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Robotics News & Articles – IEEE Spectrum

Robotics News & Articles – IEEE Spectrum



The Mobile Virtual Player robotic tackling dummy takes hits so football players don't have to, avoiding sports injuries and concussionsTackle This: Football’s Newest Most Valuable Player is a Robot

9 Sep

Giant drone with two arms developed by Prodrones.Video Friday: Atlas Balancing, Giant Drone With Arms, and Modified Racing Roomba

9 Sep

The Georgia Tech researchers taught a swarm of Khepera III robots, developed by Swiss robot maker K-Team, to avoid colliding with one another.Swarms of Robots Manage to Not Run Into Each Other

8 Sep

Starship Technologies and Mercedes team up to delivery cargo to customersMercedes Tries to Conquer the Last Mile With Cute Delivery Drones and Bots

8 Sep

Double 2 telepresence robot at the Oregon ZooDouble 2 Review: Trying Stuff You Maybe Shouldn’t With a Telepresence Robot

7 Sep



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19 Aug


Drone engineering chops meet first person view flying in the exhilarating new mixed reality sport of drone racingCustomized Drones Give Pilots an “Out of Body” Racing Experience

12 Aug


Genetically Engineered Rat Cells Make This Robot Stingray Swim

12 Jul


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31 May


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31 May


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17 May


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15 Aug

Do We Want Robot Warriors to Decide Who Lives or Dies?

31 May

Would You Trust a Robot Surgeon to Operate on You?

31 May

The Neural Network That Remembers

26 Jan

Jibo Is as Good as Social Robots Get. But Is That Good Enough?

23 Dec 2015

Seabed-Mining Robots Will Dig for Gold in Hydrothermal Vents

22 Dec 2015

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1 Sep

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31 Aug

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15 Aug

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The cars with the fewest and cheapest repairs

Which brands of cars go to the repair shop the least often and have the lowest repair costs? Hyundai tops this year’s rankings for the best combined score, as compiled by auto repair site CarMD.

Toyota (TM) finished second, and Honda (HMC) — last year’s winner — came in third. Ford (F) ranked fourth, Chrysler (FCAU) fifth, Kia sixth and General Motors (GM) seventh. Mazda, Nissan (NSANY) and Volkswagen (VLKAY) rounded out the top 10.

CarMD gathers repair reports annually from its network of mechanics, and this survey covered work done to 251,000 vehicles of model years 1995 to 2015. This covered repairs of all problems that triggered the “check engine” light. CarMD also sells a $59.95 diagnostic device, which reads computer codes on your car and tells you the car’s likely engine-related problem before you go to a mechanic.

“Car maintenance and repairs are a fact of life, but this data can be used in tandem with other tools and information to help car shoppers make informed decisions,” CarMD CEO Ioen Chen says of the rankings.

In the ranking of the most reliable individual vehicles, the 2015 Toyota Corolla came in first, the 2013 Lexus ES second, the 2014 Toyota Prius third and the 2014 Toyota Avalon fourth. Thus, counting the Lexus, all of the top four were from Toyota. The 2014 Hyundai Sonata came in seventh.

Here are some other highlights of the report released today:

Repair costs: Among the top 10 auto makers, Ford had the lowest cost per visit to the repair shop at $309. Hyundai’s average was $316. The average costs for Toyota ($412) and Honda ($409) were considerably higher.

Repair frequency: Hyundai owners can look forward to fewer visits to the repair shop than owners of any of its competitors’ cars. Toyota and Honda also scored well in repair frequency and that elevated their rankings despite their higher cost per visit.

Detroit: Among Detroit-based companies, Ford moved up one spot this year to No. 4, and Chrysler moved up one to No. 5. But GM dropped three spots to No. 7, partly because of repair costs that came in higher than last year.

Hybrid and electric cars: In addition to the hybrid-electric Toyota Prius at third, three all-electric cars were among the top 100 vehicles for reliability. These were the 2013 and 2014 Ford C-Max and the 2014 Nissan Leaf.

Of course, this index — like other rankings that survey car owners — is only a broad indicator of average reliability and may not square with a vehicle you own or might buy in the future. But car owners and buyers always are in a stronger position if they rely on independent data rather than automakers’ advertising claims.

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VW gets approval for another 460,000 diesel-car fixes | Reuters

BERLIN Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) has won German regulatory approval for technical fixes on another 460,000 diesel cars with illicit emissions control software, it said on Sunday, raising the number of vehicles cleared for repair to over 5 million.

Approval by Germany’s motor vehicle authority KBA is valid for countries throughout Europe where 8.5 million diesel cars are affected by Volkswagen’s emissions test-rigging scandal. About 11 million autos are implicated globally.

In the United States, where VW’s manipulations came to light eleven months ago, the German group still lacks technical fixes and is in the process of testing hardware and software that could help it avoid having to buy back about 475,000 affected cars.

VW said on Sunday that Germany’s KBA had signed off on a fix for models with smaller 1.2-litre diesel engines, such as the Polo subcompact and Spanish division Seat’s Ibiza model.

VW group models with 1.2-litre and 2.0-litre engines only require a software update on pollution control systems, whereas about 3 million 1.6-litre engines, besides the software update, also require a mesh to be installed near the air filter.

Wolfsburg-based VW has said the majority of the 8.5 million cars can be repaired this year but an unknown number of vehicles will not be fixed until 2017.

(Reporting by Andreas Cremer; editing by Andrew Roche)

Americas 5 best and worst rated cars


Americans are often said to have a love affair with cars, but sometimes it can be more like a love-hate relationship.

Car-buyer satisfaction is on the rebound after a dip last year, when consumers were hit with a record number of recalls and rising prices, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, an independent benchmark of consumer experiences of products and services sold in the U.S. Still, while satisfaction is up overall, a few automakers suffered from lower customer ratings in the ACSI’s 2016 report.

Domestic cars are catching up with foreign-made vehicles, while mass-market cars — the affordable and midprice cars that are produced by the likes of GM (GM) and Honda (HMC) — are catching up with luxury cars. Consumers may be more impressed these days with midprice cars because of technological innovations that are adding to their appeal, such as built-in Wi-Fi, apps that allow you to unlock cars from mobile phones and safety gear like blind-spot alerts.

“Consumers are choosing technology over what we think of as traditional luxury, like the stick shift covered in leather,” said David VanAmburg, the director of the ACSI. “The anticrash features, the GPS-type systems and higher technology systems that are available in mass-market vehicles are what is really appealing, rather than the interior materials.”

Luxury cars have also differentiated themselves from mass-market models through their enhanced handling and performance, but many mass-market cars are now built on the same chassis as luxury models, VanAmburg noted.

Of course, prestige remains an important element in why some consumers choose to purchase a luxury car over a mass-market vehicle.

Read on to learn about the 5 highest and lowest scoring cars, according to the latest ACSI survey.

Care Innovations® et Linde Healthcare vont collaborer pour développer et étendre leurs services de gestion à distance des patients à travers le monde

ROSEVILLE, Californie et PULLACH, Allemagne–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Care Innovations®, société pionnière en matière

de connexion du continuum des soins au domicile, et Linde Healthcare,

une filiale du Groupe Linde et un acteur établi dans le secteur des

services de soins à domicile destinés aux patients respiratoires,

desservant plus de 1,7 million de patients, ont annoncé aujourd’hui

l’expansion mondiale de leurs services de gestion à distance des

patients (GDP) par le biais d’un nouveau partenariat.

Après une étude approfondie, Linde a sélectionné Care Innovations et sa

solution de gestion à distance des patients (GDP), baptisée Health

Harmony, pour étendre l’empreinte mondiale actuelle de ses services de

gestion à distance des patients souffrant de maladies respiratoires, de

maladies concomitantes et autres maladies chroniques. Health Harmony

simplifie la gestion à distance en fournissant une technologie intuitive

et conviviale permettant aux particuliers, médecins, prestataires de

soins et soignants familiaux de collaborer pour permettre l’amélioration

des soins à domicile – quel que soit le lieu de ce domicile – et ce dans

le cadre des routines quotidiennes habituelles.

« Linde Healthcare s’emploie à améliorer la qualité de vie des personnes

atteintes de maladies chroniques. La technologie de Care Innovations va

nous aider à mettre en place de nouveaux services innovants pour les

patients à domicile », a déclaré Urmi Prasad Richardson, directrice de

Linde Healthcare. « Nous avons pris la décision de collaborer avec Care

Innovations en raison de leur capacité à concevoir et à mettre en oeuvre

des programmes de GDP axés sur les résultats qui engagent davantage les

patients et les soignants et améliorent les résultats à domicile pour un

moindre coût. Ce partenariat permet à Linde Healthcare de fournir des

soins significativement améliorés à ses patients et d’intégrer les

technologies de surveillance à distance les plus innovantes à son

expertise globale en termes de soins à domicile. »

Care Innovations et Linde Healthcare vont collaborer pour construire un

écosystème GDP global basé sur l’infrastructure technologique de Care

Innovations et sur les services de soins à domicile de Linde destinés à

des milliers de patients. Cet écosystème sera déployé dans plusieurs

territoires, y compris dans la région des Amériques, en Europe de

l’ouest et dans la région Asie-Pacifique, ce qui représente une

expansion significative de la GDP pour les deux organisations.

L’objectif est de fournir des thérapies innovantes pour combler l’écart

entre les soins fournis dans le cadre clinique et ceux fournis à

domicile, ainsi que pour mieux gérer les patients ayant besoin de soins

à domicile.

« Grâce à ce partenariat avec Linde Healthcare, une excellente occasion

se présente à nous d’étendre la GDP à l’échelle mondiale à des milliers

de patients et de transformer les soins des personnes qui souffrent de

maladies respiratoires et autres », a commenté Randy Swanson,

président-directeur général de Care Innovations. « Linde est une société

visionnaire qui sait d’expérience combien la GDP peut faciliter la mise

en oeuvre de nouveaux modèles de soins qui, entre autres avantages,

maintiennent les patients hors des cadres de soins cliniques coûteux et

réduisent l’ensemble des coûts. Nous sommes confiants que leur empreinte

mondiale étendue et leur solide expertise en termes de soins à domicile,

combinée à notre suite complète de technologies et de services, vont

produire une infrastructure GDP innovante qui créera de la valeur pour

Linde et étendra nos activités dans de nouveaux domaines. »

Le partenariat portera initialement sur l’aide aux personnes souffrant

de maladies respiratoires, y compris la maladie pulmonaire obstructive

chronique (MPOC). Des études indiquent que les patients atteints de

MPOC, entre autres maladies chroniques, qui bénéficient de la GDP,

enregistrent une baisse de 54 % des réadmissions en soins intensifs 1

tout en générant des économies de coûts2. La partenariat va

élaborer une combinaison de soins à domicile, de gestion des patients,

de services de logistique, de développement de programmes cliniques et

de matériels et logiciels pour engager les patients dans la prise en

charge de leur propre santé. Le déploiement variera de pays en pays, et

chaque programme sera adapté pour mieux répondre aux besoins

particuliers des populations des différents pays ou régions. Ce

partenariat permettra à Care Innovations et à Linde Healthcare

d’intégrer la technologie et les processus d’affaires en profondeur pour

l’amélioration des deux organisations.

À propos de Care Innovations

Care Innovations, une filiale à 100 % d’Intel Corporation, connecte le

continuum des soins au domicile et permet aux patients, ainsi qu’aux

soignants familiaux et professionnels d’interagir pour au final

améliorer la santé à domicile.

Care Innovations, société experte en technologie et en changement du

comportement, identifie les meilleures méthodes permettant aux

prestataires de soins de santé et aux régimes de santé de saisir et

d’intégrer des données en temps réel, du domicile à la prestation des

soins, via Health Harmony. Visitez

pour plus d’information.

À propos de Linde Healthcare

Linde Healthcare est un leader mondial spécialisé dans les soins

respiratoires intégrés. La société propose une variété de gaz

pharmaceutiques, de dispositifs médicaux, de services et de soins

cliniques pour créer des solutions axées sur le patient. Ses produits et

ses services améliorent la vie de ses patients et les conditions de

travail de ses partenaires de soins de santé dans le cadre du continuum

des soins, de l’hôpital au domicile. Unité commerciale mondiale du

Groupe Linde, la société est présente dans plus de 60 pays et a généré

un chiffre d’affaires de 3,665 milliards EUR en 2015. Pour en savoir

plus, visitez Linde Healthcare en ligne à l’adresse

À propos du Groupe Linde

Au cours de son exercice 2015, le Groupe Linde a généré un chiffre

d’affaires de 17,944 milliards EUR, ce qui en fait l’une des sociétés de

gaz et d’ingénierie les plus importantes au monde, avec environ

65 000 employés répartis dans plus de 100 pays à travers le monde. La

stratégie du Groupe Linde est de réaliser une croissance rentable à long

terme, avec un centrage sur l’expansion de ses activités internationales

avec des produits et des services d’avenir. Linde agit de façon

responsable envers ses actionnaires, ses partenaires d’affaires, ses

employés, la société et l’environnement dans l’ensemble de ses domaines

commerciaux, régions et sites d’implantation à travers le monde. La

société s’investit dans des technologies et des produits réunissant des

objectifs de valeur pour le client et de développement durable. Pour

plus d’information, consultez le site du Groupe Linde en ligne à


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Fraser Health uses new technologies to help COPD patients ‘BreatheWELL

at Home’. 30 novembre 2013.

2 Niksch, Alisa Niksch, M.D. and Rothman, Brian, M.D. The

Value of Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) Physicians’ Perspectives.

HIMSS, 1er décembre 2014.

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être considéré comme officiel. La seule version du communiqué qui fasse

foi est celle du communiqué dans sa langue d’origine. La traduction

devra toujours être confrontée au texte source, qui fera jurisprudence.

Car Checklist: Repair Or Replace?

Americans are keeping their cars longer than ever before. The median age for passenger cars hit a record high of 9.4 years at the end of 2008. Drivers are loathe to take on more debt right now, while others are underwater with their car loans.

But eventually, everyone who drives an aging car will be faced with a major repair. At that point, you have to decide: repair, or replace?

Before deciding, Early Show financial adviser Ray Martin suggested running through a checklist on Thursday’s The Early Show:

Safety: Older cars built before the early 1990’s lack important safety features like airbags and antilock breaks. While you can repair an older car, it’s usually not practical to retrofit it with new safety features. You might reconsider your plan to hand down the old car without safety features to your teen driver as teen drivers have the greatest incidence of accidents and fatalities.

Reliability: If your car is susceptible to chronic problems and you rely on it for regular transportation, it may be best to cut your losses and get rid of it. Better to fork over the money for a newer more reliable car than to lose your job for being continuously late.

Estimate of Repair Costs: Ask for an estimate from a qualified auto mechanic before you agree to any repairs. Look for a mechanic certified by the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (or Automotive Service Excellence certified).

Value and Useful Life: It’s important to get an assessment of both the value of the car and the expected useful life once it’s repaired. In other words, once you cough up the cash for the repair, how much longer will you be able to drive the car? Ray says if you pay $1,000 (or less) and are then able to keep the car for another year (or pay $2,000 and drive for 2 years, etc) then the repair is worthwhile. Average $1,000 out over 12 months and the repair will cost you about $83 a month – that’s much cheaper than a car payment! If the repair costs will significantly outstrip the value of the car or will not extend its useful life, then the repair may not be worth it.

If, after going through the above checklist, you decide it’s time for a new vehicle you’re faced with another choice: buy new, or used?

In the past, Martin always advocated buying a newer used car. By doing so you avoid the depreciation that occurs in a car’s first year — a car typically loses 15 to 20 percent when you drive it off the lot, according to Martin. You’ll also avoid a lot of financing costs, he says, associated with a new car.

But for the first time, Martin says it may make sense for some folks to consider buying a new car.

“The Cash for Clunkers bill is a game changer,” he said.

The bill offers car owners a credit of $3,500 to $4,500 towards a new car if they turn in an old gas guzzler.

But why exactly is Martin so excited about it?

Because, he said, if you buy a car that costs $22,500 to $30,000, the credit will offset the depreciation that occurs in a new car’s first year.

That means, 20 percent of $22,500 is $4,500; 15 percent of $30,000 is $4,500. By taking advantage of Cash for Clunkers, Martin said you can eliminate the major problem of buying a new car.

So, how do you figure out if you should take advantage of the Cash for Clunkers bill?

Another checklist:

Does your car qualify?

Both your old and potential new cars must meet some pretty strict requirements; the biggie is fuel economy. If you drive an old SUV or truck there’s an excellent chance that you’ll qualify.

Sales values?

Used cars are in high demand these days. If you could get more that $3500-$4500 for your car in a private sale, you’re probably better off doing that instead.

New car costs $22,500 to $30,000?

Again, you want the Cash for Clunkers credit to equal 15 to 20 percent of a car’s value.

Can you afford car loan?

At the end of the day this may be the most important question of all. Even if Cash for Clunkers is a good fit for you, you’ll still need to make a monthly car payment. If you find that you have to use most, or all of your emergency fund, or have to budget too tightly to make the payments, then start looking for a used car instead.

Musk ‘master plan’ expands Tesla into trucks, buses and car sharing | Reuters

Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA.O) Chief Executive Elon Musk Wednesday unveiled an ambitious plan to expand the company into electric trucks and buses, car sharing and solar energy systems.

In a blog post titled “Master Plan, Part Deux,” Musk sketched a vision of an integrated carbon-free energy enterprise offering a wider range of vehicles, and products and services beyond electric cars and batteries.

The newest elements of the strategy included plans to develop car and ride sharing programs as well as commercial vehicles – businesses where other companies already compete, and in some cases have ample head starts on Tesla.

The new vehicles range from a commercial truck called the Tesla Semi to a public transport bus, a “new kind of pickup truck” and a compact SUV. The vehicles will be unveiled next year alongside Tesla’s existing fleet of electric cars.


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Musk restated his argument that Tesla should acquire solar panel installer SolarCity Corp (SCTY.O), where he is a major shareholder, and said he aims to make Tesla’s Autopilot self-driving system 10 times safer than cars that humans drive manually.

The plan did not detail how the new projects would be financed at a time when Both Tesla and SolarCity are burning through cash.

Musk summarized the plan saying Tesla aimed to “create stunning solar roofs (for homes) with seamlessly integrated battery storage. Expand the electric vehicle product line to address all major segments. Develop a self-driving capability that is 10X safer than manual via massive fleet learning. Enable your car to make money for you when you aren’t using it.”

Musk said he envisions Tesla owners allowing others to use their vehicles through a smartphone application. He indicated there will be a “Tesla shared fleet,” but did not offer details of how that fleet would be managed.

Rival automakers are pursuing some of these goals as well.

“In cities where demand exceeds the supply of customer-owned cars, Tesla will operate its own fleet, ensuring you can always hail a ride from us no matter where you are,” he said. Such a service would put Tesla in competition with ride hailing services such as Uber UBER.UL or Lyft.

Musk said all future Tesla products will have fully self-driving capability, including trucks and buses.

He vigorously defended Tesla’s decision to offer what he described as a “beta” system to allow partial autonomy in its vehicles, a system called Autopilot. Federal regulators are investigating Autopilot after a fatal accident involving a Tesla Model S operating with the system engaged.

“When used correctly, it (Autopilot) is already significantly safer than a person driving by themselves,” he wrote.

Musk did not say when fully autonomous Teslas would be ready, but indicated it could require roughly five years of additional testing.

Most major automakers, as well as internet search company Alphabet Inc(GOOGL.O), are investing heavily in automated driving technology.

Germany’s Daimler AG (DAIGn.DE) is working on automated heavy trucks and electric commercial vehicles. General Motors Co (GM.N) and Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) are among the auto companies working on car sharing and forging alliances with ride hailing companies.

On June 21, Musk proposed Tesla buy SolarCity. He outlined a combined company that could provide consumers with the tools for a largely carbon-free lifestyle – electric cars recharged with electricity generated by SolarCity solar panel systems, or stored in the home using battery packs produced by Tesla’s battery Gigafactory under construction near Reno, Nev.

Musk owns 22 per cent of SolarCity’s shares, and has outlined plans to offer buyers of Tesla electric vehicles a solar power generation and battery storage system.

To fund projects Tesla in May sold about $1.7 billion in new shares. Much of that will be used to accelerate development of its new Model 3 car lineup and reach a production pace of 500,000 vehicles a year by 2018.

On Monday, SolarCity said it raised $345 million to fund projects, and increased its debt facility by $110 million.

(Reporting by Joseph White and Paul Lienert; Editing by Andrew Hay)

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FRANKFURT Audi aims to have three electric car models by 2020 and for electric vehicles to account for 25 to 30 percent of its sales by 2025, Chief Executive Rupert Stadler told a German newspaper.

Audi’s electric cars push, reported by Reuters earlier this week, is part of a strategic overhaul following the emissions scandal at parent Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE).

Under the plan, which Stadler presented to Audi managers this week, the group will focus more resources on electric cars, digital services and autonomous driving.

Stadler told daily Heilbronner Stimme in an interview published on Saturday that Audi’s offering of electric cars would also include small vehicles in the A-segment.

The company also plans to set up a subsidiary, to be called SDS Company, to develop an autonomous car.

“This is about a robot car that may not even need a steering wheel or pedals, so it’s ideal for urban traffic,” he said, adding Audi was still looking for joint venture partners who would help with the technology.

In return for stepping up its focus on electric vehicles, autonomous driving and digital services, Audi will seek to reduce complexity in other areas, Stadler said.

“We have discussed what would happen if we dropped the two-door version of the A3. I think we would barely lose any customers. We’d rather invest the money that is freed up in new models and other derivatives,” Stadler said.

A company source told Reuters that management would also reduce orders assigned to external development service providers and shift funds from that area towards electric cars, autonomous driving and digitalization.

Weekly magazine Automobilwoche had earlier reported that Audi was cutting budgets for external projects.

In addition, CEO Stadler said fuel cell cars were a “must”, though he said he could not yet say how large demand would be.

“That is less a question of technology, we are already quite good at that. It’s rather going to be a question of infrastructure,” he said.

Audi’s technical development chief Stefan Knirsch told Stuttgarter Zeitung in a separate interview published on Saturday that he expected Audi would not start serial production of a fuel cell car before 2020 because of the lack of charging stations.

(Reporting by Maria Sheahan; Additional reporting by Andreas Cremer; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

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