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Researchers Working to Improve Autonomous Vehicle Driving Vision in the Rain 

Researchers are studying ways to improve the vision of autonomous cars operating in bad weather conditions of rain, snow and fog. (Credit: Getty Images) 
By John P. Desmond, AI Trends Editor 
To help autonomous cars navigate safely in the rain and other inclement weather, researchers are looking into a new type of radar.  
Self-driving vehicles can have trouble “seeing” in the rain or fog, with the car’s sensors potentially blocked by snow, ice or torrential downpours, and their ability to “read” road signs and road markings impaired. 
Many autonomous vehicles rely on lidar radar technology, which works by bouncing …

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Quantum Computing Hardware, Software Players Seeding the Market 

Hardware and software companies including Microsoft and IBM are seeing the market for a new generation of developers needed to program quantum computers. (Credit: Microsoft Blog) 
By John P. Desmond, AI Trends Editor  
While quantum computing is seen by most as futuristic, not quite out of the research lab, German automaker BMW is putting quantum computing into practice, one of the first real world uses of the technology.  
BMW is using a Honeywell quantum computer to find more efficient ways to purchase the many components that go into its vehicles, according to a recent account in cnet. 
Honeywell recently made …

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US Maintains Lead in AI, but China is Closing Fast, New Study Finds 

Artificial Intelligence, Race, Technology, USA, CHINA
By John P. Desmond, AI Trends Editor  
Some 30 nationals have created national AI strategies. To date, the US is ahead in AI, but China is challenging its lead, according to a report entitled, “Who is Winning the AI Race: China, EU, or the United States,” recently issued by the Center for Data Innovation. 
The report’s authors, Daniel Castro and Michael McLaughlin, updated a report issued in 2019. In the introduction, the authors state that in the AI rankings, “It is likely that the EU will remain behind both the United States and China, and …

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