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Atlanta hopes to be among candidates for self-driving auto test tracks

Feb 21, 2017

Atlanta hopes to be among candidates for self-driving auto test tracks

Self-driving vehicles could begin tooling down a bustling Atlanta street full of cars, buses, bicyclists and college students, as the city vies with other communities nationwide to test the emerging technology. Atlanta would become one of the largest urban areas for testing self-driving vehicles ...

New Zealand judge upholds ruling on extraditing Kim Dotcom to U.S.

Feb 20, 2017

New Zealand judge upholds ruling on extraditing Kim Dotcom to U.S.

A New Zealand judge on Monday upheld an earlier court ruling that flamboyant internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and three of his colleagues can be extradited to the U.S. to face criminal charges. The decision comes five years after U.S. authorities shut down Dotcom’s file-sharing ...

Government eyes self-driving car guidelines in fiscal 2017

Feb 17, 2017

Government eyes self-driving car guidelines in fiscal 2017

The government plans to compile guidelines for self-driving cars in fiscal 2017 starting April 1 as it prepares to rework the existing legal framework ahead of the rollout of such vehicles, officials said Thursday. Japan is seeking to promote the spread of automated driving ...

Can internet-beaming balloons outmaneuver shifting winds?

Feb 17, 2017

Can internet-beaming balloons outmaneuver shifting winds?

For its next trick, an internet-beaming balloon factory that was spun out of Google believes it can outmaneuver the wind. In doing so, the 4-year-old “Project Loon” says it will be able to bring remote parts of the world online more quickly with a ...

Sticky, insect-sized drones could act as pollinators

Feb 11, 2017

Sticky, insect-sized drones could act as pollinators

Small drones coated with horsehair and a sticky gel could one day help pollinate crops and offset the costly loss of bee populations worldwide, researchers in Japan say. The miniature robots, described in the journal Chem, are a long way from being deployed in ...

Remote control: Companies blur lines over who owns devices

Feb 10, 2017

Remote control: Companies blur lines over who owns devices

When Samsung Electronics remotely disabled the last of its flawed Galaxy Note 7 smartphones last month, it further blurred the lines between who ultimately controls your phone, computer, car or appliance — you, or the companies that make it work? Industry executives and analysts ...

Beyond Robby: London show portrays 500 years of robot evolution

Feb 8, 2017

Beyond Robby: London show portrays 500 years of robot evolution

Inspired by his belief that human beings are essentially terrified of robots, Ben Russell set about charting the evolution of automatons for an exhibition he hopes will force people to think about how androids and other robotic forms can enhance their lives. Robots, says ...

Feb 7, 2017

Japan to nurture specialists in internet of things

The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry is planning to accelerate efforts to develop specialists capable of improving and managing the internet of things. The ministry’s plan reflects growing demand for personnel in both public and private sectors who can make good use of networks ...

Japan insurers set to use health data to set premiums

Feb 6, 2017

Japan insurers set to use health data to set premiums

Health data such as exercise times, sleep length and heart rates recorded on wearable devices will soon be used to forecast a person’s vulnerability to diseases and estimate appropriate medical insurance premiums. The insurance industry is just a step away from developing such tailor-made ...