Not only do we have the 2020 Tokyo Olympics coming next year where we'll see a gigantic push for 8K which will be the new standard for TV, streams, and video -- but the country will be pulling out autonomous taxis, drones, and AI during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Airbus, Aeroports de Paris and the Paris Transport Authority are looking at ways of deploying autonomous flkying taxis for the 2024 Paris Olympics, which would autonomously fly passengers from Charles de Gaulle Airport into the city. I can't even imagine a future like that, but it seems we're seeing it being taken seriously for a huge event with so many eyes on it -- reporting on autonomous flying taxis, the actual possible future of travel.
While it's being pushed as a time saver we know it'll only really appeal to those with deeper pockets who want to experience this, as well as the rich and famous. The normal bus or trains from the airport to Paris will take around an hour, so the time saving element -- as well as like Buzz Lightyear famously says he's "falling, with style". You would definitely be arriving into Paris in style, in an autonomous flying taxi like a boss.
Computex 2019 - One of the most unique experiences of Computex 2019 this year would have to be my trip in the world's first smartphone driver assistance app that was assisting a car driving on the highways in Taiwan.
This is part of the VIA-AI package that is an open source platform to advance the development of self-driving applications, so that they're built quicker and keeping us even safer in the self-driving cars of the future. The company reached out and asked if we'd like to have a ride in the world's first demonstration of a smartphone driver assistance app... and it was quiet the ride.
We have a very casually shot video unedited from our FB Live stream, explaining some of what's going on - apologies for the audio, it was a very last minute thing for us. VIA picked us up at the NVIDIA Taipei HQ after our meeting with Team Green, and away we went.
VIA-AI isn't about fully self-driving car technology but more smartphone-based Advanced Cruise Control (ACC) and Lake Keeping Assistance System (LKAS) which are normally found on high-end models of cars... something the company is bringing to other cars with VIA-AI. The entire VIA-AI source code will be made available, in VIA's own words "to enthusiasts, hackers, and anyone who wants to push forward the reality of autonomous driving in July 2019".
Elon Musk is one of those people that gives off the "why not" vibe, and something to reinforce that observation is the newest addition to the line of Tesla vehicles. A ported version of Studio MDHR's Cuphead.
Yes thats right. The side-scrolling shoot 'em up game created by Studio MDHR will soon be ported over to the Tesla Model 3, Model S and Model X. Why may you ask? because why the hell not. Musk commented on the port saying "Cuphead, we've got working, [The developers] have been helping us make it work. It's a cool game. It's insanely difficult. It's sadistically difficult. It's a twisted plot. It's dark. It looks like some cute little Disney thing and you're like, 'This plot is very dark."
Musk has previously spoken out about attempting to get the Unity game running on his line of Tesla vehicles, and it seems that goal has been somewhat achieved since Cuphead was developed using Unity. According to Maja Moldenhauer, who is one of the developers at Studio MDHR, the ported version of Cuphead is "looking nice and clean". Cuphead is planned to launch on Tesla's everywhere sometime this summer.
CES 2019 - Harley-Davidson has just unveiled its new LiveWire electric motorcycle with pre-orders opening up ahead of its release in August, where it will cost $29,799 - not too bad considering its the first electric motorbike from the company famous for motorcycles.
The new LiveWire has some wicked takeoff speeds where it will go 0-60MPH in 3.5 seconds, and it'll do so with a "futuristic" sound. Harley-Davison is bringing bikes into 2019 with LTE connectivity inside of the LiveWire that will let you remotely check on your bike, retrieve service numbers, and you'll be able to see if someone is trying to hijack your ride. If someone does, don't worry - it can be tracked with its built-in GPS.
Harley-Davidson says its new electric motorbike is good for around 110 miles of urban riding, but there are other bikes from Zero Motorcycles that push further up to 163 miles riding around the city. The LiveWire takes its own market with its power, tech (especially LTE) and super-styled looks.
Elon Musk has just unleashed a Christmas surprise for Tesla owners, with a few new Easter Eggs included in the latest over-the-air update to its fleet of electric vehicles. One of them includes the ability to fart, yes fart, on-demand.
Hopped in my @Tesla this morning and was delighted to find "romance mode" and a drop-down list of juicy, on demand fart noises, that can be triggered with a wheel click or turn signal.— Kevin Pereira (@Attack) December 19, 2018
The best keeps getting better.
Thanks @elonmusk and team! pic.twitter.com/L6HGX8w2cs
As you can see from Kevin Pereria's tweet, one of the Easter Egg's in the new update are called Emissions Testing Mode, which gives drivers six different fart noises to choose from. This is an awesome troll for people who haven't read this news, or don't own a Tesla as you'll get a Tesla vehicle owner driving their friends around trolling them with fart noises... coming from THE CAR. Hat tip, Mr. Musk.
The six different fart sounds are themed around Musk's companies and marketing, including:
- Not a Fart (a reference to Not a Flamethrower that Musk sold in 2018)
- Short Shorts Ripper (Musk simply can't seem to stop trolling short sellers)
- Falcon Heavy (as in SpaceX's big rocket that launched in 2018)
- Ludicrous Fart (super speed?)
- Neurastink (a reference to another Musk company Neuralink; we're not sure how farts play into the company's plans to build a brain-to-machine interface that would allow the human mind to keep up with AI.
- Boring (as in The Boring Company)
- * The seventh choice, called "I'm so random," will pick one of the sounds randomly.
Volvo has been working on autonomous car technology for a while now, and has just announced that it has inked a deal that will see six of its autonomous trucks carrying limestone from a BrÃ¸nnÃ¸y Kalk to a Norway port, which is a 3-mile or so journey.
Most of these deals for trucks at mines would involve a fleet of trucks being made, and then deployed to the mine where the mine would get drivers in and using the trucks. This deal is Volvo's first end-to-end autonomous offering, where it means the mining company is paying Volvo for each metric tonne its autonomous trucks are delivering. This means that Volvo will want to make its trucks the most efficient they can, as they won't be paid if they fail or are filled with problems.
The new autonomous trucks are already being tested in Norway, with the full service going live towards the end of 2019. Volvo Trucks' Director of Autonomous Solutions, Sasko Cuklev said: "It is exciting to reach this point where we introduce autonomous solutions. By working in a confined area on a predetermined route, we can find out how to get the best out of the solution and tailor it according to specific customer needs. This is all about collaborating to develop new solutions, providing greater flexibility and efficiency, as well as increased productivity".
Over the next 12 months we're going to see the explosive launch of 5G connectivity, with Qualcomm already out and ahead of the competition with its Snapdragon products and 5G modem designs, but NTT DoCoMo along with Mitsubishi have set world records with their 5G trials.
The two Japanese giants teamed up to run 5G connectivity tests in outdoor trials in Japan's Kanagawa Prefecture, where the world's first 5G transmission that exceeded 20Gbps using one terminal. At a distance of 32.8 feet (10m) the tests hit a peak speed of 27Gbps, while at 328 feet (100m) away the connection was still an incredible 25Gbps. The proof-of-concept 5G trials used a single mobile terminal, and 500MHz of spectrum within the 28GHz band.
NTT DoCoMo and Mitsubishi Electric used a 16-beam spatial multiplexing in "line-of-sight conditions, where massive-element base-station antennas on the wall of a building directed beams to mobile-terminal antennas installed on the rooftop of a vehicle" reports Mobile World Live.
Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to tease that in the upcoming Tesla V9.0 release that is 4 weeks away, that Tesla owners will enjoy "some of the best classic" Atari games as Easter Eggs in the new Tesla update.
Jordan Golson replied to Musk on Twitter saying there should be specific classic Atari games like Ms. Pac-Man, naturally. Food Fight, Dig Dug, Pole Position, Tempest, and Missile Command in the update. Musk replied saying that he's hoping to include the "last three" in this release, which means we should expect Pole Position, Tempest and Missile Command.
Musk continued, adding that with Pole Position it'll be "linked to actual car steering" but made sure to add that this is "while stationary" so that people don't think you'll be flying down the highway in your Tesla playing Pole Position at the same time. Because that would end in a disaster.
Tesla would have to be one of the most interesting and quirky companies in the world, but I think this new stunt takes it to the next level.
The company unveiled its new Limited Edition Tesla Surfboard over the weekend, which the company says was designed by the Tesla Design Studio in collaboration with Lost Surfboards and Matt "Mayhem" Biolos, the surfboard shaper for World Surf League Championship athletes.
Tesla uses a "mix of the same high-quality matte and gloss finishes used on all our cars. The deck is reinforced with light-weight "Black Dart" carbon fiber, inspired by the interiors in our cars, and featuring tonal logos in subtle contrast gloss". The company notes that the Limited Edition Surfboard will fit comfortably inside of their Model S, X, and 3 vehicles either inside, or outside of the car.
The surfboards will be custom made to order, with a super-limited 200 of them to be produced. Tesla will have them in consumers hands in between 2-10 weeks.
Pininfarina, the Italian car design firm that created the iconic look of the Ferrari, announced back in March it was working on its own electric hypercar, and now we have more information on what to expect.
The new electric hypercar is expected to cost a huge $2 million, hit 60 miles per hour in under two seconds, and have a top speed of 250 mph. The all-electric hypercar is expected to have a range of over 300 miles, and charge up to 80% capacity in a super-fast 15 minutes.
Pininfarina calls its upcoming electric hypercar the PFO, at least for now, with the Italian firm using ethically sourced natural woods and paints that are free of chemical ingredients. Pininfarina will be showing off PFO to VIP guests during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance next month, but after that it'll be under wraps until the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019.