Day: October 30, 2020

Ford announces Active Drive Assist pricing, package options, and more

The company also detailed an “early adopter incentive” and over-the-air software update information.

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On Friday, Ford Motor Company announced the pricing for its driver-assistance technology. Ford’s Active Drive Assist system leverages a suite of technologies including camera and radar to enable hands-free driving. Ford also announced vehicle package options, early adopter pricing discounts, scheduling information for over-the-air software updates, and more.

“As breakthroughs in new technology allow us to help reduce the stress of long highway drives, it’s important to make sure these capabilities can be enjoyed by the largest spread of people possible,” said Hau Thai-Tang, chief product platform and operations officer at Ford Motor Company, in a press release.

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Ford’s Active Drive Assist: Pricing packages and more

The 2021 F-150 and 2021 Mustang Mach-E will be the first Ford models to

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Ericsson explores “internet of senses” using AR, VR, and 5G by 2030

A new study looks into the dematerialized office, where sensorial experiences such as touch, taste, smell, and sensations of hot or cold can be transmitted digitally.

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The coronavirus pandemic has forced many of us to spend hours glued to our screens and trapped in grainy Zoom meetings. But what if there was a different way to work virtually? That is the basis of a new “Dematerialized Office: ConsumerLab” report from Ericsson, which delves into what the workplace may look like by 2030. 

Researchers with the multinational networking and telecommunications company surveyed nearly 8,000 people in Australia, Brazil, China, Mexico, India, Japan, KSA, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Qatar, Sweden, Turkey, UAE, the UK, and the US to find out what they think things will look like for workers a decade from now. Those surveyed are “regular users of augmented reality, virtual reality or virtual assistants, or plan to

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AOL founder Steve Case, involved early in Section 230, says it’s time to change it – TechCrunch

AOL founder Steve Case was there in Dulles, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C., when in 1996 the Communications Decency Act was passed as part of a major overhaul of U.S. telecommunications laws that President Bill Clinton signed into law. Soon after, in its first test, a provision of that act which states that, “[n]o provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider,” would famously save AOL’s bacon.

That wasn’t coincidental. In a wide-ranging call earlier today with Case — who has become an influential investor over the last 15 years through his firm Revolution and its early-stage, growth-stage, and seed-stage funds — he talked about his involvement in Section 230’s creation, and why the thinks it’s time to change it.

We’ll have more from our interview with Case tomorrow. In the meantime,

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Cybersecurity policy is a must in government

One policy expert says cybersecurity measures should be an expected item that comes with every purchase, like the safety measures in your car.

TechRepublic’s Karen Roby talked with Fred Cate of Indiana University about cybersecurity and the importance of cybersecurity policy in government. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

Fred Cate: I’m vice-president for research, but for 30 years, I’ve been a professor at Indiana University in the school of law. And I was the founding director of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research. What I do, which is a little different than a lot of other cybersecurity people, is really coming at cybersecurity from a policy and a usability point of view.

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Karen Roby: The election’s just right around the corner. When we talk about security, we think so much about that because we hear so much about it,

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Robot boats from MIT can now carry passengers

The latest “Roboat” is an autonomous vehicle that’s about six feet long and is being tested for use in Amsterdam.

The Roboat II is an autonomous robotic boat that navigates via artificial intelligence. 

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Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and the Senseable City Lab have recently added a new, larger autonomous vessel to the fleet it has been working on for the city of Amsterdam. Dubbed “Roboat II,” the latest robotic boat is now capable of carrying passengers and is the equivalent of roughly a “COVID-friendly” six feet, CSAIL said.

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The team has been working to develop the world’s first fleet of autonomous boats in a five-year project. In tandem with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, the team also created navigation and control algorithms to update the communication

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