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Volkswagen Group bets on electric vehicle recharging aisle

Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche (all companies of the same group) announced on Tuesday (22) a partnership with EDP to install 30 ultra-fast charging stations (150KW and 350KW) electric vehicles in the state of Sao Paulo. There will be 29 150KW and one 350KW stations.

In addition, 30 semi-fast recharging equipment (22KW) will be installed. That is, each network point will have an ultra-fast and a semi-fast station. Ultra-fast charging electroplates can replenish 80% of the car's battery in 25 to 30 minutes.

The idea of ​​the project is to connect 64 charging points in the states of Espirito Santo, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Paraná and Santa Catarina. In this way, a hybrid and electric car supply corridor of more than 2,500 km in length will be formed.

The maximum distance between stations will be 150Km, to guarantee autonomy for drivers. The highways that will receive them are Tamoios, Imigrantes, Carvalho Pinto, Governor Mário Covas, Dom Pedro, Washington Luís and Régis Bittencourt.

Tests and new vehicles

The project was approved by the National Electric Energy Agency (Aneel) and will have an investment of R $ 32.9 million. This is the first project to install ultra-fast chargers in South America. Network implementation will begin in 2019. The first openings are scheduled for 2020 and work is expected to be completed within three years.

The tests for approval of the recharge infrastructure are made with Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche vehicles. Volkswagen is expected to launch six electric and hybrid cars in Latin America by 2023. The first of these is the Golf GTE hybrid, which arrives in Brazil in November.


At the same time, the brand develops the ID. Family, produced on an electric vehicle manufacturing platform. By 2025, the company's goal is to market 1 million electric cars a year.

Hyundai launches its first car with sunroof charging system

Hyundai solar sunroof

The tram market is strong, although there is still little supply. Moreover, thermal motors are not exactly out of date, given the innovative technologies that have sustained them with evolution and modernization. In this sense, Hyundai is betting on a well-known but not widely used concept. Probably soon we'll see a car with a sunroof charging system.

This eco-friendly technology will provide additional electric power to vehicles, as well as increase fuel efficiency and range.

Electric vs. Hybrid with “extra” electric… to lower CO₂ emissions

Hyundai's solar roof charging system makes its debut in the new Sonata Hybrid. The system supports the vehicle's power source, improving fuel efficiency and reducing CO emissões emissions.

In the coming years, Hyundai will implement the technology on other vehicles in its range. This is the latest application of a smart branded solution that advances the mobility industry towards a more sustainable future.
Solar roof technology is a good example of how Hyundai Motor is becoming a clean mobility provider. Technology enables our customers to actively address emissions. We are striving to further expand the application of technology beyond the range of environmentally friendly vehicles to internal combustion engine vehicles.
Heui Won Yang, vice president and head of the Body Technology Unit of Hyundai Motor Group, said.

Hyundai solar sunroof

Solar panels guarantee car battery charging between 30 to 60%

The sunroof system includes a structure of silicon solar panels that are mounted on the car roof. It will be able to charge even while driving and can charge 30 to 60% of the battery per day with 6 hours of daily charging. Thus, this new option is expected to increase drivers' travel distance by over 1300 km annually.

The system consists of a solar panel and a controller. Electricity is produced when solar energy activates the surface of the solar panel, which converts this energy using photons of sunlight. This creates pairs hole electron in silicon cells, which generate electricity from solar energy.
The electricity from this process is converted by the controller to the standard voltage then stored in the battery. Hyundai Motor considered not only efficiency but also design when developing the solar charging system.

While the solar roof system currently plays a supportive role, it also opens perspectives for vehicles that no longer need fossil fuel to operate.

Hyundai solar sunroof

Available now in the Korean market and not yet coming to Europe

Finally, it should be noted that the new Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, which then incorporates the sunroof, comes equipped with a Smartstream G2.0 GDi HEV engine. In addition, it features a six-speed transmission and is already being sold in South Korea. According to the manufacturer, it is currently planned to be marketed in North America, but not in Europe.

The future may come when electric cars come equipped with these solar panels. However, as the market is currently undecided, the question is whether solar technology is advantageous in thermal motors.

Porsche, new "718 Spider" "718 Cayman GT4" reservation start

718 Spider
718 Spider
On July 19, Porsche has started accepting orders for the new 718 Spider and 718 Cayman GT4 newly added to the 718 series. The price for the 718 Spider is 12.15 million yen, and the 718 Cayman GT4 is 12.37 million yen. The steering position is right only for both models. The release date in Japan will be announced as soon as it is decided.

718 Spider
718 Spider

718 Spider
718 Spider

718 Cayman GT4
718 Cayman GT4 
718 Cayman GT4
718 Cayman GT4

718 Cayman GT4
718 Cayman GT4

718 Cayman GT4
718 Cayman GT4
 Located at the top of the 718 model range, the 718 Spider and the 718 Cayman GT4 use a high-performance GT chassis. Newly developed horizontally opposed 6-cylinder 4.0 liter naturally aspirated engine with the addition of "Adaptive Cylinder Control" to reduce fuel consumption by stopping cylinders on one side bank under partial load condition on powertrain, and Cayman The GT4 generates a maximum output of 309kW (420PS) / 7600rpm and a maximum torque of 420Nm / 5000-6800rpm, which are 35PS for the first generation type and 45PS for the third generation of the spider. The transmission combines a 6-speed MT and the 0-100 km / h acceleration in 4.4 seconds for both models.

 The 718 Spider has a lightweight convertible top that can be easily stored in a few steps and is a model that takes over the Porsche Roadster lineage, such as the 550 Spider and the 718 RS60 Spider. It is equipped with a rear spoiler that automatically turns up at 120 km / h, and the maximum speed reaches 301 km / h.

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A new generation of Mercedes-Benz C-class spy photos exposure or released in 2021

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Japanese overseas media exposed a group of new generation C-level road test spy photos. The new car will be built on the MRA2 rear-drive platform. The standard axis version is W206 and the long-axis version is V206.

  As the biggest enemy of the BMW 3 Series, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is finally ushered in. Recently, overseas media exposed a group of new generation C-level road test spy photos. The new car will be built on the MRA2 rear-drive platform. The standard axis version of the chassis code W206, long-axis version code V206, the new platform will be lighter than the current C-class and will reach a weight ratio of close to 50:50. It is reported that the new car is expected to be officially released in 2021.

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  In terms of appearance, although it is still wrapped in relatively heavy camouflage, it is still faintly visible that its headlight shape is more slender and contoured, and the net will also adopt the family's latest hexagonal shape. The taillights can also be seen in the rear part of the car. The Mercedes-Benz will give consumers a new generation of C-Class that is completely different from the current style.

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  In terms of configuration, the new MBUX system can basically be determined to appear on this generation of C-class, and from the sensor probe exposed from the network, Mercedes-Benz seems to be testing a new driver assistance system on this model. We may be able to wait a few years for a C-class with a more advanced driver assistance system and even a higher level of autonomous driving.

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  In terms of power, the new generation of C-Class sedan is expected to have a series of four-cylinder, six-cylinder engines, and hybrid systems, as well as the AMG version. Since the current vehicle is at the beginning of the open prototype test, the official debut time of the new car will be as fast as 2021. We will continue to pay more attention to the information about the new generation C-Class sedan.
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The choice of exquisite life, the new generation KX5 has the strength

The choice of exquisite life, the new generation KX5 has the strength

With the arrival of the wave of consumption upgrades, people are paying more and more attention to the sense of use and experience of consumption. The exquisiteness they pursue is the texture and style of all aspects of life, and they are indispensable.

  With the arrival of the wave of consumption upgrades, people are paying more and more attention to the sense of use and experience of consumption. The exquisiteness they pursue is the texture and style of all aspects of life, and they are indispensable. Under such circumstances, all walks of life have begun to integrate artistic aesthetics into life, combining technology and life to the utmost extent. As the main carrier of travel life, the automobile has become an important starting point for the pursuit of exquisite life.

  And the joint venture brand that always pays attention to quality can be said to be a must-have for delicate life. Among them, Dongfeng Yueda Kia, which is known for its industrial design and intelligent technology, is constantly interpreting the exquisite travel aesthetics with its strong internal and external strength and ingenuity. Its new generation of KX5, the “exquisite workmanship”, leads the way in urban travel with its unique design language and cutting-edge technology.

  Finely crafted, tastes high quality

  Kia's classic "Design KIA" design language first gave the new generation KX5 an innate aesthetic talent. Based on the aesthetic preferences of the Chinese people, Dongfeng Yueda Kia also injects a unique style of aesthetics into the new generation KX5. The car's design is full of detail and appearance without any feeling of atmosphere and exquisiteness.

The choice of exquisite life, the new generation KX5 has the strength

  The family-style tiger face is specially treated with blackening, which is low-key and stylish. The silver-plated chrome trim and the matrix crystal LED complement each other, adding more refined texture to the tough temperament, and greatly improving the vehicle's recognition. . The lines on the side of the car are very simple and simple, without any extra brush strokes. It simply outlines a wide and powerful posture, and the new wheel shape perfectly creates a dynamic atmosphere, allowing the new generation KX5 to present exquisite and elegant coexistence and vitality. The visual perception of the grade is not lost.

The choice of exquisite life, the new generation KX5 has the strength

  On the exquisite appearance, the interior space of the new generation KX5 is full of advanced technology. In order to give consumers a luxurious and comfortable driving experience, the interior space is covered with a lot of high-grade soft materials. The 10.25-inch large LCD central control display and the full-color 7-inch colorful instrument panel not only create a strong future. The sense of travel, the lower function keys of the full touch design and the scientific and reasonable central control layout provide great practicality and convenience for driving control. The embellishment of more silver trims reflects the beauty of the ubiquitous details. The perfect aesthetic and operational practicality of the cockpit of the vehicle is perfectly balanced.

The choice of exquisite life, the new generation KX5 has the strength

  With the wisdom and exquisiteness, the new generation of KX5 can not only create the beauty of the industry, but also the wise man who knows how to use the power of technology. In order to bring complete safety and escort to the driver, the new generation KX5 makes full use of Kia's intelligent technology, equipped with Kia's advanced DRIVE WiSE "intelligence" intelligent driving assistance system, integrated FCW front collision warning, FCA front defense High-level driving assistance functions such as collision assist, SCC adaptive cruise, LKA lane keeping assist, BCW blind spot collision warning, SVW panoramic image, etc., all of which enable humanized technology to penetrate all aspects of driving, so that safety is comprehensive and the most valueful effect is exerted. It also makes driving more comfortable.

  Based on the Baidu engine big data, the new generation KX5 is also equipped with the intelligent interconnection system 2.0 jointly developed with Baidu, which will fully demonstrate the technological charm of driving. The system brings together a variety of practical functions including AI intelligent voice control, remote control, real-time mobile phone interconnection, GPS navigation. With high-level intelligent voice control, users can easily control air conditioners and windows in normal contexts. , sunroof, electric tailgate, QQ music playback, etc., eliminating the cumbersome and distracting button operation, not only the operation is faster and more convenient, the safety of driving is further improved. With the UVO system, the driver can also monitor and remotely control the vehicle on the phone anytime, anywhere. In addition, the intelligent configuration of the new generation KX5 equipped with wireless charging, keyless entry, one-button start, air purifier, four tire pressure monitoring, etc., is a powerful boost for smart travel.

The choice of exquisite life, the new generation KX5 has the strength

  Exquisite travel life is not only the visual beauty and texture presented by the exterior, but also the complete safety performance and thoughtful intelligent configuration. The powerful power output is an important source of travel and entertainment. In order to best meet the different needs of consumers for power, the new generation KX5 provides consumers with 2.0L and 1.6T power options. The 2.0L model is matched with a 6-speed first self-integrated gearbox with a maximum power of 165PS and a maximum torque of 203N·m. The 1.6T model is matched with a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox with a maximum output of 177Ps and a peak torque of 265 N·m. The maximum torque can be generated when the speed reaches 1500 rpm, which can effectively guarantee the fuel economy of driving while providing sufficient power for each trip.

  It is worth mentioning that the new generation KX5 has been dynamically upgraded on the chassis suspension. By adjusting the suspension rigidity and suspension stroke data, it is comfortable and comfortable in daily driving, and can also have precise control in intense driving. In addition, in terms of NVH, the new generation KX5 has been upgraded in the body sealing material, silent device and body painting process. By assembling multi-layer sound insulation cotton and using a large number of sound-absorbing and noise-reducing materials, the engine noise and wind noise are greatly blocked. Induction cabins, such as tire noise, enable you to enjoy the joy of control while ensuring excellent ride comfort.

  Armed with exquisite quality such as exterior trim, smart configuration, safety performance, powertrain and NVH, the new generation KX5 is fully interpreted in terms of “intelligence and exquisiteness”. I believe that with the ultimate charm brought by exquisite life aesthetics, The new generation of KX5 will also trigger a more explosive travel trend in the market.

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Toyota and Denso form a joint venture to develop autopilot hardware

  Toyota has been busy working together recently and is currently setting up a new joint venture with one of the major suppliers, Denso. A report released by Reuters on Wednesday said that this time, the joint venture will focus on developing next-generation automotive-grade semiconductors and other components to support future autonomous vehicles.

  According to the plan, Denso will hold a minority stake in the company and Toyota will hold the remaining shares. The company plans to be established in April 2020, but this date may change. The company is not very large, with only 500 employees at the beginning, but after merging with another Toyota-Denso joint venture, including Aisin, it may have a big advantage in the autonomous driving competition. The new joint venture will not stop at self-driving cars because many of the components needed to generate autonomic computing power can also be used in connected cars.

  We are very interested to see what Toyota will do next. In the past year, the company's efforts to develop autonomous vehicles seem to have significantly increased, and its resources are much more than many other major car manufacturers.

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Is Artificial Intelligence free from gender bias?

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Artificial Intelligence is here to stay. So fast has it been that in the world over the last two years many organizations have had to make a thorough review of their strategy. An EY study in 2017 indicated that 74% of CEOs did not have process automation in a short-term horizon ... The 2018 results show that 73% have already, or are in the process of introducing, Artificial Intelligence into their organizations .

In fact, it is likely that in 5 years we can have cars that do not need drivers, refrigerators that can make the orders are missing, classes given by robots ... But according to the World Economic Forum, in 2018 there were still 108 years so that we can have equality between men and women in health, education, economically and politically! The scenario is even worse if we look specifically at economic parity: 202 years for gender parity in the labor market.

How is it possible that the world is evolving exponentially at so many levels, particularly at the technological level, but that it continues to move backwards on gender issues? One must ensure that Artificial Intelligence does not replicate this scenario for the future. But how?

According to UNESCO studies, less than a third of the world's technical workforce is female. In the field of Artificial Intelligence, only 22% of the workers are women.

Artificial Intelligence is fueled by gigantic volumes of data - they are the foundation of your initial ability.

If the available image databases associate women with housework and men with sports, studies so far (EY) have shown that image recognition software not only replicates this data but amplifies it.

Artificial Intelligence, which can be an ally of the promotion of diversity in companies, through selection processes based only on the desired skills and experiences, can, on the other hand, be a contrary force if we introduce discriminating factors in the initial choice algorithm.

If the data we entered is skewed, how can that AI not be?

Unlike humans, algorithms can not consciously counteract the biases that are inflicted on them. Thus, conscious influence has to come from us to ensure that technology is a driving force in a world that moves towards gender parity.

More women in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) will be a first step. Currently, only 20% of STEM students worldwide are women.

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It is necessary to entice women, from girls, to these areas. It is necessary to find effective ways of attracting and retaining female talent in these areas, the technological and digital skills of women workers need to be developed, women must be guaranteed access to leadership positions!

Diversity and inclusion must be promoted in the technological, digital, innovation, management, transformation ... teams.

It requires multidisciplinary and inclusive teams in all stages of the development of Artificial Intelligence. They should evaluate the validity and reliability of the data, test the algorithms, verify the evolution of the results, so that AI is an ally of gender parity.

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The challenge that virtual assistants face in the future

Google Assistant, Bixby, Siri or Alexa are names we hear regularly. Virtual assistants have become very common in the market, and are present in a large number of devices. They are also increasingly important because they can do more and more things and are integrated into more and more services.

Not everything is easy for Virtual Assistants

But the assistants also face a big problem. It is a common problem that most users who have used any of these virtual assistants have lived at some point. But for some reason, it is something that is spoken infrequently, but it has important consequences for the future of this concept.

The use of virtual assistants has become essential for consumers . That is why we see how their presence increases significantly and are on more and more devices. We want to use them more often in all types of services or applications. This does not have to be a negative thing, because it can make our life much easier, but this excessive dependence is something that can play against the user himself.

Practical tests

In the field of virtual assistants, Google Assistant appears in many functional tests as the best or most accurate . It works well and understands user requests well. This test conducted by the Loup Ventures group is a good example of this, where we can see a comparison between the various Virtual Assistants. In the test, participants were asked to ask a series of questions.

Google Assistant was able to respond correctly in 88% of cases . Siri came in second with 75%, followed by Alexa with 72% and lastly Cortana from Microsoft with a percentage of 63% in this case. Some of the differences are notable between Google Assistant and others, as you can see.

These are the usual tests we've seen on more than one occasion. The percentages you get are generally similar, with Google Assistant with percentages above 80% in most situations. This is a good thing, which makes it clear that Google Assistant works fine. But at the same time, it means that in 20% of cases it was not possible to answer users' questions, which could be dangerous for their future.

No reply

This has certainly happened to most of us, we ask one of these virtual assistants a question, but they do not understand or give an accurate answer . It can happen above all with certain names, which sometimes is not pronounced correctly. When this happens, we can repeat the question or word in question a few times. If that does not work, it turns out to be annoying and irritating. What happens if we become angry? We dothe research by ourselves. We end up feeling that Google Assistant did not serve us in this particular task, so we preferred to do it ourselves in this case. An unpleasant feeling, but that has certainly happened to you from time to time. This is relatively common, if it happens in about 20% of cases with virtual assistants. It's possibly the biggest problem they face today.

This lack of precision when performing certain tasks or searches can be frustrating. But it also means that at a certain point we do not use Google Assistant because we know it will work better if we do it ourselves, because it will be simpler, faster, and more accurate.

We already know what happens to applications that do not work the way we want, we simply stop using.
New studies on virtual assistants

In June, a new study at Wired . He focused mainly on the task of shopping or searching products with virtual assistants, such as Google Assistant, Alexa, Siri and Cortana. In it, it was found that 65% of the time, the assistants were not able to give correct answers to requests related to purchases. Whether buying the product, adding to the cart or registering in a shopping list, for example. In some surveys, the results had nothing to do with what had been requested. Software company Elastic Path has analyzed such virtual wizards and smart home devices. They pointed out that only 6% of consumersof these products to buy something in the last six months. The main reason this happened was to avoid the high number of errors in this process. These are numbers that clearly show the problems that users face.

So it's no surprise that most use virtual assistants for simple actions like asking the time, knowing something about the news or a simple question to search the Internet. There may be a relationship between the limited use of these wizards and the rather inconsistent operation they sometimes provide. Many consumers are likely to try to do something more complex from time to time, but have had a less good experience, which leads them to use it only in simple actions.

Undoubtedly, it is a major challenge for companies like Google, Amazon or Apple. Virtual assistants are an essential part of your strategy , with more and more resources and presence in your products. But they also need to improve on all sorts of actions, to really fulfill their full potential, something that does not happen right now. A problem for the future, which could end up harming this industry in the long run. Fortunately, there is time to introduce all these changes and improvements.

All this without going into privacy- related aspects , which would lead to another article.

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BMW launches the first pure electric Mini Cooper July 10

The all-electric Mini Cooper used to be just a display car, and it was once the dream of electric fans. But now, the Mini Cooper with its all-electric drive system is a car that people can really buy, and its cruising range is truly competitive in the market. The new Cooper SE is the first all-electric compact car of the BMW Mini brand with a cruising range of 235-270 km and supports fast charging up to 50 kW.

In addition, the Cooper SE is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 7 seconds with an engine with a maximum output of 181 hp. As a natural advantage of all-electric engines, the driver can achieve instantaneous acceleration and accelerate to 60 km/h in 3.9 seconds.

Of course, these performance figures can't match the Tesla Model S (even the Model 3), and the cruising range is also a bit worse (this is probably the biggest challenge for Cooper SE). However, the classic three-door Mini Cooper design itself is attractive enough, and the car starts at $36,400, which is expected to attract the interest of entry-level luxury car buyers.

At the same time, Cooper SE is the first electric car in the BMW Group that allows the driver to choose between full energy recovery braking and lightweight energy recovery braking, which means you can adjust the throttle at your own pace. The deceleration mode of the car after the pedal. This is a good option for those who have just switched from a fuel car to a new energy source or who are trying to adjust the car's performance as much as possible.

The BMW Group said they will start delivering Cooper SE as soon as possible, dated around March 2020. The group said that a large number of consumers have pre-registered.

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Information leak reveals that the Meizu Flyme 8 will be released in the fourth quarter of this year

Since the Meizu 16S was released, information and speculation about the new Meizu - Flyme 8 custom user interface has been rumored. Now a further information leak related to Flyme 8 upgrade plans reveals that the update will be released in the fourth quarter of this year. Several reports indicate that Meizu had started internal testing of the upcoming Flyme 8 user interface in the second quarter of this year and the testing phase will be completed in the third quarter.

If the information of Meizu ForumHowever, the company has just started testing the next update with a limited set of tests. This suggests that the arrival of Meizu 's Flyme 8 is not far off. Earlier this year, Meizu product manager Chen Jiaxuan shared the poster of the upcoming Flyme 8 user interface, which revealed that along with a large number of features, the company is focusing on making the fast and stable user.

Some of the key features of Flyme 8 have already been introduced in Flyme 7.3. Along with some new features, what remains to be seen is how fast and smooth the next Flyme 8 will be. But to know this, we'll have to wait until the company officially releases the update. The Flyme 7.3, which is the current version of the custom operating system, integrates the application Meizu Pay the system Flymefor the experience of payments without contact with the bank, the bus and other access cards. It also comes with DC Dimming as well as built-in applications such as Shutdown Wake 3.0, Smart Free 3.0, Resource Manager 2.0, Memory Compression 2.0, all optimized for better performance.


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