will start testing its new autonomous vehicles in Germany this summer, the
company announced Wednesday. The German automaker’s electric ID Buzz vans will
use hardware and software developed by Argo AI, a Pittsburgh-based startup that
is backed by Ford and VW. The aim is to launch a commercial delivery and
micro-transit service in Germany by 2025.
from VW and Argo convened a press conference this week to provide an update on
their partnership, which was first announced in 2019
as an extension of VW’s “global alliance” with Ford. And while much of
what they discussed was already known, it did provide a closer look at the
timeline for launching a revenue-generating service using VW’s vehicles and
Argo’s autonomous technology.
which has been testing its vehicles in the US with Ford for the last few years,
said it would be launching the fifth generation of its automated driving
technology with the VW ID Buzz, which is the electric version of the
automaker’s iconic microbus. Bryan Salesky, the startup’s founder and CEO,
praised the collaborative nature of Argo and Volkswagen’s partnership.
building our technology and partnering with Volkswagen in a way that really
sets us apart from what others are doing,” Salesky said. “And we think it
really puts us in a position to deliver a safe, smart, and scalable product to
deliver on the promise of autonomous driving.”
has already started. Earlier this year, Argo and VW developed a prototype
minivan using the German company’s MEB electric vehicle platform inside the
body of a VW T6 Transporter and Argo’s AV technology, including LIDAR sensors,
radar, and cameras. In addition, Argo’s software enables the vehicle to “see”
its environment, plan for its next steps, and predict the movements of other
vehicles and pedestrians on the road. This, in combination with Argo’s sensor
suite, allows for automated driving at low and high speeds, Salesky said.
that it plans to put the vans in service as a ride-sharing fleet under its subsidiary Moia.
Since 2017, Moia has been operating a fleet of electric vehicles as part of its
“ride-pooling” service in Hamburg, where it has served 3 million customers to
date. Those customers have provided a treasure trove of feedback that Moia CEO
Richard Henrich says will come in use as the company shifts to a completely
autonomous fleet by 2025.
learned in recent years that both customers and cities have really high and very
specific expectations towards future autonomous ride-pooling systems,” Henrich
said. “Customers, on the one hand side, expect ride-pooling to be as easy,
convenient, and reliable as riding their own car... But cities, on the other
hand, expect ride pooling to help alleviate traffic congestion.”
industry has been consolidating rapidly
over the past year, with many companies being acquired or merging
with other companies. It’s a mad dash to keep businesses afloat in the face of
lengthening timelines and steep operational costs with little expectation for
revenue generation in the near term. Robotaxis, in particular, are seen as
being further out than most companies are predicting. VW and Argo say they
remain bullish about their ability to hit the target date.
a long way to go still until this high tech becomes an enormous growth market,”
said Christian Senger, VW’s senior VP for commercial vehicles.
World’s 1st remote brain surgery via 5G network performed in China Published time: 17 Mar, 2019 13:12 · A Chinese surgeon has performed the world’s first remote brain surgery using 5G technology, with the patient 3,000km away from the operating doctor. Dr. Ling Zhipei remotely implanted a neurostimulator into his patient’s brain on Saturday, Chinese state-run media reports . The surgeon manipulated the instruments in the Beijing-based PLAGH hospital from a clinic subsidiary on the southern Hainan island, located 3,000km away. The surgery is said to have lasted three hours and ended successfully. The patient, suffering from Parkinson’s disease, is said to be feeling well after the pioneering operation. The doctor used a computer connected to the next-generation 5G network developed by Chinese tech giant Huawei. The new device enabled a near real-time connection, according to Dr. Ling. “You barely feel that the patient is 3,000 kilometers away,” he said.
Visualizing The Power Of The World's Supercomputers BY TYLER DURDEN FRIDAY, JAN 21, 2022 - 04:15 AM A supercomputer is a machine that is built to handle billions, if not trillions of calculations at once. Each supercomputer is actually made up of many individual computers (known as nodes) that work together in parallel. A common metric for measuring the performance of these machines is flops , or floating point operations per second . In this visualization, Visual Capitalist's Marcus Lu uses November 2021 data from TOP500 to visualize the computing power of the world’s top five supercomputers. For added context, a number of modern consumer devices were included in the comparison. Ranking by Teraflops Because supercomputers can achieve over one quadrillion flops, and consumer devices are much less powerful, we’ve used teraflops as our comparison metric. 1 teraflop = 1,000,000,000,000 (1 trillion) flops. Supercomputer Fugaku was completed in March 202
Beijing Orders Alibaba To Dump Media Assets That Rival China's Propaganda Machine BY TYLER DURDEN MONDAY, MAR 15, 2021 - 07:30 PM Beijing is reviving its crackdown on the country's biggest tech firms, reminding the world that the CCP is still focused on neutralizing any and all threats to its control of the Chinese economy and its people. Even after amending China's official ideology to include entrepreneurs among the protected classes represented by the CCP (in addition to workers, farmers and soldiers), Beijing, with President Xi at its center, has apparently decided that Chinese tech firms won't follow the American model after all. Instead, their growth and competitive capabilities will be curtailed for the sake of stability at home. After Tencent was censured and strict new requirements were officailly imposed on Alibaba-owned Ant Group that will prevent the company from growing , the Wall Street Journal reports that next up on Beijing's to-do lis