Lyft launches self-driving cars on the Las Vegas strip

May 4, 2018 by  
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For the first time ever, after you’re done partying on the strip, you’ll be able to hail an autonomous ride with Lyft. The ride sharing company is bringing thirty self-driving cars to the streets of Las Vegas in partnership with developer Aptiv . The new initiative will offer the public the option of hailing a self-driving car using Lyft’s app. For those concerned about the interaction between robot and human drivers, trials show that the Aptiv-designed vehicles are more than capable of maneuvering the often chaotic traffic of Las Vegas. This move follows Lyft’s test run of its self-driving cars at the Computer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this year, which was limited to a relatively small number of people. Lyft’s Vegas self-driving fleet will most likely consist of Aptiv-augmented BMWs that use nine LiDARs , 10 radars, a trifocal camera, vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, and advanced GPS to safely navigate the roads. However, the vehicles will be limited to specific routes on which they may drive, at least initially. Each vehicle will also be operated by highly-trained safety drivers. More testing and data collection is needed before Lyft, or any other company, can operate a fully functional self-driving vehicle system on public roads. Related: Waymo adds 20,000 Jaguar electric SUVs to its self-driving car service Aptiv and Lyft have agreed to a multiyear collaboration, which both companies agree is a major step forward for their businesses. “With Aptiv’s autonomous driving technology deployed throughout Las Vegas and broadly accessible through the Lyft app, a wide range of consumers will be able to share the experience of autonomous vehicles in a complex urban environment,” said Aptiv president and CEO Kevin Clark in a statement . “More importantly, the resulting knowledge and data will allow us to further refine our autonomous driving capabilities and strengthen our portfolio of industry-leading active safety solutions.” Via Engadget Images via Lyft and John F. Martin /Aptiv

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Pentalum Technologies develops new SpiDAR system to enhance wind farm output

November 19, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Low-cost device measures approaching winds a fraction of a second before they reach the blades.

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Shooting Laser Beams in the Sky Could Produce Rain Clouds

May 3, 2010 by  
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Researchers at Switzerland’s University of Geneva have come up with an interesting way of making it rain– shooting lasers high up into the sky . Though the strategy seems like science fiction, the team hopes that the lasers will be able to increase rainfall in areas that need it. Read the rest of Shooting Laser Beams in the Sky Could Produce Rain Clouds http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cloud-seeding , Jerome Kasparian , lasers , lasers and rain , lasers form rain clouds , LIDAR , making rain clouds , university of geneva

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