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GM Debuts Automatic Driving Technology This Fall

Coming in the fall of this year, GM will launch its Super Cruise advanced highway automatic driving technology, debuting first in the new Cadillac CT6. Super Cruise has been in the works for a few years now, and the semi-autonomous drive mode is almost ready for its debut, after its release date was pushed from 2016 to 2017 to give engineers more time to focus on designing the safest system possible.

Super Cruise offers features similar to Tesla’s Autopilot, which can take over control of driving in highway settings, maintaining lane position and adapting speed based on surrounding traffic. The feature will be available on a limited basis, with access narrowed to “divided, limited-access highways” with “defined ‘on’ and ‘off’ ramps” according to The Verge. The system will also track driver head position using infrared cameras built into the steering wheel that will make sure they pay attention while the feature is engaged, and will alert them via a steering-wheel mounted light notification system, and audio alerts, if they stop.
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GM has also incorporate a fail-safe measure that will stop the vehicle safely if a driver ends up not being able to respond to the alerts, a feature which Tesla also implements in its Autopilot software. Super Cruise can also be updated over-the-air, another similarity between it and Tesla’s offering.

However, unlike Autopilot, GM’s semi-autonomous highway driving features incorporate LiDAR data. Tesla has refrained from equipping its vehicles with the high-resolution laser detection tech, and GM isn’t putting LiDAR on consumer cars either. Cost of components and the aesthetics likely make this an unappealing way to go, but GM has an interesting workaround to both use LiDAR data and keep it off production vehicles: It’s deploying a fleet of LiDAR mapping cars that will image highways where Super Cruise is used and make that information available to the system over-the-air.

The option is a paid add-on, with a $2,500 upgrade price and a $3,100 additional requirement if you get a trim-model that doesn’t include a driver assist suite lumped into the existing price. Super Cruise finally getting on the road is definitely exciting, but this is also the year Elon Musk has said he’s aiming to field a first coast-to-coast test of Tesla’s full self-driving technology. In other words, we’re off to the autonomous races.

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Drone Technology: Racing Drone That Reaches 70 Mph

Drone racing technology is becoming more and more popular with teams, television networks, and sponsors getting involved in on this developing scene. There’s a professional drone racing league, live streaming, and even drone-racing simulators. Vendetta, team BlackSheep’s drone kit, is a first-person-view drone that might be one of the finest options.

This drone is unlike most consumer-grade drones for two reasons. The first reason; that it has a top speed of almost 70 mph. The second reason; it can be operated with a headset that basically gives you a bird’s-eye view of the world above, seen through the eyes of Vendetta’s forward and bottom-facing cameras. A first-person view controller exists for the Vendetta (costing almost $250), turning it into a FPV drone where you will see whatever the drone sees during your high-speed flight. This option is recommended for the full drone pilot experience.

Flying drones in NYC is illegal, but if you have watched any famous vlogger from the city use drones in their videos, they have most likely done it regardless. However, the Vendetta is no ordinary drone. Pilots in leagues fly up to 70 mph. It is suggested to practice in an open space at first. After repairing from previous test flights, most of the battery life was spent flying 50 feet up and then landing quickly just moments after. TBS praised the Vendetta for being exceedingly durable due to a carbon fiber body, however, the antennae and propellers are rather sensitive. They broke after a several hard landings.

For its professional races, Team BlackSheep creates custom flying profiles for its drone pilots, as well as a kit that includes tools, a backpack, battery charger, and spare blades. By default, however, TBS includes three flight modes: vertical, acrobatic, and horizontal. Surveying the area in vertical mode, several flips in acrobatic mode, and seeing a dog chase after the drone in horizontal mode was all the information needed to know that the Vendetta was a well-built machine.

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SmartLink Adds Modern Connected Technology To Older Ford Vehicles

Ford’s SmartLink technology comes with a 4G LTE modem on board, letting it act as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 8 devices in the vehicle. It also permits remote start, lock and unlock functions, and can send alerts to a car owner via a companion web and mobile app to let them check on car healthy, and get alerts related to security and service requirements. Brett Wheatley, Executive Director of Ford’s Customer Service Division stated, “We’ve seen the huge interest that we’ve had in SYNC, and now in the modems that we have in our vehicles, and we just talked to a lot of customers and they’re very happy with their current vehicles, but they obviously wanted to have some of the latest connectivity features, too.” said Brett Wheatley, Executive Director of Ford’s Customer Service Division. “We’ve been doing research for many years on it and we just wanted to make sure that we had the right product that would meet all of our security requirements.”

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Wheatley said that in the course of creating SmartLink and looking at customer feedback, they also discovered that users wanted different things from a connected car, with some seeking security via theft alerts, others looking for more insight into maintenance issues, and others just wanting ways to offer connectivity for their family devices on the road. SmartLink is a way to address the most frequent requests in terms of connectivity use cases for people who own Ford vehicle. SmartLink is now undergoing pilot trials at a few dealers in the United States, and will be available publicly in the U.S. through dealerships this summer, with final pricing to be announced at that time. SmartLink is definitely an opportunity for dealers, since it gives them a way to potentially enjoy a more profitable post-purchase relationship with clients.

Wheatley stated, “We think it’s a great opportunity for our dealers to stay connected after the time of purchase, to make sure that they’re in regular contact with that customer, keeping their vehicle in great working condition.” Wheatley was asked whether SmartLink might support third-party apps and services eventually, as Ford has done with SYNC 3 in its newer models. He said, “We’ve definitely done that in our new vehicles, so I think that is an opportunity for down the road, to see how we could give the customers in those older vehicles all the great technology that’s in our new vehicles, and all the connectivity features and benefits they have.”

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New Technology Feature For Ipad Pro Artists

The iPad Pro is a new technology tool used for drawing when you are on the go. However, it is missing a lot of the pro software that artists need to complete jobs. Astropad, a company that is concentrated on making second-screen software for iPad to use with a connected Mac, is revealing Astropad Studio. It is a modern version of its new technology software that adds options that are customizable to Astropad’s screen mirroring features. This makes it a much more powerful alternative to pricey graphics hardware.

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Astropad’s modernized software offers full pressure sensitivity support for Apple Pencil and great visual fidelity. It works with a USB cable or connects to Wifi. Other apps offer comparable features. Duet Display would be the closest adversary to Astropad Studio. While that app does support Apple Pencil and pressure sensitive input, it is designed as another display to extend your desktop than Studio, which is surely concentrated on offering graphics pros tools designed to fit their specific needs.

These new technology features not only incorporate Pencil support and performance. It also offers quick customizable shortcuts and actions, combine touch input with pencil, and enabled via touch input. You can erase, for instance, just by adding taps to your workflow, and can customize these shortcuts to whatever you like.

Astropad Studio connects to your Mac and lets you select a part of your existing display to define as the interaction surface for use on your iPad Pro. A small disc icon on the iPad screen allows you to customize shortcuts and check for added commands. The commands available are awesome, like universal redo and undo combos, and an easy way to erase by easily leaving one finger on the screen and using the Pencil as you would normally. In practice, Astropad Studio is an adequate alternative to a graphics tablet.

The iPad Pro is tool used for drawing when you are on the go. However, it is missing a lot of the pro software that artists need to complete jobs. Astropad, a company that is concentrated on making second-screen software for iPad to use with a connected Mac, is revealing Astropad Studio. It is a modern version of its software that adds options that are customizable to Astropad’s screen mirroring features. This makes it a much more powerful alternative to pricey graphics hardware.

Astropad’s modernized software offers full pressure sensitivity support for Apple Pencil and great visual fidelity. It works with a USB cable or connects to Wifi. Other apps offer comparable features. Duet Display would be the closest adversary to Astropad Studio. While that app does support Apple Pencil and pressure sensitive input, it is designed as another display to extend your desktop than Studio, which is surely concentrated on offering graphics pros tools designed to fit their specific needs.

These new technology features not only incorporate Pencil support and performance. It also offers quick customizable shortcuts and actions, combine touch input with pencil, and enabled via touch input. You can erase, for instance, just by adding taps to your workflow, and can customize these shortcuts to whatever you like.

Astropad Studio connects to your Mac and lets you select a part of your existing display to define as the interaction surface for use on your iPad Pro. A small disc icon on the iPad screen allows you to customize shortcuts and check for added commands. The commands available are awesome, like universal redo and undo combos, and an easy way to erase by easily leaving one finger on the screen and using the Pencil as you would normally. In practice, Astropad Studio is an adequate alternative to a graphics tablet.

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