Tag: car

07
Oct
2020
Posted in software

GMC’s all-electric Hummer will be the first car with software built using Epic’s Unreal Engine



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Fortnite creator Epic Games is partnering with carmakers, starting with General Motors, to use its Unreal Engine game development platform to build in-car software in what Epic is calling its “human-machine interface” (HMI) initiative. The first car to use Unreal Engine, which is the primary software toolset with which developers make Fortnite and countless other big-budget video games, will be GMC’s upcoming Hummer EV, set to be unveiled on October 20th.

The logic is simple: modern cars are primarily designed using software, and assembled cars carry scores of onboard computers and rely on touchscreens and digital interfaces to power infotainment centers and other sources of information displayed to drivers. And Unreal Engine is a great platform for building software, which Epic thinks makes it a great platform for building the software that goes into cars.

“When you sit in the driver’s seat of a modern car today, the way you interact with the vehicle is different from a few years ago. Buttons and screens dominate the dashboard, steering wheel, and instrument pane, providing features that may be new to you. Electrification is at the root of many of these advances, with digital hardware such as cameras, sensors, and displays, combined with cutting-edge technology like Unreal Engine, forming a framework on which to build new experiences,” the company explains in a blog post. “At Epic Games, we’ve long been interested in the way the requirements for HMI development overlap with those of game development. Much of the functionality required to create HMI systems has been available in Unreal Engine for some time.”



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Epic says carmakers like GMC and the user interface and user experience designers tasked with crafting the software that car owners will interact with in the finished product can do more

04
Oct
2020
Posted in software

Polestar 2 recalled for software glitch that can leave car without power

STOCKHOLM — Electric vehicle maker Polestar, owned by Volvo Cars and its parent China’s Geely, is recalling all new Polestar 2 cars due to a software glitch, business daily Dagens Industri (DI) said on Friday.

The recall of close to 2,200 vehicles delivered so far will be made after several cars lost power and stopped running even while driving, the paper said.

“There have been no accidents or personal injury,” a Polestar spokesman told DI. “Brakes, steering and other systems are working as they should.”

The paper said all customers had been informed on Friday to fix the software issue as soon as possible at a service station.

The Sweden-based automaker started producing its Polestar 2 sedans this year in China and sells them in China, Europe and the United States.

Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath said in August that the company was targeting annual sales of more than 50,000 within two to three years.

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01
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

This Battered iPad Fell Off A Car At 50mph

An iPad mini that fell off a car travelling at high speed and smashed into pieces was – incredibly – still able to report its location to its owner.

Brand-protection specialist, Stuart Fuller, heard something hit the back of his car on a dark country lane and assumed it was a twig falling off a tree. Unluckily for Fuller, it was in fact the iPad mini that he’d accidentally left on top of his car.

Fuller, also chairman of non-league football club Lewes FC in England, was driving home from the club on Tuesday evening when he absent-mindedly left the iPad on top of the car before getting in. He managed to drive almost two miles up steep hills and around tight corners before the iPad mini finally fell off on the outskirts of Lewes.

At first, Fuller didn’t realize what he’d done. “I heard a thump and thought I must have run over something or something had hit the roof of the car,” he said.

Only when he got home and discovered that his iPad wasn’t in the car did the penny drop. He immediately fired up Apple’s Find My app on his iPhone and located the iPad, which was sitting precisely where he heard the strange noise.

The next morning, Fuller asked a local friend and photographer, James Boyes, to see if he could retrieve the iPad. Boyes found the iPad in its leather case at the precise location Fuller’s app had reported.

“James sent me a picture of the iPad in the case, and it looked like it only had a couple of scratches,” said Fuller. “Then he showed me what was inside the case.”

As the pictures show, the iPad mini was broken

30
Sep
2020
Posted in technology

Toyota-Backed Startup Successfully Tests Manned Electric Flying Car, Plans Launch By 2023

KEY POINTS

  • Tokyo-based SkyDrive successfully tests flying car
  • Startup claims its prototype is the smallest flying car
  • The vehicle may be commercially available in 2023

A Toyota-backed Japanese startup has said it successfully tested a manned flying car prototype, crossing a major milestone in the race to a trillion dollar futuristic industry that could transform urban transport. SkyDrive expects to market its flying car in Japan in 2023.

The company said its prototype is the smallest electric flying car. About 6.5 feet tall and 13 feet wide, the SD-03 prototype is a little bigger than a standard sedan. It can carry up to 500 kilograms and travel up to 60 kilometers/hour.

It hovered in an enclosed field in Japan before landing safely, the company said. It runs on electric motors that charge four pairs of rotors, lights and other parts.

SkyDrive chief technology officer Nobuo Kishi said the vehicle will be introduced commercially in 2023.

“I would like to help take the industry forward by introducing a lean development process while ensuring the same degree of safety as conventional aircraft, implementing advanced components, and employing innovative mass production processes learned from various industrial sectors,” Kishi said.

The company conducted unmanned tests on the vehicle in December 2018, December 2019 and March 2020. This was the first manned test.

SkyDrive, a 2-year-old startup based in Tokyo, raised $37 million in a Series B funding round on Sept. 1 led by investors like Sumitomo Mitsui and Development Bank of Japan, bringing its total funding since inception to $55 million.

SkyDrive joins other niche startups and major auto players invested in the future of urban mobility. Alibaba-backed Chinese startup Xpeng unveiled its electric flying car concept at the Beijing Auto Show on Saturday. Hangzhou-based Geely Automobile Group launched X-Chimera 25, an all-electric flying