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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...
When the term "autonomous" is brought up, it's easy to imagine what's one of the hottest prospects right now: self-driving cars. The keyword there is "cars". In reality, autonomous operation can apply to a variety of other vehicles, including those meant for commercial use. Take the trusted transport truck, for example. For those not paying attention, this has totally come out of nowhere: yesterday, Nevada awarded an autonomous license plate to its first commercial truck: Freightliner's Inspiration. Daimler chose Nevada as the launch platform as it's one of just four states, plus the District of... Read more...
If you already suffer from motion sickness from reading while being driven, you can expect things to get worse when you read in autonomous car. Researchers from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute are cautioning that people who are prone to motion sickness will want to avoid reading or watching TV while traveling in self-driving cars. “Motion sickness is expected to be more of an issue in self-driving vehicles than in conventional vehicles,” said U-M Transportation Research Institute researcher Michael Sivak. “The reason is that the three main factors contributing to motion... Read more...
When Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk hinted last week at wanting to unveil the "D", along with "something else", it was a little difficult to gauge what either of those things would be. On the D front, it turns out that it refers to Tesla's new dual motor design, something that was actually widely speculated over the past week. This motor will be put into a new Model S called P85D, and with its all-wheel drive, it's able to go - get this - 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds. As you'd expect, the P85D is going to bump Model S' price up nicely, to $120,000. Come February, two other all-wheel drive models will... Read more...
The race to develop a driverless car is on, driven in large part by the efforts of Google, although plenty of other companies such as Intel and Ford are investing heavily into developing such technology as well. You can count Nissan as one major car maker that’s in the fray, as CEO Carlos Ghosn revealed the company’s plans to reporters in Tokyo. Nissan has a roadmap for a nearly autonomous car by 2020. By 2016, Nissan will have vehicles that can self-park; by 2018, they’ll be able to change lanes without driver intervention, and by 2020 they’ll be able to navigate intersections... Read more...
Google isn’t the only company out there field testing self-driving cars. A day after Google provided a long-overdue update on its autonomous auto project, Volvo stated that it, too, is cruising city streets with robot drivers. Volvo’s driverless cars are navigating the streets of Gothenburg, Sweden, and Volvo says that its Autopilot technology is meeting performance expectations. “The test cars are now able to handle lane following, speed adaption, and merging traffic all by themselves. This is an important step towards our aim that the final ‘Drive Me’ cars will be... Read more...
For as potentially exciting (or terrifying, depending on your point of view) as Google’s self-driving car project is, the company has been strangely mum on its development. A new Google blog post sheds some light on what they’ve been working on, and much of it has to do with figuring out how to safely navigate busy city streets as opposed to the highway. “A mile of city driving is much more complex than a mile of freeway driving, with hundreds of different objects moving according to different rules of the road in a small area,” wrote Chris Urmson, the project’s director.... Read more...
Although the dream of roads full of driverless cars is a ways off, several companies such as Tesla and Google are making steps toward that goal by developing self-driving car technology. Ford is now also demonstrating self-parking technology called Fully Assisted Parking Aid that will actually help a driver locate a spot and then make the car automatically park itself--without the driver inside. Indeed, you’ll be able to hop out of the car and use a smartphone app to tell your car to park itself. This is ideal for both parking in tight spaces (i.e., you don’t have to squeeze your way... Read more...