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Toyota T-HR3 Humanoid Uses VR to Mimic Humans

Toyota’s third-generation humanoid robot, the T-HR3, uses a force feedback-enabled control system, an HTC Vive VR headset, "data glove" and torque servos to mimic the movements of a human user.
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Watch: MARTY the Self-Driving DeLorean Does Perfect Donuts
By Steve Crowe · 21 October, 2015 • MARTY (Multiple Actuator Research Test bed for Yaw control) is a self-driving DeLorean that was built by students at Stanford. All it can do at this point is complete continuous donuts, but the goal is to have MARTY drifting around a track competing against a professional driver.
Teaching Humanoid Robots How to Fall Safely
By Steve Crowe · 20 October, 2015 • Researchers at Georgia Tech have identified a way to teach robots how to fall with grace and without serious injury. In the video, the top robot uses a novel algorithm to minimize impact when the robot falls.
Are We Overhyping Tesla Autopilot?
By Brad Templeton · 15 October, 2015 • Brad Templeton says Tesla's Autopilot, and similar systems, might not be that exciting, serving as a stepping stone products to something that will truly change the world.
Human Battles Robot in Drum-off: Who Wins?
By Steve Crowe · 15 October, 2015 • Compressorhead, an all-robot metal band, is launching a crowdfunding campaign on November 1 to help fund their debut album. Watch this drum-off between Stickboy the robot drummer and musician John Wright to see if you're impressed.
Tesla Jumps Onto Self-Driving On-Ramp with Autopilot
By Steve Crowe · 15 October, 2015 • Tens of thousands of Tesla owners will get their first taste of autonomous driving technology as the electric carmaker pushes out its Autopilot software update. Watch Tesla's Model S autonomously navigate the traffic-ridden streets of New York City.
Jay Leno: Self-Driving Cars Pure Hype
By Steve Crowe · 13 October, 2015 • Jay Leno, former host of "The Tonight Show" and car aficionado, says "the idea of you jumping in the back seat with a bottle of scotch in the car driving you from bar to bar, that's not really going to happen."
Why Self-Driving Cars Should Never be Fully Autonomous
By MIT News · 13 October, 2015 • MIT professor and historian David Mindell predicts fully driverless cars will not be the most successful version of autonomous vehicles, for both technical and social reasons. Here's why he says Google’s utopian autonomy is a more brittle, less functional solution than a rich, human-centered automation.
Transparency from Self-Driving Car Makers a Major Hurdle
By RT Staff · 9 October, 2015 • Brian Soublet, deputy director of the California DMV, offered some insight into the challenges of regulating self-driving cars while speaking at a Volvo event. He says one of the biggest challenges is getting self-driving car manufacturers to be transparent about their projects.
5 Questions About AI With Stephen Hawking
By Steve Crowe · 8 October, 2015 • Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking held a Reddit AMA about artificial intelligence. It was the third largest AMA in Reddit history with more than 9,000 comments.
Volvo: We’ll Accept Liability in Self-Driving Car Accidents
By Brad Templeton · 8 October, 2015 • One of the more common questions surrounding self-driving cars is who will be liable in a crash. Well, an automaker has finally stepped up to the plate as Volvo said it will accept full liability when one of its self-driving cars gets into an accident in self-driving mode.
Could a Volkswagen-Like Scandal Happen to Self-Driving Cars?
By Brad Templeton · 6 October, 2015 • It’s not too surprising companies might cheat to improve the bottom line, especially when they convince themselves they won’t get caught. What does the recent Volkswagen scandal mean for self-driving cars? Brad Templeton explains.
Watch: Robot Taxi Trials Coming to Japan
By Steve Crowe · 2 October, 2015 • Robot Taxi will test its self-driving cabs on public roads in Japan beginning early in 2016, taking passengers on two miles trips. The company hopes to commercialize the service by 2020.
A Quick History of AI: Infographic
By Steve Crowe · 2 October, 2015 • Artificial intelligence has come a long way since Alan Turing created a standard for what determined a machine to be intelligent in the 1950s. This infographic shows how AI has changed throughout the years.
8 Reasons Self-Driving Cars Are a Cyclist’s Best Friend
By Steve Crowe · 2 October, 2015 • Most drivers are in such a hurry they don't pay any attention to the most exposed commuters on city streets: cyclists. Here's why cyclists are better off in a world without human drivers.
Watch: Yutong Self-Driving Bus Takes 20-Mile Ride in China
By Steve Crowe · 29 September, 2015 • A Yutong self-driving bus just completed a 20-mile intercity drive in Zhengzhou, driving through regular traffic without any human assistance. The bus hit a top speed of 68 km/h, passed 26 traffic lights and was able to change lanes without any problem.

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