Aptiv, the U.S. auto supplier and self-driving software company, is opening an autonomous mobility center in Shanghai to focus on the development and eventual deployment of its technology on public roads.
The expansion marks the fifth market where Aptiv has set up R&D, testing or operational facilities. Aptiv has autonomous driving operations in Boston, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh and Singapore. But China is perhaps its most ambitious endeavor yet.
Aptiv has never had any AV operations in China, but it does have a long history in the country including manufacturing and engineering facilities. The company, in its earlier forms as Delphi and Delco has been in China since 1993 — experience that will be invaluable as it tries to bring its autonomous vehicle efforts into a new market, Aptiv Autonomous Mobility President Karl Iagnemma told TechCrunch in a recent interview.
“The long-term opportunity in China is off the charts,” Iagnemma said, noting a recent McKinsey study that claims the country will host two-thirds of the world’s autonomous driven miles by 2040 and be trillion-dollar mobility service opportunity.
“For Aptiv, it’s always been a question of not ‘if’, but when we’re going to enter the Chinese market,” he added.
Aptiv will have self-driving cars testing on public roads by the second half of 2019.
“Our experience in other markets has shown that in this industry, you learn by doing,” Iagnemma explained.
And it’s remark that Iagnemma can stand by. Iagnemma is the co-founder of self-driving car startup nuTonomy, one of the first to launch a robotaxi service in 2016 in Singapore that the public—along with human safety drivers — could use.
NuTonomy was acquired by Delphi in 2017 for $450 million. NuTonomy became part of Aptiv after its spinoff from Delphi was complete.
Aptiv is also in discussions with potential partners for mapping and commercial deployment of Aptiv’s vehicles in China.
Some of those partnerships will likely mimic the types of relationships Aptiv has created here in the U.S., notably with Lyft . Aptiv’s self-driving vehicles operate on Lyft’s ride-hailing platform in Las Vegas and have provided more than 40,000 paid autonomous rides in Las Vegas via the Lyft app.
Aptiv will also have to create new kinds of partnerships unlike those it has in the U.S. due to restrictions and rules in China around data collection, intellectual property and creating high resolution map data.
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10 Unexpected Uses For Your Smart Speakers
Just as you can use your smart speaker to help train your brain, you can use your smart speaker to train your body. Your smart speaker can help you to curate workout routines through the use of any number of apps available through Amazon’s Alexa or without any extra skills on Google Home. Unfortunately, it isn’t currently possible for Apple HomePod users to take advantage of a potential Apple subscription in this context, as Apple Fitness+ doesn’t currently support use with the HomePod.
However, on Google Home and Alexa, through voice-activated commands, your smart speaker can guide you through exercises with precision. It can provide step-by-step instructions for various workouts, ensuring proper form and technique to maximize effectiveness while reducing the risk of injury.
Going further, your smart speaker can help you keep up with how you’re doing with your goals throughout the day if you own a Fitbit. By connecting Alexa and your Fitbit, you can ask your smart speaker a plethora of questions, including how far you’ve walked in a day, how many calories you’ve burned, or what your resting heart rate is.
Achieving fitness goals isn’t just about exercise; it also involves proper nutrition. Tying back to using your smart speaker as an infinite cookbook, your smart speaker can provide dietary advice, suggest healthy recipes, and even create meal plans that align with your fitness objectives.
By connecting all of these separate pieces, your smart speaker can quickly become a hand-in-hand companion for helping you to stay on top of your fitness goals. Whether it be through reminders for workouts and meals or just staying up to date on your progress toward your goals on any given day, your smart speaker can have your back for all of your fitness needs.
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The base Mazda CX-90 is less potent with its 280-horsepower 3.3-liter inline six. Still, it has many standard kits like smartphone connectivity, a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen, 19-inch wheels, tri-zone automatic climate control, LED headlights, and many more. Meanwhile, the CX-90 PHEV has 323 horsepower from its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, plug-in hybrid electric motor, and 17.8 kWh battery while having more tech goodies like a digital instrument cluster.
But to compete with the BMW X5, Kia Telluride, or Mercedes-Benz GLS, the Mazda CX-90 needs more than fancy climate controls and oversized alloys. The top-of-the-line CX-90 3.3 Turbo S Premium Plus trim has 21-inch wheels, second-row captain’s chairs with a center console, genuine Nappa leather upholstery (in tan or white), a two-tone leather steering wheel, maple wood trim, front & rear foot lighting, and a suede-like dashboard with Kakenui-inspired hanging stitches that feel soft and supple to the touch. Moreover, it has ventilated front and second-row seats with an additional heating feature for the second-row chairs.
Meanwhile, it has a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, body-color wheel arch moldings, and adaptive front LED headlights. The advanced driving assistance tech list includes adaptive cruise control, frontal collision mitigation, blind-spot warning, lane-keeping assistance, a rear seat reminder, driver attention monitoring, front cross-traffic alert, and a 360-degree surround-view monitor.
The good news is the Mazda CX-90 starts at around $41,000 with destination, but you’ll need to fork over about $61,500 for the top-of-the-line 3.3 Turbo S Premium Plus. It’s a lot of money for a Mazda crossover, but it makes up for it with nifty handling, a roomy interior, plenty of available luxury features, and head-turning style.
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