In 1956, Honda president Soichiro Honda and managing director Takeo Fujisawa returned from a fact-finding mission to Germany where they sought inspiration for their next economical transportation product. They had four criteria in mind: a quiet fuel-efficient four-stroke motor, a chassis that was comfortable and easy to mount, a clutch-less transmission and a design that would work in all-world conditions.They looked at European scooters but felt the designs were already dated. The wheels were too small for rough rural roads and maintenance requirements weren’t suited for undeveloped countries. Fujisawa dreamed of a new fresh form of transport that was clean, easy to ride, simple to maintain and would appeal to women, as well. The story goes that Fujisawa’s initial design team wanted a motorbike that “could be ridden with one hand while carrying a tray of soba noodles.” Two years later, the C100 was born. In June 1959, it was released in the U.S. by American … [Read more...] about Honda’s Super Cub is a groovy throwback to 1959
Lexus’ littlest SUV has all the trappings of luxury in a trading-spaces role.The 2019 UX is a new subcompact SUV based on parent company Toyota’s C-HR, its least expensive SUV starting at about $21,000.The good news is that the Lexus UX is much more refined, which it should be, starting at about $12,000 more. With a sniff of snobbery before my first drive, I came away with an appreciation that the solidly built C-HR is a good base for Lexus-ization of the UX, a so-called “Urban Explorer.”Its pointy exterior styling and its SUV-ish fender overriders might not win any design awards, but as a small, entry-lux offering, the UX is a pleasurable urban explorer. The little five-seater handily blunts the blows of potholes and busted city infrastructure. And it scoots through space-cheating parking lots or high-density housing streets with a stubby 34-foot turning circle. PricingThe UX is sold in base, hybrid, Luxury and F-Sport trim levels. Standard models, all … [Read more...] about Subcompact Lexus UX is a cub-league urban explorer
Editor’s note: This is the second post in the NVIDIA DRIVE Labs series. With this series, we’re taking an engineering-focused look at individual autonomous vehicle challenges and how the NVIDIA DRIVE AV Software team is mastering them. Catch up on our first post, on path perception, here. MISSION: Intersection Detection Using AI-Based Live Perception APPROACH: WaitNet Deep Neural Network Navigating a traffic-light controlled intersection may seem routine. But when the NVIDIA BB8 autonomous test vehicle first performed that task last year, it had our engineers smiling. With good reason. Using only our AI-based live perception deep neural net, the vehicle was able to detect, stop at and proceed through the intersection. And it did so with pinpoint accuracy. Our approach used AI-based scene understanding to perceive and classify the intersection in real time. Rather than seeking to detect and piece together individual features — stop signs, traffic lights, lane … [Read more...] about DRIVE Labs: Pursuing Perfection for Intersection Detection
Self-driving cars see the world using sensors. But how do they make sense of all that data? The key is perception, the industry’s term for the ability, while driving, to process and identify road data — from street signs to pedestrians to surrounding traffic. With the power of AI, driverless vehicles can recognize and react to their environment in real time, allowing them to safely navigate. They accomplish this using an array of algorithms known as deep neural networks, or DNNs. Rather than requiring a manually written set of rules for the car to follow, such as “stop if you see red,” DNNs enable vehicles to learn how to navigate the world on their own using sensor data. These mathematical models are inspired by the human brain — they learn by experience. If a DNN is shown multiple images of stop signs in varying conditions, it can learn to identify stop signs on its own. Two Keys to Self-Driving Car Safety: Diversity and Redundancy But just one algorithm … [Read more...] about How Do Self-Driving Cars Make Decisions?
The 2020 Subaru Outback follows the script of the brand’s other recent redesigns: Keep the exterior look similar to the outgoing model.Outback design staples, including black body cladding, standard roof rails and overall wagonlike appearance, remained when Subaru unveiled the sixth generation of the midsize crossover at the recent New York auto show.However, once the doors were opened or the hood was propped up, the redesign came into focus.“Subaru Corp. spent a lot of effort and resources on the interior of the car, just like with Forester,” Subaru of America CEO Tom Doll said in an interview. “Looking at the interior of the car, that’s where the real benefits are. Exteriorwise, there’s some styling differences and changes, but the real difference is on the inside.”Besides the base trim, every Outback is outfitted with a striking 11.6-inch touch-screen infotainment system, the same one Subaru introduced for the 2020 Legacy midsize sedan at … [Read more...] about ‘The real difference is on the inside’ of 2020 Subaru Outback