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AI-based traffic management gets green light | ZDNet

AI-based traffic management gets green light | ZDNet

Byfor| August 17, 2020 -- 18:38 GMT (11:38 PDT)| Topic:Smart traffic lights may make life easier for drivers in Phoenix. Here in LA, where traffic is now picking up again despite the ongoing pandemic, I can safely say we're monitoring the situation closely.The new effort is the brainchild (naturally) of a California-based company called . The rollout, which begins today, will take place a few key intersections in order to improve traffic flow and reduce vehicle and pedestrian delays by taking the system off of a timer-based model and coordinate the lights based on actual demand. In some...

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Brick and mortar's best hope? Robots, many now believe | ZDNet

Brick and mortar's best hope? Robots, many now believe | ZDNet

Byfor| August 5, 2020 -- 11:00 GMT (04:00 PDT)| Topic:Through a pane of clear plastic, speaking through a mask, a checkout clerk at a grocery chain told my wife she was feeling sick yesterday. My wife asked (and I'm imagining her taking a big step back as she did) if she'd told her manager. The clerk replied she had but she was out of sick days and couldn't afford to lose the pay.That story is true, and it's horrifying -- both for the risk of outbreak it suggests and for the complicated labor realities it betrays. It's also an anecdotal illustration of one more reason automation is coming...

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Robot usage is soaring during pandemic | ZDNet

Robot usage is soaring during pandemic | ZDNet

Byfor| July 24, 2020 -- 11:00 GMT (04:00 PDT)| Topic:As Q2 data begins to emerge, we're seeing a notable uptick in usage. The trend seems widespread but is nowhere as apparent as with cleaning robots, which have become vital tools in a number of sectors during the pandemic.The best telepresence hardware to go beyond video conferencing and make remote work truly collaborative.The pandemic has created ideal conditions for automation adoption. The robotics sector in general has been maturing with a number of sectors like logistics, retail, delivery, and inspection already partially automated....

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AutoX gets coveted California autonomous driving permit | ZDNet

AutoX gets coveted California autonomous driving permit | ZDNet

Byfor| July 22, 2020 -- 11:00 GMT (04:00 PDT)| Topic:It would be tough to name another self-driving car company developing technology or moving into new markets at the speed of AutoX. The company's latest achievement is a coveted  granted by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), making AutoX just the  to receive a Driverless Permit in the state of California, according to the California DMV. Essentially the permit allows AutoX to test its cars without a safety driver on public roads within a confined testing zone. The permit also allows for testing with passengers, and AutoX...

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Autonomous bike bots to delivery grub and groceries | ZDNet

Autonomous bike bots to delivery grub and groceries | ZDNet

Byfor| July 1, 2020 -- 11:00 GMT (04:00 PDT)| Topic:You probably haven't used a delivery robot yet. Few have, but it's looking increasingly like that may change -- at least for city dwellers in dense urban environments. The footprints of companies offering autonomous mobile robots to deliver food and groceries, while still small, continues to expand thanks to pandemic-related restrictions on dining in and shifting attitudes on contactless service, and companies are jockeying to be the as-a-service robot of choice for consumers and local businesses. We've seen expanding pilot programs...

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More than half of Twitter's ‘Reopen America’ calls from bots, study finds | ZDNet

More than half of Twitter's ‘Reopen America’ calls from bots, study finds | ZDNet

Byfor| June 1, 2020 -- 11:00 GMT (04:00 PDT)| Topic:In a now-familiar truth, scenario, malicious actors are creating bots to sow discontent and division. That's according to a new study out of , which found that half of all Twitter calls to reopen the country may be from bots. It adds a new chapter to the misinformation that helped stoke ire during the 2016 elections and led to awareness of the role of social media as arbiter of perceived truth and ultimately political power. Since January, CMU researchers have collected 200 million tweets touching on the coronavirus. A whopping 82% of the...

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