The 100% Google driverless car takes to the road

For the past few days, a strange vehicle has been spotted in the streets of Mountain View, right in the heart of Silicon Valley. With its small size, rounded shapes and natural looks, it seems straight out of a cartoon. It also has another particularity: it is autonomous. It is the first prototype of a driverless car entirely designed by Google.

The company has already been conducting experiments in California and Nevada for five years. However, until now, it had only used commercial models, Toyota and then Lexus. These cars are equipped with a sophisticated radar and camera system. This makes it possible to map the environment and detect cars, pedestrians, red lights, white lines…

The new “Google car” prototype was developed in-house. About twenty units were produced by a small equipment manufacturer in Detroit, the American automobile fiefdom. Initially, these cars were not to include a steering wheel or pedals. Google, however, had to revise its plans to comply with California regulations, which require the presence of a driver who can regain control.

11 ACCIDENTS

Unveiled in May 2014, the prototype – which officially has no name – has already accumulated the kilometers of tests on private tracks. The second phase of testing is now taking place on public roads near the search engine’s headquarters, at a maximum speed of 40 km/h. These tests should improve performance in the city, a sophisticated environment for driverless cars.

Nestled in Google X, the in-house laboratory that imagines the most futuristic concepts, the project is still far from successful. Its director, Chris Urmson, talks about a possible commercial launch within five years. Many challenges remain to be resolved, he explains. For example, “where should the car stop when its destination is inaccessible because of work? »

Since their first laps, Google cars have driven about 1.5 million kilometers independently. Without a single accident, the company explained last year. At the beginning of May, however, it had to admit that eleven skirmishes had taken place since the start of the tests. “The unmanned vehicle was never the cause of the accident,” Urmson says.

ANOTHER TEN YEARS OF WAITING?

Google is not the only company interested in vehicles without drivers. On Tuesday, June 23, Ford formalized its ambitions in the field. “Many manufacturers are working on driverless cars,” says Thilo Koslowski of Gartner. However, development will take place in stages. The analyst estimates that it will be another ten years before a fully autonomous model becomes widely available.

In the meantime, an increasing number of vehicles will drive themselves under certain conditions. For example, when parking or on the highway, where the data to be analyzed is less complicated than in the city. Tesla, the American manufacturer of electric cars, even promises the arrival of an autopilot function this year. General Motors plans a semi-autonomous model for 2017.

“By 2035, unmanned cars will represent 9% of the world fleet. Moreover, almost 100% by 2050,” predicts Egil Juliussen of IHS Automotive. Google could become a major player in the sector. “The software aspect will be an essential element to ensure the reliability of the vehicles,” continues the analyst. High-tech companies have expertise in this area that car manufacturers do not have.

Top Tips On Choosing A Web Hosting Company

Once you decide to create a website for your business, to offer your products and services to online users, or for any other reason, you will have to choose a web host subsequently. A brief search online will reveal a vast variety of web hosting service providers; this makes choosing one quite a challenge.

Choosing the right web host is essential because making a mistake at this stage might end up costing you or your business dearly in future. With the right tips and preparation, business owners can be able to find the right fit, as far as web hosting services are concerned.

Use the tips below as your guide to choosing the right web hosting service provider or visit this webpage for more Opportunités Digitales – Top Hébergeurs 2018.

Define Your Needs

Before you even start looking for suitable companies to partner with the web hosting world, it is recommended that you first think about your specific web hosting needs. Some of the things you need to think about at this point include the amount of traffic you are targeting at this early stage and the type of files to be uploaded to the site among others.

By comprehensively defining your needs, you will be better positioned to avoid choosing a web hosting partner with too little or too many resources.

Security Concerns

a fast website is importantIf you wish to handle essential and confidential customer and business-related information on the website, then security becomes a significant concern.

It is worth noting that even the smallest of websites are at risk of being hacked, as such, its best to have the necessary security protocols in place from the start to mitigate this risk.

Security Sockets Layer is a security protocol used to keep the confidential information entered by users safe. It is also worth noting that you should choose a GDPR compliant company if you plan on sharing customer information with them.

Scalability

As a business looking to venture into the online market, it is essential to keep growth estimates in mind. When choosing a web hosting partner, it is essential to choose one that has the potential to grow with your website with time.

Not all web hosting service providers can be able to accommodate growth in your web hosting needs, so be sure to assess the capabilities of the companies under consideration carefully. It is also worth noting that you should choose a web hosting package that provides for root growth before you have to move up to pricier options.

Support

Things always have a way of going wrong even after choosing the best web hosting company. When this happens, efficient and effective customer support proves to be a lifesaver. As such, it is vital that you look for a web hosting company that has reliable customer support.

Before settling on a given company, check whether they have customer support, and then check whether it works by calling and emailing their contacts.

Choosing the right web hosting company can be quite tricky especially to new businesses looking to venture online for the first time. Follow the above tips to make the process much more manageable.

About The Onboard 2 Bluetooth Technology

An Onboard 2 Bluetooth, or OBD 2, for short, is a tool that many drivers and mechanics these days cannot do without. Moreover, there’s a good reason for this.

Vehicles are increasingly reliant on computers. Having so many components means that a lot can go wrong. Moreover, without the ability to speak, the mechanic would have to tear apart the whole car to figure out that there’s something wrong with an oxygen sensor, or other smaller, maybe lesser important part.

The ODB 2 Bluetooth changes the math in that situation. It allows for quick navigation of the car’s computer and system to find out what is going wrong. It may even help point to reasons for the trouble.

It’s the Google translate for a vehicle. It allows a car or truck to speak up to let the owner or mechanic know what’s going on with it.

an OBD scanner portWhile it may not seem novel or new to find a device that can “read” a car’s computer, the OBD II is different. It was devised by California California Air Resources Board regulations and later changed and adapted for the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Now people in states where there are annual emissions checks may be somewhat familiar with these computers. The fact that cars from 1996 and newer can undergo the “easy” or “quick” emissions testing is a result of cars being equipped with the OBD II technology starting back in 1996.

The good news is that anyone who wants to perform emissions checks or even stop that annoying oxygen sensor light from coming on can clear the code. Yes, these readers serve double duty. Not only can they check for issues, and report on them, but they can interface with the vehicles as well.

That means that the OBD II reader can help with the pesky issues that are meaningless, but annoying. It can also detect more severe issues. Meanwhile, for more significant issues, the scanning tools provide a great help as well. Neither of these tool types is expensive, and every car has these computers.

That means that it makes sense that most mechanics have these machines on hand. Now the first tool is easy to get because it is much more affordable.

The OBD-II scan tools are more costly though and have features that include great functionality in exchange for the higher asking price on them. Scan tools give a lot more information about the types of codes that are used by various manufacturers. Also, it allows for more in-depth access to data whether it is right now or from prior readings. It is an excellent resource for those who want to keep track of maintenance issues.

In most instances, the scanners also provide the added benefit of giving more detailed information about what’s wrong and how to fix it. That’s just an overview of what these computers can do and why they are indispensable these days. The next time the light comes on, no fear. Get the OBD 2.

An aerial robot capable of changing its shape in full flight

This is a world first: researchers from the Institut des Sciences du mouvement Étienne Jules Marey (CNRS/Aix-Marseille University) have drawn inspiration from birds to design an aerial robot capable of changing its shape in full flight. It can change the orientation of its arms, equipped with engines and blades to propel itself like a helicopter, to reduce its wingspan and navigate in full spaces. This work, published in Soft Robotics Journal on May 30, 2018, paves the way for a new generation of massive robots capable of sneaking through narrow passages, an ideal new tool for exploration and rescue missions.

Winged birds and insects have a formidable ability to perform rapid maneuvers to avoid obstacles they encounter during their flight. This great agility is necessary to navigate in very dense places such as forests or very crowded environments. Nowadays, miniature flying machines are also able to adapt their posture (in roll or pitch for example) to pass through a narrow opening. However, there is another type of strategy that is just as effective in allowing birds to cross a narrow passage at high speed despite its imposing wingspan: they can suddenly change their morphology during the flight by folding their wings back and thus pass easily through all kinds of obstacles.

Flying robots will increasingly have to operate in very crowded environments for rescue, exploration or mapping missions. These robots will, therefore, have to avoid the many obstacles and cross passages more or less cramped to fulfill their mission. With this in mind, researchers at the CNRS/Aix-Marseille University Institute of Motion Sciences have designed a flying robot, capable of reducing its wingspan in full flight to pass through an opening without having to fly aggressively, too expensive in energy.

This new robot, called Quad-Morphing, is equipped with two arms on which are fixed two engines each equipped with blades that allow it to propel itself like a helicopter. Thanks to a mechanism mixing flexible and rigid cables, it can modify the orientation of its two arms, that is to say to orient them parallel or perpendicularly to its central axis, and this in full flight. It thus manages to reduce its span by half, to cross a narrow passage, and to redeploy itself, all at a very high speed for an air robot (9 km/h).

The Quad-Morphing’s agility is currently determined by the precision of its autopilot, which triggers a change in arm orientation when approaching a small obstacle based on its position provided by a 3D location system developed in the laboratory. However, the researchers equipped the robot with a mini-camera capable of capturing images at high frame rates (120 frames per second), which will enable it in the future to estimate the size of the obstacle and make the decision whether or not to hold back. Testing of this new version of the Quad-Morphing began in May 2018.

DJI Care Service: Is it worth purchasing it?

Many drone pilots own a Phantom or a Mavic Pro DJI being the leading UAV company in the world! DJI’s official website tells us something important that I would like to discuss today.

They are currently expanding the DJI Care service. Whether you are a professional or a private drone pilot, we are all afraid of breaking our dear machines or accessories. And that can ruin your enjoyment, trust me! With the guarantees offered by DJI (buy with the done purchase or separately and activate it maximum 48 hours after the purchase), you should be covered. You’ll fly more freely.

Do not confuse this offer with the DJI repair offer. It also has nothing to do with the standard warranty. Find more on this warranty here https://www.amateursdedrones.fr/assurance-dji-care/

There are a few things to understand if you want to subscribe to the DJI Care Service:

Destruction and validity period

dji spark mini droneDJI considers your machine to be destroyed if 80% of the components have been damaged. In this case and if you have purchased one of these two paid benefits, here’s how it works:

The 6-month warranty: During the first five months your machine is replaced. Then you are covered up to 80% in the last month, up to the price of your model.
One year warranty: During the first ten months your machine is replaced. Then you are covered at 60% for the last two months, up to the price of your model.
If less than 80% of the machine is destroyed, the repairs are free of charge and unlimited. If the damage exceeds the value of the quadcopter, you will have to pay the balance.

Different rates according to your model

The first two Phantom models are not supported. That’s too bad, but on the other end, DJI is not producing them anymore. If your machine is not 80% destroyed, repairs are included if you meet certain conditions. And for as long as you have subscribed to the DJI Care Service. That includes gimbal and camera. On the other hand, batteries, radio, and propellers are not included in this offer.

What is covered:

To make it simple, DJI covers

  • falls
  • crashes
  • pilot errors

The following cases are not covered:

  • Loss, theft of the machine or some of its components
  • Loss of the machine or some of its components
  • The use of the drone outside the normal/legal conditions of use
  • Diving into water
  • Broken accessories. Radio, batteries, propellers
  • Damage does not interfere with the operation of the machine
  • Breakdowns outside the paid warranty period (6 months or one year)
  • Improvements and repairs/fixes to the original system
  • Injuries caused others or to the insured person

The DJI care service operates in Europe, the USA, and mainland China. In Australia and the UK, national laws do not allow this fee-based warranty service.

I invite you to study the terms and conditions carefully.

You have 48 hours from the activation of your model to subscribe.

Xbox One X versus PS4 Pro

Released on November 7th, the Xbox One X definitively ratifies the game 4K on a console, almost a year to the day after the PS4 Pro which had opened the prospect. But if the two machines can spit out a video signal with a resolution of 3840×2160 pixels (also known as “2160p” or “Ultra High Definition,” UHD), they are not equivalent in their way of composing the image and in the “stability” of such a definition.

True 4K, false 4K, HDR, UHD, FreeSync, VRR, TeraFlops, HDMI 2.1, checkerboarding… Just like the imbroglio around the terms “HD Ready” and “Full HD” in the mid-2000s, the terms revolving around the new technologies of these consoles are particularly numerous, and we are all going to

Finally, to be complete, the 4K as it is heard by the latest generation of TVs and consoles does not match the definition designed at the base. Initially, the format was invented for cinema, which has a different ratio: the Digital Cinema Initiatives working group, which initially associated it with a definition of 4096×2160 pixels.

To put it plainly, when referring to the 4K format as it is practiced at home, whether through a TV, monitor or latest generation projector, the expression “Ultra HD 4K” should be used instead. It thus designates this definition of “only” 3840×2160 pixels that the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X reach. Let’s jump into the breach, Bertolt!

Technical Specifications Update

playstation chipThis is probably one of the most tedious exercises that await us! In order to better understand the difference between the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X, and above all the one hundred euros that separate them, it is also the most objective: the two consoles share close but not equal technical characteristics, having chosen the same creamery.

On the processor side, there is an AMD chip with eight cores in both cases: two x68-64 Jaguar, clocked at 2.3 GHz for the Xbox One X, and 2.1 GHz for the PS4 Pro. It is an APU, which is a unit combining a CPU and GPU and engraved at 16 nm. In addition to this slight difference in frequency, the two chips share the same architecture and thus belong to the same generation.

It is, therefore, more precisely the graphics part that will distinguish them, even if again the two machines have made a technological choice very close. Their graphics circuitry is part of the Arctic Islands family of AMD, more precisely the Polaris architecture introduced with the Radeon 400. The Xbox One X carries 40 Cluster Units at 1172 MHz, compared to 36 units at 911 MHz on Sony’s side. In the absolute, even the fewer technophiles of you will have understood on which side the scale leans by roughly comparing these figures.

By way of comparison, since these 4K consoles are look-alike on the performance side of players’ PCs, the PS4 Pro’s graphics circuitry can be estimated to be approaching the Radeon RX 480 (approximately €260). It also has 36 calculation units with a base frequency of 1120 MHz. The Sony machine also includes 8 GB of GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit bus with 218 GB/s bandwidth (compared to 224 GB/s for the Radeon RX 480). To simplify, it should be remembered that these values offer the console the possibility to load a large number of textures in high definition and to guarantee fast exchanges between the main processing unit (the processor) and the graphics part (the GPU).

The fact remains that the Xbox One X is proving to be technically better equipped for the coming years and that it justifies its 100 euros difference. There are, of course, the raw technical characteristics, with a higher computing power. But there’s also the presence of a 4K UHD Blu-Ray player where the PS4 Pro is satisfied with a standard Full HD Blu-Ray player.

Blockchain and online voting!

The blockchain offers a secure voting tool, the result of which is transparent and auditable by everyone. Neither the voting administrator nor other individuals may modify the vote a posteriori.

At least three elements are necessary to carry out a vote on a blockchain: a programmable asset, a protocol to make the vote live; and a cryptographic key called a token, a kind of digital electoral card, to guarantee the voter’s identity.

Above each bitcoin transaction is metadata that can represent a digital asset: this asset can be a vote, a financial asset, or a physical asset (an object) that would be recorded on a blockchain, which would provide proof of existence.

A vote is a critical transaction: it must be executed quickly by the network. To do this, transaction fees are added to remunerate miners which are securing the network.

They start by processing the transactions with the highest fees and then handle the subsequent operations in descending order. If the network is saturated when a vote is a cast, minors will tend to defer this vote to the next blocks. Therefore, the idea is to put transaction fees of about 10 euro cents (depending on the bitcoin price) to be more or less sure that the network will process the vote.

The voting administrator (which may be an association, or a company organizing an AGM with its shareholders, or even a state) places as many tokens as there are votes cast on a specific protocol. It transmits these tokens to all voters, who have access to an electronic wallet to hold the tokens.

Candidates have access to a digital ballot box.

afsgdbndcnvmfgihkglllllllllA wallet, with a public address. When the voter issues his or her voting token, he or she transfers both the bitcoins that include transaction fees and the metadata that represents the vote. At the end of the vote, the winning candidate is the one who received the most chips.

To complete this process, a digital electoral map is necessary to ensure that whoever presents himself to his wallet is the owner of this wallet. One part of the key is public, the other private: you can draw a parallel in the traditional banking world with the RIB, which you can communicate to anyone, and the PIN code, which must not be shared.

The projects dedicated to voting on the blockchain are still in the experimental stage. One of them, Boule, estimates that a traditional vote costs about 5 dollars and that this cost could be divided by 2 or even 3 using the bitcoin block chine.

However, there are still some obstacles to be overcome if the vote on the blockade is to take place.

The cost of transactions: in the case of a vote of 1 million people, with transaction fees of 10 cents, the cost of organizing the vote would be 100,000 minimum…

The speed of transactions: today it is estimated at 7 transactions per second on the Bitcoin network. For example, it would take an average of 23 operations per second to get 1 million voters to vote within 12 hours.

Protection of the digital electoral map against malware attack, which could corrupt the vote. However, a parade is conceivable: not to store the cryptographic key on software but hardware, i. e. in a physical way, like the key proposed by the start-up Ledger.

We’ll see where this ends I guess over the course of the next few months/years…

Nokia puts operators on the road to 5G by boosting 4G performance

Nokia expands its comprehensive portfolio of broadband technology products and solutions to provide operators with greater flexibility to meet consumer demand and improve the performance of mobile networks as they evolve to 5G.

fgsgdbnnnnnnmooooioiiAs mobile broadband traffic continues to grow, operators want to improve network performance where they see high demand – typically first deployments in dynamic urban centers.
Increased capacity, higher throughput and variable network latency are required to meet consumer, business and Internet of Things (IoT) demand and ensure a smooth transition to 5G. To this end, Nokia has defined a viable network evolution strategy that will enable operators to leverage existing investments and maximize resources such as spectrum, to increase performance where and when needed in the network.

To do this, Nokia is expanding its portfolio of AirScale distributed RF heads, enabling operators to increase maximum cell performance and capacity while reducing space requirements at cellular sites via new single- and dual-band FDD-LTE and TD-LTE radio solutions.

These solutions are based on carrier aggregation technologies, MIMO 4×4 and Beamforming 8×4. They also meet the demand for higher transmission power, expand support for frequency bands and simplify network deployments.

To intensify the deployment of heterogeneous networks and increase the coverage and capacity of the most frequented locations – especially in very dense urban environments – operators will have to deploy a new wave of small cells. Self-Organizing Network (SON) features on Flexi Zone small cells will simplify ultra-dense network deployments, providing solutions to problems caused by the reduced distance between existing and new small cells, and ensuring continuous optimization as densification continues.

Nokia has extended its SON functionality on its Femtocell product line to ensure smooth integration and increased performance in heterogeneous networks when unloading traffic on the macro network.

5g ready networks

The new features of the first Nokia Flexi Zone CBRS small cells, which support Spectrum Access Server (SAS) and Citizen Broadband Radio Service Device Proxy connectivity, will provide operators with new options to increase coverage and capacity, especially inside buildings. CBRS Flexi Zone small cells can be used to deploy host-independent capabilities, allowing operators to lease capacity to other suppliers in shopping malls, hotels and office buildings where space is limited. By FCC requirements, small cells will be able to effectively communicate with the SAS server to verify that the network uses only the available shared CBRS spectrum.

To ensure the flexibility of wireless backhauling in heterogeneous and ultra-dense urban networks – which use microwave beam transport to connect small cells to fiber access points – Nokia Wavence Microwave solutions now support operator SDNs. Operators will benefit from new intelligence and a new level of automation: faster start-up of virtual network functions and adaptable settings to accommodate changes in the radio access network, for example when users move from their offices to their homes.

These multi-technology access solutions are anchored in the Nokia Cloud Packet Core solution. Its native cloud features and operations deliver the performance operators need to provide diverse, demanding and cost-effective applications and services: increased capacity, the large-scale scalability required for network densification, and the deployment flexibility required to deliver low latency.

Nokia continues to help operators plan and optimize their migration to 5G with its 5G Acceleration Services offering and expands its portfolio to include a complete “any haul” transportation offering. Nokia will work with operators to assess the state of their network and design and implement their 5G strategies and services.

We fully understand how changes to individual network elements can affect the network as a whole. And to develop our complete range of products.

These 5 Breakthrough Technologies will Influence the life of everyone in 2017

These Technologies will have an effect on everybody.  It will affect politics and the economy, improve medicine and even influence culture.  Some are new at the moment and some are developing at the moment and will develop further through decades to come.  These Technologies all have the possibility of staying power. Technology now and developing for the future:

  1. Medicine: Reversing Paralysis; remarkable progress has been made to restore freedom of movement, caused by spinal cord injuries, through using brain implants.  This technology will be available to all in 10 to 15 years time.
  2. Photography: Spherical images made by Inexpensive Cameras; are opening a whole new world of taking pictures and sharing stories.  An ecological researcher needed a system to broadcast images continuously to collect data and devised a camera that can create 360-degree pictures.  This technology is available now for all to take their 360-degree selfies, etc.
  3. Education: Computers are experimenting and figuring out how to perform things a programmer would be able to teach them.  This approach is known as, “Reinforcement Learning”, and is not done through programming in a conventional way, at all.  The computer is learning to perform certain tasks, etc. simply by practicing.  This technology will be freely available in 1 to 2 years time.
  4. Economy: Self-Driving Trucks; Tractor-trailers without drivers might soon be passing you on the highway.  Many technical problems still exist, but it is claimed that self-driving trucks will be less costly as well as safer.  Availability will come in about 5 to 10 years time.  This is also the time in which the world can think about what this technology will mean for the millions of truck drivers that will lose their jobs.
  5. Environment: Hot Solar Cells; converting sunlight into heat firstly and then turning it back into light-energy, focused in beams, can dramatically increase efficiency.  This smaller solar device, smaller than the usual solar panels, can absorb more energy and could create continuous, cheap power.  This will only become available within 10 to 15 years from now.

Most of these technologies are future technologies, still in the developing phases, but it is good to know about them.  It will give time to consider the influences, good or bad, that it might have on the world and its inhabitants.

How can you maximize your Businesses Efficiency through the use of Technology?

Introducing new technological changes into your business or organization will present a whole different set of challenges towards shepherding that innovation into a routine action to all personnel. The easiest way might be to include all probable users in the research on user needs and their individual preferences and then together find a way to implement the new technology that will be acceptable and workable for all

Difficulties you might come across when Introducing New Technology in the Workplace, and how to solve these Problems.

  1. Resistance to Change: Resistance often grows out of misinformation, possibly overlooked issues or mistakes made through ignorance of the change.  This can mostly be countered by including all personnel involved or influenced by the change, through providing information, sharing knowledge and giving a clear view of what the benefits of the changes will be.
  2. Personal Benefit: New Innovations need to offer an advantage, an obviously clear advantage, over whatever it is intended to replace.  It is of great importance to make clear the potential benefits and apparent rewards.  Also, promote the need to learn new skills in order to increase the value of work and greater recognition.
  3. Gather Information from current work systems: Discuss current problems and difficulties with each department new technology will be implemented.  Find out the times of day systems run, the sequence of work done, the choices that are made by personnel daily and how the changes will affect everyone and the work they are responsible for.  This will enable you to spot probable problem areas and where more training or knowledge will be needed.  Always run a clear and open change campaign to make everyone feel included.

When all is said and done, the new technology changes in your business, company or workplace, will make processes faster, and much easier to ‘file’ and keep information.  Your business can run smoother, more cost effective and less time-consuming.  In other words; “More Efficient”.