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What are these 'levels' of autonomous vehicles?

The six levels of autonomy describe the features that are engaged in any given instance of on-road operation of an equipped vehicle.

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Monitoring 'side channels' to detect vehicle hacks

By comparing what a vehicle is actually doing to what its software claims it is doing, researchers may be able to detect hack to onboard systems.

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Mosquito-hunting drones

As one of the winners of the Federal Aviation Administration's Drone Integration Pilot Program, a Florida county plans to expand its use of drones to control mosquitos.

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Montana test-drives code-free chatbots

The Motor Vehicle Division uses a drag-and-drop builder to construct conversational chatbots that guide online users through multiple-step processes.

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What is 5G? The next generation of wireless, explained

The high data transmission rates and low latency promised by 5G will provide new opportunities for connected vehicles, automation and augmented and virtual reality systems.

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Predicting the casualties that drone crashes can cause

NASA is asking for risk management and decision-making tools that can help it accurately estimate the deaths and injuries caused by a drone that crashes into a populated area.

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How blockchain helped bring down the Silk Road

Blockchain's audit trail, coupled with federal subpoena power, made it possible for investigators to uncover the personal accounts linked to operators of the underground marketplace.

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Local police turn to feds for crime-solving tech

For encryption-cracking solutions and DNA analysis, state and local law enforcement offices are looking for help from federal agencies with deeper pockets and research capabilities.

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FAA picks 10 for drone integration pilot program

The winners and their commercial partners will work with the FAA to develop UAS testing zones and build a regulatory framework for unmanned systems operation.

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Fingerprint capture tech improving, but not enough

The Nail to Nail challenge aims to create a sensor system that produces a high-quality rolled fingerprint without relying on a trained device operator.

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Drones gear up to fly beyond visible line of sight

Based on three years of BVLOS research with the Federal Aviation Administration, PrecisionHawk has incorporated the latest tracking and detect-and-avoid technology into its own products.

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Cryptojacking spreads across the web

Users are being tricked into downloading scripts that use their computers to perform the complex mathematical calculations required by distributed-ledger applications.

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