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Data key to Intel’s $250 million autonomous investment

November 21, 2016By
Intel displays its automated driving technology at the Automobility LA conference on Nov. 15. (Photo: Intel)

Intel Capital is targeting more than $250 million of additional new investments over the next two years to make fully autonomous driving a reality, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show’s AutoMobility LA conference in November. This was the first time Intel delivered a keynote address at an automotive conference. The investments will drive the development... read more

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T-Mobile device makes older cars ‘connected’

November 21, 2016By
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T-Mobile is offering SyncUp Drive, a device that turns any post-1996 car into a 4G LTE connected car — a Wi-Fi hotspot that also provides vehicle diagnostics, safety and security features. The device is being offered as an incentive with two-year service plans, or separately. SyncUp Drive plugs in to a car’s OBD-II (on-board diagnostics) port, which is standard on... read more

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Lidar, sensors hidden in Hyundai self-driving car

November 21, 2016By
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Hyundai Motor Company introduced the Autonomous Ioniq concept Nov. 16 at the Automobility LA conference. Hyundai said the vehicle is one of the few self-driving cars in development to have a hidden lidar system in its front bumper instead of on the roof, enabling it to look like any other car on the road. The goal in designing the autonomous... read more

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4 Galileos launched at once, speeding constellation completion

November 17, 2016By
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An Ariane 5 rocket has launched four additional Galileo satellites, accelerating deployment of the new satellite navigation system. The Ariane 5, operated by Arianespace, lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 13:06 GMT (14:06 CET, 10:06 local time) carrying Galileo satellites 15-18. The first pair was released 3 hours, 25 minutes after liftoff, while the second separated... read more

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FAA evaluates drone detection systems near Denver airport

November 16, 2016By

This week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are conducting drone-detection research in the vicinity of Denver International Airport. The work is part of the FAA’s Pathfinder Program for UAS Detection at Airports and Critical Infrastructure. The work in Denver is one of six technical evaluations scheduled over an 18-month period. The State of... read more

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4 Galileos a ‘go’ for Thursday launch

November 15, 2016By
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This week’s Arianespace flight with four European Galileo navigation system spacecraft has been approved for a morning liftoff on Nov. 17 following the launch readiness review held Monday at the Spaceport in French Guiana. Designated Flight VA233 in Arianespace’s numbering system, the launch will deploy its quartet of Galileo spacecraft during a nearly four-hour flight, with liftoff set at exactly 10:06:48 a.m.... read more

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Arianespace ready to roll out 4-satellite launcher for Galileo

November 14, 2016By
The protective fairing is lowered onto the four Galileo satellites and their dispenser resting atop an Ariane 5 launcher. The fairing was placed on Nov. 3. (Photo: ESA)

Arianespace has entered the final phase of preparations for its next Ariane 5 launch — the company’s first heavy-lift mission to orbit satellites for Europe’s Galileo navigation constellation. During activity in the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building, Arianespace “topped off” the Ariane 5 launcher with installation of the payload fairing over the four Galileo spacecraft and their payload dispenser. With Ariane 5... read more

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Roscosmos could launch up to 4 replacement GLONASS in 2017

November 14, 2016By
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Russia’s Roscosmos space agency could launch up to four GLONASS navigation satellites in 2017, reports sputniknews.com. The satellites will be launched only to replace malfunctioning satellites if necessary, according to Deputy Director General for Automatic Space Complexes Mikhail Khailov. “It is planned to carry out up to four launches [of GLONASS satellites] in 2017 … We will carry them out only when... read more

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