Waymo to Start First Driverless Car Service in December

Waymo has already invested about $ 80,000,000,000 in the project
14 November 2018   270

Waymo, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., a subsidiary of Google, plans to launch the first commercial unmanned vehicle under the new brand in early December 2018. The company has not yet disclosed the exact dates and the new name.

UAVs will begin to operate in the vicinity of the city of Phoenix, where closed tests of such cars have been conducted since 2017. About 400 volunteer families have been using Waymo services for a year now. Volunteers who decide to accept the new conditions will be exempted from non-disclosure obligations. This will allow them to share their impressions, to take friends with them and even media representatives. In this way, the company plans to expand its customer base.

Waymo has already invested about $ 80,000,000,000 in the project, another $ 96,000,000,000 is planned to be spent on licensing in the field of cargo transportation and technology, according to analysts from Morgan Stanley.waymo unmanned vehicles
“Pioneering” in the region gives advantages: the company will have the opportunity to quickly implement a network of vehicles, repair bases and support services. According to experts, this will allow the company to poach customers even from Uber and Lyft.

But analysts do not deny the existence of serious competition. Tesla, Daimler, Volkswagen and other companies have their own approach to solving technological and social issues related to the introduction of unmanned vehicles in everyday life.

UAVs built on the basis of Chrysler Pacifica vans and will have a high level of autonomy: 99.9% of the total time they will drive on autopilot, based on data from a test program.

The company plans to take a serious step - remove the engineer on duty from the cockpit of the drone, who controls the condition of the car while driving, and in the event of an emergency pressing the button forces the car to park at the curb. The data shows that the Waymo car can drive about 5,000 miles before it requires human intervention. 

Facebook to Release PyTorch 1.0

This release added support for large cloud platforms, a C ++ interface, a set of JIT compilers
10 December 2018   125

Facebook has released a stable version of the library for machine learning PyTorch 1.0. This iteration added support for large cloud platforms, a C ++ interface, a set of JIT compilers, and various improvements.

The stable version received a set of JIT compilers that eliminate the dependence of the code on the Python interpreter. The model code is transformed into Torch Script - a superstructure over Python. Keeping the opportunity to work with the model in the Python environment, the user can download it to other projects not related to this language. So, the PyTorch developers state that the code processed in this way can be used in the C ++ API.

The torch.distributed package and the torch.nn.parallel.DistributedDataParallel module are completely redesigned. torch.distributed now has better performance and works asynchronously with the Gloo, NCCL and MPI libraries.

The developers added a C ++ wrapper to PyTorch 1.0. It contains analogs of Python interface components, such astorch.nn,torch.optim, torch.data. According to the creators, the new interface should provide high performance for C ++ applications. True, the C ++ API is still experimental, but it can be used in projects now.

To improve the efficiency of working with PyTorch 1.0, a Torch Hub repository has been created, which stores pre-trained models of neural networks. You can publish your own development using the hubconf.py file, after which the model will be available for download by any user via the torch.hub.load API.

Support for C extensions and the module torch.utils.trainer were removed from the library.

Facebook released the preliminary version of PyTorch 1.0 at the beginning of October 2018, and in two months the developers brought the framework to a stable state.