As we construct as much as Automotive Security and Safety On-line on the finish of the month, now we have a brand new interview with Intel’s Jyotika Athavale. She’s going to converse on the occasion, and our Q&A enables you to study extra about her work, and provides a sneak preview of her discuss.

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Our newest Prime 5 sees us decide our favourite TED Talks on the subject of the way forward for driverless automobiles. From how they could change the scope of the true property market to how AVs see the street, don’t miss our picks right here.

Additionally on the location this week, now we have a brand new column on how Covid-19 may influence the event of autonomous automobiles. Starting with a wider overview of how coronavirus has affected automotive gross sales globally, we zero in on AV growth, utilizing ballot outcomes of over 800 individuals who voted throughout our Autonomous Automobiles On-line occasion.

And if that wasn’t sufficient, right here’s a few different tales that caught our eye:

Tesla inventory continues to rocket

Tesla’s shares traded at as much as $1,027.48 this week off the again of stories from CEO Elon Musk that Tesla will go “all out” to ramp up manufacturing of its Semi electrical truck. The information got here in an all workers e-mail from Musk this week, partly in response to the rise in investor curiosity in Nikola, a rival electrical truck start-up.

The rise in Tesla inventory worth takes the corporate’s value to round $190bn, closing in on Toyota’s $216bn – presently the very best worth carmaker on the planet. Considerably amazingly, the valuation of Tesla makes it value greater than Ford, GM, FCA and Honda mixed.

In line with Statista, Ford bought 5.4-million automobiles final yr, GM 7.7 million, FCA 4.3 million, and Honda 5.3 million – a grand whole of round 22.7 million automobiles. Toyota bought 10.7 million automobiles in that point. Against this, Tesla bought 367,500 final yr, and goals to hit 500,000 in 2020.

Sony unveils the PlayStation 5

A little bit of a tangent for the information this week, however Sony’s launch of its newest PlayStation 5 is value noting. The agency introduced that the PS5 would arrive in 2020 at CES in January. A giant reveal occasion yesterday centered on the video games, together with the return of Gran Turismo – probably with nods to the unique with the return of the carwash!

However in a traditional Columbo ‘only one thing more…’ transfer, Sony unveiled the console’s new take a look at the top of the occasion. Obtainable in two appears to be like – with or with no 4K BluRay participant – the PS5 has a really purposeful, router-esque look, made extra fascinating with using ambient lighting within the trademark PlayStation blue. Using white and extra natural curves contrasts sharply with the look of the XBox Sequence X, additionally out this yr, which appears to be like like a mini fridge.

Rising gamification of in-car programs has been noticeable within the transfer in direction of autonomy. It is going to be fascinating to trace if the {hardware} or software program evokes future HMI and UX in automobiles.

Ford-owned Spin brings its scooters to Germany

Spin, the micromobility firm that Ford snapped up for $100m again in 2018, launched its scooters in Germany this week. Starting with Cologne, then increasing to Dortmund and Essen from subsequent week, Germany turns into Spin’s first worldwide market, having run its providers in as much as 60 US cities since its founding in 2017.

The pricing construction is a little bit totally different from its rivals. Whereas the likes of Chook, Voi, Lime, Circ, Wind and Soar cost a flat 1€ unlocking price plus both €0.15-€0.20 cents per minute, Spin expenses €0.30 per minute with no price to unlock a experience.

Spin is introducing its newest technology of scooter, which options “a big sturdy body, a large platform, and strong rubber tires designed to offer a clean and cozy experience on European cobblestone streets.” No point out of whether or not the batteries could be scorching swapped – as with the newest Wind or Tier fashions – whereas the latter additionally provides helmets for riders, too.