department of Transportation programs and more

European cities soon to be ready for autonomous vehicles

Switzerland: Autonomous vehicles promise to be the next revolution in public transport. They should find their first users in suburban areas, which are less well served by traditional transportation networks. But for these new services to develop, we must first identify the needs and motivations of their future users and be able to respond to them, meet many of the technological and regulatory challenges, and design new business models. This is the aim of the 4 year AVENUE project consortium…(Read More)

Airbus Aerial to bring aerial services expertise to US Department of Transportation programs in Virginia, North Dakota

US: Airbus Aerial has been selected to provide its domain expertise in unmanned aircraft systems as part of a team of private-sector firms supporting the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP). The IPP is a three-year U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) program implemented through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), aimed at developing a regulatory framework for expanded drone operations nationwide. Across the U.S., only ten teams were selected…(Read More)


European GNSS Agency opens submissions for 2018 CLGE Young Surveyors Prize

France: The Council of European Geodetic Surveyors (CLGE), in partnership with the European GNSS Agency (GSA), has launched the seventh edition of its Young Surveyors Prize. The 2018 edition of the competition is open for submissions and, as in previous years, the GSA is sponsoring a special prize for ideas leveraging Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus. For the seventh consecutive year, the Young Surveyor’s Prize is inviting students of topography, GIS, geodesy, mapping and related studies…(Read More)

SRI International selected by DARPA to develop AI system that continually learns

US: SRI International has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a next-generation artificial intelligence (AI) system able to learn continuously and apply that learning to become better and more reliable at performing new tasks. The contract will be supported under DARPA’s Lifelong Learning Machines (L2M) Program. While AI systems have become core to many commercial and government applications, they are not able to handle new scenarios…(Read More)

Workhorse Horsefly autonomous drone package delivery pilot underway in Cincinnati

US: Workhorse Group, an American technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the commercial electric transportation sector, today announced that the HorseFly truck-launched Autonomous Drone Package Delivery System is now making real-life package deliveries to homes in the Cincinnati area in a pilot program with the City of Loveland and the FAA. Consumers in select Cincinnati zip codes opted-in to accept packages from Horsefly via the Workhorse Ares…(Read More)

Telenav Open Sources Its AI map-making technology to improve OpenStreetMap and announces $10,000-Prize contest

US: Telenav, a leading provider of connected-car and location-based platform services, announced the world’s first open-source machine-learning technology designed to detect navigation features in street-level imagery. Telenav’s AI-based, the map-making technology automatically detects navigation features using street-level imagery, which can reduce the effort required to create and enhance map data by as much as 10x. Telenav has crowdsourced more than 130-million street images…(Read More)

US senators ask FTC to investigate Google’s Location imbroglio

US senators have asked the nation’s Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to take another look at Google’s location harvesting. Democrat Senators Richard Blumenthal and Edward Markey fired off their request-that-can’t-be-ignored (PDF) late last week, asking the FTC to “open an investigation into the potential deceptive acts and practices used by Google to track and commoditize American consumers”. The core of the issue is whether people who say “yes” to the location history feature in Android realize…(Read More)

UAV Symposium to be held on May 30-31 at University of Wyoming

US: Recent developments in drone usage, along with technology challenges, acquiring data and legal issues, are among topics at the upcoming Wyoming Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Symposium at the University of Wyoming.Sessions would be held on Wednesday-Thursday, May 30-31, at the UW Conference Center, 2229 Grand Ave.Experts and users of drone technology will share experiences on developments in hardware and software, along with applications in agriculture, geology…(Read More)