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Uber posts US$50bil in annual bookings

SAN FRANCISCO: Uber Technologies Inc had US$50bil in total bookings for its ride-service and food-delivery businesses last year, a testament to the size and global reach of the company as it prepares to woo investors in one of the biggest public stock listings to date.

AI system spots diseases

PARIS: An artificial intelligence (AI) programme developed in China that combs through test results, health records and even handwritten notes diagnosed childhood diseases as accurately as doctors, researchers said.

AI system spots childhood disease like a doctor

An artificial intelligence (AI) program developed in China that combs through test results, health records and even handwritten notes diagnosed childhood diseases as accurately as doctors, researchers said Feb 11.

Experts not involved in the research said the study is further proof of AI’s expanding role in medicine. — 123rf.com

Apple self-driving car layoffs are a nod to reality: opinion

Project Titan, Apple Inc’s increasingly abortive plan to build an autonomous car, doesn’t seem to have the strength its name implies.

It’s probably sensible for Apple to retain a core of engineers to ensure the company understands the technology well enough to acquire a relevant company when autonomous cars really do arrive. But it’s also sensible for Cook not to sink any more cash into Titan. — AP

BMW, Daimler mull cooperation on key car components

MUNICH: Daimler AG and BMW AG are considering joining forces on making key automotive components, a move that would tie the traditional luxury-car rivals more closely than ever before and reflect the fundamental changes sweeping the industry.

The German manufacturers are exploring options such as joint vehicle platforms, batteries and autonomous-car technology, according to sources.

Uber gets approval to resume self-driving testing

Uber Technologies Inc received approval from Pennsylvania to resume self-driving car testing on public roads this week, state records show, nine months after it suspended the programme following a deadly accident in Arizona.

The relaunch is a dramatic downsize from Uber's previous operation. — Reuters

Uber plans smaller, more cautious self-driving car launch

Uber Technologies Inc's is plotting the return of its self-driving cars, but the company known for its hard-charging style is taking a much more conservative approach as it tries to recover from a fatal accident that upended its autonomous vehicle programme.

Uber hires former US safety official for self-driving effort

Uber Technologies Inc confirmed it hired a senior US auto safety official involved in the federal government's handling of self-driving cars for its autonomous vehicle efforts.

An Uber self-driving car driving down 5th Street in San Francisco, California. Beuse is the latest federal official to join the private sector's effort to commercialise self-driving vehicles. — AFP

Last chance to win a car at international motorshow

KUALA LUMPUR: Today is the final day of the Kuala Lumpur International Motorshow 2018 (KLIMS’18), which offers visitors a chance to win either a Toyota C-HR, a Honda City or a Perodua Myvi.

Revving up: (From left) UPM mechanical engineering students Umaitul Afiqah, Siti Khairiah and Nur Fitriana demonstrating the use of a single-seat race car they built at KLIMS’18 at Mitec.

Autonomous cars: Good news for tourists, but not for the industry

The automated travel revolution seems almost inevitable at this point. For those working in the tourism industry, however, this is not necessarily a good thing.

Transport experts say motorways between cities will one day fill at night with slow-moving AVs carrying sleeping occupants. — dpa