General Motors and Honda are teaming up on self-driving vehicle technology as big automakers and tech giants race to develop the next generation of personal transportation. Japan’s Honda Motor Co will invest $2.75 billion in the autonomous vehicle unit run by General Motors Co., called GM Cruise, which is considered a leader in the nascent industry.
The goal, the companies said, is to develop an autonomous vehicle that can be produced at a high volume and deployed globally. They will also explore commercial ways to use the Cruise network around the world. The partnership comes as the main players in the autonomous vehicle space shift their focus from developing the technology to figuring out how to make the systems safer and more affordable.
Teaming up is a way to add a layer of safety, with some groups using one company’s software to operate a vehicle and a partner’s software to act as a backup, said Sam Abuelsamid, Navigant Research analyst. “As companies move from the researcGMh phase into the production phase, there’s a lot of additional complexity that has to be added to those already complex systems,” he said.
Ride-hailing giant Uber announced in August a partnership with Toyota to develop autonomous vehicles months after one of its self-driving cars struck and killed a pedestrian crossing a dark street in Arizona. Other partnerships include BMW with Fiat Chrysler, chipmaker Intel and visual recognition software maker Mobileye; and German automaker Daimler AG with supplier Bosch to develop autonomous taxis.
GM has been widely viewed as being in second place in the autonomous vehicle race, with Google’s Waymo on top. Waymo plans to put autonomous vehicles on the road in a ride-sharing service in the Phoenix area before the end of this year, while GM has said it plans to roll out its fully-autonomous vehicles for passengers to use in 2019.
Waymo said in May that it would buy up to 62,000 more minivans from Fiat Chrysler to expand its ride-hailing venture. Waymo and Fiat Chrysler also said that they were discussing the use of Waymo technology in Fiat-Chrysler self-driving vehicles that would be sold to the public.
self-driving cars, Honda, Honda self-driving car, Honda GM partnership, GM self driving car, autonomous cars, self-driving vehicle GM has been widely viewed as being in second place in the autonomous vehicle race, with Google’s Waymo on top. (Image: AP)
Tesla is developing autonomous vehicles, but some analysts doubt that its system is on par with the rest of the industry, because it uses only cameras, ultrasonic sensors and a single radar — compared to dozens of sensors in competitors’ systems — and it doesn’t have enough memory bandwidth to process all the data, Abuelsamid said.
Michelle Krebs, an executive analyst with Autotrader, believes the partnership between GM and Honda is critical in the development of such advanced technology because it requires huge investments that have little promise of a quick payoff.
Honda will make an immediate investment of $750 million, and spend $2 billion over 12 years on the project. “Honda chose to collaborate with Cruise and General Motors based on their leadership in autonomous and electric vehicle technology and our shared vision of a zero-emissions and zero-collision world,” said Seiji Kuraishi, an executive vice president at Honda.
Honda and GM are already partnering on fuel cell vehicles and announced in June that they are developing batteries for electric vehicles, mainly for the North American market. In May, the Japanese tech firm investment firm SoftBank announced it was taking a 20 per cent stake in Cruise for $2.25 billion.
GM had said it planned to use the cash infusion to roll out a robotaxi service in at least one major city starting next year. SoftBank also owns big stakes in Uber as well as in India’s Ola ride service and Didi Chuxing, China’s top ride-hailing firm. Shares of Detroit-based GM were up 1 per cent in midday trading, while Honda’s stock was down 1 per cent
Huawei Watch GT Active With Up to Two-Weeks Battery Life Launched in India
Huawei announced on Monday that its new Huawei Watch GT Active is now available in India. The smartwatch was launched in March this year, alongside the Huawei P30 series phones. Huawei’s Watch GT Active is available exclusively on Flipkart starting today. The company claims its Watch GT Classic has received a good response in India. The Huawei Watch GT Active is priced at Rs. 15,990 in India and it is compatible with both Android and iOS devices.
The Huawei Watch GT Active features a 46mm case and includes a 1.39-inch AMOLED HD display with a resolution of 454×454 pixels. The company claims its new smartwatch is lightweight, making it more comfortable to wear for a longer period of time.
Probably the biggest advantage of the Huawei Watch GT Active is the promised ‘up to two weeks’ battery life on a single charge.
Huawei claims its research concluded that charging smartwatches was painful for consumers. The company’s in-house Lite OS, that powers the Watch GT Active, along with the dual-chipset helps deliver a much longer battery life. According to the company, the users can expect a much better battery life with its Huawei Watch GT Active under typical usage conditions. These include wearing the smartwatch all day long, keeping heart rate function activated, 90 minutes of workout, and notifications.
Besides good battery life, the Huawei Watch GT Active features heart rate and sleep monitoring capabilities. A self-learning algorithm can detect and monitor both indoor and outdoor activities. The smartwatch also features a Triathlon mode that can help track swimming, cycling, and running.
Huawei Watch GT Active also comes with TruSleep 2.0 and TruSeen 3.0. The former helps keep track of your health and sleep patterns while the latter offers continuous heart-rate monitoring. The smartwatch can also offer over 200 suggestions to help you sleep better. As we mentioned earlier, the Huawei Watch GT Active runs on the company’s Lite OS.
The smartwatch is available on Flipkart starting today, priced at Rs. 15,990, in two colour variants. It comes with a standard 1-year warranty and 10-day replacement warranty via Flipkart. Thanks to the ongoing Big Shopping Days sale, consumers can grab additional discounts in the form of bundled payment offers from SBI credit cards and no-cost EMI options.
Xiaomi Mi Super Bass Wireless Around-Ear Headphones Launched in India
Xiaomi has launched the Mi Super Bass Wireless Headphones in India. The headphones are priced at Rs. 1,799, and are the latest entrant in the company’s growing portfolio of affordable audio accessories, which also includes wired and wireless earphones and headphones, a soundbar, wireless speakers, and more. Mi Super Bass Wireless Headphones launch coincides with Amazon’s Prime Day sale, and the Xiaomi headphones are just one of the thousand products debuting on the e-retail giant as a part of the Prime Day sale. The headphones are available in two colour options – black-and-red and black-and-gold – and can be purchased via Amazon and Mi India online store.
The Xiaomi Mi Super Bass Wireless Headphones feature an around-ear design with padding under the headband and around the ears. Battery life is claimed to be 20 hours per charge, and the headphones use 40mm dynamic drivers and Bluetooth 5.0 for connectivity. There is also the ability to invoke the voice assistant on your phone through the headphones directly, and as the name suggests, the audio tuning has been geared around strong bass.
The Xiaomi Mi Super Bass Wireless Headphones can be charged through a Micro-USB port at the bottom, and the headphones also support wired connectivity through the 3.5mm socket for when the battery runs out. The headphones go up against other affordable wireless options such as the Boat Rockerz 400 and Ant Audio Treble 900, but have the advantage of an around-ear design that many users will find more comfortable.
The Xiaomi Mi Super Bass Wireless Headphones have been launched during the Amazon Prime Day sale and are available on Amazon as a result, but can also be bought on the Xiaomi India online store at the same price. Xiaomi’s range of audio products in India also includes the Mi Soundbar, which is priced at Rs. 4,999 and offers a significant volume boost for your TV at a reasonable price.
Dancing to Saaki a dream: Nora Fatehi
Dancer-actress Nora Fatehi is back with another recreation of an old hit dance number, and she is sure setting the temperatures soaring once again.
Nora’s new dance is a new-age version of the song “Saaki”, for the upcoming John Abraham-starrer, ‘Batla House.’ The dance number is a recreation of the hit song of the same name from the 2004 film ‘Musafir.’
The Canadian-origin dancer-actress says bagging this opportunity is no less than a dream.
“Saaki” follows “Dilbar”, her hit dance number in last year’s ‘Satyameva Jayate’, which was recreated from an Sushmita Sen’s original dance in the 1999 film, ‘Sirf Tum’.
The new version of “Saaki” has been recomposed by Bollywood’s king of recreations, Tanishk Bagchi, and sung by Neha Kakkar and Tulsi Kumar.
“Getting the opportunity to be able to perform on a song like ‘saaki’, which has been made on such an epic level by Tanishk, and sung by Neha and Tulsi, is a dream,” said Nora.
“The way Tanishk has composed this song is out of this world and I knew that visually I’d have to match up. I learnt to dance with fire fans for the first time in only three days,” she added, about the challenging dance moves.
“The fire fans were heavy and dancing with fire is very risky. It was difficult to manoeuver and dance with them effortlessly.
Thankfully, I had the drive to do it because I wanted the audience to see me add something new to my dance (repertoire).
“The best part is I am acting in the film ‘Batla House’, so my character’s performance to the song leads up to a very important sequence that carries the story forward,” she shared.
Choreographed and directed by Adil Sheikh, the teaser of the song that released two days ago, has already garnered great traction from netizens.
Tulsi is positive about “Saaki” becoming the dance anthem of the season. “In the past as well, everyone grooved to the track and it’s back in a completely new version.
“This year is about reinventing my voice, challenging myself to show a different side of my vocal quality. With this song, I have pushed my boundaries,” added the “Dekh lena” singer, popular for crooning romantic soft numbers.
With this song, Tulsi steps into the domain of “high on energy, peppy dance tracks”. “I am completely enjoying (the experience),” she said. While the musical team of ‘Batla House’ is gung-ho about the song, Koena Mitra, who featured on screen in the ‘Musafir’ number, wasn’t too impressed.
“My song from ‘Musafir’, ‘Saaki’, has been recreated. The combination of Sunidhi, Sukhwinder, Vishal and Shekhar was outstanding. (I) Didn’t like the new version, it’s a mess!” Koena tweeted.
The original track by composers Vishal-Shekhar was sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and Sukhwinder Singh.Dancing to Saaki a dream: Nora Fatehi.
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