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KT completes mobile edge computing centres for 5G

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Its 5G network will have better traffic reduction compared to 4G LTE, thanks to mobile edge computing centres, KT says.


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KT has completed the construction of mobile edge computing (MEC) telecom centres in 8 major cities in South Korea, the telco has announced.

The centres will allow the telco to process data from handsets close by, which is important for 5G that has ultra-low latency.

Previously, processing wireless data for 4G LTE involved having data traffic nationwide be sent to the central telecom centre in Seoul which often caused delays.

Those living in Jeju Island, the island region at the south of South Korea, will see internet access speeds be boosted by 44 percent compared to LTE as there will be an MEC centre there, KT said.

The telco said it also applied its 5G core equipment in the control and user plane separation (CUPS) architecture, as well as in the network virtualisation technology of the MEC centres.

CUPS separates devices that process signals from those that process traffic so that each can be expanded independently from each other. This helps centres expand their traffic processing capacity independently, which is very important for 5G mobility, KT said.

KT added that it plans to use MEC centres actively for the deployment of its own autonomous cars, smart factory, augmented reality, and virtual reality services.

The telco said at Mobile World Congress that it also plans to launch new VR games alongside the roll out of 5G network.

Meanwhile, Samsung is planning to launch the 5G version of its Galaxy S10 smartphone by the end of the month at the earliest in South Korea.

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Honda SENSING 360 safety and driver assistance system revealed

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Honda has announced a new omnidirectional safety and driver assistance system called Honda SENSING 360. The new safety system will be rolled out first in China starting in 2022 before being expanded globally. Honda SENSING 360 has an expanded sensing range that not only covers the front and rear of the vehicle but functions omnidirectionally completely around the vehicle.

The automaker says it will have the safety system available on all models in all major markets by 2030. The system is part of the automaker’s goal of attaining a collision-free society. Honda has been researching and developing safety technology in both hardware and software for years. SENSING 360 uses five millimeter-wave radar units located in the front and at each corner of the vehicle.

The system also relies on a binocular camera is used in the current Honda SENSING system. By adding the additional sensing range, all blind spots around the vehicle are covered, particularly areas that are difficult for drivers to see. Honda says its system will help to avoid collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians while reducing driver workload. The automaker leveraged knowledge it gained during the development of Level 3 automated driving technology.

One of the major features of SENSING 360 is an advanced Collision Mitigation Braking System. The system can detect other vehicles or pedestrians when making right or left turns at an intersection. When the system detects a potential collision, the braking system activates. With sensors arrayed to cover all around the vehicle, the braking system can detect and mitigate collisions from all directions.

The system also utilizes Front Cross Traffic Warning to notify drivers about vehicles approaching when attempting to cross an intersection that might be blocked by obstacles such as plants or buildings. If a potential collision is recognized, the braking system activates along with audio and visual warnings. Lane Change Mitigation systems are designed to prevent drivers from impacting another vehicle that might be in their blind spot. SENSING 360 also leverages systems to assist with lane changes and cornering speed.

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2022 Acura Integra will have a six-speed manual stick

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The car Gods have spoken, and we were right all along. Acura has confirmed in a teaser video that its newest 2022 Integra will come with a six-speed manual gearbox, a feature that we previously reported should come standard if Acura wishes to lure buyers away from the BMW 2-Series Coupe and Audi A3.

In our previous report, it seems the 2022 Integra will first arrive as a swoopy four-door liftback. However, Acura did not reveal much on other juicy bits like engine and drivetrain options. Acura has yet to announce if its latest sports sedan will also be available as a two-door coupe, but at least the manual gearbox option is official for now.

The all-new Integras six-speed manual gearbox is presumably similar to what you’ll get in the Honda Civic Hatchback. Executive editor Chris Davies drove the 2022 Civic Hatchback recently, and he only had kind words for Honda’s delectable manual stick. “Neither too long in its throw nor too short, and with enough heft to be pleasing but not exhausting in traffic,” said Davies. “The clutch is nicely weighted, too, with a well-defined bite point.”

Of course, we’re not ruling out an optional or standard automatic version, probably the same CVT unit from the Civic Hatchback LX and EX-L. But then again, the Integra deserves a proper seven or eight-speed automatic with none of those “virtual gears” nonsense from performance-tuned CVT gearboxes.

We’re also keeping our fingers crossed on a possible Integra Type R version which coincides nicely with the imminent arrival of the all-new Civic Type R. Acura has got it right with the TLX Type S, so it needs another runaway hit to cement its newfound performance merits.

The 2022 Acura Integra is looking to rekindle lost glory with its manual gearbox, high-revving engine (turbocharging is a considerable possibility), and nifty handling. As it turns out, it will also offer new levels of practicality in the mix. Acura will continue drip-feeding information about its newest Integra in the coming months, and we’ll be here to share the details.

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Gordon Murray GMA T.50 debuts at Goodwood, and it sounds like an F1 car

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Gordon Murray’s newest GMA T.50 fan car not only made its first public debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. It also ran three laps at the Goodwood Motor Circuit, and it sounds like a modern F1 car on steroids. With former racing driver Dario Franchitti behind the wheel, the GMA T.50 is turning out to be the most highly anticipated supercar to date, and it has more to do than just unleashing a ferocious, naturally-aspirated V12 wail.

Similar to Prof. Murray’s first creation – the iconic McLaren F1 – the GMA T.50 has a central driving position with room for three passengers. Behind the cabin is a bespoke 3.9-liter Cosworth V12 gasoline engine pumping out 654 horsepower and 344 pound-feet of torque. Most importantly, the motor spins up to 12,100 rpm, making it the highest-revving and most power-dense naturally aspirated engine fitted to a road car.

And with most exotic hypercars focusing on outrageous acceleration and top speed numbers, the GMA T.50 is the exact opposite. Sure, we bet it accelerates faster than a hungry cheetah with its mighty powerful engine and lightweight carbon-fiber monocoque body. Still, Prof. Murray has other essential things in mind, like making GMA T.50 the lightest, most driver-focused, and best-engineered supercar ever made.

Helping the cause is a 40 cm aero fan in the car’s rear, which you can see in the video above. Working on the principle of “boundary layer control,” the fan works by sucking the car to the ground and creating downforce. There are six aero modes to choose from, and the fan works with two active aero ducts in the undercarriage and a pair of dynamic aero wings to channel the air.

And if you think the Yamaha V10 engine in a Lexus LFA is astonishing, the GMA T.50’s V12 is on another level. It spins from idle to max rev (12,100 rpm) in under 0.3-seconds, so you better be quick in shifting its standard Xtrac six-speed manual gearbox. It also weighs under 392 pounds, making it the lightest road-going V12 gasoline engine in the business.

However, only a privileged few will get to relish the GMA T.50 in its entire splendor. GMA is only making 100 units of the T.50. Each will be custom-made, and each will carry a sub-$3.1-million base price. In addition, GMA is also making 25 race-ready T.50 S Niki Lauda versions starting at $4.3-million each. The first deliveries will arrive to lucky owners in the first half of 2022.

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