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UK’s self-driving 320-km cavalcade, Factmata’s Seed Round
This week, FCA announced it will provide Waymo with hundreds of self-driving minivans, and the MIT launched a new research programme on human intelligence and AI.
In the UK, a group of companies and institutions started working on a self-driving car able to tour the UK in a 320-km trip that will include countryside roads and high-speed roundabouts.
Called the HumanDrive project, the effort will have human drivers undertaking the trip on driving simulators , generating data that will then be used for training a driverless car to complete the same journey in December 2019.

The project brings together carmakers Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi with Cranfield University, the University of Leeds, Highways England and government-backed organisation Transport Systems Catapult.

The project aims at preparing self-driving vehicles to navigate the UK’s roads, in view of having driverless cars deployed on British soil by 2021.
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Factmata raises $1M in Seed to fight fake news
Factmata, a London-based company working on AI able to counter  fake news online, has raised £700,000 ($1 million) from a number of investors—including Twitter co-founder Biz Stone. The company is piloting several projects aimed at flagging up fake news, clickbait, misleading information, and bad content currently infesting the web.
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Waymo gets thousands of FCA minivans for self-driving cab service
FCA announced it will provide Alphabet’s self-driving car subsidiary Waymo with thousands of Chrysler Pacifica minivans, which will likely make up the fleet of Waymo’s soon-to-be-launched self-driving cab service. The FCA-made hybrid vehicles come with Waymo's self-driving hardware and software already built in.
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The MIT wants to beat Silicon Valley at the AI game
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is launching a new programme to understand human intelligence and develop better AI.

Called the MIT Intelligence Quest, or MIT IQ, the effort will involve hundreds of researchers and aims at raising hundreds of millions of dollars from both the public and the private sectors.
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This self-driving car demo didn't go to plan!

TechCrunch reporters were in a self-driving car as it crashed (nobody was hurt.) Phantom AI's autonomous vehicle rammed into a Nissan which had to suddenly brake to avoid an obstacle. According to California-based Phantom AI, the car's emergency braking system had been disabled during the demo, so the accident was due to the human driver's failure to brake earlier.
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