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Check out all the on-demand sessions from the Intelligent Security Summit here. Nvidia has released a new update to its Omniverse simulation tools that will let developers tap generative AI and Unity's game engine. The latest release delivers enhanced performance and usability, new deployment options and new Omniverse connectors to expand the ecosystem. The company made the announcement at a virtual event ahead of the CES 2023 tech trade show in Las Vegas. Nvidia also said that new customers using Omniverse include include Dentsu, Mercedes Benz and Zaha Hadid Architects.
NVIDIA announced that the high-performance GeForce NOW cloud gaming service will be coming to cars. Hyundai Motor Group, one of the world's largest automakers with the Hyundai, Kia and Genesis brands; BYD, the world's leading manufacturer of new energy vehicles (NEVs); and Swedish premium electric vehicle and lifestyle brand Polestar are the first working with NVIDIA to deliver GeForce NOW in their vehicles. Today's announcement expands NVIDIA's vehicle infotainment offerings, which include a suite of products and services that improve the cockpit experience. Recommended AI News: Morse Micro and AzureWave Deliver the World's Smallest Wi-Fi HaLow Module The new GeForce NOW offering can enhance time spent charging or riding in vehicles, as it enables front-seat occupants to stream games while parked, and passengers to game in the back seat if screens are available. "Accelerated computing, AI and connectivity are delivering new levels of automation, safety, convenience and enjoyment to the car," said Ali Kani, vice president of automotive at NVIDIA.
Being available now, will HAD play a role as a steppingstone to adoption of full L4 systems? And, if HAD has strong uptake, will it motivate the truck OEMs to accelerate their own rollout of such systems? In the near term, it will be fascinating to see what transpires with Traton and their U.S. subsidiary Navistar, now that their technology partnership with TuSimple is kaput. I'm quite certain they aren't sitting on their hands; they seek to have a strong play in the AV truck market as a strategic necessity. For highway operations, current efforts aim to automate the "ramp to ramp" long haul, augmented by transferring the load to human driven trucks for the last mile.
Hyundai Motor Group (the Group) has started two pilot delivery service programs using autonomous robots based on its Plug & Drive (PnD) modular platform at a hotel and a residential-commercial complex located in the outskirts of Seoul. The delivery robot consists of a storage unit integrated on top of a PnD driving unit. Alongside the loading box used to deliver items, a connected screen displays information for customers. First shown at CES 2022, the Group's PnD modular platform is an all-in-one single wheel unit that combines intelligent steering, braking, in-wheel electric drive and suspension hardware, including a steering actuator for 360-degree, holonomic rotation. It moves autonomously with the aid of LiDAR and camera sensors.
In its defense, Tesla lawyers said that "mere failure to realize a long-term, aspirational goal is not fraud." That argument is contained in a motion to dismiss the case that was filed last week in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. The main plaintiff is Briggs Matsko, a resident of Rancho Murieta, Calif. If the case goes forward, it could lead to deposition of Tesla employees who helped develop the technology and reveal what Musk knew and didn't know about its true capabilities when he made numerous forecasts over the years -- including the prediction that there would be a million Tesla robotaxis on the road by the end of 2020, that customers could make $30,000 a year hiring them out, and that their cars would appreciate in value. Tesla lawyers are attempting to prevent that information from going public.
Magna is a large Tier 1 automotive supplier that's invented an exciting new light technology for cars: Breakthrough Lighting. Besides its visual appeal and customizability, this technology promises to help self-driving cars communicate with pedestrians. But what is Breakthrough Lighting, and how does it work? Breakthrough Lighting allows lights to seemingly magically appear on a dark surface. Though the Magna Press Release focuses on the rear of the vehicle, this technology could be applied to any physically compatible surface.
Apple has learned that building an autonomous vehicle is hard, even if you're one of the biggest tech companies in the world. According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple is scaling back the design of its first self-driving car and even delaying the launch. The latest intel said it would be released in 2025, but now the vehicle will reportedly be delayed until 2026. Apple has been working on its secretive AV project, dubbed "Titan" for years. In 2021, details emerged about the vehicle's design not having a steering wheel or pedals, making it really, really autonomous as compared to other AVs like those made by Tesla.
Instead, the truck drives itself, and veteran driver Roger Nordqvist is at the ready only in case of unexpected problems. Swedish truck maker Scania is not the only auto manufacturer developing autonomous vehicles, but it recently became the first in Europe to pilot them while delivering commercial goods. "We take their goods from point A, drive them to point B, fully autonomously," Peter Hafmar, head of autonomous solutions at Scania, tells AFP outside the company's transport lab in Sodertalje, south of Stockholm. In the pilot project, the self-driving truck is manoeuvring a stretch of some 300 kilometres (186 miles) between Sodertalje and Jonkoping in Sweden's south, delivering fast-food goods. From the outside, the vehicle looks almost like any other lorry, save for a rail on the roof packed with cameras and two sensors resembling bug antennae on the sides.
HAGA, Japan--Honda Motor Co. said it would focus for now on partially autonomous driving technology to improve safety, adding itself to the list of auto makers that say fully self-driving cars aren't ready for prime time. The Japanese auto maker, an investor in General Motors Co.'s Cruise self-driving unit, this week showed off a prototype system that allows a car to automatically overtake slow-moving vehicles on a highway. It plans to roll out the technology globally starting in 2024, and it says it has found ways to use less-expensive radar and sensor technologies to make the system affordable for mass-market cars. An alert human driver still needs to be at the wheel. Honda's executive chief engineer, Mahito Shikama, said the company intends to focus on technologies such as the automatic passing system and other crash-prevention measures that fall short of full autonomy.
On a cloudy Christmas morning last year, a rocket carrying the most powerful space telescope ever built blasted off from a launchpad in French Guiana. After reaching its destination in space about a month later, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) began sending back sparkling presents to humanity--jaw-dropping images that are revealing our universe in stunning new ways. Every year since 1988, Popular Science has highlighted the innovations that make living on Earth even a tiny bit better. And this year--our 35th--has been remarkable, thanks to the successful deployment of the JWST, which earned our highest honor as the Innovation of the Year. But it's just one item out of the 100 stellar technological accomplishments our editors have selected to recognize. The list below represents months of research, testing, discussion, and debate. It celebrates exciting inventions that are improving our lives in ways both big and small. These technologies and discoveries are teaching us about the ...