Items tagged with Automotive

If there's one thing Uber can't seem to drive far enough away from, it's controversy. In the past six months alone, we've seen it suffer a database breach, cause major strikes, get hit with a class action, quadruple fares during a crisis, and backtrack on invasive measures. Continuing this perpetual controversial ride is a lawsuit filed Friday against Uber itself, its CEO Travis Kalanick, and some early investors. The man behind the suit is Kevin Halpern, founder of Celluride Wireless, an Uber-like company that was established six years before Uber's launching. This case isn't a mere matter of... Read more...
Since its launch in the 90s, NVIDIA's core business has revolved around graphics units, either for gaming or professional use. In the past five years, the company has made a small dent in the mobile market, with its Tegra series of SoCs having been well-received overall. Now, the company desperately wants to see success in another hot market: automobiles. In recent years, NVIDIA's Tegra processor has powered the infotainment systems in select cars, such as Audi's R8 and Tesla's Model S, and while the company has no intention of slowing its efforts there down, it wants to expand into autonomous... Read more...
NVIDIA CEO Jen Hsun Huang hosted a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas this evening, to officially kick off the company’s Consumer Electronics Show activities.  Jen Hsun began the press conference with a bit of back story on the Tegra K1 and how it took NVIDIA approximately 2 years to get Kepler-class graphics into Tegra, but that it was able to cram a Maxwell-derived GPU into the just announced Tegra X1 in just a few months. We’ve got more details regarding the Tegra X1 in this post, complete with pictures of the chip and reference platform, game demos, benchmarks and... Read more...
One thing that has baffled technophiles for years is this: if car navigation systems are so expensive as factory options, why aren't they any good? Even simple Android phones can provide superior turn-by-turn directions, but the general idea is that Android in a car opens up far too many ways for drivers to distract themselves. Perhaps that logic is correct, actually. But either way, Clarion is giving those who don't mind third-party installs a reason to celebrate, as the "Mirage" is the first Android-based full automotive grade car stereo. It's equipped with a 6.5" display, Android touchscreen... Read more...
Alpine Electronics and Nokia are working together to bring a new technology called Terminal Mode to car infotainment systems. By integrating a smartphone with in-car electronics, the companies will bring services such as navigation, music, weather reports, and application stores to the car. When appropriate safety measures are in place and the phone is connected to the car, users will be able to use these services through high-resolution screens and audio systems that are embedded in the car. Terminal Mode helps pave the way for a standardized interface between smartphones and automotive infotainment... Read more...
Over one-third of all drivers in the U.S. admit to having fallen asleep while driving. About 60 percent of U.S. drivers admit to driving while feeling drowsy. And what is the cost for this behavior? About 100,000 car crashes per year by fatigued drives, with about 71,000 of them resulting in injuries, 1,550 in deaths, and $12.5 billion dollars in losses. In response to this problem, Mercedes will be implementing its news Mercedes Attention Assist system in its E-class sedan production starting in 2009. The Mercedes Attention Assist system will monitor a driver's behavior through a steering sensor... Read more...