Robotic cars are great at monitoring other cars, and they're getting better at noticing pedestrians, squirrels, and birds. The main challenge, though, is posed by the lightest, quietest, swerviest vehicles on the road. "Bicycles are probably the most difficult detection problem that autonomous vehicle systems face," says UC Berkeley research engineer Steven Shladover. Nuno Vasconcelos, a visual computing expert at the University of California, San Diego, says bikes pose a complex detection problem because they are relatively small, fast and heterogenous. "A car is basically a big block of stuff.
Apple CEO Tim Cook unveils the new iPhone 7 at the company's event in San Francisco Sept. 7. (Photo: Marco della Cava, USA TODAY) SAN FRANCISCO - Apple may be thinking twice about getting into the car business. The Cupertino iPhone-maker, which has never publicly acknowledged it is working on an automobile, has reportedly laid off employees associated with its so-called Project Titan, according to anonymous sources quoted by The New York Times late Friday. The report cites three employees as saying Apple had fired "dozens of employees" off the automotive team, which just two months ago was taken over by Bob Mansfield, a top executive in the Steve Jobs era who had been coaxed to rejoin the company. Apple declined to comment on the report. The company's shares (AAPL) didn't move much after-hours on the news, but fell during trading 2% to 103.13.
An iPhone is connected to a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu equipped with Apple CarPlay apps, displayed on the car's MyLink screen. With 220 million Internet connected cars expected to be on the roads within five years, a national security expert on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, urged automakers to be mindful of the growing cyber-security threats posed by terrorists, information crooks and spies who could potentially try to hack into wired vehicles. SAN FRANCISCO - Apple is either well on its way to developing some sort of automobile or else is simply hiring top car talent for no apparent reason. That's the conclusion increasingly being draw by the talent war being waged between Apple and Tesla in particular, two Silicon Valley neighbors and potentially product rivals. The latest salvo is the news that a former Tesla vice president of vehicle engineering Chris Porritt, who made his name guiding some of Aston Martin's most elegant roadsters, has joined Apple in a senior position, according to a report Tuesday in sister publications 9to5Mac and Electrek.
From smartphones to self-driving cars, Nvidia's Tegra chips have been used in a wide variety of devices and products. Now, the next-generation Tegra is just around the corner. Details about a chip called "Tegra-next" will be shared next month at the Hot Chips conference in Cupertino. Tegra-next will succeed the Tegra X1 chip, which was announced in early 2015. An Nvidia spokesman confirmed the talk will be about the next-generation Tegra chip, but didn't share further details.
Apple has poached Chris Porritt, Tesla VP of vehicle engineering, to work on "special projects" at the Cupertino-based technology giant, according to Electrek and the Financial Times. "Special projects" at Apple is believed to refer to the company's rumored Titan car project. The hire comes after Steve Zadesky, who is believed to have run the car project at Apple, left the company in January after a two year stint. Porritt has had a long career in the automotive industry, having worked for Aston Martin as its chief engineer. It's not clear if Porritt has been hired to replace Zadesky on the Apple car project, or if he's simply joining the team to add expertise.