Audi brought several high-tech car demos to CES this week — as it did last year — including two that took us out into the mean streets of Las Vegas, subject to the whims of rush hour traffic. Fortunately, we had a couple interesting new features making our bumper-to-bumper commutes just a little bit easier. First, we tested a system that feeds upcoming traffic light data directly into the cockpit. While driving, the next light on your road is indicated in green with a suggested speed next to it — if it says 45mph, for instance, that means you'll make the light if you're going 45. When the light's red or about to turn red, the system indicates how many more seconds you've got before it changes back to green; if the car has a start-stop engine, it'll automatically fire up with five seconds left on the red so that you're not waiting for the engine to spool up when you take your foot off the brake. The goal is to help you make more green lights on surface streets … [Read more...] about What happens if you fall asleep in a self-driving car? Audi knows
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Self-driving cars aren't supposed to make you puke, are they? A couple laps in BMW's latest autonomous driving demo, taking place here at CES this week, are all it took to get me feeling a little woozy. And there's a good reason for that: the car was whipping itself around an infield road track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at the very outer limits of its capabilities, guided only be its own high-resolution GPS and the usual array of sensors found on every automakers' self-driving cars. There's method to BMW's madness As thrilling and entertaining as the ride was, there's actually method to BMW's madness. The company notes that self-driving systems won't really be ready for prime time until they're able to handle all road situations — including emergency maneuvers, the kinds of extreme turns that test the car's ability to keep traveling in a straight line. And so, yes, that's how I ended up with my stomach in my throat, drifting a beautiful 6 Gran Coupe around a curve. The … [Read more...] about The self-drifting car: taking a BMW to the limit in Las Vegas
It’s a fascinating time to be a car designer. With the impending rise of self-driving vehicles, new technology for better visibility on the road, and more, there’s never been a better time to rethink the experience of driving. In advance of the New York International Auto Show this weekend, Co.Design caught up with Gerry McGovern, the design director and chief creative officer for Jaguar Land Rover. At a Manhattan showroom, he was debuting the 2016 Range Rover SV Autobiography, the company’s latest limited-edition luxury vehicle. Here’s what he had to say about tomorrow’s car design, including how Land Rover approaches technological innovation (cautiously), why the company isn’t worried about autonomous cars, and why backseats are about to get a lot cooler. advertisement advertisement The Backseat Will Get More Love The home office of the future may be the backseat of a self-driving car. But even before cars can drive themselves while you … [Read more...] about Jaguar Land Rover’s Design Chief On The Future Of Cars
Some of the world’s biggest tech companies have told their employees to stop talking about technology and technical standards with counterparts at Huawei Technologies Co Ltd in response to the recent U.S. blacklisting of the Chinese tech firm, according to people familiar with the matter.Chipmakers Intel Corp and Qualcomm Inc, mobile research firm InterDigital Wireless Inc and South Korean carrier LG Uplus have restricted employees from informal conversations with Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker, the sources said. Such discussions are a routine part of international meetings where engineers gather to set technical standards for communications technologies, including the next generation of mobile networks known as 5G.The U.S. Department of Commerce has not banned contact between companies and Huawei. On May 16, the agency put Huawei on a blacklist, barring it from doing business with U.S. companies without … [Read more...] about Some big tech firms cut employees’ access to Huawei, muddying 5G rollout
Huawei has finally unveiled its latest smartphones, the P30 and P30 Pro, after building hype from rumours, leaks and teaser trailers. Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei, said on-stage that the devices are 'inspired by nature' and designed to let people take the best pictures possible. Huawei has equipped the handsets with three or four cameras, depending on the model, to increase light and picture quality, it claims. The presentation in Paris included a range of images taken on the P30 Pro and the same images taken on competitors, the iPhone XS Max and the Samsung S10 Plus, showing its claimed superiority in areas of low light. The Chinese firm announced its 'compact' devices with a bigger battery as it continues its bid to overtake is Samsung as the biggest mobile phone maker in the world. Customers in the UK can pre-order the devices which will be stocked by EE and will cost £39 per month for the P30 and the Pro will be available from £49 per month. The launch … [Read more...] about Huawei FINALLY reveals its flagship P30 Pro handset with FOUR cameras and 50x zoom set to rival Apple and Samsung’s top models – but will it be spying on you?
It was once called "the last taboo." But a spreadsheet circulating this week with the salary information for workers in one industry - news media - has shown how the issue of pay equity has moved into the center of the national discussion about work and fairness. The "Real Media Salaries" spreadsheet, which anyone could self-report to, grew quickly after it began circulating on Tuesday. It asked people to report their title, company, experience in years, race, gender, and job location, in addition to compensation details. By the end of the day on Wednesday, it had more than 700 salaries listed, for positions purportedly at major national media organizations like the New York Times, National Geographic, NPR, and CNN, to digital outfits like G/O Media (formerly the Gizmodo Media Group), Buzzfeed and Quartz, to regional and local outlets like the Santa Fe New Mexican, the Arizona Republic, and the York Dispatch. "Talking about how much or how little money you make feels taboo, and it … [Read more...] about Hundreds of journalists anonymously reveal their salaries on viral spreadsheet, challenging workplace taboo