HumanForest suspends London e-bike sharing service, cuts jobs after customer accident – TechCrunch

UK-based startup HumanForest has suspended its nascent ‘free’ e-bike service in London this week, after experiencing “mechanical” issues and after a user had an accident on one of its bikes, TechCrunch has learned. The suspension has also seen the company make a number of layoffs with plans to re-launch next spring using a different e-bike. The service suspension comes only a few months after HumanForest started the trial in North London — and just a couple of weeks after announcing a $2.3M seed round of funding backed by the founders of Cabify and others. We were tipped to the closure by an anonymous source who said they were employed by the startup. They told us the company’s e-bike had been found to have a defect and there had been an accident involving a user, after which the service was suspended. They also told us HumanForest fired a bunch of staff this week with little warning and minimal severance. Asked about the source’s allegations, HumanForest confirmed it had suspended its service in London following a “minor accident” on Sunday, saying also that it had identified “problems of a similar nature” prior to the accident but had put down those down to “tampering or minor mechanical issues”. Here’s its statement in full: “We were not aware that the bike was defective. There had been problems of a similar nature which were suspected to be tampering or minor mechanical issues. We undertook extra mechanical checks which we believed had resolved the issue and informed…Continue readingHumanForest suspends London e-bike sharing service, cuts jobs after customer accident – TechCrunch


Uber backup driver charged with negligent homicide in self-driving accident

Tempe Police Vehicular Crimes Unit is actively investigatingthe details of this incident that occurred on March 18th. We will provide updated information regarding the investigation once it is available. — Tempe Police (@TempePolice) March 21, 2018 The car’s software detected Herzberg more than five seconds before the crash but did not identify her as a pedestrian with a bike crossing the street away from a crosswalk. However the NTSB report went into depth saying that while the backup driver could have avoided the crash if they had been paying attention, it was “the last link in a long chain of actions and decisions made by an organization that unfortunately did not make safety the top priority.” That included Uber deactivating the Volvo SUV’s built-in automatic emergency braking system, which put all pressure on the backup driver to intervene in a situation where the self-driving rig failed. Source linkContinue readingUber backup driver charged with negligent homicide in self-driving accident

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Samsung apparently just leaked the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra by accident

Someone at Samsung appears to have committed a whoopsie today: the company seems to have leaked the upcoming Galaxy Note 20 Ultra on its own Russian site. Behold: Something weird!Might just be our first look at the #Samsung #GalaxyNote20Ultra smartphone. This picture of the Bronze/Copper Galaxy Note 20 Ultra was found on the official Russian website of Samsung. Do you think it’s the actual render or concept used by a Samsung team? — Ishan Agarwal (@ishanagarwal24) July 1, 2020   The device was first spotted by Russian YouTuber @1garri (via Ishan Agarwal). While it’s not totally certain the device is supposed to be the Note 20 Ultra, several details point to this being the case. Упс, Самсунг уже убрали ссылку с утечкой Note20. Оперативно) хотя не удивительно, учитывая как бомбануло в твиттере)) но что попадает в интернет – там и остаётся. По существу, Note 20 будет секси. Очень классно обыграли камеры + матовый цвет. Жду не дождусь 🤓 — Garri (@1garri) July 1, 2020 For one, the device appears to sport a periscope lens like the existing Galaxy S20 Ultra. For another, it matches the shake posted by leakster Ice Universe — who also mentioned the phone would come in a copper color. Not to mention the image was found on, you know, Samsung’s own website; according to The Verge, someone appears to have accidentally uploaded the images to a page for the older Note 10. Note20 Ultra vs. Note20 — Ice universe (@UniverseIce) July 1, 2020 The next…Continue readingSamsung apparently just leaked the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra by accident


CVPR challenge pushes researchers to improve car accident detection AI

AI researchers from more than 30 countries around the world came together this week for the AI City Challenge, a competition to spur the development of better machine learning via tasks such as detecting car accidents and tracking a vehicle across a network of cameras. Now in its fourth year, the challenge pushes AI researchers to create more efficient Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). Teams from Baidu won three of the four competitions: vehicle counting, multi-camera reidentification, and car accident and stalled vehicle detection. Organizing committee member and University of Albany assistant professor Ming-Ching Chang said during the virtual workshop that the top performing model in this category achieved 95.3% accuracy. A team from Carnegie Mellon University won one of the four challenges for tracking a vehicle over a network of multiple cameras. The benchmark data set for this challenge stretches across 46 camera views spanning 16 intersections in Dubuque, Iowa. In total, the competition drew more than 800 individual researchers on 300 teams from 36 nations; 76 teams submitted code for final review. The organizing committee included companies like Amazon and Nvidia as well as researchers associated with Iowa State University, Santa Clara University, and the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. Organizers called this year’s AI City Challenge the first to use effectiveness and computation efficiency standards the U.S. Department of Transportation says it needs to consider deployment of this form of automation in the wild. Past competitions focused on transportation systems for traffic signaling, public transit, and infrastructure. VB…Continue readingCVPR challenge pushes researchers to improve car accident detection AI