Mitchell Kotler

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This Self-Driving AI Is Learning to Drive Almost Entirely in a Virtual World

I don’t have to open the doors of AImotive’s white 2015 Prius to see that it’s not your average car. This particular Prius has been christened El …

ICYMI: Microsoft's drone simulator and Dubai's hover taxis

Today on In Case You Missed It: Why get stuck in traffic when you can simply fly over it? At least, that's Dubai's plan. The UAE's largest city announced its intent to unleash swarms of EHang 184 "Personal Flying Vehicles" -- the same ones that wowed crowds at last year's CES show -- to ferry …

Drones

Microsoft open sources a simulator to crash-test drones, robots and self-driving cars

One of the biggest challenges in building autonomous vehicles is dealing with the irregularities of physical spaces outdoors: From electric poles to winding roads and bumpy terrain, there are lots of things that can trip up your creation.<p>With that in mind, a team of researchers at Microsoft have …

Restaurants Around the Country Show Support for #ADayWithoutImmigrants

Chefs and restaurateurs take to social media in support of today’s general strike.<p>Businesses across the country are closed in solidarity with the "A …

How a Day Without Immigrants Affects Restaurants

What would America look like without immigrants? The satirical 2004 film <i>A Day Without a Mexican</i> explored this very idea, examining the massive disruption that would occur if one-third of California’s population suddenly vanished. Fueled by the Trump administration’s immigration ban and a recent …

These nine states will serve as testing grounds for self-driving cars

California gets two, Michigan gets one<p>Last week, in one of its final acts under the Obama administration, the US Department of Transportation designated 10 sites in nine states to serve as proving grounds for self-driving cars. The selection came after a nationwide contest among testing centers …

Autonomous Cars

Android’s convenient Instant Tethering is now rolling out to Pixel and Nexus devices

Sharing your phone’s data connection just got much easier<p>Instant Tethering, a new Android feature that lets select devices automatically use the same cellular data connection as your smartphone, is now available across numerous Pixel and Nexus products. Any Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, or …

Samsung Chromebook Plus review: the best Chrome OS laptop, for now

The best Chrome OS laptop, for now<p>I know the exact moment I fell in love with the Chromebook Plus.<p>I was reading a Kindle book and found a passage I wanted to save. I pulled out the stylus and tapped the "Capture Screen" button on the menu that automatically popped up. Then I tapped "Annotate in …

Robot Cars Can Teach Themselves How to Drive in Virtual Worlds

Over the holidays, I went for a drive with a Tesla. With, not in, because the car was doing the driving.<p>Hearing about autonomous vehicles is one …