Thinking beyond the concert hall: The Albany Symphony Orchestra played along the Erie Canal last summer in a “Water Music Project” to celebrate the canal’s centennial – and reach audiences who might never attend a regular concert. The idea of orchestral outreach isn’t new, yet it’s taken on an existential significance in today’s climate. (Gary Gold) A large concert hall, upholstered seats, musicians on stage, an audience in silence. Orchestra concerts don’t look like they’ve changed much in the past century or so. “Really, orchestras have been very dinosaurlike in terms of their reluctance to evolve with the changing world,” says John Kieser, executive vice president and provost of the New World Symphony, the elite training orchestra in Florida that has set out to spark exactly this kind of evolution. For orchestras are changing now. They have to. Like most large, traditional institutions in the 21st century, … [Read more...] about American orchestras: Revamping the model, or embracing the obvious?
Mahindra Electric, the electric vehicle manufacturing arm of the Mahindra Group, and Zoomcar, a prominent player in the self-drive car rental market, have announced that they will work together to provide 100 Mahindra e20 EVs on Zoomcar's platform in Delhi. This is an extension of a similar agreement the two companies have in Mysuru, Hyderabad & Jaipur. The vehicles under this initiative are to be financed by LeasePlan. Additionally, Zoomcar has a larger financing arrangement with Mahindra Finance, through will Zoomcar finances its fleet of electric vehicles. The companies say that this initiative was expanded into Delhi by way of it being the national capital and also an important business and urban hub. Further, the Delhi government has been keen on promoting electric vehicle mobility given the serious pollution situation in the capital. The e2o gets an electric motor which is powered by a 48V lithium-ion battery and makes 25PS and 53Nm. The top P8 trim gets a more powerful … [Read more...] about Mahindra Electric and Zoomcar to collaborate on offering self-drive EVs on rent in Delhi
Yesterday was a big day for those BMW and MINI fans living in the UK, looking for a new car. The BMW Group announced a collaboration with Drover, a car subscription company, to launch a new, unique way to get access to BMW and MINI vehicles on a flexible, monthly all-in subscription basis. This comes just days after the first such pilot was launched in the US, otherwise known as Access. Now UK customers can also enjoy such a tantalizing proposition. Prospective BMW and MINI owners will be able to drive vehicles such as the MINI Hatch or ultimate driving machines in the form of BMW 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 series, as well as X and i models, for one all-inclusive monthly subscription price. Drover’s user proposition rolls the entire cost of car ownership into one monthly price, including the cost of the car, insurance, maintenance, servicing, taxes and breakdown-cover. Users can sign up here and the same portal is used for them to swap, upgrade or downgrade their car monthly cost or … [Read more...] about BMW and MINI Models Now Available with Subscription Service in UK
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Day Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Common Sense ByJames B. Stewart April 5, 2018 As I zipped up the West Side Highway the other day in a gleaming red Tesla Model 3, I found myself wondering: Are American drivers ready for Autopilot? Autopilot is Tesla’s enhanced driver-assistance technology, which the company maintains is the most advanced system available. Tesla says all its vehicles “have the hardware needed for full self-driving capability at a safety level substantially greater than that of a human driver.” In this case, I was the human. I had tried a gull-wing Model X last fall with an earlier version of Autopilot, but since then the stakes — for both Tesla and consumers — have soared. On March 23, a driver was killed in Mountain View, Calif., after a Model X crashed into a concrete highway divider while Autopilot was … [Read more...] about With Tesla in a Danger Zone, Can Model 3 Carry It to Safety?
Tweet TweetWhen we think of VL Automotive, we are referring to a close collaboration that the company is having with the Fisker. The first product of the company, the Destino, is a conversion between the Karma and the Destino Red Concept, which was unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show for the first time. The car is actually the same hardtop convertible Karma that Fisker was showing in 2009. So it was quite a surprise to see Bob Lutz, the half-owner of the VL Automotive, ready to convert the new electric vehicle, which is the Tesla Model S, into a gas-powered vehicle. Or not? So what are Lutz`s intentions with the Tesla model? Is he trying to convince the Model S owners to buy the Destino? There is no doubt that, according to Lutz, the VL Automotive succeeded in selling nine Destino conversions so far. The cars cost $200,000 each, with a previous estimate of $180,000 and too high for the previous $116,000 price for the original Karma. For this kind of money, we are talking about a … [Read more...] about VL Automotive to Offer V8 for Tesla Model S
January 12, 2016 by Jensen Huang Yann LeCun invited me to speak at this week’s inaugural symposium on “The Future of AI” at NYU. It’s an amazing gathering of leaders in the field to discuss the state of AI and its continued advancement. Here’s what I talked about — how deep learning is a new software model that needs a new computing model; why AI researchers have adopted GPU-accelerated computing; and NVIDIA’s ongoing efforts to advance AI as we enter into its exponential adoption. And why, after all these years, AI has taken off. The Big Bang For as long as we have been designing computers, AI has been the final frontier. Building intelligent machines that can perceive the world as we do, understand our language, and learn from examples has been the life’s work of computer scientists for over five decades. Yet, it took the combination of Yann LeCun’s work in Convolutional Neural Nets, Geoff Hinton’s back-propagation and … [Read more...] about Accelerating AI with GPUs: A New Computing Model
Toyota and Suzuki have announced the conclusion of a basic agreement which will see a mutual supply of hybrid and other vehicles between the two companies for the Indian market. Specifically, Suzuki is set to provide the Baleno and Vitara Brezza models to Toyota, while Toyota will supply the Corolla Altis to Suzuki. The vehicles will be sold by the respective Indian subsidiaries of both companies through their sales networks. The announcement added that specific details such as vehicle specifications and pricing as well as the schedule of the start of supply and the number of units that will be provided will be considered at a later stage. The automakers said that in line with the “Make in India” initiative promoted by the Indian government, they will strive towards realising this vision by procuring components locally to the best extent possible. The two automakers have been exploring concrete projects for collaboration in a variety of areas, including that of a mutual … [Read more...] about Toyota and Suzuki to supply vehicles models to each other in India
One of the most exciting automotive partnerships today is between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing. The two are currently working on the Valkyrie (shown above), a 1000-plus-hp hypercar that promises to be unlike any road car before it. Today, Aston and Red Bull announced that they are strengthening their "Innovation Partnership," with more collaboration on the way. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Aston and Red Bull say that the Valkyrie is "set to be the first in a line of incredible products" to come from this partnership. To develop these future products, the two companies are opening up an "Advanced Performance Centre" at Red Bull Racing's Milton Keynes, UK facility. Aston Martin will hire 110 new design and engineering personnel to work at the Advanced Performance Centre as well.The two companies are strengthening their F1 partnership as well, with Aston Martin becoming the title sponsor for Red Bull in 2018. Aston Martin also seems to be considering a role as an F1 engine … [Read more...] about Sounds Like Aston Martin and Red Bull Will Build More Models After the Valkyrie
Hyundai's European Design Center collaborated with Turin, Italy's Instituto Europeo di Design (IED), we got the PassoCorto concept in 2014. That four-year-old vision made an appearance in recent news feeds, as a potential harbinger of a mid-engine Hyundai sports car when the Theta II engine arrives. The Korean carmaker is at it again with IED, and this time the two have worked up a doorles, roofless, windowless buggy referred to as the Kite concept, planned for display at next month's Geneva Motor Show.The full-sized scale model measures 12.2 feet long, 7.3 feet wide, and 4.7 feet high — that's about four inches shorter and one inch taller than a Mini Cooper, but 20 inches wider. Being a model, the Kite won't be fitted with any powertrain, but the students behind the project envision one brushless electric motor on propulsion duty. This is the first of IED's previous 14 automaker collaborations to have an interior, so the 15 students from nine countries who worked on the project … [Read more...] about Hyundai and Turin IED collaborate on Kite buggy concept for Geneva
Subaru is set to introduce a new plug-in hybrid model this year, according to a report by Automotive News. The PHEV will be followed by an all-electric vehicle in 2021, as part of the company’s plan to introduce electrified models – something that is absent from its current range.While it may have an in-house electrification project, the carmaker will still rely on its partnership with major shareholder Toyota to develop the powertrains. “For our plug-in hybrid to be introduced this year, we have used Toyota’s technologies as much as possible,” said chief technical officer, Takeshi Tachimori.Subaru’s plug-in hybrid system will be largely derived from one used in the Toyota Prius Prime, albeit with a revisions. For instance, Subaru’s boxer engine will be employed instead of a transversely mounted Toyota powerplant.This push for electrification comes in light of more demanding emissions regulations, and collaborating is another necessity due to … [Read more...] about Subaru to debut new plug-in hybrid model this year