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Elon Musk eyes early 2019 release for Tesla's custom AI chip

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Elon Musk has announced that Tesla's new custom AI chip is about six months away from being installed in new production cars. The CEO said that the chip, which was confirmed as being in development last December, will offer "somewhere between [a] 500% & 2000%" increase in its vehicle's autonomous driving performance. Existing Tesla owners who have already paid for full self-driving will be offered this "hardware 3" update for Autopilot free of charge. The announcement comes as v9 of Tesla's onboard software has already reportedly brought big improvements to its neural network with a unified camera network that more seamlessly integrates all eight of the car's cameras. Musk has suggested that this software update delivered an approximate 400 percent increase in its capabilities.


Teraki wins backing from Infineon for its automotive AI technology

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Teraki announced that Infineon Systems will use its latest AI edge processing software in a family of automotive microcontrollers that will improve the safety of autonomous vehicles. Hyperloop technologies could revolutionise travel: here's everything you need to know about the technology and the companies involved. The Berlin, Germany-based startup said that its software is designed for processing large amounts of automotive sensor data combined with machine learning to achieve up to 10 times the processing speed by just using existing automotive hardware. Normally, the constrained hardware environment of an automobile prohibits the processing of the large amounts of data that autonomous vehicle systems require without specialist chips. "Automobiles are adding ever larger amounts of sensors to enable autonomous vehicles and this explosion in data is a problem because of latency." said Daniel Richart CEO and co-founder of Teraki.


How startups and small hardware companies can take on big players like Intel in the booming sensor market

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Wisconsin-based FLIR Systems, a sensor company that makes thermal imaging products for a variety of applications, has made a large strategic investment in CVEDIA, a Singapore-based machine learning and AI startup. Unless you're sensor geek, that may seem like niche news. But the move is indicative of a new reality in an increasingly competitive sensor market and amid a proliferation of AI and machine learning technologies: Great hardware on its own is no longer enough for smaller companies, but even startups can thrive against major players if they pick a lane and package their hardware with smart AI engines. FLIR makes thermal imaging sensors for enterprise applications, such as field inspection and firefighting. Its sensors come in a variety of packages, including tablets and as smartphone add-ons.


Siri, get my iCar: Is Apple making a cool new ride or just dabbling with the techie parts?

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Apple has become the world's first publicly traded company to be valued at $1 trillion, the financial fruit of stylish technology that has redefined what we expect from our gadgets. Apple's new 175-acre "spaceship" campus dubbed Apple Park. It was designed by Lord Norman Foster and cost roughly $5 billion. It will house 12,000 employees in over 2.8 million square feet of office space and will have nearly 80 acres of parking to accommodate 11,000 cars. SAN FRANCISCO – In a few weeks, Apple will unveil its newest iPhone.


Automotive Artificial Intelligence Market to Reach $26.5 Billion by 2025 - Novus Light Today

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The automotive industry is among the sectors at the forefront of using artificial intelligence (AI) to mimic, augment and support the actions of humans, while simultaneously leveraging the advanced reaction times and pinpoint precision of machine-based systems. Indeed, today's semi-autonomous vehicles and the fully autonomous vehicles of the future will rely heavily on AI systems. However, according to a new report from Tractica, while autonomous driving will be a leading impetus for AI spending in the automotive industry, the use cases for AI in vehicles are in fact much broader. Key applications encompass automotive human machine interaction (HMI) functionality like voice/speech recognition, driver face analytics, emotion recognition and gesture recognition; maintenance and safety applications like predictive maintenance, automated on-road customer service and vehicle network and data security; and personalized services in cars, among many others. All told, across 15 such AI use cases, Tractica forecasts that revenue from automotive AI software, hardware and services will increase from $2.0 billion in 2018 to $26.5 billion by 2025, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 46.9%.


Forget the Tesla Model 3, an Apple Car might drive you around in 2023

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Just when you thought Apple's top secret car project was dead, the rumor mill has once again started back up. This time, TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (aka the guy who's often eerily spot-on with his predictions about unreleased Apple products) believes Apple will release its "Apple Car" between 2023 and 2025. SEE ALSO: Apple's 2018 iPhones have a serious naming problem In his latest investor note (via MacRumors), Kuo says he believes the Apple Car will be the company's "next star project" and cites several reasons why producing its own car makes sense. The most obvious reason to release its own car is industry disruption, says Kuo. With new technologies such as augmented reality, autonomous-driving technology, and electrification already bringing about rapid change to cars, the automobile industry is ripe for transformation.


Nokia, T-Mobile US agree $3.5 bln deal, world's first...

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Mobile US named Nokia to supply it with $3.5 billion in next-generation 5G network gear, the firms said on Monday, marking the world's largest 5G deal so far and concrete evidence of a new wireless upgrade cycle taking root. No.3 U.S. mobile carrier T-Mobile - which in April agreed to a merger with Sprint to create a more formidable rival to U.S. telecom giants Verizon and AT&T - said the multiyear supply deal with Nokia will deliver the first nationwide 5G services. The T-Mobile award is critical to Finland's Nokia, whose results have been battered by years of slowing demand for existing 4G networks and mounting investor doubts over whether 5G contracts can begin to boost profitability later this year. But cash-strapped telecom operators around the world have been gun-shy over committing to commercial upgrades of existing networks, with many seeing 5G technology simply as a way to deliver incremental capacity increases instead of new features. Advances in mobile data networks in the next decade could bring a number of benefits, according to the White House.


Mercedes' new, affordable A-Class sedan is as smart as it is sleek

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There's a lot to say about Mercedes-Benz's US-bound A-Class. It's a car of many firsts: The first A-Class model to appear in the US when it hits dealerships later this year; the first A-Class sedan, well, ever (earlier Euro-spec models were glorious hatchbacks). And since we've been dutifully tracking the ways our cars are becoming more like smartphones, it's important to note that this is the first vehicle to feature Mercedes' voice-driven MBUX interface. That might not seem particularly impressive when you consider the A-Class -- the carmaker's least-expensive luxury vehicle -- also packs a more-than-capable straight-four turbo engine under the hood. But Mercedes' goal with the A-Class was to capture the imaginations of a new breed of luxury-car owners: They're younger, they have more nuanced expectations from their devices, and Mercedes is keen on keeping them for life.


Computer Vision: Moving Far Beyond The Visual Cortex

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For humans, vision is one of the major senses for interacting with our environment. Lenses in our eyes focus light onto the retina. This image is transmitted as an electrical signal to the brain, which performs many types of processing. Simple processing can trigger reflexes that help us to avoid immediate dangers. More complex processing, performed in the visual cortex and other areas of the brain, enable us to more fully interact with our environment.


Comma.ai's driver assist system is a robot chauffeur for the rest of us

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Autonomous vehicle technology is just starting to go mainstream, which means, for the most part, it's still only available to those who can afford a Tesla with Autopilot or a Cadillac with SuperCruise. Both of those cars start at around 60 to 70 grand by the way. Famed hacker George Hotz has been developing a driver-assistance system, which can retrofit existing vehicles (with Level 2 autonomy), for a number of years now. However, we haven't been afforded a demo of the technology since 2015, when the company ran into regulatory issues with the US government. But with Friday's update release of Openpilot 0.5, the company's open source autonomy software, Comma.ai was back on the roads, taking Engadget for a spin to show off the system's new bells and whistles.