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Trends in Automation: Robotics Experts Warn that Automated Vehicles Aren’t Quite Ready for Widespread Use

The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee recently held a hearing to discuss the readiness of U.S. roads and drivers for automated vehicles. The response from robotics experts was optimistic, but qualified. Missy Cummings, engineering professor and human-factors expert at Duke University, argues that self-driving cars are not ready for widespread deployment. Continue reading

Trends in Automation: New Stentrode Could Enable Brain Machine Interfaces without Invasive Surgery

This month, DARPA announced that a research team has developed a neural-recording device that can be implanted through blood vessels like a stent. This device was created with the funding of DARPA’s Reliable Neural-Interface Technology (RE-NET) program. Continue reading