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Japan must work with TSMC to rebuild chipmaking base, ex-economy minister says

The Japan Times

Japan can't build a cutting-edge chip development and manufacturing base on its own, and must seek to cooperate with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), according to Akira Amari, a senior lawmaker from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Amari, a former economy minister who heads an LDP working group on semiconductor strategy, added that the government must be prepared to spend trillions of yen to keep up with the U.S. and Europe. Both have plans to pour money into the industry amid a global shortage of semiconductors, including advanced logic chips that are essential for everything from artificial intelligence to autonomous driving. "Unlike the purely domestic, independent way it was done in the past, I think we need to cooperate with overseas counterparts," Amari said in an interview in Tokyo on Monday. "The world's top logic chipmaker is TSMC, so we must think about how to cooperate with them."

Global Automotive Artificial Intelligence Market Analysis 2021, Imapact of COVID-19, Business Opportunities, Industry Revenue Analysis, Growth and Forecast to 2027 – Brockville Observer


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Forklift driving becomes a desk job with Phantom-Mitsubishi deal

The Japan Times

Phantom Auto, a California-based startup focusing on remote vehicle operation, has struck a deal to provide logistics equipment heavyweight Mitsubishi Logisnext Co. with software that enables forklifts to be operated remotely from thousands of miles away. A unit of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Kyoto-based Mitsubishi Logisnext is the third-biggest company in the $45 billion-plus global market for forklifts. Via their tie-up, Bessemer Venture Partners-backed Phantom Auto and Mitsubishi will offer forklifts that can rove around a warehouse in California, controlled by workers sitting at a desk a continent away. "We're moving warehouse workers into office jobs," Elliot Katz, Phantom Auto co-founder and chief business officer, said in an interview. Because it removes geographic labor restrictions and improves efficiency as drivers can be "teleported" into factories experiencing surges, the software offers the potential to knock 30% or more off forklift operation costs, Katz said.

How Toyota thrives when the chips are down

The Japan Times

Beijing – Toyota Motor Corp. may have pioneered the just-in-time manufacturing strategy, but its decision to stockpile the chips that have become key components in cars goes back a decade to the Fukushima disaster. After the catastrophe severed Toyota's supply chains on March 11, 2011, the world's biggest automaker realized the lead-time for semiconductors was far too long to cope with devastating shocks such as natural disasters. The automaker came up with a business continuity plan (BCP) that required suppliers to stockpile anywhere from two to six months' worth of chips, depending on the time it takes from order to delivery, four sources said. That's why Toyota has so far been largely unscathed by a global shortage of semiconductors following a surge in demand for electrical goods under novel coronavirus lockdowns that has forced many rival automakers to suspend production, the sources said. "Toyota was, as far as we can tell, the only automaker properly equipped to deal with chip shortages," said a person familiar with Harman International, which specializes in car audio systems, displays and driver assistance technology.

Volkswagen's long-awaited revival of microbus goes autonomous: ID Buzz electric van on its way

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The long-awaited revival of the Volkwagen microbus will finally happen in 2022, and it'll apparently include some form of autonomous driving capability. VW confirmed Monday that it plans to debut its new electric van next year, which would be half a decade after a concept version made a splash at the 2017 Detroit auto show. The German automaker announced it will integrate autonomous driving technology into the Volkswagen ID. Buzz, making it a 21st Century callback to an era filled with nostalgia. While the production version of the van is set to be revealed in 2022, VW U.S. CEO Scott Keogh recently told Automotive News that the ID.

MIT forum examines the rise of automation in the workplace


"Pop culture does a great job of scaring us that AI will take over the world," said Professor Daniela Rus, speaking at a virtual MIT event on Wednesday. But realistically, said Rus, who directs the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), robots aren't going to steal everyone's jobs overnight -- they're not yet good enough at tasks requiring high dexterity or generalized processing of different kinds of information. Still, automation has crept into some workplaces in recent years, a trend that's likely to continue. Throughout the daylong conference, the "AI and the Work of the Future Congress," which convened speakers from academia, industry, and government, one key theme consistently emerged: Task automation shouldn't be viewed as a replacement for human work, but a partner for it. With the exception of some middle-skilled manufacturing jobs, automation has generally improved human productivity, not eliminated the need for it.

TigerGraph Offers Free Graph Database for On-Prem Analysis


TigerGraph today rolled out a new deal that allows customers to store up to 50 GB of data in a distributed graph database running on-premise, matching what it already offered in the cloud. The company also welcomed more than 3,500 attendees to its inaugural Graph AI World conference, which included keynotes from customers like Jaguar Land Rover and UnitedHealth. Banks and healthcare companies have some of the most compelling use cases for graph analytics, including anti-money laundering (AML) and drug discovery. However, these companies are also among the least able to take advantage of cloud-based graph offerings, such as TigerGraph Cloud, due to stringent data regulations. That's the reasoning that went behind TigerGraph's announcement today to give away copies of TigerGraph Enterprise Edition, its full-featured graph database.

Why Voice Tech is the Future of the Automotive Industry


Car manufacturers are catching on the new tech wave. After the pandemic hit and social-distancing became our new normal, a personal vehicle became one of the safest ways to travel -- with proper sanitation, of course. And as we're all moving to a touchless future, the automotive industry is no exception. According to the study by While analysts from Frost & Sullivan predict that the importance of digital voice assistants in automotive branding will increasingly grow. We believe that in the next few years, voice technology will become one of the key drivers transforming the automotive industry.

Bharat Forge moving towards 'lights-out mode' for unhindered production


Manufacturing doesn't require lights, let's go'lights out'. So, what is Baba Kalyani talking about? The Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Forge, one of India's biggest suppliers of automotive components, says his company has "started running machines unmanned in a limited way." "The intention is to ultimately move to a lights-out facility, wherever feasible," he adds. 'Lights-out' manufacturing refers to a fully automated facility where human hands do not touch the product during the entire phase of manufacturing.

Meet Fluffy: Ford trains robotic dog to map its plants – IAM Network


Ford Motor Co. digital engineer Paula Wiebelhaus takes Fluffy outside for walks in the yard. Her cats hide from him. He has his own spot in a corner of the bedroom where after a run, he plugs into his charger to reenergize.Fluffy is no typical dog. The bright-yellow creature is a nimble four-legged robot adopted by the Dearborn automaker to crawl around its facilities to take 3D laser images that engineers use to redesign and retool its plants. Using the robotic dog is less clunky than the traditional way, could save time and money, and may help bring new products to market sooner, said Mark Goderis, digital engineering manager at Ford's Advanced Manufacturing Center.