Do you know the hottest trend all big companies pursuing right now? It is self driving car technology, the technology that allows car drive itself. All big companies, automakers, tech, software makers, want to take part in it, starting from Google, Apple, General Motor, Uber, Ford, Volkswagen, Tesla, Baidu, Samsung, Nvidia, Intel, to name a few, don’t forget startups like Zoox, autonomy, Aurora Innovation, and Drive.ai as well. What are the top 6 Self Driving Car Race ?
Here is the current state of several companies pursuing self-driving car technology.
1. Waymo (Google)
Google is a pioneer for a self-driving car, starting back then in 2010. At first, it was just moonshot from X, subsidiary of Google founded by Sebastian Thrun, and supervised by Chris Urmson and Anthony Levandowski. Then, because of machine learning development, a self-driving car that seemed far-fetched is now almost ready. In 2016, Google spins off its self-driving car arm into a stand-alone company called Waymo.
The analyst believes Waymo is far ahead than its competitors when it comes to the self-driving car. It has expertise in developing self-driving car software, it has logged more than 5 million self-driven miles on the road. It has a partnership with automakers like Fiat Chrysler, Jaguar, and soon Honda. It is also testing self driving car service without a human test driver in Phoenix.
The biggest American automaker bought silicon valley startup Cruise Automation in 2016 for $1 billion to catch up with a self-driving car race. GM CEO Mary Barra believes that Cruise team, led by Kyle Vogt and Daniel Kan, will help GM to make self driving car reality. Currently, GM and Cruise are testing more than 100 Chevy Bolt self-driving car in San Francisco. This week, Cruise gets $2.25 billion investment from Softbank Vision Fund that will help them accelerate effort for deploying self-driving car as soon as possible.
Tesla, led by Elon Musk, is producing Model S, Model X, and Model 3 with Autopilot technology. The difference they have is Tesla cars don’t use Lidar that most automaker use for its self-driving car technology. This autopilot currently becomes a controversy as there is fatality accident in March.
Ride-sharing juggernaut also develops self-driving car technology, citing the previous ambitious goal of founder Travis Kalanick. Uber lately faces unfortunate event as its car killed a pedestrian in Arizona.
5. Aurora Innovation
It’s startup founded by Chris Urmson, Sterling Anderson, and Drew Bagnell. These 3 are veteran in self driving car technology. Chris Urmson previously led the team in Google X, Sterling Anderson previously led Tesla Autopilot project, and Drew Bagnell was founding member of Uber Advanced Technology Center. They are currently developing self-driving car software and engage in a relationship with Volkswagen and Hyundai.
It’s startup founded by Ph.D. students of Stanford. AI expert Andrew Ng also become its board. The main difference between drive.ai and others are it develops a car that can interact with its environment such as pedestrian through its board above the car. Drive.ai recently announced that it will launch a ride-hailing service using autonomous vehicles in Frisco, Texas, in July.
OPPO ColorOS 6.0 officially announced lighter UI
OPPO ColorOS was officially announced yesterday afternoon after the 5th Anniversary Celebration in Shenzhen under the name of the event “5different”.
according to Oppo, ColorOS brings a huge bunch of new features after it has been experienced 13 version updates and 250 million users from 140coutries with nonstop searching core technologies by improving localization services and delivering a better user experience around the world.
At this exhibition, OPPO officially declared the ColorOS 6.0 system.
And for the ColorOS 6.0 system, OPPO proposed a bezel-less aesthetic concept based on the large screen where have been using a lot of lighter and white techniques to create a hight space level interface, in the OPPO ColorOS 6.0 design was own a unique information density on the page where its lessened where it gives a feeling of such as breathing and refreshing.
OPPO Says that even though the interface has been simplified they keep the hierarchical relationship without any confusion and more careful and precise. and It was more elegant and comfortable than the old versions.
Furthermore OPPO has made a new Chinese Font (character library) by corporation with Hanyi (Known domestic font manufacturer) , OPPO Sans now becomes more modern simple and neat and five words in total are expected to be officially next year where OPPO ColorOS 6.0 will reach the users.
As well OPPO revealed some performance features like the overall power consumption that will reduced by 7% and OPPO developed a new AI application for quick freeze that will kill the apps in the background smartly after 15 days after intelligent learning and exploration as well as the AI model that exactly meets the user usage habits and smoothly harmonizes the usage behavioral predictions.
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Tesla Self-Driving Chip
To build its own self-driving chips Tesla was announced after their second-quarter income report that Tesla is processing the creation of their own computer chips where Elon Musk revealed last December, this isn’t something new but,
Musk says that the new silicon is faster than the old products that were made by NVIDIA, in which he explained that the old ones are only able to deal with 200 frames per second from the cameras around the car, unlike the new Tesla Chip where will be able to handle about 2,000 frames per second…
Tesla Motors Inc. Tests Self-Driving Technology
This isn’t going to make a big impact on NVIDIA, they say the sales where small and it’s not going to have a material impact.
Tesla says there will be some safety improvements to in Autopilot will come soon, with software V9.0. it will be the beginning of what the company calls it “on-ramp to off-ramp” driving, where the car handles lane changes on the freeway automatically.
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