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December 8, 2019

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Hackers Could Use Connected Cars to Gridlock Whole Cities

In a future when self-driving and other internet-connected cars share the roads with the rest of us, hackers could not only wreck the occasional vehicle but possibly compound attacks to gridlock ... read more

Camera Can Watch Moving Objects Around Corners

By analyzing single particles of light, this camera system can reconstruct room-size scenes and moving objects that are hidden around a corner. This work could someday help autonomous cars and robots ... read more

Robot-Ants That Can Jump, Communicate With Each Other and Work Together

A team of researchers has developed tiny 10-gram robots that are inspired by ants: they can communicate with each other, assign roles among themselves and complete complex tasks together. These ... read more

Camera Brings Unseen World to Light

Researchers have developed a highly compact, portable camera that can image polarization in a single shot. The miniature camera -- about the size of a thumb -- could find a place in the vision ... read more
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Scientists Develop Sensor to Save Children, Pets Left in Vehicles

A small, inexpensive sensor could save lives by triggering an alarm when children or pets are left alone in vehicles. The new device combines radar technology with artificial intelligence (AI) to ... read more

RoboBee Powered by Soft Muscles

Researchers have developed a resilient RoboBee powered by soft artificial muscles that can crash into walls, fall onto the floor, and collide with other RoboBees without being damaged. It is the ... read more

Shedding New Light on Charging Lithium-Ion Batteries

Researchers have discovered a photo-excitation process that speeds up the charging of lithium-ion batteries. If commercialized, such technology could be a game changer for electric ... read more

In and out With 10-Minute Electrical Vehicle Recharge

Electric vehicle owners may soon be able to pull into a fueling station, plug their car in, go to the restroom, get a cup of coffee and in 10 minutes, drive out with a fully charged battery, ... read more

Enabling Autonomous Vehicles to See Around Corners

To improve the safety of autonomous systems, MIT engineers have developed a system that can sense tiny changes in shadows on the ground to determine if there's a moving object coming around the ... read more

Teaching Cars to Drive With Foresight

Good drivers anticipate dangerous situations and adjust their driving before things get dicey. Researchers now also want to teach this skill to self-driving ... read more

Platform for Scalable Testing of Autonomous Vehicle Safety

In the race to manufacture autonomous vehicles (AVs), safety is crucial yet sometimes overlooked as exemplified by recent headline-making accidents. Researchers are using artificial intelligence (AI) ... read more

Research Tests Speed of Drones in Responding to Medical Emergency Scenarios

Could drones be used someday to deliver life-saving medications or interventions in the case of a child's emergency, a drug overdose or in response to a mass casualty scene? According to new ... read more

Swarm of Tiny Drones Explores Unknown Environments

Researchers have presented a swarm of tiny drones that can explore unknown environments completely by themselves. This work forms a significant step in the field of swarm ... read more

Driverless Cars Could Lead to More Traffic Congestion

New research has predicted that driverless cars could worsen traffic congestion in the coming decades, partly because of drivers' attitudes to the emerging technology and a lack of willingness ... read more

Tradeoffs Between Commute Time, Safety

Urban commuters may be less likely to encounter automobile accidents if they are willing to increase trip time, researchers report. A new study introduces a tool that helps quantify the connection ... read more

Darn You, R2! When Can We Blame Robots?

A recent study finds that people are likely to blame robots for workplace accidents, but only if they believe the robots are ... read more

System Can Minimize Damage When Self-Driving Vehicles Crash

Engineers have developed decision-making and motion-planning technology to limit injuries and damage when self-driving vehicles are involved in unavoidable crashes. After recognizing that a collision ... read more

Illegal Urban Off-Road Vehicles as Risky as Motorcycles in Cities

People who illegally ride off-road vehicles, such as dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles, on city streets suffer similar crash injuries as motorcyclists, but are less likely to die even though many ... read more

Bio-Inspired Theoretical Research May Make Robots More Effective on the Future Battlefield

In an effort to make robots more effective and versatile teammates for Soldiers in combat, researchers are on a mission to understand the value of the molecular living functionality of muscle, and ... read more

Hypersonic Research Spotlights Future Flight Challenges

Engineers are advancing what researchers know about hypersonic flight. A new study describes a series of tests that elucidate the conditions a future aircraft may experience traveling faster than 10 ... read more

Future Intent: Would You Let an Automated Car Do the Driving?

Researchers have surveyed more than 2000 drivers across Australia, France and Sweden for two separate studies investigating what people think about travelling in automated cars. The first ... read more

Military Drills for Robots

Researchers tested ground robots performing military-style exercises, much like Soldier counterparts, at a robotics testing site in Pennsylvania recently as part of a 10-year research project ... read more

Getting an 'Eel' for the Water: The Physics of Undulatory Human Swimming

A team of researchers captured the 3D motion of an athlete performing undulatory swimming. They find that the vortex wakes created led to jet flows that contribute to the propulsion. This research ... read more

Squid-Inspired Robots Might Have Environmental, Propulsion Applications

Inspired by cephalopods, scientists developed an aquatic robot that mimics their form of propulsion. These high-speed, squidlike robots are made of smart materials, which make them hard to detect, ... read more

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