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Foreign-born Ph.D. graduates with science and engineering degrees from American universities are only half as likely to work for technology start-ups as US citizens, despite applying to and receiving offers for these jobs at the same rate. That’s the finding of a new study by researchers at Cornell University, which discovered that these graduates prefer to work at larger technology companies with the resources and experience to...
Self-driving truck company TuSimple has partnered with Pima Community College in Arizona to announce the launch of the first autonomous driving certificate programme for truck drivers. The Autonomous Vehicle Driver and Operations Specialist programme aims to prepare individuals for jobs such as training the autonomous system as test drivers, operating the vehicle in situations where autonomous driving is not suitable, and remotely...
Ford Motor Company has opened a new research centre in Tel Aviv to focus on identifying technology partners in the areas of connectivity, sensors, in-vehicle monitoring and cyber-security. The company has appointed Udy Danino, Founder and CEO of Ford-owned computer vision and machine learning company SAIPS, as the technical director of the Ford Research Center, Israel, which is located at the heart of Tel Aviv’s technology community....
Online learning provider Udacity announced this week that it is expanding its learning partnership with Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America (MBRDNA) to train the next generation of engineering talent in self-driving car technology.  Udacity has announced a new program – the Sensor Fusion Engineer Nanodegree program – which has been developed in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz, one of the first...
Automotive company Geely Auto Group has opened a new research and development centre in Germany, focused on new propulsion systems and next-generation mobility technology. The Geely Auto Technical Deutschland (GATD) facility at Raunheim, close to Frankfurt airport, is expected to employ around 300 engineers and technology specialists within the next few years, as the group increases its presence in electrification and new energy vehicles....
Cambridge University’s Department of Engineering has announced the launch of a new information engineering course with a focus on autonomous driving. The course for second-year undergraduate students, taught by Professor Roberto Cipolla, Dr Richard Turner and Dr Glenn Vinnicombe, aims to provide a unified view of information engineering, showing how signal processing, computer vision, machine learning and control relate to one...
Ride-hailing service Lyft has appointed its first Head of Machine Learning and Intelligence, as it seeks to deepen its understanding of its drivers and riders and the cities in which they live. Tal Shaked joins the company from Google, where he led the Machine Learning Accelerated team at Google Brain, the company’s deep learning artificial intelligence research team. Shaked is also a co-founder of Sibyl, which was the most widely...
Renovo, the autonomous vehicle software company, has appointed former General Motors executive Tony Posawatz to its board of directors. Announcing the appointment, Renovo’s CEO Chris Heiser said that Posawatz’s “unrivalled experience and reputation in leading the automotive industry through the adoption of breakthrough technologies” would make him a perfect fit for the company. Posawatz is currently President/CEO...
Local Motors , the developer of self-driving shuttle Olli, has appointed transit industry veteran Nicholas Cole as its new Senior Vice President of Sales. Cole will lead the company’s sales operations, with a focus on driving commercial adoption of its autonomous mobility products. Currently an industry consultant, Cole most recently led the expansion and transformation efforts for Avis Budget Group’s car-sharing network,...
Autonomous vehicles developer NAVYA has partnered with professional development provider INSAVALOR to offer and develop a range of training courses for those involved in autonomous vehicles. The initiative, “NAVYA ACADEMY by INSAVALOR”, will combine INSAVALOR’s expertise in continuous professional development with NAVYA’s autonomous vehicles know-how, to offer a range of training courses for people working in the...
As automation affects more and more industries, it’s reasonable to think that jobs traditionally done by humans will start to disappear, as workers are replaced with robots. But a recent report suggests that the opposite is actually true. It found that more employers than ever (87%) are planning to increase or maintain headcount in the next two years, as a result of automation. The report from ManpowerGroup, ‘Humans Wanted:...
Much has been made of the potential benefits of driverless vehicles and automated technologies – from improved mobility to better road safety. But there are also concerns about the impact self-driving vehicles could have on existing transportation jobs. Last year, the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI)  commissioned a report  on the subject, which found that the driverless vehicle...