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NVIDIA is pushing for fully autonomous vehicles with its new Tegra X1

CES 2015 - If you haven't seen our coverage of NVIDIA's CES 2015 press conference, then you're probably not up with the new Tegra X1 processor. The new Tegra X1 processor from NVIDIA has a huge 256 GPU cores thanks to the company's Maxwell architecture, but it also packs an 8-core 64-bit processor, too.

 

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Well, the company is investing into fully autonomous vehicles as the new Tegra X1 processor, and beyond, are capable of reading countless parts of the car (cameras, sensors, etc) that can detect things like pedestrians, cars, police cars, trucks, and more. It's impressive, as all of this is done by a couple of SoCs in the car, and not by an actual computer.

 

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All of this is done thanks to NVIDIA's new Drive CX platform, which is a "digital cockpit computer". This computer is the "industry's most advanced visual computing platform" that features NVIDIA's Maxwell architecture, and their newly announced Drive Studio.

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Visteon transitioning into connected vehicles, showing off in-car tech

CES 2015 - Electronics manufacturer Visteon plans to show off new software, services and connectivity during the 2015 Consumers Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The company will unveil more than 60 different displays and innovation concepts to attendees that visit its booth in the Las Vegas Convention Center Central Plaza (booth #20).

 

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The company will also have an autonomous driving simulator to show how autonomous driving technology continues to evolve and mature at a rapid rate. The technology makes use of Visteon's human machine interaction (HMI) interface, a major research effort that the company has developed over years of tinkering.

 

"As one of the leading cockpit electronics suppliers, we are now turning our focus to designing connectivity into all our products utilizing cloud-based technology and over-the-air connections - creating a truly connected driving experience," said Martin Thall, EVP and president of the Visteon electronics division. "Whether on the open road, in a garage or at a body and assembly plant, Visteon has service offerings to unlock the value of connectivity."

Oklahoma wants to make texting while driving a misdemeanor

Oklahoma Sen. Ron Sharp wants to stop drivers in his state from using mobile phones to talk, text, or otherwise be distracted while behind the wheel. The state remains just one of six in the country that haven't implemented laws against distracted driving already.

 

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The Senate Bill 67, however, takes a significantly harsher approach than other states' efforts - with a violation counting as a misdemeanor, with the potential of a $1,000 fine, up to one year in jail, or a combination of both.

 

"Using a cell phone to call or text while driving can be just as deadly as drunk driving," Sharp recently said. "The danger is real. We see it every day, on city streets, highways and interstates. Senate Bill 67 is designed to make people think twice about pulling out their phone to answer a text or make a call while behind the wheel. The risk is just not worth jeopardizing lives."

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Audi to invest $29 billion new car development over next five years

Audi is willing to invest $29 billion over the next five years to help increase production, research and develop new connected car technologies, all the while trying to chase down BMW as the premiere German auto maker. Audi is No. 2 in global sales, and wants to expand its vehicle lineup from 50 up to 60 by 2020, the company publicly noted.

 

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"We are making huge investments in the pioneering regions of electric mobility, connectivity and lightweight development," said Rupert Stadler, Audi CEO, in a press statement.

 

As connected technology, electric engines and autonomous vehicle research continues, Tesla, BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and other luxury car manufacturers are expected to lead the way.

Palo Alto Police Department testing new recording technology

At a time when critics want better oversight of police departments in the United States, the Palo Alto PD has a new video technology solution being used in squad cars. Each car uses five cameras, able to provide an enhanced 270-degree field of view of the car's surroundings. The system is operated via touchscreen, so officers have access to the cameras: one points forward, two side cameras show coverage of blind spots, a rear-facing camera, and one prisoner camera.

 

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Officers are able to scan through up to 40 hours of recorded video data - and could lead to a drop in public complaints towards officers.

 

"We hire people for character and we want them to have character and to treat people with dignity and respect," said Dennis Burns, The chief of police in Palo Alto, in a statement to CBS News. "And this really should be kind of secondary to everything else. It's just another tool that we have to show that we are doing the right thing."

LG and Mercedes working together on semi-autonomous vehicles

CES 2015 is going to be a year to remember for technology and vehicles, with Mercedes-Benz set to show off its plans for a self-driving vehicle, and so much more. We should know more during their keynote speech, with a super cool prototype to be shown off at the show in Las Vegas.

 

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LG has also revealed that it will be supplying Mercedes with the mono and stereo camera systems, cameras that will be used to keep these cars in their lanes, dim the headlights, brake autonomously, and detect pedestrians or cyclists on or near the road. LG will also be providing biometric systems that will monitor drivers' eye movements and alertness, as well as its mobile and home entertainment expertise.

 

Merdeces will be providing LG with a license to its 6D Vision self-driving technology, so that LG can share it with other automakers.

Toyota rumored to be working on hydrogen-fueled Lexus limousine

According to Australian website Motoring, Toyota is working on another hydrogen-powered vehicle, even with their first hydrogen car not hitting the roads of the US.

 

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The new vehicle will be using the same fuel system as its mid-range Mirai sedan, throwing it into the higher-end Lexus LS limousine. The new vehicle will make good use of the hydrogen fuel technology, but the Japanese auto giant will be doing some retro-fitting in order to get it working in the Lexus LS.

 

The new Lexus should feature a fuel cell directly under the front seat, while the hydrogen tanks will find themselves behind the back seat. The new Lexus LS vehicle should be capable of 239 miles, versus the 300 miles found on the Mirai. We don't know any details on pricing or availability, but we should see Toyota launching the hydrogen-fueled Lexus LS "by 2017."

Tesla updates Roadster firmware, can now travel 400 miles to a charge

Tesla Motors has detailed the latest update that will be hitting the Roadster very soon, a new update that will provide "non-stop travel from LA to SF" according to Tesla Motors' founder, and real-life Tony Stark, Elon Musk.

 

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The new update will allow for quite the lengthy drive from the single charge, but we don't know much more than Musk's 140 character tweet. We should hear more soon, as Musk promised more details tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Google will have its self-driving car on California roads next year

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas over at Google, with the Mountain View-based search giant unveiling its first real build of its upcoming self-driving car, which will hit the roads of California next year.

 

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The company has shown off previous builds of its self-driving car, but they weren't exactly production models. They were early mockups at best, with no real headlights - stickers in their place - and a huge exposed sensor on the roof. There are many more prototypes now, each testing out various functions of the self-driving car, with a more refined, real, and functional feel.

 

Google has said that it plans to put the car through various tests during the holiday season, and have it on the roads of Northern California in the New Year. This isn't the final product yet, as the company will continue to tinker and tinker until it gets it right.

Younger drivers more skilled at texting and driving than others

Half of drivers tested by researchers from Wayne State University committed "lane excursions" into other lanes, while being instructed to text and drive with one hand on the steering wheel. However, it would appear older, more experienced drivers were more likely to drift into other lanes - as 100 percent of drivers from 45 to 59 years of age committed this driving error, with younger drivers doing better.

 

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Eighty percent of drivers from their mid-thirties to mid-forties committed lane excursions, with that number dropping to 50 percent for drivers from 25 to 34 years of age. Just 25 percent of drivers from 18 to 24 years of age swerved while texting and driving, researchers noted, doing better than what many would assume.

 

"Generally, people believe that younger drivers are more easily distracted and therefore would be more susceptible to the dangers of texting and driving," said Randall Commissaris, one of the authors of the study. "However, our study - which included drivers ranging in age from 18 to 59 - demonstrated just the opposite. Although texting while driving had a negative impact on drivers of all ages, younger drivers were less distracted by texting, and older drivers' performance was much worse because of their texting."

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