Video games and artificial intelligence drive BMW’s vision

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Trending Videos RELATED TAGSBMWLuxuryLuxury CarsLuxury VehiclesNew VehiclesAIBMWDesignmobilitynextgen2020 See More Videos Last year, the boffins in Munich created an event called #NEXTGen, a soirée which highlighted BMW’s technological developments and how they plan to shape the future face of transportation. Festivities in 2020 have understandably been moved online but continue to showcase new tech and vehicles, while also looking at some very specific examples of what next-gen mobility will look like.Artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer the stuff of Star Trek androids or rebelling robots being wrangled by Will Smith. BMW uses AI in more than 400 applications and in every relevant area of the company.It says it plays a particularly important role in the development of new vehicles and technologies, including the basis for automated driving. Interestingly, AI isn’t solely implemented when trying to take humans out of the equation; it’s deployed when assessing natural user experiences as well. center_img The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever New Vehicles Mini’s Vision Urbanaut is a digital car designed for the future, from the inside-outby Coleman Molnar | November 17, 2020 We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. advertisement The prerequisite for any application of artificial intelligence is, of course, a comprehensive database. In order to virtually map traffic in its driving simulation centre, and to train BMW vehicles on Automated Driving, the real-world road network and traffic events must be digitized — nearly a quarter-million kilometres of road to date. Computer nerdsaficionados will appreciate knowing the BMW Group High Performance D3 has over 230 petabytes of storage capacity in the target expansion, as well as more than 100,000 processor cores and over 200 GPUs (Graphics Processing Units).AI is already on the road in certain vehicles from the BMW Group, popping up in the form of the company’s Intelligent Personal Assistant (IPA). This feature is intended to make it easier for customers to operate the vehicle by simply speaking the command “Hey BMW,” activating the IPA and controlling many functions by voice command. The irony of this feature sharing its acronyms with a drink you’re not supposed to consume while driving is not lost on your author.AI helps here because it doesn’t necessarily require predetermined commands to interpret what the user wants. In time, it’ll learn your phrases and cadence, meaning the days of saying “Call Patricia” and the car replying “Calling towing assistance” are starting to fade into the rearview mirror.RELATED It takes a team of professionals to make all this work, of course, and the challenges put in place by 2020 have made virtual collaborations more important than ever. Rethinking vehicle development is a key goal, with traditional engineering tools no longer adequate for developing features like the AI mentioned earlier. For that reason, BMW is the first manufacturer in the world to use technology from the gaming industry, having collaborated with video game developer Epic Games since 2015.A mixed-reality system, developed using components from the computer game industry, is used on projects such as these. This saves an abundance of time and effort, particularly in the early stages of development. Unlike conventional engineering tools, gaming technologies have functions like virtual reality and the ability for users to interact, which shortens lead times and permits designers to quickly visualize vehicle functions and new interior concepts. These tools also give developers a totally new level of flexibility unseen in older methods of design.The ability to study vehicle functions and new interiors in a virtual reality space opens up many new ways in which to test concepts. For example, the team can make a simulation of city driving, making it possible to test aspects of a concept car that would normally only reveal themselves in the real world. ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

FreedomPop unveils OTT app for free mobile services

first_img Previous ArticleEricsson confirms corruption investigationNext ArticleApple appeals Beijing infringement ruling, all iPhone models available Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Apps Author Google developing mobile messaging app — report Kavit Majithia India regulator mulls charges for ‘OTT’ players – report HomeAppsNews FreedomPop unveils OTT app for free mobile servicescenter_img MTS to launch RCS service in Moscow AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 17 JUN 2016 Budget MVNO FreedomPop launched a new application in the UK giving customers on any network access to its free voice and text tariff, without having to purchase the company’s SIM card.The US-based company, which launched services in the European country last year, said UK mobile users on any wireless network, with any device, will be able to get 200 voice minutes and 200 texts for free through the application.At launch, the company is also offering 300 minutes of free international calling to more than 60 countries for the first month of service.The move sees the MVNO expand the availability of its “free” offering, with users now not even expected to buy the company’s SIM card. However its free data offering of 200MB will not be accessible via the application.Users will also have the option to upgrade to an unlimited voice and text plan for £3.99, “making it the lowest cost unlimited plan in the country”, said the company.FreedomPop’s model is designed to encourage its users to buy add-on services, on top of its free package, and the company’s founder Stephen Stockols told Mobile World Live earlier this year that it was beginning to see a high number of its users adopting paid services.Jon Simm, FreedomPop’s general manager in the UK, said the launch of the application was further evidence of the company’s commitment to developing over-the-top offerings.“While many carriers are resisting over-the top-threats, FreedomPop is embracing it,” he said.The company also announced it has begun to sell low cost pre-owned smartphones from brands like Samsung, HTC and Huawei.“For those that have been looking to switch to FreedomPop, but couldn’t find an affordable smartphone, we are making quality smartphones available at great value,” added Simm. Related Tags FreedomPopOTTlast_img read more

New model of cognitive flexibility gives insight into autism spectrum disorder

first_imgCognitive flexibility is the ability to shift our thoughts and adapt our behavior to the changing environment. In other words, it’s one’s ability to disengage from a previous task and respond effectively to a new one. It’s a faculty that most of us take for granted, yet an essential skill to navigate life.In a new paper published in the journal Trends in Neurosciences, University of Miami (UM) College of Arts & Sciences researchers clarify many of the concepts surrounding cognitive flexibility and propose a model of its underlying neural mechanisms. The new model may be instrumental in understanding behavioral and neurological disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder.“By understanding how the brain attempts to implement cognitive flexibility in a neurodevelopmental disorder like autism, we can better understand the nature of the disorder,” said Dina R. Dajani, Ph.D. student of psychology in the UM College of Arts & Sciences and first author of the study. “The model will inform whether we should try to teach individuals with autism the strategies utilized by typically developing individuals, or instead improve upon already existing strategies of individuals with the disorder.” Share LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twittercenter_img Email Pinterest For instance, knowing if there is a simple increase or decrease in connectivity between brain regions compared to healthy individuals, or whether those with autism use entirely different brain regions to implement cognitive flexibility will enable researchers to better design interventions to improve cognitive flexibility skills.The more cognitive flexibility an individual has, the greater his or her chances of doing well in life. Previous studies have shown that greater cognitive flexibility relates to better reading abilities as a child, resilience as an adult, and quality of life in the advanced years.“Our goal was to summarize and provide directions for future research on a topic that is relevant for understanding several prevalent developmental disorders,” said Lucina Q. Uddin, assistant professor of psychology in the UM College of Arts & Sciences, principal investigator of this study and co-author of the paper. “We believe that a better understanding of the neural systems mediating this critical ability will help clinicians design more effect treatments to help individuals who have difficulty with flexible behaviors in daily life, particularly those with autism.”In the paper, the researchers analyzed the existing literature and neuroimaging studies on cognitive flexibility and put forth a hypothesis regarding the fundamental neural mechanisms of this important faculty. The researchers suggest four components that work together to implement cognitive flexibility: salience detection/attention (both achieve similar goals to direct attention to behaviorally relevant events), working memory, inhibition and switching.If their model is validated, it will provide a strong foundation for researchers to use as a basis in determining what may be wrong in individuals with impaired cognitive flexibility.“Our concept is quite different from other conceptualizations of cognitive flexibility because we describe it as arising from four separate cognitive operations, whereas other researchers have described it as a manifestation of a single cognitive operation,” Dajani said. “This novel hypothesis may help our understanding of this complex ability.”The title of the study is “Demystifying cognitive flexibility: Implications for clinical and developmental neuroscience.” The researchers are now using functional neuroimaging to test the “four components” cognitive flexibility hypothesis.last_img read more

Peel gets consent for Trafford Centre hotel

first_imgThe Manchester based company, which developed the Trafford Centre retail complex in the 1990s, is planning a 210-bedroom hotel at the site. It will be 15 storeys high which, at 200 ft, will make it the tallest building at the Trafford Centre. It is expected that the hotel will be 4–star or higher and will include a 500-seat conference facility, a 200-seat restaurant and bar, and a spa, gym and swimming pool facility for guests. Peel said it is now in detailed discussions with contractors with a view to taking the development forward.last_img read more

Terrific 12: TNT falls to Lance Stephenson, Liaoning in tight game

first_imgHeart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption View comments Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City The KaTropa relied mostly on imports McKenzie Moore and KJ McDaniels as their offensive force with Troy Rosario, Ryan Reyes, and Anthony Semerad all sitting the game out.Moore finished with a game-high 41 points with seven rebounds and five assists while McDaniels, TNT’s main reinforcement in the PBA Governors’ Cup, had 32 points and nine boards.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lance Stephenson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMACAU—TNT fell short in its opening match and lost to Liaoning, 96-91, in Group D of the East Asia Super League: The Terrific 12 Tuesday at Tap Seac Sports Pavilion here.The KaTropa fell to a 0-1 record in the group and will now have to rely on Niigata to beat the Flying Leopards on Thursday to at least get a shot at the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT TNT held a 62-57 lead midway through the third but that was its last grasp on the driver’s seat with Liaoning staging a 9-0 run to take the 66-62 lead with 2:58 left in the third off of Li Xiaoxu’s putback layup.“First of I thought it was a really good game and we came off a long conference in the PBA so this is a really good competition for us to play in,” said TNT active consultant Mark Dickel.“Lots of positives to build around in this game.”TNT’s David Semerad got into a tussle with Stephenson late in the but was easily pacified after game officials intervened.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption ‘People evacuated on their own’ A win for Liaoning against the Albirex Basketball would ultimately eliminate the KaTropa.Former NBA veteran Lance Stephenson sizzled in his first game with the Flying Leopards putting up 31 points, six rebounds, and eight assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4center_img LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son MOST READ Kiefer Ravena relishes return to UAAP as TV analyst LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdownlast_img read more

Hola Hungary

first_imgWe visited Hungary on a professional commitment, scarcely aware of the dynamism and array that this country has to offer. Rich in diversity, accepting of transformation yet steeped in its rich history – Budapest, particularly, brings you close to lives in this part of the globe that lives in a cloud of merry, joy and exorbitance. Date with a century-old university Debrecen University, with a hat-wearing squirrel as its mascot – since squirrels are a million around the campus – is 105 years old, with some 30,000-plus students, of which 6,000 are foreigners and at least 10 per cent of them are from South Asia, half of them being Indians. The University is spread across a large part of the city, giving Debrecen a university-city look like our own Shantiniketan or Manipal, though it has a large forum mall, downtown pubs, and most strikingly, thermal spas. Indian naturopathy and Ayurveda have a pride of place with a dedicated department in the medical school for the same. The huge gothic structures, with names of top 20 people associated across the last 100 years inscribed in the central hall and the water spring with statues around, lend the university a unique look resplendent in history. The nation changed hands from monarchs to dictators to communists to democrats – but the University continued its mission of education unabated. Also Read – Oman – Beauty with an addressNight Cruise on the DanubeThe highlight was our night cruise on the Danube. The ambiance, breezy air, snacks on the deck, well-lit gothic structures on the banks, the exquisite sight of the profusely lit Hungarian Parliament, multiple bridges across Danube river of variegated makes and designs – which link the hilly Buda with the plains Pest to make the twins legendary Budapest – one can go on and on. The Danube, the second largest river of Europe that connects several historical and capital cities of the continent, is a veritable treasure to know the history of these places and was a major trading route in the past. The multilingual running commentary personalised to each tourist on the cruise makes for a complete Hungarian experience, with drinks, dinner and merry. Also Read – CANADA: A traveller’s delight An Afternoon @ New York Palace Café Decidedly the most fabulous café I have ever visited, New York Palace Café, earlier known as Boscolo Budapest and built by New York Life Insurance in 1894 initially as their office with a café, will ever remain etched in our mind. Its ground floor has been a remarkable centre of Hungarian art and literature. The statues, ornaments on the façade of the building and the cafe’s 16 imposing devilish fauns are the works of Karoly Senyei. Fauns are Roman mythological half-man-half-goat creatures. There is a 107-room luxury hotel also on the upper-floors. Billed to be among the most beautiful cafés in the world, the place surely plucks a hole in your pocket. We tried the Hungarian coffee with black sour cherry palinka (local alcohol), chilly, brown sugar and cream, which was the cheapest at only Rs 9,000! Nevertheless, this pocket-pinching drink surely rewarded us with energy to take the tour forward to the fashion street, which is Middle-Eastern Europe’s most prestigious shopping and lifestyle destination. Nightlife @ Budapest So little time and so many ‘ruin bars’ to cover in the city of Budapest! With only two days, sleep was surely off the agenda. The so-called ruin bars are undoubtedly the most unique attraction for those who enjoy drinking, dancing and the like. These ruin bars are located in historic settings, dilapidated pre-war buildings and old Jewish quarters. Ruin bars have been a rage since the founding of Szimpla Kert, its epicentre. From outside, they look like simple buildings but once you get inside, you might get lost as there would be nearly 18 bars with different parties breaking out across various floors. The psychedelic interiors, retro set-up and hipster crowd that make ruin bars are unforgettable. These bars are no less than art museums – be it the graffiti on the wall, chandeliers hanging from the bathroom ceiling or amazing light installations with the underground structure. On day one, I visited Fogas Ház, Instant and Lärm, these were not as old-school though surely unique and memorable. On the second day, I was more adventurous as I walked, took a bus and a metro before finally reaching my destination, Dürer Kert. This ruin bar located near the Danube once ran as a gay club and its building is historic. Hopping through the night, I realised, Budapest carries a retro-futuristic approach to fashion – you can swiftly see people wearing hippie pants, tie-dyes, pop and rock-n-roll inspired clothing, vintage goth, and new-wave ravers wearing athleisure, sunglasses and carrying fanny packs. But what was common among them all was a pair of sneakers! Hop-on hop-off experience As funky as the name sounds, the ‘Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Boat Tour’ has bright coloured double-decker open-top red buses. It includes a 48-hour bus pass valid on the red, purple and yellow routes for sightseeing across Budapest. There is so much to see and do in Budapest! Hop off the bus at strategically located stops and there are buses every 15 minutes for hopping back on. The best part is that you can hop on and off as many times as you wish to enjoy the tour at your own leisurely pace, which makes visiting this gothic city even more enjoyable. We covered 22 spots on the red route of the bus starting from the Heroes Square – a historical spot with art museums on the side – explored the Citadel and Jewish Synagogue, and were astonished by the panoramic views of the imperial city. From the river cruise to walking around from Buda to Pest (the two towns and Óbuda were united in 1873 to form Budapest), we enjoyed a relaxing lunch paired with some Hungarian wine and beer in the afternoon. The post-lunch visit at the local Hungarian market was a cultural trip! Those wishing to experience the full spectrum of the local food scene and get an intimate, behind-the-scenes look, will find that the Great Market Hall, also known as the Central Market Hall, is the most perfect spot for culinary exploration. Covering three floors, this market is a great place to discover traditional street food specialities, including lángos, the best-known fast-food dish in Hungary. Besides ready-to-eat food, one can enjoy fresh goods and regional delicacies such as Tokaj wines, palinka (traditional fruit brandy in Central Europe with origins in Transylvania), Hungarian paprika, excellent salami, and other knickknacks. I ended up buying 10 bottles of palinka to take back home, deciding to pick different flavours like lavender, peach, grape, etc. The onset of our last night unravelled with a view of the gothic revival façade of the lit Hungarian Parliament building during the one-hour cruise on the Danube river under a full moon. Just hop-off every time you spot something you would like to explore further and then hop back on! (Prof Ujjwal K Chowdhury and Priyanka Sarkar, from Pearl Academy, visited Hungary for a trip – Prof Chowdhury to present the keynote address at Debrecen Fashion Film Festival and Ms Sarkar to receive an award at the same fest.)last_img read more