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BMW Drives to Cut Battery Costs, Share Costs on Autonomous Vehicles: Executive

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BMW on Saturday showed off the electric, autonomous "Vision iNext" SUV in Beijing as part of a publicity tour in which the prototype car and a stage have traveled around the world in the hold of a Lufthansa cargo jet. The vehicle, with gas and brake pedals that sink into the floor during autonomous driving and touch-screen controls embedded in the rear seat cushion, hints at an electric vehicle BMW could launch among 12 fully electric models it has promised by 2025.

Windows 10 laptop with 25-hour battery life? Lenovo shows off always-connected 2-in-1 in new Yoga line-up


Lenovo has revealed its new line-up of Yoga machines, including a Windows 10 laptop it says has a battery life of over 25 hours. The new Yoga computers were unveiled at the IFA Conference in Germany this week. According to Lenovo, this Arm-based Windows 10 laptop offers more than 25 hours of battery life, based on tests where it played looping video on the machine's HD display. Alongside the usual wi-fi connectivity, the 13.3-inch Yoga C630 WOS can also connect to the internet over cellular networks, using its integrated 4.5G LTE Advanced Pro chipset. The Yoga C630 WOS runs on the eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 mobile compute platform, and possible downsides are performance and compatibility when compared with typical Intel-based Windows 10 laptops.

Dyson invests in electric car market with £200million UK test track

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Household appliance-maker Dyson today (Thursday) announced it is accelerating plans to develop electric cars in Britain – with a £200 million investment in track-testing facilities at its new UK research centre. The firm, which is branching out from its vacuum cleaners and hair driers to take on car giants with a new generation of high-tech electric vehicles, said the move would create'more high-skilled jobs for Britain'. It is being viewed as another vote of confidence in the United Kingdom in the run up to Brexit next Spring. Cleaning up in the electric car market: This artist's impression shows how Dyson's new campus at Hullavington Airfield in Wiltshire could look as it ramps up efforts to produce a range of new electric cars Dyson is currently recruiting an additional 300 automotive engineers on top of the 400 already in place and has said the electric car project could see the firm's present UK workforce nearly double to around 8,000. The battery-powered electric cars are being designed and developed in the UK, however lower labour costs mean final assembly is likely to be in South East Asia where much of the firm's wider electronic and hi-tech production already takes place.

Dyson reveals plans to test out its electric cars on real roads

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Dyson has unveiled plans for a huge test track that will allow it to test out its new electric cars on real roads. The company has long been known to be working on a battery-powered vehicle that it is aiming to launch in 2021. It will have spent billions of pounds on the plan when it is released. That openness stands in contrast with rivals like Apple, which has long been rumoured to be working on its own vehicle but has refused to address any of those rumours. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph.

Vespa's first electric scooter goes on sale in Europe this October

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Vespa's first electric scooter will go on sale in Europe in October and in the US at the start of 2019. The silent, battery-powered scooter is an electric version of the much-loved retro Vespa which was first released back in 1946. The re-imagined all-electric scooter, known as the Vespa Elettrica, has a maximum range of 62 miles (100km) and takes around four hours to charge the battery. Manufacturer Piaggio Group has remained tight-lipped about the price of its new scooter, as well as its top speed. It has previously revealed the Vespa Elettrica will be limited to 19pmh (30km/h) when set in Eco driving mode.

Toyota Group Firms to Set up JV for Self-Driving Technology

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In addition, Aisin and Denso said they would set up a 50-50 joint venture to develop and sell electrification driving modules. They will focus on modules for hybrids, plug-in hybrids, fuel cell vehicles and electric vehicles, especially in China.

Why Even AI-Powered Factories Will Have Jobs for Humans


Editor's Note: SHRM has partnered with Harvard Business Review to bring you relevant articles on key HR topics and strategies. It was going to be the factory of the future. Dubbed the "Alien Dreadnought," Tesla's new manufacturing facility in Fremont, California, was designed to be fully automated -- no humans need apply. If all went well, AI-powered robots would enable the company to achieve a weekly production of 5,000 Model 3 electric cars to keep up with burgeoning demand. But Tesla fell far short of that mark, manufacturing just 2,000 vehicles a week.

Senate committee considers EV boost to Australian health and mining


The public inquiry into the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) in Australia has heard that the mining sector and the health of Australians would benefit if there were more of them in the market. During the inquiry's second hearing on Friday in Canberra, Doctors for the Environment Australia, the Pilbara Metals Group, and the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) gave evidence to the committee. In a report produced by the AMEC, it was estimated that the lithium value chain -- which includes raw materials through to cells and battery packs -- could increase from $165 billion to $2 trillion by 2025 if more EVs were to be introduced down under. The chief executive of AMEC Warren Pearce said that rather than just exporting lithium, Australia should also focus on processing the minerals and manufacturing electric vehicle batteries, according to the ABC. AMEC says that Western Australia alone mines 60 percent of the world's supply of lithium used for the production of EV batteries.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 price, release date, specs REVEALED

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It uses artificial intelligence to identify elements of a photo, such as scene and subject, to automatically classify it into one of 20 categories and instantly optimise it based on the category. If the first shot doesn't come out right, the Galaxy Note9 lets users know there's something wrong, so they can take another picture without losing the moment. An immediate notification will appear if the image is blurry, the subject blinked, there is a smudge on the lens, or there's backlight impacting the quality of the image. It also comes with advanced noise reduction technology, and a Dual Aperture lens, which adjusts to light just like the human eye. That mans that, no matter the lighting conditions, the camera should deliver a crystal-clear shot. The Galaxy Note9 builds on Samsung Electronics' legacy of innovative camera technologies with an intelligent camera that takes the work out of capturing a photo New functions including Scene Optimizer and Flaw Detection utilize artificial intelligence to help users get the most out of the device's advanced camera Galaxy Note9's Flaw Detection automatically scans it for flaws and notifies you if any are found.

Samsung to Spend Over $22 Billion on AI, Auto Tech and 5G WSJD - Technology

The Samsung conglomerate said it will invest more than $22 billion over the next three years to target such areas as artificial intelligence and auto-technology components, as it seeks out growth drivers beyond phones and memory chips. The bulk of the spending will be earmarked for Samsung Electronics Co., the conglomerate's crown jewel. The company is the world's No. 1 maker of smartphones, semiconductors and televisions and last year put more toward capital expenditures than any other publicly traded company, Samsung said it would invest heavily in four key areas through 2020. Auto tech, artificial intelligence and new fifth-generation, or 5G, cellular technology--all of which that fall under Samsung's umbrella--will draw funding, as will its nascent drug companies specializing in contract manufacturing and biosimilar medications. It didn't provide a specific breakdown of the new investments, but the spending represents Samsung's broadest investment in new business pursuits since 2010.