The US has imposed further sanctions on China’s AI and supercomputing sectors, which could hold back China’s accelerated development of self-driving cars.
Currently, a high percentage of self-driving commercial vehicles in China are at or below L2. Although L3 demonstration zones are planned in many places, the Chinese government has not yet approved the use of machines from L3 autonomy levels.
Observers that over time, China may find a solution on its own, and perhaps the development of unmanned vehicles is not as difficult as previously thought. However, supply chain sources have indicated that the development of high-quality self-driving vehicles is closely tied to infrastructure, which includes the cloud, data centers, 5G infrastructure, and more. The US ban on the export of high-performance Nvidia and AMD chips to China has affected data centers for advanced computing, so this problem must first be addressed in order to lay the foundation for high-end self-driving cars.
It is worth noting that from the list of companies included in the “unverified list”, there are also Chinese companies for the inspection of automotive components. As future vehicles are described as mobile high-performance computers, these waves of US restrictions are holding back the internal and external intellectualization of China’s future vehicles.
Although China uses 28nm manufacturing technology, the quality is still not up to automotive grade. This is likely because compared to consumer products, the automotive grade is more stringent in terms of durability, reliability, safety, and more. Thus, automotive chips are still heavily dependent on imports.
Currently, about 80% of automotive chips worldwide come from major IDM vendors, including Infineon, NXP, Renesas, RI, STM, Onsemi, and more. Chinese media research showed that the share of local content in China for microcontrollers (MCU) is about 1%, while the share for memory chips is less than 10%.
Tesla cars have learned to detect devices that allow you not to keep your hands on the steering wheel when using autopilot
The Teslascope team, who understands Tesla software updates, found something interesting in the latest FSD beta update. Tesla vehicles can now detect devices designed to simulate hands on the steering wheel while the autopilot function is in operation. If such devices are detected, the system will disable the autopilot.
In order to use the beta Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD) features, Tesla requires drivers to keep their hands on the wheel. That being said, the automaker regularly asks drivers to apply some torque to the wheel in order to continue using autopilot.
This prompted some people to use some tricks. Someone just put a water bottle under the steering wheel rim, and some companies even tried to mass-produce special steering wheel pads that fool the Tesla computer.
Because the technology is still in beta and undeniably dangerous if drivers aren’t in control, Tesla is trying to get drivers to take the wheel regularly to be ready to take over.
Tesla is also increasingly using a cab-facing camera for driver attention monitoring, which can detect when drivers are not looking at the road.
The well-known manufacturer of electric vehicles Nio will release its own smartphone. The head of the company is not satisfied with the limitations of the iPhone
The CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the well-known Chinese electric car manufacturer Nio, William Li, has revealed that the company is going to introduce its own smartphone in 2023. He spoke about it at the opening of Nio’s office (called “Nio House” by the company) in Dongguan.
According to William Lee, the company does not intend to compete with traditional smartphone manufacturers, instead Nio will try to make a device with a unique design. Naturally, it will be integrated into the ecosystem – with its help it will be possible to drive the company’s cars. The new model will be released annually.
William Lee stated that one of the reasons for the release of his phone was that the iPhone is limited in millimeter wave (mmWave) support, but this technology is used in Nio cars. It is expected that the cost of “mobile Nio” will not exceed $ 1,000.
Tesla Semi truck weighing more than 36 tons traveled 800 km without recharging
According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the developers confirmed in a real experiment that the Semi electric truck can travel 800 km on a single charge in real conditions.
The Tesla team just drove 500 miles (804 km) in an 81,000 lb (36,741 kg) Tesla Semi.
In early October, it was reported that the company was finally manufacturing its Semi electric truck and plans to start shipping it to Pepsi as early as December 1, 2022. The soft drink company ordered 100 electric vehicles in December 2017, just a month after Tesla first introduced the world to its new brainchild.
Tesla promises that the Semi can accelerate from 0 to 96 km/h mph in 20 seconds even when “fully loaded” and maintain “the same speed as on the highway, even on steep climbs.” Elon Musk also promises that you can charge your battery up to 70% in just 30 minutes.
Tesla Semi was first introduced in 2017, and the release of the serial version was postponed several times. Tesla offered a slight update to the production version last summer, but the automaker is expected to release more details, including pricing and specification details.
Tesla has already confirmed that it is going to hold an event dedicated to deliveries of the first Tesla Semi on December 1st.
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