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    [EN] Ford inicia construção do "data center do futuro"


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    Sebastian Moss
    26 October 2016

    A new data center for a new Ford

    Ford has broken ground on a new data center at its headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, as part of a decade-long overhaul of its Ford World headquarters campus.

    The ’data center of the future,’ as Ford calls it, comes as the firm as a whole tries to reposition itself not just as an automobile company, but a mobility one as well.

    More than just cars

    Ford VP and CIO Marcy Klevorn said, according to an internal company blog, that there was an explosion of data at Ford. She added: “Today represents the automotive and mobility company Ford is becoming supported by technology and software.”

    Ford president and CEO Mark Fields said that the data center will provide modern and secure computing data storage capabilities for Ford and its customers. He continued: “As we go forward, the role that IT is playing and will play in our business – it is priceless.”

    Jeff Lemmer, director IT operations, added: “The IT team is being challenged to think differently about how we deploy applications and create infrastructure, and new data centers will allow us to meet those challenges.”

    Roger Gaudette, director of Dearborn Campus Transformation at Ford Land said: “The data center is an important and large part of the 10-year campus transformation… the data center of the future is the first visible sign of transformation outdoors on the world headquarters campus.”

    In August, Mark Fields said that the next decade would be “defined by automation of the automobile.”

    In a speech in Silicon Valley, he said: “Ford will be mass producing vehicles with full autonomy within five years. And that means there will be no steering wheel, no gas pedals, and no brake pedals. A driver is not going to be required.

    “In fact, we see autonomous vehicles as having as significant an impact on society as Ford’s moving assembly line did more than 100 years ago.”

    At the same event, Ford announced plans to open a dedicated campus in Palo Alto.

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    “The IT team is being challenged to think differently about how we deploy applications and create infrastructure, and new data centers will allow us to meet those challenges.”



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    Ford to offer self-driving cars without steering wheels by 2021


    This year, Ford will triple its autonomous vehicle test fleet to be the largest test fleet of any automaker – bringing the number to about 30 self-driving Fusion Hybrid sedans on the roads in California, Arizona and Michigan, with plans to triple it again next year.


    PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 16, 2016 – Ford today announces its intent to have a high-volume, fully autonomous SAE level 4-capable vehicle in commercial operation in 2021 in a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service.

    To get there, the company is investing in or collaborating with four startups to enhance its autonomous vehicle development, doubling its Silicon Valley team and more than doubling its Palo Alto campus.

    “The next decade will be defined by automation of the automobile, and we see autonomous vehicles as having as significant an impact on society as Ford’s moving assembly line did 100 years ago,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO. “We’re dedicated to putting on the road an autonomous vehicle that can improve safety and solve social and environmental challenges for millions of people – not just those who can afford luxury vehicles.”

    Autonomous vehicles in 2021 are part of Ford Smart Mobility, the company’s plan to be a leader in autonomous vehicles, as well as in connectivity, mobility, the customer experience, and data and analytics.

    Driving autonomous vehicle leadership

    Building on more than a decade of autonomous vehicle research and development, Ford’s first fully autonomous vehicle will be a Society of Automotive Engineers-defined level 4-capable vehicle. Plans are to design it to operate without a steering wheel, gas or brake pedal, for use in commercial mobility services such as ride sharing and ride hailing within geo-fenced areas and be available in high volumes.

    “Ford has been developing and testing autonomous vehicles for more than 10 years,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, Global Product Development, and chief technical officer. “We have a strategic advantage because of our ability to combine the software and sensing technology with the sophisticated engineering necessary to manufacture high-quality vehicles. That is what it takes to make autonomous vehicles a reality for millions of people around the world.”

    This year, Ford will triple its autonomous vehicle test fleet to be the largest test fleet of any automaker – bringing the number to about 30 self-driving Fusion Hybrid sedans on the roads in California, Arizona and Michigan, with plans to triple it again next year.

    Ford was the first automaker to begin testing its vehicles at Mcity, University of Michigan’s simulated urban environment, the first automaker to publicly demonstrate autonomous vehicle operation in the snow and the first automaker to test its autonomous research vehicles at night, in complete darkness, as part of LiDAR sensor development.

    To deliver an autonomous vehicle in 2021, Ford is announcing four key investments and collaborations that are expanding its strong research in advanced algorithms, 3D mapping, LiDAR, and radar and camera sensors:

    • Velodyne: Ford has invested in Velodyne, the Silicon Valley-based leader in light detection and ranging (LiDAR) sensors. The aim is to quickly mass-produce a more affordable automotive LiDAR sensor. Ford has a longstanding relationship with Velodyne, and was among the first to use LiDAR for both high-resolution mapping and autonomous driving beginning more than 10 years ago
    • SAIPS: Ford has acquired the Israel-based computer vision and machine learning company to further strengthen its expertise in artificial intelligence and enhance computer vision. SAIPS has developed algorithmic solutions in image and video processing, deep learning, signal processing and classification. This expertise will help Ford autonomous vehicles learn and adapt to the surroundings of their environment
    • Nirenberg Neuroscience LLC: Ford has an exclusive licensing agreement with Nirenberg Neuroscience, a machine vision company founded by neuroscientist Dr. Sheila Nirenberg, who cracked the neural code the eye uses to transmit visual information to the brain. This has led to a powerful machine vision platform for performing navigation, object recognition, facial recognition and other functions, with many potential applications. For example, it is already being applied by Dr. Nirenberg to develop a device for restoring sight to patients with degenerative diseases of the retina. Ford’s partnership with Nirenberg Neuroscience will help bring humanlike intelligence to the machine learning modules of its autonomous vehicle virtual driver system
    • Civil Maps: Ford has invested in Berkeley, California-based Civil Maps to further develop high-resolution 3D mapping capabilities. Civil Maps has pioneered an innovative 3D mapping technique that is scalable and more efficient than existing processes. This provides Ford another way to develop high-resolution 3D maps of autonomous vehicle environments


    Silicon Valley expansion

    Ford also is expanding its Silicon Valley operations, creating a dedicated campus in Palo Alto.
    Adding two new buildings and 150,000 square feet of work and lab space adjacent to the current Research and Innovation Center, the expanded campus grows the company’s local footprint and supports plans to double the size of the Palo Alto team by the end of 2017.

    “Our presence in Silicon Valley has been integral to accelerating our learning and deliverables driving Ford Smart Mobility,” said Ken Washington, Ford vice president, Research and Advanced Engineering. “Our goal was to become a member of the community. Today, we are actively working with more than 40 startups, and have developed a strong collaboration with many incubators, allowing us to accelerate development of technologies and services.”

    Since the new Ford Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto opened in January 2015, the facility has rapidly grown to be one of the largest automotive manufacturer research centers in the region. Today, it is home to more than 130 researchers, engineers and scientists, who are increasing Ford’s collaboration with the Silicon Valley ecosystem.

    Research and Innovation Center Palo Alto’s multi-disciplinary research and innovation facility is the newest of nearly a dozen of Ford’s global research, innovation, IT and engineering centers. The expanded Palo Alto campus opens in mid-2017.

    https://media.ford.com/content/fordm...g-in-2021.html
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    Hailing markets: "a driver will not be required"

    Lucas Mearian
    Aug 16, 2016

    Ford Motor Co. today announced its plans to begin mass producing a fully autonomous vehicle by 2021 that it will sell for ride hailing markets such as Uber.

    Ford's vehicle will be manufactured with no steering wheel, no gas or brake pedal. In other words, a driver will not be required.

    "The world is changing, and it's changing quickly. We're not sitting on the sidelines. Ford will be actively driving that change," Ford CEO Mark Fields said during a news conference held at the company's Palo Alto, Calif. research facility.

    Ford is planning to add two new buildings and 150,000 square feet of work and lab space adjacent to the current Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, doubling the size of the research team by the end of 2017. Currently, the facility has 130 researchers, engineers and scientists.

    "It's now clear that the next decade will be defined by automation of the automobile. In fact, we see autonomous vehicles as having as big an impact on society as Ford's moving assembly line did a hundred years ago," Fields added.

    Ford CTO Raj Nair described the move to create a fully autonomous fleet in five years as a change of plans from the company's previous direction of incrementally rolling out self-driving technology. Fields described the effort as a "top down engineering program."

    What Ford will not be producing by 2021 is a fully autonomous vehicle for consumers, according to Nair. That will come several years after the 2021 release of an autonomous ride-sharing fleet because the "economics don't make sense" and the company has yet to determine how to hand control of a vehicle back to a driver safely.

    "Our strategy is not about level three automation that would require a driver," Nair said.

    The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has created five levels to describe autonomous functionality, level 0 equating to no self-driving features and level 4 being a fully self-driving vehicle without a driver. Level 3 would be a fully-autonomous vehicle that allows a driver to retake control of the vehicle.

    In order to achieve its autonomous vehicle goal, Ford announced four technology partnerships, including investing $75 million in Velodyne, a Silicon Valley-based leader in light detection and ranging (LiDAR) sensors.

    The aim, Ford said, is to quickly mass-produce a more affordable automotive LiDAR sensor.

    Ford is also acquiring SAIPS, an Israel-based computer vision and machine learning company that will increase the automaker's expertise in artificial intelligence and enhanced computer vision systems. Ford also penned a licensing agreement with German-based Nirenberg Neuroscience, a machine vision company founded by neuroscientist Dr. Sheila Nirenberg. The partnership will offer Ford machine learning modules for its autonomous vehicle virtual driver system.

    In July, Ford announced it had also invested in Civil Maps, a Berkeley, Calif. developer of high-resolution 3D mapping capabilities.

    Ford said it is doubling down on autonomous driving technology because it will provide a new revenue stream previously not available from the ride-sharing and ride-hailing marketplace.

    Fields said autonomous vehicles will also open up transportation to huge swaths of society, including the elderly and infirm who are unable to drive themselves. Autonomous technology will also address the fact that the nature of vehicle ownership is changing, Fields said, alluding to the fact that many millennials today begin driving later in life and sometimes rely solely on ride-sharing services.

    Fields also noted that autonomous driving technology will reduce both pollution through more efficient use of vehicles and safety by allowing computers to take control.

    "Right now, there are more than 30,000 motor vehicle deaths per year in the U.S. and 90% of them can be attributed to human error," Fields said.

    This year, Ford plans to triple its autonomous vehicle test fleet, which it said will make it the largest such fleet of any automaker -- bringing the number to about 30 self-driving Fusion Hybrid sedans on the roads in California, Arizona and Michigan; it plans to triple that fleet again next year, Fields said.

    "For most people, autonomous vehicles are a new idea, so we also understand that trust matters," Fields said. "We have spent the past century earning that trust. We know how to make safe, quality vehicles at high volumes to meet the needs of people around the world."

    http://www.computerworld.com/article...s-by-2021.html

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    IBM, OnStar, And General Motors Are Bringing Watson To Your Car

    Dan Solomon
    10.26.16

    The future may be in self-driving cars, but the possibilities for our cars to smarten up while we wait for that technology to fully arrive are worth exploring, too—and that's something that IBM, General Motors, and OnStar announced today with the advent of OnStar Go, which allows GM cars to channel IBM's Watson for drivers who want to have some mild conveniences brought to their commute.

    The initial launch includes partnerships with five brands—including big guys like ExxonMobil and Mastercard, a no-brainer entertainment platform in iHeartRadio, and intriguing prospects like location-sharing app Glympse and parking locator Parkopedia—intended to "deliver individualized in-vehicle experiences to a growing population of connected drivers."

    What that means for drivers depends on the partner—and the driver, as Watson uses machine learning to improve its processes—but in a release, IBM suggests some possibilities for each brand, which range from "huh, I guess that's interesting" to "that sounds genuinely useful." ExxonMobil, for example, will use Watson to help drivers find the closest Exxon and/or Mobil gas stations and get recommendations for what type of gas they should use for their car. That might be cool for ExxonMobil enthusiasts, if such a thing exists, but otherwise it mostly does something that your eyes can do by spotting the very tall signs that gas stations use to inform motorists of where they can fill up. iHeartRadio, meanwhile, promises to "curate personalized experiences that leverage on-air personalities and local content from radio stations across the U.S.," in case you've ever sat in a new car and thought, "if only there were a way to listen to the music that I like."

    That sort of obvious deployment of technology is par for the course with a new idea, though, and the contributions of Glympse (which will allow drivers to share their location with businesses, which should make things like curbside pickup of orders genuinely convenient) and MasterCard (which will let people buy things as they're driving) could combine into something interesting—combine the two, and you could theoretically pay for a pizza without taking your eyes off the road, then have it brought out to your car as you arrive. Meanwhile, Parkopedia is the sort of genuinely useful addition to a car that earns the word "smart," as drivers will be able to find available parking spaces, reserve them, and pay for them from behind the wheel. Anything that spares us twenty minutes of circling the block is okay in our book, so while some of the applications here may be underwhelming, the potential of the partnership means Watson is a welcome passenger in our rides.

    https://www.fastcocreate.com/3065020...on-to-your-car

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    IBM: A Billion People to Use Watson by 2018

    CEO Ginni Rometty highlights Watson’s recent pact with GM at WSJ’s tech conference

    Don Clark
    Oct. 26, 2016

    LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.— International Business Machines Corp.’s Watson artificial-intelligence technology is on track to be used in some form by a billion people by the end of next year, Chief Executive Virginia Rometty said Wednesday.

    Ms. Rometty, speaking at The Wall Street Journal’s WSJDLive 2016 technology conference, pointed to the company’s new deal with General Motors Co. to pair Watson with GM’s OnStar system in cars as an example of how IBM is extending Watson’s reach. She said such partnerships will have put Watson technology in contact with hundreds of millions of people by the end of this year.

    Watson, a collection of artificial-intelligence software delivered as cloud-computing services, is a high-profile part of what IBM calls its “strategic imperatives” to help spur growth amid declines in long-established businesses like servers, software and computing services. Those businesses collectively grew 15% in the third quarter, excluding the effects of currency exchange rates. IBM’s total revenue declined for the 18th straight quarter, but at the modest rate of 0.3%.

    Ms. Rometty insisted her strategy is on track, noting that the company’s revenue is off very little when considering that the company spun off businesses generating roughly $8 billion in annual revenue.

    “Those are the right decisions to make,” she said. “I make no apologies for them.”

    GM on Wednesday unveiled a Watson-assisted version of OnStar—a subscription service that provides navigation, diagnostics and other features—to offer mobile-commerce services beyond navigation and entertainment. The new system, dubbed OnStar Go, is designed to learn from users’ behavior to deliver personalized offers from partners such as Exxon Mobil Corp.

    For instance, the system might alert drivers who need fuel to make it to their next destination and point the way to Exxon Mobil stations en route. The system doesn’t respond to voice commands now but will by late 2017, IBM said.

    IBM on Wednesday also announced an arrangement with the business messaging service Slack, which helps workers to collaborate in private groups. San Francisco-based Slack will use Watson Conversation, an IBM service that processes natural language, to enhance the accuracy and efficiency of Slackbot, a customer-service bot that helps Slack users troubleshoot problems.

    Ms. Rometty said the company is particularly enthusiastic about the uses of Watson in health care. IBM announced a relationship last week with Quest Diagnostics Inc., in which Watson will help analyze the results of genetic sequencing of tumor samples of cancer patients. She said IBM also is helping to provide Watson-based services to help doctors in India, which has a severe shortage of cancer specialists.

    Asked about the ethical questions and other risks often linked to AI, Ms. Rometty said the company is working with companies like Facebook Inc. and Google Inc. in an effort to study the issues. She also praised recent federal policy statements about artificial intelligence.

    “We must work with government,” she said.

    —Rachael King contributed to this article.

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/ibm-a-bi...018-1477496455

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    Honda to invest $53 million in data center in Ohio

    Michael Cooper and Matt Sanctis
    Oct. 31, 2016

    Honda — a major employer for Clark and Champaign counties — will invest $53 million to construct two buildings on its Central Ohio campus to house its North American information technology and market quality operations.

    The two new facilities will be located in Raymond, Ohio, and are scheduled to open in early 2017. The facilities are currently under construction and nearing completion.

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    The 38,000-square-foot Ohio Data Center will increase data storage for the company. Honda has a similar data center in Denver but wanted one near its large research and development operation in Ohio.

    Honda R&D Americas Ohio Center, also located in Raymond, is Honda’s largest research and development center outside of Japan, producing new products for Honda and Acura customers. The new facilities will be located adjacent to the R&D center.

    The 98,000-square foot North American Quality Center building will consolidate operations for several Honda organizations under one roof, including product quality.

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    Honda’s decision is an important investment for Ohio, where the manufacturer already has a significant footprint, said Jessica Caldwell, a senior analyst at Edmunds.com.

    “The bigger story is just the further investment in Ohio and just how much they actually have in the state,” Caldwell said.

    The auto industry is becoming increasingly complex as it moves toward new technologies like self-driving vehicles, Caldwell said. Those kinds of technologies often require manufacturers to collect and analyze voluminous amounts of data from consumers, suppliers and other sources, she said.

    “I would imagine investing in data infrastructure at this point before it takes off is probably something they all need to do to have the foundation to even start,” she said of automakers.


    http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/ne...enter-in-ohio/

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