At its U.S. launch, LeEco planned to show off two new cars. Only one arrived intact

Los Angeles Times

After snapping up Irvine television maker Vizio in July for 2 billion in cash, Chinese tech firm LeEco made its official U.S. debut Wednesday, hosting a San Francisco news conference to spell out its ambitions to sell gadgets as varied as phones and cars. During the two-hour presentation, the company ran through nearly a dozen products it plans to launch, including a range of 4K smart TVs, the Le Pro3 and Le S3 smartphones, a virtual reality headset, a smart bicycle that can travel up to 30 mph, a video streaming service and two smart cars: the semi-autonomous LeSee and the fully autonomous LeSee Pro concept car. But the LeSee was noticeably absent from the news conference. LeEco founder Jia Yueting told the audience it got into a "serious accident" while in transit from Los Angeles to Silicon Valley. The LeSee Pro, present at the event, sat stationary on display.


Apple applies for patent that lets riders virtually fight zombies

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Apple could soon revolutionise how people spend their time on the road by building virtual reality'entertainment hubs' into self-driving cars. The firm has filed a patent that describes how passengers in autonomous vehicles could pass the time with VR headsets. The headsets would allow passengers to play games, or, if they choose, create a'relaxing' environment for them while on their journey. Apple also suggests that future cars could lack windows, instead using interior screens alongside the VR headsets to display virtual surroundings. Apple could soon revolutionise how people spend their time on the road by building virtual reality'entertainment hubs' into self-driving cars.


Uber patents VR systems to entertain passengers in self-driving cars

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Uber is patenting technology it hopes will keep riders entertained during their commutes. Two of their patent applications, which have not yet been approved, hint at the concept of self-driving cars equipped with virtual reality technology, Motherboard reports. The applications are both called'Virtual Reality Experience For a Vehicle' and were filed in 2016. The United States Patent and Trademark Office published them in February. Uber is trying to get virtual reality technology used in self-driving cars patented.


UK and India join forces on driverless cars, virtual reality and artificial intelligence

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Britain is pledging £14m for a four-year technology partnership with India that it hopes will generate thousands of new jobs across the UK. The technology alliance, which will initially focus on developing driverless cars, virtual reality and artificial intelligence, follows on from the success of the UK-Israel Tech Hub, which generated £62 million worth of deals over the past five years. The ambitious agreement will see British universities and businesses partner with states in India, working with the British High Commission in New Delhi, the Indian government and private sector to increase tech investment, exports and research and development. Businesses will be able to exchange staff, develop...


After the Smartphone: The Race for the Next Big Thing

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

Investors including Google parent Alphabet Inc. and Saudi Arabia's main wealth fund have poured money into this much-hyped maker of augmented-reality glasses. The bugeye-like glasses with tinted lenses--released only to software developers thus far--overlay virtual reality-like images onto the real world, designed for use by gamers and neurosurgeons alike. Early reviews have been lukewarm. Priced at $999, Focals by North represents a less flashy but potentially more practical version of futuristic glasses. The glasses, released last fall, can display directions, texts and other simple displays by beaming hologram-like images into eyes.