Tag: tech

29
Sep
2020
Posted in technology

Audi’s cellular vehicle-to-everything communications tech will save road workers’ lives

Audi CV2X Communications

New technology can warn road workers of oncoming traffic.


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Audi on Tuesday announced that it’s working to improve the safety of road workers in construction zones. The German luxury automaker’s next-generation “C-V2X,” or cellular vehicle-to-everything communications technology, could significantly reduce crashes and fatalities.

This new system will work in conjunction with existing Traffic Light Information and Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory features that Audi already offers. TLI currently works at around 15,000 intersections in about 35 cities in the US, advising drivers of how long a signal will remain red before changing. GLOSA can advise motorists to travel at a certain speed to avoid hitting red lights, saving frustration and fuel.

Many vehicles on the road today are already equipped with modems that enable them to connect to cellular networks, but what Audi’s been developing here does not use this communications technology. Instead, it’s working on a system that lets cars connect directly with other vehicles, infrastructure or even people (in the designated 5.9GHz spectrum), rather than sending data to the cloud and back. This change should result in faster, more accurate communications and it avoids clogging up limited cellular bandwidth. Beyond that, by directly connecting all these things, this sort of communication can work in areas with limited or even no cellular service.

Audi will roll C-V2X out after it’s been tested and made legal.  


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But how can Audi’s C-V2X technology save lives? If road workers wear special vests that can communicate with vehicles, they can be warned of oncoming traffic and avoid getting hit. This is a simple but potentially highly impactful development. On average in Virginia, for instance, there are more than seven crashes every day in work

29
Sep
2020
Posted in technology

Google’s $2.1 billion Fitbit takeover is set for regulator approval after the tech giant made new concessions on user data, according to reports



a close up of a sign: Google first announced the Fitbit acquisition in November 2019. Reuters


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Google first announced the Fitbit acquisition in November 2019. Reuters

  • Google is expected to win EU approval for its $2.1 billion Fitbit deal after it addressed competition and data concerns, Reuters reported.
  • The internet giant has promised it will not use Fitbit data to personalize adverts for 10 years, according to a Financial Times report.
  • It will also ensure competitors can use its Android and Cloud platforms, according to people familiar with the matter.
  • The EU opened a four-month long investigation into Google’s acquisition of Fitbit in August. The deal was first announced in November 2019.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Google’s $2.1 billion acquisition of wearables company Fitbit appears to have cleared a major hurdle.

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It will be cleared by EU antitrust regulators after the tech giant agreed Tuesday to restrict how it uses customer data, according to multiple reports.

Google promised regulators that it would not personalize adverts based on user data for 10 years, up from a previous promise of five years, sources with knowledge of the matter told the Financial Times.

The tech giant also guaranteed that other devices will be able to use Fitbit’s health data, if a user consents, and that Fitbit devices will still work with services like Strava and Map My Run, the FT report said.

Google also said it would let wearables competitors use the Android application programming interface (API), making it easier for them to connect to Google’s Android platform, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The European Commission is scheduled to consult with Google rivals and customers, and decide on a ruling by December 23, but the latest concessions will be enough for it to approve the deal, Reuters reported.

The commission declined to comment to Reuters, and has not published details

29
Sep
2020
Posted in gadget

Gadget Roundup: Award-winning tech and products from the A’ Design Awards 2020

One of the A’ Design Awards’ standout features is just its vastly multidisciplinary nature. Conceived as the one award program to cover every single aspect of the design industry, the A’ Design Award looks at as many as 99 categories, spanning everything from Architecture to Interiors, Graphics, Packaging, Furniture, Film, Social Design, Medical Product Design, Transportation, Jewelry, and a category that’s truly close to our hearts… Consumer Technology.

Gadgets are perhaps an undeniable part of the ‘better human experience’. Whether it’s the presence of innovative features, or the lack of distracting elements, each product is designed to fulfill a certain need and achieve a certain end – which it believes is best for its user. It’s probably why technology and design are so interwoven into A’ Design’s approach. Currently in their 2020-21 edition, the awards are looking for the next generation of life-changing, life-bettering products, with as many as 218 Jury Members covering all of the award categories. Moreover, winners of the A’ Design Award don’t just win a trophy and a certificate, but receive an entire PR Campaign dedicated towards pushing their career, clout, and even their projects to newer heights. A’ Design Award’s winners and even its participants are included in its annual award book and business network, while additionally contributing to their country’s overall design ranking that paints a holistic picture of how design-centric and design-forward each country is… so if you’ve got a great idea for a product and all it needs is a bit of a push and some validation from some of the most accomplished professionals and educators in the design industry, head over to A’ Design Award’s website and submit your product for this year’s award! Don’t wait up, the regular deadline for the award is as soon as September 30th! Your design,