Technobyte: The tech behind the Tour

Aki Anastasiou brings you this week's latest tech innovations:

Last week I was in Barcelona for the Audi Summit and the global launch of the new Audi A8.

The A8 is the first production automobile in the world to have been developed for highly automated driving. From 2018, Audi will gradually be taking piloted driving functions such as parking pilot, garage pilot and traffic jam pilot into production.

The car is packed with technologies and Audi has touted this car as one the most technologically advanced vehicles in the world. The vehicle uses sensors, cameras, and radars as well as ultrasonic sensors to drive semi autonomously on a highway for example.

It works in conjunction with Audi’s Traffic Jam Pilot system that is able to drive the vehicle AT 60 km/h without any need for human intervention.

www.audi.com

During the Tour de France, GPS-based live tracking devices are installed underneath the saddle of each bike.

These produce real-time positioning data for each rider, including speed, position in the peloton, and distances between riders. Special sensors also provide environmental data such as course gradient and weather conditions.

All this data is transmitted to race vehicles and aircraft following the race, and from there to our big data truck that runs a fully virtualised data centre solution in Dimension Data’s cloud.

Data analytics helps to turn the data into the race information you see on second screens around the world.

www2.dimensiondata.com

Most economists agree that advances in robotics and AI over the next few decades are likely to lead to significant job losses. But what’s less often considered is how these changes could also impact social mobility.

A new report from UK charity Sutton Trust explains the danger, noting that unless governments take action, the next wave of automation will dramatically increase inequality within societies, further entrenching the divide between rich and poor.

The Sutton Trust report also says that there is some reason to be optimistic about the coming wave of automation, particularly if governments can encourage people to train for STEM professions (those involving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

www.theverge.com


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