Image Credit: Apple Swift Playgrounds In this Stories You Might’ve Missed segment, we’ll be covering the third week of March, from the 17th to the 24th. Namely, we’ll be covering two stories that broke over this span of time, most interestingly a new module for Apple’s Swift Playground program. Apple introduces AR module for Swift Playgrounds Swift is a proprietary programming language from Apple, and Swift Playgrounds is an interactive iPad app that helps users- even children- learn to code with Swift in an easy way. The Fundamentals of Swift lesson, for instance, is a full and playable 3D game where people have to input
Ford Motor Co decided that they will significantly increase their planned investments in electric vehicles to $11bn by 2022 and have 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicles in its model line-up. At the Detroit Auto show that happened last week, the company’s chairman, Bill Ford, said that the whole investment is much more higher than what was previously announced ($4.5bn by 2020). He also added that this investment includes costs of developing dedicated electric vehicle architectures. General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen have already outlined ambitious plans to offer more electric vehicles and also did General Motors who made his announcement last week about new driverless vehicle.
Silicon Valley graphics chipmaker Nvidia, announced a new, more powerful computing platform for use in autonomous vehicles. The company claims its new system, code named Pegasus, can be used to power Level 5, fully driverless cars without steering wheels, pedals, or mirrors. Deutsche Post DHL Group, the world’s largest mail and logistics company, and ZF [ZFF.UL], a top automotive parts supplier, plan to deploy a fleet of autonomous delivery trucks based on the new chips, starting in 2019, NVIDIA said for Reuters. The third generation of NVIDIA’s Drive PX automotive line is a multi-chip platform the size of car license plates with datacenter-class processing power.
In July this year, Air France announced plans to launch an airline that specifically targets millennials, raising the question of what, exactly, that actually means. Their spin-off airline called ‘Joon’ is now eager to big-up its partnerships with the likes of Airbnb and Waynabox, allowing passengers to book experiences and trips alongside their flights. “Joon is Air France’s little sister, who breaks with tradition and takes inspiration from the new expectations of travelers to offer an experience that goes beyond the aircraft doors,” Jean-Michel Mathieu, CEO of Joon, said in a statement. It seems that there will be some great news for business class passengers on long-haul flights.
Getting entertained while flying in an aluminum tub some tens of thousands of feet above ground is a multi-billion dollar question. There are two approaches – one that doesn’t offer any form of IFE (in-flight entertainment), telling passengers to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). On the other hand, carriers can offer lavish displays with hundreds of hours of entertainment. Thanks to the French airline XL Airways, there is a third option – a Virtual Reality Cinema Theater. This tourist-focused airline is introducing a trial run of headsets from Skylights, a French virtual reality startup. For the next several months, XL Airways will implement 2D and 3D movies through its ‘SkyTheater’ application,
Following his departure from AMD, where he oversaw the complex tasks of creating new processor architectures, Jim Keller looked for new challenges. Word came today that Elon Musk personally led the negotiation with Jim in order to get him to join Tesla Motors, Inc. with an expected answer. At Tesla Motors, Jim Keller will be in charge of running one of most important research departments, the autopilot R&D. Right now, the self-driving capabilities of Tesla Model S, X, and 3 are all being processed by a combination of in-house software with hardware from companies such as NVIDIA and Mobileye. How does the Tesla Autopilot Work? In order to explain
If you live anywhere in the northern hemisphere, you’re likely already aware of how bitterly cold temperatures can dip to. In the United States or Canada alone, good luck if you’re living in Alaska, North Dakota, or Minnesota, as temperatures can reach well below -1 degrees Fahrenheit. Same story with Iceland, or Scandinavia. However, you’re going to need more than luck if you’re an EV (electric vehicle) owner in a cold climate, as it appears that electric car batteries may well struggle in winter – taking more time and energy to warm up and function efficiently. Sadly, global warming pushed winter patterns from November/December to January-March,
Beginning of each year is filled with New Year resolutions and how can we improve ourselves. This goes for the companies too – just the same as people reading this site. We received a video from Boeing’s corporate communications featuring their vision of travel. None of the seats in this video are nothing more than a concept, but it would be interesting to see how the company will tailor its future ‘cash-cow’ aircraft, the Boeing 777-8 and 777-9 (Boeing decided to remove the ‘X’ from the name). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkOJDt5I-cc It’s not directly mentioned, but this cabin concept and its seating arrangement clearly show that it is a concept design
Ever wanted to fly a jet engine powered aircraft? If your career was not set into becoming a commercial or a military pilot, you could only dream of getting your hands behind the steering yoke or flightstick of a plane costing into tens and even hundreds of millions of dollars. Not kidding here, world’s largest airplane, Airbus A380-800 goes for 428 million USD, and that’s without those four engines beneath its wings. Airbus’s realistic entry level plane, the A320-200 goes for 97 million. Without engines, of course. Those prices are just crazy, so what do you do? Do you dig deep into X-Plane and Flight Simulator and
Formula E Championship is gathering steam among new fans and manufacturers. This VR-friendly sport is becoming increasingly popular, and the opportunity to watch 360 degree videos will be enhanced with the Virtual Reality video streams from the cars, as seen in this video below: The circus is meeting for the final time this year in Punta Del Este, Uruguay, and the warm up for the race could not be more exciting. Trulli Racing officially withdrew from the competition, and their place will be taken by none other than – Jaguar. The name Jaguar Racing will appear for the first time since 2004 and their withdrawal
Peter Coker, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Martin Aircraft, innovative New Zealand aerospace company is finally making progress on what many thought it was impossible – to develop and manufacture a personal jetpack, enabling a single person to experience flight like never before. Martin Aircraft spent years in development of a ‘jetpack’, and while many considered it a vaporware, past couple of weeks saw the public debut at the Dubai Airshow and – test flights which go into higher altitudes. Recent tests added maneuverability, which go hand in hand with the achieved flight test that saw P12.3 prototype reaching 5000 feet above sea level, or