As we construct as much as Automotive Security and Safety On-line on the finish of the month, we now have a brand new interview with Intel’s Jyotika Athavale. She’s going to communicate 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 autos. 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, we now have a brand new column on how Covid-19 would possibly impression the event of autonomous autos. Starting with a wider overview of how coronavirus has affected automobile gross sales globally, we zero in on AV growth, utilizing ballot outcomes of over 800 individuals who voted throughout our Autonomous Autos 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.

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

In line with Statista, Ford offered 5.4-million autos final 12 months, GM 7.7 million, FCA 4.3 million, and Honda 5.3 million – a grand complete of round 22.7 million autos. Toyota offered 10.7 million autos in that point. In contrast, Tesla offered 367,500 final 12 months, 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 price noting. The agency introduced that the PS5 would arrive in 2020 at CES in January. An enormous reveal occasion yesterday targeted 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 other thing…’ transfer, Sony unveiled the console’s new take a look at the top of the occasion. Accessible in two appears to be like – with or with no 4K BluRay participant – the PS5 has a really practical, router-esque look, made extra fascinating with using ambient lighting within the trademark PlayStation blue. The usage of white and extra natural curves contrasts sharply with the look of the XBox Collection X, additionally out this 12 months, which appears to be like like a mini fridge.

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Growing gamification of in-car methods has been noticeable within the transfer in direction of autonomy. Will probably 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 companies in as much as 60 US cities since its founding in 2017.

The pricing construction is somewhat completely different from its opponents. Whereas the likes of Chicken, Voi, Lime, Circ, Wind and Soar cost a flat 1€ unlocking payment plus both €0.15-€0.20 cents per minute, Spin costs €0.30 per minute with no payment to unlock a experience.

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