Artificial Intelligence Technology to Help Sleepy Drivers Stay Safe
Spanish auto manufacturer SEAT (VW Group) is working to combat driver fatigue.
SEAT’s Xplora team, in conjunction with Eyesight Technologies, is developing advanced technology that studies a driver’s eyes and head movement to detect if they’re falling asleep or distracted. It uses an algorithm which analyses the eye openness, angle of vision, blink rate and head position of the driver, along with other visual attributes.
In the event it detects that the driver is drowsy, asleep or perhaps distracted by their mobile phone, it will trigger an alert. The technology can also identify the driver from previous trips and adjust the seats, mirrors, heating settings and other cabin features according to their personal preferences.
Eventually, the software will be able to detect pedestrians and analyze whether the driver has spotted them as well.
Research has shown that driver distraction and tiredness are among the biggest dangers on the roads, contributing to 36 percent of road traffic collisions.
The COVID-19 virus pandemic canceled the Geneva International Motor Show 2020 this year but many manufacturers went ahead with a virtual show as most of the exhibits were already on display ready for opening day.
An Image from the Auto Show That Never Happened
Check out the image of what was intended to be the global public debut of the hybrid-powered Czinger 21C hypercar (pronounced zinger), complete with bike mounted on the roof. Bit of wind resistance there.
The California-based company will limit production to just 80 cars, saying it is a car for the 21st century, hence the 21C label. It places the driver and passenger in the middle of the car in a jetfighter-style layout.
The 21C's hybrid powertrain is an ultra-compact 2.9-litre twin-turbo V-8 designed and built in-house at Czinger. It drives the wheels through a unique seven-speed automated manual transmission that's also been designed in-house. The 21C is capable of 0-62 mph (100km/h) in 1.9 seconds.
A couple of million bucks should put you in the driver’s seat.
Videos can be viewed at youtube.com/czingervehicles
Take Video Conferences from Zero to 100 Klicks in 3.5 Secs
Virtual video conferences have become the meetings of choice during the recent virus pandemic.
The creative minds at Audi of America responded by launching a series of specially curated images to serve as the perfect backdrop in virtual meeting rooms.
Enthusiasts can now bring their favourite Audi with them to their video conference call or virtual happy hour. Here are some sample images, which include the Audi R8 and A8. Audi is adding new images weekly via social media.
Achieving Concert Quality Sound in the VW Atlas
You may be among the millions of vehicle owners who have never taken note of how many speakers your car has.
But for many, car audio systems matter greatly – after all, if you’re going to commute in your vehicle a couple of hours a day, you should enjoy the environment it creates.
In the digital era, car audio has become less about total volume of sound and more about tuning the sound for the environment. And since 2011, Volkswagen has teamed with Fender and Panasonic to bring a new quality to the sound inside your car.
“We’re able to put concert-quality sound inside a vehicle,” said Tom Dunn, Director of Global Audio Solutions at Panasonic. “The emotion of a live performance is something we were all familiar with, but it was not something anyone expected to feel while driving their car.”
Applying that same formula to the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport posed some unique challenges.
“The Atlas has three rows and seven seats, which gives the vehicle a large cabin space,” said David Ernst, Panasonic’s Senior Acoustics Engineer. “The Atlas Cross Sport has two rows and five seats, so we had to pare down the design of the Fender Premium Audio System for the smaller model without taking away any of the quality.”
This latest Fender Premium Audio System includes 12 separate Fender speakers around the Atlas Cross Sport cabin. All told, the system can pump out 480 watts of power – enough to help recreate that front-row-concert sound.
Mustang Mach-E Taking Off at an Electrifying Pace
From the sunny Pacific Coast to the brutally cold Northeast, the all-electric Mustang Mach-E is a hit with advance reservations being made daily.
The Mustang Mach-E with available extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive has a targeted 480kilometres of range.
The available all-wheel drive is proving very popular with customers in cooler climes. Ford believes that system is helping to combat the misconception that electric vehicles can’t handle driving in bad weather.
Mustang Mach-E starts at $50,495, but check with local governments for available incentives that could knock as much as $7,500 from the sticker price. Deliveries begin late 2020.
All-Electric Future Promised at General Motors
Hundreds of employees, dealers, investors, analysts, media and policymakers are now learning of the GM strategy to grow the company’s electric vehicle (EV) sales quickly, efficiently and profitably.
“Our team accepted the challenge to transform product development at GM and position our company for an all-electric future,” said Mary Barra, GM chairman and CEO, recently.
“What we have done is build a multi-brand, multi-segment EV strategy with economies of scale that rival our full-size truck business with much less complexity and even more flexibility.”
The heart of GM’s strategy is a modular propulsion system and a highly flexible, third-generation global EV platform powered by proprietary Ultium batteries. They will allow the company to compete for nearly every customer in the market today, whether they are looking for affordable transportation, a luxury experience, work trucks or a high-performance machine.
“Thousands of GM scientists, engineers and designers are working to execute a historic reinvention of the company,” said GM President Mark Reuss. “They are on the cusp of delivering a profitable EV business that can satisfy millions of customers.”
GM’s new fast-charging Ultium batteries are unique in the industry because the large-format, pouch-style cells can be stacked vertically or horizontally inside the battery pack. This allows engineers to optimize battery energy storage and layout for each vehicle design, promising ranges close to 650kilometres between charges.