Tesla Motors Inc. began rolling out software updates to customers with newer cars, bringing them to parity with owners who have what's known as "Autopilot 1" and setting the stage to ultimately unleash full self-driving capability. Will then hold to verify no field issues and upload to rest of fleet next week," Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said in a Twitter post on Saturday. The end-of-year software update comes as the automotive and technology industries prepare to descend on Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show and Detroit for the North American International Auto Show. Tesla is skipping CES and the Detroit auto show but instead is hosting investors at its $5 billion Gigafactory 1 east of Reno, Nevada, on Jan. 4, where it makes batteries and energy storage packs. Now customers with the "Hardware 2" suite will have those features.
Self-driving technology is shifting to the bus lane. Proterra, an electric bus manufacturer, just announced its three-phase plan to create the self-driving public transit system of the future, filled with autonomous, emission-free electric buses. The company says the move to autonomy should make mass transit safer and more efficient than ever before. The company is partnering with the University of Nevada, Reno's Intelligent Mobility program to make it happen. The university's Living Lab Coalition, which is supported by the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County, Nevada, will allow the self-driving system to be developed on the streets of Reno, Sparks, and Carson City.
Nye County, Nevada says they are'preparing for the worst' ahead of the event. LAS VEGAS – The small town of Rachel, Nevada, located in the middle of the desert and home to only about 50 people, could be flooded with thousands of people this coming weekend after the joke Facebook post to storm Area 51 – the top-secret military base that conspiracy theorists believe houses aliens – went viral. "AlienStock," one of three festivals that emerged from the joke-calls to raid Area 51, is slated to take place at the aptly named Little A'Le'Inn in Rachel. Despite the potential crowds, a co-owner of the inn, Connie West, said she wanted to quash any comparisons to the infamous Fyre Festival. "There's going to be a Medevac helicopter. There's going to be ambulances. I have 130 Porta-Johns coming," West said, adding that law enforcement and a security team also will be on hand.
AT&T has announced that it will be bringing 5G to five more cities by the end of 2018, with mobile services to launch in Houston, New Orleans, San Antonio, Jacksonville, and Louisville. The carrier also announced that it is planning to launch mobile 5G services in parts of Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose in early 2019. The 12 new cities slated to receive 5G from AT&T join the previously announced Dallas, Atlanta, Waco, Charlotte, Raleigh, and Oklahoma City. Across its 19 5G deployments, AT&T said it has selected Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung as its vendors. "Working with these three suppliers, we've already started deploying 3GPP Release 15 compliant equipment in a handful of our early 5G cities," AT&T said.
Panasonic has finally revealed its much-awaited mirrorless camera, the Lumix GH5. The dust, splash, and freeze-proof camera, capable of shooting 4K video and 6K photo, was just one of many new products unveiled at CES 2017 in Las Vegas today. The firm also teased a glimpse at a new advanced speaker system with increased connectivity, the SL- 1200GR turntable, and a countertop induction oven they say could'make a gourmet chef out of anyone,' along with some of its automotive plans. It comes as the firm announced it is officially beginning production of high energy density lithium ion batteries at the Tesla'gigafactory' in Reno, Nevada. Panasonic has finally revealed its much-awaited mirrorless camera, the Lumix GH5.