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Babies Helping Robots Get a Grip
By Steve Crowe · 25 January, 2017 • The Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute thinks robots can learn a thing or two about manipulation from babies. Google has donated $1.5 million to the cause to test this concept on dozens of robots.
Waymo is Google’s New Self-Driving Car Company
By Steve Crowe · 13 December, 2016 • Google's self-driving car project is now known as Waymo, a standalone company under the Alphabet corporate umbrella. And that could mean it's time to take the technology to market.
Project Wing Drone Delivery Boss Steps Down
By Steve Crowe · 18 October, 2016 • Dave Vos, head of Alphabet's Project Wing drone delivery initiative, is leaving the company to pursue new opportunities. Vos has been with the company for about two years.
Google Cartographer SLAM Library Now Open-Source
By RT Staff · 7 October, 2016 • Google wants to democratize the development of SLAM technology by releasing an open-source version of its Cartographer mapping library.
Google Home vs. Amazon Echo: Which Personal Assistant is Better?
By RT Staff · 4 October, 2016 • Google Home will officially take on Amazon Echo on November 4, 2016 when it starts shipping. Who will win the battle of virtual assistants? Here's a comparison of Google Home and Amazon Echo.
Project Wing Delivery Drones Flying Burritos to College Students
By Steve Crowe · 8 September, 2016 • Project Wing, a unit of Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc., will be using its delivery drones to fly burritos from Chipotle to students at Virginia Tech. The tests will begin this month and last a few weeks.
Google Self-Driving Car Exec Talks Fatal Tesla Crash
By Steve Crowe · 4 August, 2016 • Due to the semi-autonomous nature of Tesla Autopilot, a Google self-driving car executive says it was the responsibility of Joshua Brown, who was killed in an accident while his Model S was on Autopilot, to be cautious.
Google’s Project Wing Delivery Drones Cleared for US Testing
By Steve Crowe · 2 August, 2016 • Project Wing will be allowed to test beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) capabilities, one of the major roadblocks for drone delivery services, and develop an airspace management system to ensure safe integration of drones in airspace under 400 feet.
Missy Cummings: Self-Driving Cars Need to Happen
By RT Staff · 1 July, 2016 • The head of Duke University's robotics program weighs in on whether self-driving cars will overcome a fatal accident, the irresponsibility of Tesla's Autopilot system, and when she'll be ready to adopt an autonomous vehicle.
Google: ‘Stop Freaking Out’ About AI
By Steve Crowe · 29 June, 2016 • Eric Schmidt writes that artificial intelligence "has the potential not only to free us from the negative, but to enhance what’s most positive about us as human beings."
Google’s Top 5 AI Safety Concerns
By Steve Crowe · 24 June, 2016 • Google outlines outlines its top five safety concerns as artificial intelligence is applied in more general circumstances.
Podcast: Amazon Echo vs. Google Home in Battle of Virtual Assistants
By Steve Crowe · 20 May, 2016 • The battle of the virtual assistants is on! Will Amazon Echo or Google Home come out on top? How will Apple respond? We debate on The Robotics Trends Show.
Google Self-Driving Car Runs Over People in GTA 5 Mod
By Steve Crowe · 6 May, 2016 • A Grand Theft Auto V mod shows a Google self-driving car wreaking havoc in Los Santos, running over people on sidewalks and driving the wrong way on the highway.
Self-Driving Minivans Being Built by Google, Chrysler
By Brad Templeton · 3 May, 2016 • Google will collaborate with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to put its self-driving car technology into 100 Pacifica minivans
Self-Driving Car Coalition to Accelerate Time to Market
By Steve Crowe · 26 April, 2016 • Ford, Google, Lyft, Uber and Volvo, have formed the "Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets" coalition to speed up the time to market for self-driving cars. The coalition will "work with lawmakers, regulators and the public to realize the safety and societal benefits of self-driving vehicles."

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