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Meet Androidol U: Japan’s Newest Android

Androidol U is a fully autonomous conversational robot that has a more compact air servo system, better voice and body movement coordination and softer body materials compared to previous androids.
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Argo AI: Ford’s $1 Billion Bet on AI
By RT Staff · 13 February, 2017 • Founded by former Google and Uber leaders, Argo AI will include roboticists and engineers from inside and outside of Ford working to develop a new software platform for Ford’s fully autonomous vehicle coming in 2021.
Self-Driving Car Conquers Busy San Francisco Streets
By Steve Crowe · 9 February, 2017 • A GM self-driving car recently conquered the busy streets of San Francisco. With no pre-planning involved, the self-driving car handled four-way stop signs, busy intersections, bikers and more.
NASA Space Robotics Challenge Names 20 Finalists
By RT Staff · 7 February, 2017 • NASA has selected the top 20 teams in the Space Robotics Challenge, which is a $1 million prize competition to develop the capabilities of humanoid robot dexterity to better enable them to work alongside and independent of astronauts in preparation for future space exploration.
Asilomar AI Principles: 23 Tips for Making AI Safe
By Steve Crowe · 3 February, 2017 • The Asilomar AI Principles is a list of 23 guidelines that artificial intelligence researchers, scientists and lawmakers should abide by to ensure safe, ethical and beneficial use of AI.
Comparing California’s Self-Driving Cars
By RT Staff · 3 February, 2017 • We compare how self-driving cars from BMW, Bosch, Delphi, Ford, GM, Nissan, Tesla and Waymo have performed on public roads in California. See which company is crushing the competition.
IBM: AI Will Transform Mental Health in 5 Years
By RT Staff · 27 January, 2017 • IBM predicts that in five years artificial intelligence will be able to detect and monitor mental health issues by analyzing patterns of speech and writing.
Reptile Robots Spy on Wild Animals in Africa
By Steve Crowe · 27 January, 2017 • EPFL scientists built a robot crocodile and lizard to get up close and personal with wild animals in Africa. The robots are featured in an episode of the BBC's "Spy in the Wild."
Pepper Robot Lands Job at Oakland International Airport
By Steve Crowe · 25 January, 2017 • Pepper, the humanoid robot from Softbank Robotics, began a pilot program at Oakland International Airport. The 4-foot-tall robot will greet and engage with guests at HMSHost’s Pyramid Ale Taproom in Terminal 2, offering assistance, menu recommendations and directions to travelers.
Tesla Crashes Down 40% with Autopilot, Feds Say
By Steve Crowe · 19 January, 2017 • The US government exonerates Tesla for the May 2016 fatal accident that killed Joshua Brown. In fact, the NHTSA crash report found Tesla’s crash rate has dropped 40 percent after the company installed its semi-autonomous Autopilot software.
Sophia the Robot Rides in a Self-Driving Car
By Steve Crowe · 16 January, 2017 • Sophia, the incredibly life-like humanoid robot from Hanson Robotics, took a ride in an Audi A7 self-driving car. Watch the ride and hear Sophia's opinion on autonomous driving.
10 Best Robots & Drones of CES 2017
By Steve Crowe · 13 January, 2017 • Here are the best robots and drones from CES 2017.
Top 10 Robotics Startups Seen at CES 2017’s Eureka Park
By Eugene Demaitre · 9 January, 2017 • Hundreds of startups vied for attention at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Which robotics products caught our eye? Robots that tend to the young and old, tackle odious chores, and advance the market could be found in the crowded aisles.
Toyota Research Institute: Fully Autonomous Cars “Not Even Close”
By Steve Crowe · 5 January, 2017 • Gill Pratt, CEO of the Toyota Research Institute, said the industry is "not even close" launching fully autonomous Level 5 cars. He added that it "will take decades to have a significant portion of US cars operate at Level 4 autonomy or higher."
CES Demo Shows How to Prevent Hacks on Self-Driving Cars
By RT Staff · 27 December, 2016 • Karamba Security and FEV will demonstrate at CES 2017 how to prevent hacks on self-driving cars. Karamba’s software enables electronic control units to autonomously protect themselves from hackers.
Infineon Self-Driving Car Tech Coming to CES
By RT Staff · 16 December, 2016 • German semiconductor giant Infineon Technologies will demo its advanced driver assistance system and its 77 GHz radar and LiDAR and 3D cameras that are making self-driving cars safer.

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