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SOCAR YOLO Pass + One-Way Airport Drive Details Revealed!

SOCAR YOLO Pass + One-Way Airport Drive Details Revealed!

SOCAR just announced the YOLO Pass promotion, and the One-Way Airport Drive feature! We got a taste of the YOLO Pass ourselves, with model Alicia Amin and comedian Kavin Jay! Here are the full details!

 

One-Way Airport Drive

The SOCAR One-Way Airport Drive allows you to select a SOCAR to drive to the airport, with the convenience of just dropping off the car at any valid parking zone at the airport.

No hassle of returning it back from where you first picked the car, or even parking in a special parking area! Just make sure you leave your parking token in the car!

This one-way airport service is open to KLIA 1 and KLIA 2. To let you try it out, SOCAR is offering the One-Way Airport Drive at an introductory flat one-way fee of RM50 plus the hourly rental fee for the choice of vehicle.

Cars for the SOCAR One-Way Airport Drive service can be picked up from any SOCAR one-way zone with a choice of over 10 different car models to select from including hatchbacks and SUVs.

 

YOLO Pass

Starting July 2018, SOCAR will select a member at random, giving them the once in a lifetime opportunity to go on a spontaneous vacation in true YOLO spirit. The only condition that members need to adhere to would be their availability to take up the YOLO Pass within one week’s notice.

If you had the chance to just pack your bags and leave for the weekend, where would you choose to go? Would you choose to visit the massive ruins of Bayon in Siem Reap, kayak at El-Nido, trek waterfalls in Bali, hitch a helicopter ride to Perak or chill by the beach at Phi-Phi island? With the YOLO Pass being now open to all members, SOCAR will be asking their members the very same question.

Functioning like a lucky draw, winners of the YOLO Pass will be provided with a complimentary round trip one-way SOCAR Pass to the airport and a surprise flight ticket to their desired destination. All members registered to the SOCAR app are eligible to be selected for the YOLO Pass as long as they have one reservation completed with the car sharing platform.

Winners to receive the ultimate YOLO Pass will be announced on the first Friday of the month and will be notified via a text message, phone call or email. The cut-off date and time to join the YOLO Pass will be the last day of every month before 11:59pm.

 

A Taste Of The SOCAR YOLO Pass

We too got a taste of the SOCAR YOLO Pass, when SOCAR brought comedian Kavin Jay for a YOLO comedy skit, and then took us on a horse riding experience with model Alicia Amin!

Get more details on SOCAR in our earlier article – Now You Can Go Car-Less With SOCAR In Malaysia!

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NZ Wheels World Cup 2018 Live Viewing Party!

If you have been following me on Instagram or Facebook, you already know that NZ Wheels and Mercedes-Benz Malaysia came together with over 350 football fans and customers to cheer for Team Germany at the NZ Wheels World Cup 2018 Live Viewing Party!

 

NZ Wheels World Cup 2018 Live Viewing Party!

20 June 2018 was a night filled with adrenaline for passionate supporters of Team Germany at the NZ Wheels World Cup 2018 Live Viewing Party at SOULed Out, Hartamas.

Drapped in the colours of the German national team, over 350 avid football fans and customers of NZ Wheels were on the edge of their seats as they cheered for Team Germany during the intense Germany vs Mexico match – the first match for the home team of Mercedes-Benz.

“NZ Wheels, as a proud and passionate dealer of Mercedes-Benz automobiles, is driven to provide our customers and fans with memorable and exciting experiences. As part of the Mercedes-Benz Malaysia World Cup campaign, the NZ Wheels World Cup 2018 Live Viewing Party was organised to show appreciation to our loyal customers, friends and family by bringing them together through the thrill of football on the world stage. With this, we hope to better understand our customers and their needs, continuing our efforts of offering nothing but the best products and the best services, in line with the Mercedes-Benz tagline for the German National Team – Best Never Rest!” said Dato’ Samson Anand George, Group CEO Automotive Group, Naza Corporation Holdings.

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Guests of the Live Viewing Party enjoyed the fun-filled evening as they were entertained by a comedian emcee and played exciting activities and games before the match began.

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia attendees including Dr. Claus Weidner, President & CEO and Mark Raine, Vice President of Sales and Marketing were also present to support their home team and enjoy the camaraderie with guests at the NZ Wheels World Cup 2018 Live Viewing Party.

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The Future Of Grab – An Everyday App For Consumers

Grab today unveiled The Future of Grab – their vision of a future of seamless mobility, on-demand food delivery, logistics, cashless payments and financial services – all within their mobile app. Here are the full details!

 

The Future Of Grab – An Everyday App For Consumers

After hitting their 1 billion ride milestone across Southeast Asia, they surveyed 500 of their customers. A majority responded that they wanted an everyday app that would complement their daily lives. Six months later, Grab is ready to share their vision of the future in this video :

Here is a summary of the services that will be forthcoming :

Transportation

Grab will focus on serving the first- and last-mile needs of a multi-modal transportation system in the future. Consumers will be able to mix and match different transportation option, based on their travel preferences and budget.

With better integration of public and private transportation options in one platform, consumers can ride and pay for multiple modes of transportation through the Grab app. For example, they will be able to take an on-demand shuttle bus to the MRT, and finally take a JustGrab taxi to their final destination – arranged and paid through the app.

Payments

GrabPay will see expanded use as a mobile wallet, with consumers enjoying the benefits of going cashless, while accumulating benefits through GrabRewards. GrabPay and GrabRewards will also become revenue drivers for micro-entrepreneurs and small businesses.

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Financial Services

Their fintech offerings will create new economic opportunities for unbanked and underbanked consumers, drivers and small businesses across Southeast Asia. Grab plans to add another 100 million micro-entrepreneurs by 2020.

Lifestyle

The future will see most of a consumer’s daily needs for on-demand transportation, food and delivery fulfilled by a single app.

 

The Future Of Grab Starts Soon

Consumers in Malaysia will soon be able to start seeing the Future of Grab materialise with GrabFood and GrabPay.

GrabFood is currently being beta-tested, and will be formally launched at the end of May 2018. It will allow consumers to order and pay for their food to be delivered to their doorsteps, while enjoying GrabRewards points for every order.

Grab will also expand the use of GrabPay beyond transportation and food, turning it into a mobile wallet for use with traditional, cash-based merchants in coming months.

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The Mercedes-Benz Concept EQ Showcase + Test Drive!

Mercedes-Benz showed off their Concept EQ SUV crossover at an exclusive media event. They even took it out for a short test drive, and let us have a close-up look. Here is our extensive coverage of this fully-electric concept vehicle!

 

The Mercedes-Benz Concept EQ Showcase

Mercedes-Benz will market future battery-electric vehicles under the brand name EQ, which stands for “Electric Intelligence” and is derived from the Mercedes-Benz brand values of “Emotion and Intelligence”.

The close-to-production concept vehicle Concept EQ marks the launch of an architecture for battery-electric vehicles across all models. Who better to explain its key features than Mark Raine of Mercedes-Benz?

New Electro Look

The Mercedes-Benz Concept EQ combines elements of an SUV with the character of a coupé, with a new electro-look – a gleaming black bonnet with a dark-tinted panoramic roof, that contrast strikingly against the alubeam silver paintwork.

The concealed windscreen wipers, cameras instead of exterior mirrors and an absence of conventional door handles, emphasise its stretched silhouette. The “Black Panel” front grille features illuminated LED optical fibres in electric blue, with matching rear lamps.

Driver-Oriented Cockpit

The driver-oriented cockpit is based on simple, touch-based controls with a new electro-look. The asymmetrical design of the instrument panel with its large, floating wide-screen display gives us a peek into the future of driver interface at Mercedes-Benz.

As the Concept EQ is devoid of conventional exterior mirrors, cameras are used to project an image of the traffic behind onto integrated displays in the doors. Both the door openers and the electric window lifters are also touch-controlled.

Avant-Garde Interior

Concept EQ comes with four individual seats, with a tailored sound experience is provided by speakers integrated into the head restraints. The side bolsters are covered in light-white leather, and rose gold pixel rain perforations. TFT monitors are integrated into the front backrests for rear-seat entertainment.

Concept EQ Power + Range

The Concept EQ is powered by two electric motors on the front and rear axles, and a lithium-ion battery embedded in the floor. With a total output of up to 300 kW in the most powerful variant, and a maximum torque of up to 700 Newton metres, Concept EQ accelerates to 100 km/h in under five seconds.

Unfortunately, Mercedes-Benz did not demonstrate the power of the electric drive in their test drive. In this video, you can see the Mercedes team took the Concept EQ for a spin at a sedate pace.

All that performance is useless without a powerful battery. The Concept EQ comes with a 70 kWh battery that gives it a range of up to 500 kilometres, as well as the latest-generation charging technologies.

It is ready for charging at home by induction or a plug point, as well as fast charging using the Combined Charging System (CCS). This European charging standard allows for fast charging with a far greater capacity than at present.

Currently, charging capacities from 50 up to sometimes 150 kW are possible. In the medium to long term, a charging capacity of even up to 300 kW is planned. This would enable sufficient power for 100 locally emission-free kilometres to be recharged within five minutes.

Driver Assistance Systems

The Concept EQ also features the latest driver assistance systems from Mercedes-Benz.

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Using highly accurate maps from HERE, it is aware of the precise curve radii as well as the position and size of a roundabout. This allows the Concept EQ to automatically adjust the speed and driving dynamics to give the driver even greater comfort and relaxation.

The Concept EQ is equipped with Car-to-X technology and can exchange information with the infrastructure and other vehicles, thus taking a further step in the direction of accident prevention. It is also helpful for the driver to be informed about nearby recharging opportunities.

As soon as Concept EQ realises that the destination cannot be reached on the available battery charge, it advises the driver of appropriate options on the navigation map.

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iflix Commissions Caraoke Drift Featuring Leona Chin!

KUALA LUMPUR, April 18, 2018 – iflix today announced the upcoming launch of its short-form original series, Caraoke Drift. The announcement follows the launch of Studio2:15, iflix’s all new creative production business for short-form video content, led by digital media trailblazer, Craig Galvin.

 

Caraoke Drift Featuring Leona Chin

Produced by Pixel Play, Caraoke Drift is full-on adrenaline with a twist. Featuring Leona Chin, Asia’s leading female driver and ultimate girl-next door spiced with spunk, speed and thrill, each episode will feature a local celebrity taking on the challenge of completing a song in a drift car. The fun is in the drama, when the singer goes off-tune!

Filming commenced in April 2018 at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, featuring leading local celebrities Maya Karin, Adibah Noor, Fatiya Latiff, Zizi Kirana, Altimet, Mimi Fly and more. Caraoke Drift is hosted by Malaysian radio icon JJ, formerly of Hitz.FM, and is set for global release in June 2018 – exclusively on iflix.

Head of Studio – Studio2:15, Craig Galvin, said: “Short-form content started as a means for self-expression and rapidly grew in popularity alongside the rise of mobile entertainment consumption. Caraoke Drift embodies Studio2:15’s vision in providing our audiences with compelling entertainment experiences with a local twist. We are thrilled to expand iflix’s content offering in the months to come with entertaining and highly engaging “snackable” content, giving our members a diverse library of content and keeping them coming back for more.” 

iflix Malaysia and Brunei Country Manager, Diana Boo, added: “We are committed to delivering the best in short-form with the launch of Studio2:15’s Caraoke Drift, a brand-new format poised to provide the best in professionally produced content graced with mix of stellar local artists. We’re delighted to be able to introduce Caraoke Drift for the enjoyment of our iflix customers in Malaysia and around the world.”

Pixel Play CEO, Bront Palarae, said: “Driven by the increasing demand for quality local content, our ground-breaking collaboration with iflix’s Studio2:15 enables content creators to explore a new avenue in the local entertainment industry, giving more users across Malaysia a reason to press play. Caraoke Drift is headlined by some of Malaysia’s biggest names, and we can’t wait for audiences to sing and laugh their hearts out.”

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The Lamborghini Urus SUV Debuts In Malaysia!

Kuala Lumpur, 15 March 2018: Automobili Lamborghini held the APAC premiere of its Lamborghini Urus SUV in Malaysia at the Alya Sime Darby showroom. The event marked the Lamborghini Urus SUV’ first appearance in Malaysia. Its global premiere was at Lamborghini’s headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese in December.

 

The Lamborghini Urus SUV

Touted as the world’s first Super Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), the Lamborghini Urus carves a new niche for the brand in the luxury segment, setting new benchmarks across performance, driving dynamics and design.

The Lamborghini Urus was built upon a visionary approach that combines the Lamborghini DNA with the most versatile vehicle, the SUV. It also elevates the SUV to an unprecedented level – to be a Super SUV – with its power, performance, design, driving dynamics as well as daily usability in a range of environments.

“The Urus is expected to drive significant sales volume in 2018. Feedback from our customers has been very positive and some have already placed orders for the first allocation of units in 2018,” said Mr. Andrea Baldi, General Manager of Lamborghini Asia Pacific.

Marcus Chye, Chief Operating Officer of Lamborghini Kuala Lumpur added, “Malaysian buyers are some of the most discerning in the world. We are confident that they will appreciate the Urus as a true Lamborghini in design, dynamics and emotional excitement. All this while offering a new dimension in everyday ease of use and comfortable luxury”.

The Lamborghini Urus features a 4.0 liter V8 twin-turbo engine delivering 650 hp (478 kW) at 6,000 rpm, maximum 6,800 rpm, and 850 Nm of maximum torque already at 2,250 rpm. With 162.7 hp/l the Urus claims one of the highest specific power outputs in its class and the best weight-to-power ratio at 3,38 kg/hp.
The Urus accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 12,8 seconds and with a top speed of 305 km/h it is the fastest SUV available.

 

Lamborghini Urus At A Glance

  • Design, performance, driving dynamics and driving emotion – pure Lamborghini DNA
  • Suitable for everyday driving in a range of environments
  • 4.0 liter V8 twin-turbo engine with 650 hp and 850 Nm of torque for maximum performance
  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and top speed 305 km/h
  • 4WD system with active torque vectoring and four-wheel steering for perfect handling
  • Carbon ceramic brakes, adaptive air suspension and active roll stabilization for maximum safety and comfort
  • Up to six different driving modes + EGO mode available via ‘Tamburo’ driving dynamics selector 

 

Lamborghini Urus Price & Availability

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If you have to ask, you can’t afford it. LOL. Seriously though, the new Lamborghini Urus is available in Spring 2018 at the following retail prices (excluding taxes) :

  • Italy : EUR 168,852
  • Rest of Europe : EUR 171,429
  • UK : GBP 131,500
  • USA : USD 200,000
  • China : RMB 3,130,000
  • Japan : YEN 25,740,000

The Malaysian price and availability was not revealed, but it is said to be under RM 1 million.

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Now You Can Go Car-Less With SOCAR In Malaysia!

After serving nearly three million users in South Korea with a fleet of 9000 cars in the past 5 years, SOCAR is now in Malaysia. Launched yesterday, SOCAR bridges the gap in the existing multi-flex transport system with their on-demand car sharing service.

Although SOCAR is a private service, they teamed up with the Malaysian government in their initiative to provide Malaysian commuters with an affordable option in the last leg of their journey. To support their efforts, Y.B. Dato’ Seri Hajah Nancy binti Shukri, a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, officiated the launch.

 

The SOCAR Car Sharing Service

To explain the concept behind the SOCAR car sharing service, is Leon Foong, CEO of SOCAR Malaysia.

The service runs off the SOCAR smartphone app, which allows you to book your car of choice for anything between 30 minutes to a whole week. The app also functions as a vehicle locater and smart key. Locking and unlocking the car is simply a matter of pressing a button in the app.

 

Vehicle Price & Availability

The SOCAR app is free to download from the Apple App Store, or Google Play Store. Registration is free, although you will need to pay RM 10 when you key in a credit or debit card for the first time.

The SOCAR service is only available in Kuala Lumpur at the moment. Their current fleet consists of 240 cars, made up of these four models :

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  • MINI Cooper (3 Door) : RM 25 per hour
  • Honda HR-V : RM 18.90 per hour
  • Honda City : RM 9.90 per hour
  • Perodua Axia : RM 8 per hour

The fee includes insurance, petrol and reserved parking at the pick-up and drop-off point. Every vehicle comes with a free mileage allocation of 30 km per hour booked. Anything beyond that will incur a small charge of RM 0.25 per km.

In certain areas, you can request for a Door-2-Door (D2D) service for just RM 5. A SOCAR driver will drop off the car at your location, and pick it up once you’re done. Super convenient!

They also offer a Stress Free Pass, which allows you to book a car after busy working hours and return it the next day. This is perfect for corporate users who just need a convenient car to commute between the office and home.

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The Kia Picanto 2018 Price & Features Revealed!

Kuala Lumpur, January 10, 2018 – To kick-off the year, Naza Kia Malaysia today unveiled the much-awaited new non-national A-segment vehicle – the Kia Picanto 2018.

The third-generation Kia Picanto 2018 promises to be the most versatile in its class with an untypically futuristic new design, safety enhancements and better performance with advanced technological value-added features to fulfil the wanderlust of today’s millennials.

 

The 3rd Generation Kia Picanto 2018

The Kia Picanto 2018 was carefully crafted with double the proportion of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) as compared to its predecessor. This reduces its body-in-white weight by 23 kg, while improving its tensile strength by 12%. The 8-fold use of structural adhesives also increase the bodyshell’s static torsional stiffness by 32%.

For added safety, the Kia PIcanto 2018 boasts six airbags strategically placed in front and at the side of all passengers. It also has ISOFIX baby seat mounts, rear seatbelts pretensioners and active safety systems like ABS and ESC.

For tech savvy Malaysian millennials who need to stay connected at all times, the Kia Picanto 2018 has a large ‘floating’ 7.0-inch touchscreen at the centre of the dashboard which seamlessly connects to your smartphone using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with voice recognition. Kia Picanto 2018 owners can also access their smartphone functions via the Head Unit’s user interface for music, calls, messages and directions & navigation to ensure safe arrival at the travel destination.

The Kia Picanto 2018 boasts a greater luggage capacity and better space efficiency with its foldable second row seats (60:40 split), totalling up to 1,010 litres of cargo space; a vast improvement compared to its predecessor, the 2nd-generation Picanto.

The exterior of the Kia Picanto 2018 is complemented by new bi-functional headlamps that project both high and low beams, with LED daytime running lights. For those who want their Picantos with a little more pizazz, they can opt for the optional NOVUS accessory bundles.

There will be two NOVUS accessory bundles – NOVUS X and NOVUS S, with accessories that include the NOVUS emblem, solar tint films and sporty NOVUS bodykits, as well as leather seats and a digital video recorder (DVR), amongst others.

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The Kia Picanto 2018 Price & Availability

The new Kia Picanto 2018 is available in select Kia Showrooms in Peninsular Malaysia, from 10 January 2018, with availability extending to Sabah and Sarawak in February 2018.

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The Kia Picanto 2018 will be available in five colour options – Pop Orange, Lime Light, Honey Bee, Titanium Silver and Clear White, at the following price points :

  • Kia Picanto 2018 : RM 49,888 OTR (without insurance) / ~US$ 12,472
  • Kia Picanto NOVUS S : RM 53,053 OTR (without insurance) / ~US$ 13,263
  • Kia Picanto NOVUS X : RM 55,506 OTR (without insurance) / ~US$ 13,877

Those eager to check out the new Kia Picanto can head over to the Kia on Tour Roadshow, which will be held from 10-14 January 2018 at Highstreet, One Utama.

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An Evening With Scuderia Toro Rosso & Acronis

On the cusp of the last Malaysian F1 Grand Prix, we were invited to an evening with Scuderia Toro Rosso and Acronis. It was an opportunity for them to present Acronis Access Advanced 8.0 – an enterprise file sync and share solution that is used to share sensitive data with remote devices.

 

Scuderia Toro Rosso & Acronis

Acronis is no stranger to the automotive industry. In fact, 30% of their new enterprise customers are automative companies. Hence, it is no surprise that they chose to sponsor Scuderia Toro Rosso since August 2016. Not only does this give them greater exposure in the automotive industry, it helps them to entrench their expertise in this field.

Formula One teams like Scuderia Toro Rosso produces hundreds of gigabytes of data every race weekend, because each car has hundreds of sensors. The data they relay provide real-time information that is immediately analysed to improve performance. All of the data collected is then transmitted to their base in Faenza, Italy, where they are used to create a better car, or a better strategy for the next race.

Acronis protects all that sensitive data with their hybrid cloud data protection solutions, including the new Acronis Access Advanced 8.0. They use Acronis Access Advanced, specifically, to share confidential telemetry data and R&D documents between their Faenza base, trackside engineers and subcontractors.

With Acronis Access Advanced, we’re in full control of our data. We can track the information path and even remote-wipe a laptop, tablet or mobile device if it is lost or stolen to prevent a competitor from accessing the data. Our plan is to share sensitive data that way,” said Raffaele Boschetti, Scuderia Toro Rosso Head of IT.

Acronis took the opportunity to report that in the last year, their business grew by 25% for Acronis Backup, 20% for Acronis True Image, 100% for Acronis Backup Cloud and 200% for Acronis Access Advanced.

 

The Scuderia Toro Rosso Interview

This interview happened right after the sudden replacement of Daniil Kvyat by Pierre Gasly for a multi-race evaluation, starting with the final Malaysian F1 Grand Prix race. So this is literally the first interview of team principal, Franz Tost, with Carlos Sainz and Pierre Gasly.

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Speed Painting With Haze Long!

In the spirit of the F1 race coming up, Acronis organised a speed painting session. Carlos and Pierre were invited to paint the Sepang circuit in 1 minute 34 seconds.

Then Malaysian speed painter Haze Long demonstrated her speed painting skills. Check it out!

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Volkswagen & NVIDIA In Deep Learning Partnership

For future-oriented digital topics, the Volkswagen Group remains committed to artificial intelligence (AI). This is why Volkswagen IT is cooperating with US technology company NVIDIA with a view to expanding its competence in the field of deep learning. At the Volkswagen Data Lab, IT experts are developing advanced AI systems with deep learning.

 

Volkswagen & NVIDIA In Deep Learning Partnership

At Volkswagen, the Data Lab has been named the Group’s center of excellence for AI and data analysis. Specialists are exploring possibilities to use deep learning in corporate processes and in the field of mobility services. For example, they are developing new procedures for optimizing traffic flow in cities. Advanced AI systems are also among the prerequisites for developments such as intelligent human-robot cooperation.

Dr. Martin Hofmann, CIO of the Volkswagen Group, says: “Artificial intelligence is the key to the digital future of the Volkswagen Group. We want to develop and deploy high-performance AI systems ourselves. This is why we are expanding our expert knowledge required. Cooperation with NVIDIA will be a major step in this direction.”

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“AI is the most powerful technological force of our era,” says Jensen Huang, CEO of NVIDIA. “Thanks to AI, data centers are changing dramatically and enterprise computing is being reinvented. NVIDIA’s deep learning solutions will enable Volkswagen to turn the enormous amounts of information in its data centers into valuable insight, and transform its business.”

In addition, Volkswagen has established a startup support program at its Data Lab. The program will provide technical and financial support for international startups developing machine learning and deep learning applications for the automotive industry. Together with NVIDIA, Volkswagen will be admitting five startups to the support program from this fall.

Both partners will also be launching a “Summer of Code” camp where high-performing students with qualifications in IT, mathematics or physics will have an opportunity to develop deep learning methods in teams and to implement them in a robotics environment.

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The Shell Fuels With DYNAFLEX Technology Revealed!

Shell officially launched their new fuels with DYNAFLEX technology at a glamorous launch event at the St. Regis. Instead of introducing it in certain fuels, like their premium V-Power fuels, Shell implemented it across their entire range of petrol and diesel fuels.

What on earth is DYNAFLEX? This is exactly what we will reveal to you in this article.

 

The Shell Fuels With DYNAFLEX Technology Revealed!

Before the party started, Shairan Huzani Husain, the Managing Director of Shell Malaysia, gave us us a media briefing on the new Shell fuels.

Mae Ascan, Senior Scientist at Shell Global Solutions, then explained the Shell DYNAFLEX technology that her team developed.

Later, we were shown the difference the new additive package makes in cleaning up the fuel injectors and inlet valves.

Here are the key takeaway points about the new Shell fuels :

  • The Shell DYNAFLEX technology is a new additive package that is designed to keep the engines clean and protected for efficient operation.
  • The new Shell fuels maintain the same fuel formulation as their predecessor, so their energy density remains the same.
  • The additive package for petrol comes with friction-reducing molecules and cleaning molecules. to lubricate the inner piston ring, and keep the intake valves and/or fuel injectors clean.
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  • Mae Ascan and her team spent over 5 years since 2009 developing and testing the additive packages.
  • They tested it on more than 250 cars running over 3 million kilometres to refine the new formulation.
  • The new friction-reducing and cleaning molecules work better than their predecessors, but Shell will not quote a figure, because they say it varies from engine to engine.
  • The new Shell fuels do not only come with new friction-reducing and/or cleaning molecules, some also come with more of them (compared to the previous additive package).
  • The Shell FuelSave 95 petrol now comes with 20% more friction-reducing molecules.
  • The Shell V-Power 97 and V-Power Racing fuels have 3X more friction-reducing molecules than FuelSave 95, and 20% more cleaning molecules than before.

 

Availability

The new Shell fuels are now available at all Shell stations nationwide in Malaysia from today, at no additional cost. They are also available to industrial customers and commercial fleet owners through Shell’s B2B channels.

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Get More Value From Each Grab Ride With GrabRewards

April 27, 2017 – Today, Grab Malaysia’s Country Head, Sean Goh officially launched GrabRewards, the region’s first-ever ride-hailing passenger loyalty programme as part of the Southeast Asia’s leading ride hailing and multiservice platform’s commitment to offer a holistic, seamless and rewarding Grab ride experience to its passengers.

The official launched came after the beta version of the programme which was introduced in December 2016 received very positive and encouraging feedback from select users across the region.

 

What Is GrabRewards?

GrabRewards is designed to be a passenger-centric rewards programme which offers tiered benefits based on points accumulated by the passenger. The more frequent passengers book a ride with Grab, the more they will be rewarded with exciting varieties of deals ranging from discounted rides from Grab to exclusive promotions from Rewards Partners.

 

How Does GrabRewards Work?

GrabRewards enables all passengers across the region to start earning points on all Grab rides, with specifically GrabCar, GrabTaxi and GrabShare rides in Malaysia. Grab users will be placed in tiers based on their accumulated fare amount spent on all their rides with RM 1 spent equivaling to 1 point. Therefore, based on the total spent in the last six months, users will either be placed in Silver, Gold or Platinum, whilst new users will start at the Member tier.

For rides paid by cash, members can earn five times the points, while those opting to pay via GrabPay, Grab’s cashless payment method, will earn 10 times more. Therefore, by taking more GrabPay rides, passengers can move upwards easily and conveniently in the tier ladder to Silver, Gold and eventually Platinum, which is for Grab’s most loyal users. This is in correlation with Grab’s effort to transform Southeast Asia from a cash-based economy to a cashless one.

All members will be able to use their points to instantly redeem RM5, RM10 and RM15 off Grab rides (the redemption value from GrabRewards is up to 8.8% from a passenger’s total spent on Grab). In addition, they can also enjoy exclusive F&B, hospitality, lifestyle and retail brands, travel, and service-related apps deals offered by GrabRewards Partners such as Tesco, Happy Fresh, myBurgerLab, Forever 21, Flower Chimp, Zalora and dahmakan.

However, for those in the Platinum tier will also be entitled to the following exclusive privileges:

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  • Priority booking – Preference will be given to them when booking a ride during peak hours
  • Platinum Support Line – A dedicated hotline number built within the app to provide them immediate assistance.
  • Exclusive Access – They will be able to get first-hand experience of any new features Grab introduces.

To start earning GrabRewards points:

  1. Download the Grab App* from either Google Playstore or Apple Appstore.
  2. Key-in the respective pick-up and drop-off locations.
  3. Click Book.
  4. Upon completion of ride, you can check your GrabRewards points collected.

Tip: Register your debit*/credit card as a payment option in GrabPay to level up 10X faster!

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TIME Awards Goodyear Eagle 360 “Best Inventions of 2016”

28 November 2016 – The Goodyear Eagle 360 concept tire has just been named one of TIME Magazine’s “Best Inventions of the Year 2016”. Find out why!

 

Goodyear Eagle 360

Each year, TIME magazine’s technology editors list the year’s “best inventions that are making the world better, smarter and—in some cases—a little more fun.” This year’s list includes 25 inventions, which in addition to Goodyear’s Eagle 360 concept, includes a virtual reality headset, shoes that lace themselves, a solar roof collaboration between Tesla and SolarCity, and the Chevy Bolt electric vehicle.

“By steadily reducing the driver interaction and intervention in self-driving vehicles, tires will play an even more important role as the primary link to the road,” said Goodyear’s Chief Technical Officer Joe Zekoski. “Goodyear’s concept tires play a dual role in that future both as creative platforms to push the boundaries of conventional thinking and testbeds for next-generation technologies.”

“Although the Eagle 360 is a future concept, it represents an essential aspect of Goodyear’s innovation strategy and our vision for smart and safe mobility.”

The Goodyear Eagle 360 is a spherical-shaped design concept tire that would provide self-driving cars ultimate maneuverability, connectivity and biomimicry to increase safety.

Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. Goodyear employs approximately 66,000 people and manufactures its products in 49 facilities in 22 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry.

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Waze 2016 Driver Satisfaction Index Revealed

Malaysia ranks 23rd in the world on Waze 2016 Driver Satisfaction Index!

Where in the world are the best and worst places to be a driver? The 2016 Driver Satisfaction Index is made up by analyzing millions of monthly active Waze users in 38 countries and 235 metros to critique their traffic conditions, road safety, driver services, road quality, socio economic climate & Wazeyness from satisfying (10) to miserable (1).

While Waze has more than 65 million monthly active users globally in 185 countries, this report only focuses on countries and metros with more than 20,000+ monthly active users to ensure data accuracy and fair market comparisons. This data was then used to compile a global and national snapshots. Here’s what they found:

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Top Ten Country Rankings

1.   Netherlands
2.   France
3.   United States
4.   Czech Republic
5.   Sweden
6.   United Arab Emirates
7.   Latvia
8.   Hungary
9.   Slovakia
10. Italy

The Netherlands comes out on top with an average satisfaction score of 7.54 with France and America coming second and third respectively. Propping up the table is El Salvador who rank as the worst place to drive in the world based on this index with a satisfaction score of 2.85, they are followed closely by Guatemala and the Philippines.

Malaysia’s ranking has slipped from last year to 23rd which puts us in the lower end of the satisfaction index unfortunately, however out of all global countries, we scored highly on road quality with Malaysia posting a road quality satisfaction of 9.03, the 6th best score in the world and way and above the global average of 6.71!

On further probing it was found that Malaysia’s slip down the rankings was due to further countries being added that ranked higher. Additionally, the Wazeyness, Road Safety and Traffic Indices indicated drops from the previous year.

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Transcend DrivePro 50 Car Video Recorder Released

26 July 2016 – Transcend Information, Inc. today proudly announced the release of its DrivePro 50 Car Video Recorder. Featuring an extremely compact size, a large F/1.8 aperture, Wi-Fi connectivity, a built-in battery, a high-quality Full HD imaging sensor, and a G-sensor emergency recording function, the DrivePro 50 provides its users with ultimate protection on the road.

 

Compact Size with Large F/1.8 Aperture

Featuring an extremely compact size, the new DrivePro 50 can be well hidden behind the rearview mirror without blocking the driver’s view. The DrivePro 50 also boasts a large F/1.8 aperture to capture all details of an incident, including license plates, during either daytime or nighttime.

The DrivePro 50’s camera integrates a wide 130° viewing angle and a Full HD imaging sensor for clear and smooth 1080p (30fps) video recording. In addition, the 6 glass lenses plus 1 infrared filter lens are designed to prevent fogging from heat generated during extended recordings and to ensure the whole trip is recorded in high clarity.

Wi-Fi and DrivePro New App & Toolbox

Thanks to its built-in Wi-Fi and the free Transcend DrivePro New App, the DrivePro 50 can be operated entirely via iOS or Android devices. When connected to the DrivePro 50’s dedicated wireless network, users can stream, playback, and download videos, and easily adjust its settings directly from their smartphone or tablet.

In addition, the exclusive DrivePro Toolbox features a user-friendly interface that can sort video files by file, date, or group, allowing Windows and Mac users to select and play videos recorded on the DrivePro 50 without the need to install separate codecs.

 

Motion G-Sensor for Emergency Recording

The Transcend DrivePro 50‘s built-in G-Sensor instantly triggers the Emergency Recording mode when it detects an impact during recording. Alternatively, users can also activate the emergency recording mode manually by pressing the red emergency button; this is useful when situations occur outside the vehicle and you need to collect evidence in case of a fraudulent claim or lawsuit. Video files recorded in emergency mode are protected from being overwritten.

 

16GB microSDHC Memory Card Bundled

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The bundled accessories ensure easy installation and operation. After the Transcend DrivePro 50 is mounted on the windshield and connected to the lighter socket, further driver involvement is not required. When the vehicle’s engine is turned on, video files are automatically recorded to the included Transcend High Endurance 16GB microSDHC MLC memory card that offers consistent durability and endurance.

Moreover, with Loop Recording enabled, the oldest video files in the memory card will be overwritten by new files when memory card capacity is full; eliminating the need to purchase additional storage.

 

DrivePro 50 Warranty

The Transcend DrivePro 50 is backed by Transcend’s Two-year Limited Warranty.

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VIA Mobile360 Demonstration @ Embedded World 2016

Taipei, Taiwan, 23 February, 2016 – VIA Technologies, Inc. today announced that it will demonstrate the new VIA Mobile360 In-Vehicle Surround View Fleet Management System at Embedded World 2016. The company’s booth is located at 4A-251 in Hall 4 of the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre.

Specifically designed for real-time commercial vehicle monitoring, security, and tracking applications, the system utilizes VIA Multi-Stitch Technology to seamlessly combine up to six camera feeds on the fly and create an all-encompassing 360° view that can be viewed locally or remotely.

 

VIA Mobile360 Key Features

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  • Ruggedized chassis with extended temperature support
  • Flexible voltage input
  • Up to 8 PoE or 8 CSI camera support
  • 360° real-time display
  • Local recording and storage
  • Video encoding for remote viewing
  • VIA Multi-Stitch Technology

The VIA Mobile360 In-Vehicle Surround View Fleet Management System provides a flexible ruggedized solution that can be customized to meet the requirements for multiple in-vehicle applications and environments. With its sophisticated 3D imaging algorithms, VIA Multi-Stitch Technology not only ensures stunning spherical images but also supports dynamic multidirectional monitoring around the vehicle from an almost unlimited range of easily-configurable perspectives.

 

VIA Mobile360 @ Embedded World

The VIA Mobile360 In-Vehicle Surround View Fleet Management System is one of a host of innovative new Enterprise IoT and Mobile360 innovations that are on display at the VIA booth at Embedded World. Other highlights include:

  • VIA Mobile360 HMI Starter Kits: Available in a choice of Android- and Linux-based configurations, VIA Mobile360 HMI Starter Kits feature a highly-integrated low power motherboard and a choice of validated LCD screens to provide the fastest and smoothest path for building a host of all-in-one smart display devices for a wide variety of in-vehicle infotainment and digital signage applications.
  • VIA ETX-8X90-10GR Module: Harnessing the ultra low power consumption and advanced performance of the new VIA Eden X1 processor, this flexible new module provides a powerful upgrade for systems currently featuring end-of-life processor modules while maintaining full legacy software support.
  • VIA Alegro 100 Smart Home Automation System: With its support for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Z-Wave, and KNX-RF, this multi-protocol home gateway device provides a flexible solution for a host of smart home automation applications and can be customized to meet your exact requirements.

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NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 : First AI Supercomputer For Cars

Special by Danny Shapiro, NVIDIA

Take a supercomputer. Give it wheels. The result: a robot that can take you anywhere you want to go. No wonder self-driving cars were the hot topic at CES last week, and the talk of the Detroit Auto Show this week.

Building this new generation of super-smart cars requires some serious intelligence. That’s why we introduced NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2, our artificial intelligence supercomputer for the car. We’re taking the GPU technology at the heart of a revolution that’s giving computers superhuman powers of perception and putting it in your driveway.

Here’s why your next car might be your first supercomputer:

 

NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 : First AI Supercomputer For Cars

Only next generation AI has the adaptability, and the power, to understand what cars encounter on the road.

There aren’t enough engineers in Silicon Valley to hand-code software that can account for everything that happens when you drive. To deal with all the stuff a car sees on the road – and thanks to modern sensors, they see more and more – you need deep learning, a form of artificial intelligence. Last year, GPU-powered deep learning systems exceeded human levels of perception for the first time.

 

Our GPUs Make AI Practical

GPUs are built for parallel computing. So they’re ideal for deep neural networks – complex mathematical models that mimic the brain. DNNs are trained by feeding massive amounts of data into powerful computers. Parallel computing is the only practical way to digest this info rapidly. And DNNs are ideal for driving, because the more data you give them, the smarter they get.

 

NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 Brings AI to the Road

NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 can perform 24 trillion deep learning operations per second, and it has the processing power of 150 MacBook Pros. It lets developers to replace the trunk full of GPU-based workstations in their vehicles with a supercomputer the size of a lunchbox.

 

We Built DRIVE PX 2 to be a Scalable Platform for Car Companies

We designed DRIVE PX 2 to handle everything from advanced driver assistance systems to fully self-driving vehicles. It can be configured as a single-processor, air-cooled system for driver assistance, up to a four-processor, liquid-cooled system for autonomous driving. Whatever the case, it’s based on one scalable Architecture – the same that powers the world’s most advanced supercomputers.

 

DRIVE PX 2 Is An Open Platform

NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 is built with the same open, programmable GPU architecture that’s driving an AI revolution. Audi, BMW, Ford, Mercedes and ZMP (makers of the RoboTaxi) are already using our AI platform for their autonomous car R&D.

Our open, programmable platform is being used by More than 50 automakers, Tier 1 suppliers, software companies and startups are using NVIDIA DRIVE PX to develop deep neural networks.

 

Car Companies Can Make Their Cars Safer Every Day

GPUs have already accelerated the training of deep neural networks by 20 to 30 times. What used to take months to train, now takes just days. This lets us create a brain for autonomous vehicles that is always alert, and can achieve superhuman levels of situational awareness.  The more data these cars scoop up and share with one another, the smarter they all get.

 

AI-Equipped Cars Are Coming Soon

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Earlier this month, Volvo announced it selected NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 to power its fleet of autonomous cars. They’re outfitting their award-winning XC90 SUV with it – and will let drivers put these cars into autonomous driving mode on public roads around its hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden.

 

Everyone’s Investing in Automotive Supercomputing

GM has invested $500 million with Lyft on self-driving technologies. Toyota recently earmarked $1 billion for AI research. Just yesterday, the U.S. government put forth a $4 billion investment plan in support of autonomous driving technologies and the infrastructure to enable it.

This is just the start. Our goal is to make this technology available across all vehicle types and segments.  Putting supercomputers on wheels is going to reduce the number accidents, injuries and fatalities. It’s going to make new capabilities – and new kinds of transportation – possible.

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Automotive Innovators Motoring to NVIDIA DRIVE

Written by Danny Shapiro, NVIDIA

Automotive Innovators Motoring to NVIDIA DRIVE

Audi. BMW. Ford. Mercedes-Benz. Volvo. Some of the world’s biggest automotive names are flocking to DRIVE, our powerful engine for in-vehicle artificial intelligence.

So are a group of fast-moving, smaller innovators that are shaking up the auto industry. Companies such as ZMP, Preferred Networks and AdasWorks are using DRIVE PX to give automobiles astonishing new capabilities.

Unveiled Monday at CES 2016, in Las Vegas, DRIVE PX 2 provides supercomputer-class performance — up to 24 trillion operations per second for artificial intelligence applications — in a case the size of a shoebox.

Here’s a look at just three of the companies working with DRIVE PX:

 

Bringing Autonomous Driving to Taxis

Tokyo-based ZMP — which is working to help create autonomous taxis, among other projects — is using deep learning technology and NVIDIA DRIVE PX to dramatically improve accuracy of detection and decision-making algorithms for autonomous driving.

“ZMP is achieving remarkable results using deep neural networks on NVIDIA GPUs for pedestrian detection,” said Hisashi Taniguchi, CEO of ZMP. “We will expand our use of deep learning on NVIDIA GPUs to realize our driverless Robot Taxi service.”

 

In Gear with Toyota

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Preferred Networks is one of the best-known machine learning startups in Japan. The Tokyo-based company is working closely with Toyota — which purchased a 3% stake in Preferred Networks just a few weeks ago — to give cars autonomous driving capabilities.

With the NVIDIA deep learning platform, Preferred Networks has greatly improved performance on a variety of applications, such as image recognition for automotive and surveillance cameras, automated control of robotics, and health diagnostics, according to Preferred Networks founder Daisuke Okanohara.

“The remarkable thing is that we did it all with a single NVIDIA GPU-powered deep neural network, in a very short time,” Okanohara said.

 

Eyes on the Road

We’re also working with AdasWorks, a Budapest-based developer of artificial intelligence-based software for automated driving, to bring the power of our GPUs to Volvo Cars.

olvo will use the NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 deep learning-based computing platform to power a fleet of 100 Volvo XC90 SUVs that will hit public roads next year, driven by actual customers as part of the the Swedish carmaker’s Drive Me autonomous-car pilot program.

AdasWorks worked with Volvo to help create a system that processes data from multiple sensors in real time to provide 360-degree detection of lanes, vehicles, pedestrians, signs and more, enabling a variety of autopilot functions.

NVIDIA DRIVE is more than just a component automakers can bolt into their cars. It’s an end-to-end solution for deep learning that includes a wide variety of tools and technologies, such as our DIGITS software for neural network training.

To see how it all comes together, visit our booth at CES. We’re in the North Hall, right in the middle of this year’s automotive action.

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Volvo XC90 To Use NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 Computer

Jan. 5, 2016—Volvo Cars will use the NVIDIA DRIVE™ PX 2 deep learning- based computing engine to power a fleet of 100 Volvo XC90 SUVs starting to hit the road next year in the Swedish carmaker’s Drive Me autonomous car pilot programme, NVIDIA announced today.

Autonomous technology is an important contributor to Volvo’s Vision 2020 – its guiding principles for creating safer vehicles. This work has resulted in world-leading advancements in autonomous and semi-autonomous driving, and a new safety benchmark for the automotive industry.

“Our vision is that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by the year 2020,” said Marcus Rothoff, director of the Autonomous Driving Programme at Volvo Cars. “NVIDIA’s high-performance and responsive automotive platform is an important step towards our vision and perfect for our autonomous drive programme and the Drive Me project.”

 

The Volvo XC90 Drive Me Project

Volvo’s Drive Me autonomous pilot programme will equip the Volvo XC90 luxury cars with the NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 engine, which uses deep learning to navigate the complexities of driving. The cars will operate autonomously on roads around Gothenburg, the carmaker’s hometown, and semi-autonomously elsewhere.

“Volvo’s Drive Me project is the ideal application of our DRIVE PX 2 engine and deep learning,” said Rob Csongor, vice president and general manager of Automotive at NVIDIA. “We are bringing years of work by thousands of NVIDIA engineers to help Volvo achieve its safety goals and move self-driving cars from Gothenburg to the rest of the globe.”

 

Recognising Objects Beyond Reach of Human Algorithms

The NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 engine enables cars to utilise deep learning – a form of artificial intelligence – to recognise objects in their environment, anticipate potential threats and navigate safely. With 8 teraflops of processing power – equivalent to 250 MacBook Pros – it processes data from multiple sensors in real time, providing 360-degree detection of lanes, vehicles, pedestrians, signs and more, to enable a variety of autopilot functions.

Recent deep-learning breakthroughs have greatly enhanced computers’ ability to perceive the outside world. Using vast amounts of data and processing power, they can write software to recognise complex objects at a level beyond the reach of human-coded algorithms.

Much deep learning work is powered by NVIDIA’s supercomputing GPUs. For example, Microsoft and Google have used GPUs to create image-recognition systems that beat a well-trained human in the ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge. And Microsoft researchers recently trained a deep neural net that beat a human in IQ tests.

 

Map Localisation and Path Planning

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For map localisation and path planning, the system can compare real-time situational awareness with a known high-definition map, enabling it to plan a safe route and drive precisely along it, adjusting to ever-changing circumstances.

DRIVE PX 2 will also perform other critical functions such as stitching camera inputs to create a complete surround-view of the car.

Because self-driving cars require massive computing resources to interpret the data from multiple sensors, most early prototypes have contained a trunk full of computers. In contrast, DRIVE PX 2, which carries out the same functions, is the size of a tablet.

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NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 AI Computer For Cars Launched

Jan. 5, 2016—Accelerating the race to autonomous cars, NVIDIA today launched NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 – the world’s most powerful engine for in-vehicle artificial intelligence.

NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 allows the automotive industry to use artificial intelligence to tackle the complexities inherent in autonomous driving. It utilises deep learning on NVIDIA’s most advanced GPUs for 360-degree situational awareness around the car, to determine precisely where the car is and to compute a safe, comfortable trajectory.

“Drivers deal with an infinitely complex world,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO, NVIDIA. “Modern artificial intelligence and GPU breakthroughs enable us to finally tackle the daunting challenges of self-driving cars.

“NVIDIA’s GPU is central to advances in deep learning and supercomputing. We are leveraging these to create the brain of future autonomous vehicles that will be continuously alert, and eventually achieve superhuman levels of situational awareness. Autonomous cars will bring increased safety, new convenient mobility services and even beautiful urban designs – providing a powerful force for a better future.”

 

NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 Deep Learning

Created to address the needs of NVIDIA’s automotive partners for an open development platform, DRIVE PX 2 provides unprecedented amounts of processing power for deep learning, equivalent to that of 100 MacBook Pros.

Its two next-generation Tegra® processors plus two next-generation discrete GPUs, based on the Pascal™ architecture, deliver up to 24 trillion deep learning operations per second, which are specialised instructions that accelerate the math used in deep learning network inference. That’s over 10 times more computational horsepower than the previous-generation product.

DRIVE PX 2’s deep learning capabilities enable it to quickly learn how to address the challenges of everyday driving, such as unexpected road debris, erratic drivers and construction zones. Deep learning also addresses numerous problem areas where traditional computer vision techniques are insufficient – such as poor weather conditions like rain, snow and fog, and difficult lighting conditions like sunrise, sunset and extreme darkness.

For general purpose floating point operations, DRIVE PX 2’s multi-precision GPU architecture is capable of up to eight trillion operations per second. That’s over four times more than the previous-generation product. This enables partners to address the full breadth of autonomous driving algorithms, including sensor fusion, localisation and path planning. It also provides high precision compute when needed for layers of deep learning networks.

 

Deep Learning in Self-Driving Cars

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Self-driving cars use a broad spectrum of sensors to understand their surroundings. DRIVE PX 2 can process the inputs of 12 video cameras, plus lidar, radar and ultrasonic sensors. It fuses them to accurately detect objects, identify them, determine where the car is relative to the world around it, and then calculate its optimal path for safe travel.

This complex work is facilitated by NVIDIA DriveWorks™, a suite of software tools, libraries and modules that accelerates development and testing of autonomous vehicles. DriveWorks enables sensor calibration, acquisition of surround data, synchronisation, recording and then processing streams of sensor data through a complex pipeline of algorithms running on all of the DRIVE PX 2’s specialised and general-purpose processors.

Software modules are included for every aspect of the autonomous driving pipeline, from object detection, classification and segmentation to map localisation and path planning.

 

End-to-End Solution for Deep Learning

NVIDIA delivers an end-to-end solution – consisting of NVIDIA DIGITS™ and DRIVE PX 2 – for both training a deep neural network, as well as deploying the output of that network in a car.

DIGITS is a tool for developing, training and visualising deep neural networks that can run on any NVIDIA GPU-based system – from PCs and supercomputers to Amazon Web Services and the recently announced Facebook Big Sur Open Rack-compatible hardware. The trained neural net model runs on NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 within the car.

 

Strong Market Adoption

Since NVIDIA delivered the first-generation DRIVE PX last summer, more than 50 automakers, tier 1 suppliers, developers and research institutions have adopted NVIDIA’s AI platform for autonomous driving development. They are praising its performance, capabilities and ease of development.

“Using NVIDIA’s DIGITS deep learning platform, in less than four hours we achieved over 96 percent accuracy using Ruhr University Bochum’s traffic sign database. While others invested years of development to achieve similar levels of perception with classical computer vision algorithms, we have been able to do it at the speed of light.” — Matthias Rudolph, director of Architecture Driver Assistance Systems at Audi

“BMW is exploring the use of deep learning for a wide range of automotive use cases, from autonomous driving to quality inspection in manufacturing. The ability to rapidly train deep neural networks on vast amounts of data is critical. Using an NVIDIA GPU cluster equipped with NVIDIA DIGITS, we are achieving excellent results.” — Uwe Higgen, head of BMW Group Technology Office USA

“Due to deep learning, we brought the vehicle’s environment perception a significant step closer to human performance and exceed the performance of classic computer vision.” — Ralf G. Herrtwich, director of Vehicle Automation at Daimler

“Deep learning on NVIDIA DIGITS has allowed for a 30X enhancement in training pedestrian detection algorithms, which are being further tested and developed as we move them onto NVIDIA DRIVE PX.” — Dragos Maciuca, technical director of Ford Research and Innovation Center

 

NVIDIA DRIVE PX 2 Availability

The DRIVE PX 2 development engine will be generally available in the fourth quarter of 2016. Availability to early access development partners will be in the second quarter.

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