Ford is deploying AI, machine learning across its portfolio | Drones being used to track avalanches, weather | Drone delivery startup Zipline raises $190M
May 21, 2019
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Ford is deploying AI, machine learning across its portfolio
Ford's investment in artificial intelligence and machine learning is helping it with its US and China vehicles, motorsports and autonomous vehicle development, among other areas, Bernard Marr writes. The latest Ford Edge uses AI to make decisions about whether to use two-wheel drive or four-wheel, for instance.
Forbes (5/17) 
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Rails, Roads & Vehicles
Drones being used to track avalanches, weather
Drones being used to track avalanches, weather
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Drones are increasingly being used for purposes such as weather monitoring and infrastructure inspection, says an American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials survey. "Drones are a perfect tool for any job that is dangerous or dirty," says Jared Esselman of the Utah Department of Transportation.
The Associated Press (5/20) 
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Engineering solutions for large organizations
Hear from George Harris, the Director of Fiscal Controls and Information Systems at San Diego Unified School District, about how the district successfully implemented Oracle Construction and Engineering solutions, enabling them to standardize across 226 facilities. Watch the webinar.
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Travel Tech
USPS starts testing self-driving trucks
The US Postal Service has begun a two-week test using self-driving trucks to transport mail between Phoenix and Dallas. The startup that developed the vehicles, TuSimple, has raised $178 million from investors including China's Sina and the US-based chipmaker Nvidia.
Reuters (5/21) 
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Assisted living facility hosts self-driving shuttle trial
A Canberra, Australia, assisted living facility has been trialing EasyMile's EZ10 autonomous shuttle since May 10. The goal of the eight-stop loop test is to see how such vehicles can improve senior citizens' lives.
ZDNet (5/20) 
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Going Green
Hong Kong to seek up to $1B for green projects
As part of its $12.74 billion program to fund clean transportation, green building and air quality improvement projects, Hong Kong will seek five-year green bonds worth between $500 million and $1 billion. The global use of green bonds is expected to increase, particularly in Asia.
Reuters (5/21) 
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Policy
Commentary: Feds should help fund infrastructure
Theresa Foxley and Wade Sherman, co-chairs of the Utah Transportation Coalition, say businesses and political leaders around the country are pushing to revitalize the nation's infrastructure. States and local communities have made an effort in recent years, but now the federal government must play its part.
The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (5/19) 
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Jeremy Lin,
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