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

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Who would you nominate for SA's highest order?

Who would you nominate for SA's highest order?

The presidency has called for 2018 National Orders nominations and Gugu Mhlungu asks listeners who they would nominate.

Wits Fallists disrupt dominant narrative with 'Rioting and Writing' book

Wits Fallists disrupt dominant narrative with 'Rioting and Writing' book

'Rioting and Writing: Diaries of the Wits Fallists' highlights the diversity experiences during the Fees Must Fall movement.

This bill takes away protection of intellectual property - Loyiso Bala

This bill takes away protection of intellectual property - Loyiso Bala

Critics say copyright amendment bill will take away rights that authors and copyright owners currently enjoy.

Technobyte: A new cell phone that works sans batteries

Technobyte: A new cell phone that works sans batteries

Homegrown personal assistant app, rugged near-indestructible Blackview phone and a cell phone that makes calls without batteries.

Technobyte: Facebook users hits 2 billion mark

Technobyte: Facebook users hits 2 billion mark

On Technobyte this week we review the Logitech Spotlight, Dubai’s police force goes hi-tech and Facebook hits 2 billion users

Technobyte: Facebook and Google fight online extremism

Technobyte: Facebook and Google fight online extremism

We review Jabra wireless sports earbuds, look at what Facebook and Google are doing to fight extremism and AI defeats Ms Pac-Man.

Popular articles
Shocking claims of how Eskom deliberately caused 2008 and 2014 load shedding

Shocking claims of how Eskom deliberately caused 2008 and 2014 load shedding

Former Eskom employee reveals how the load shedding of 2008 and 2014 was “self-inflicted" by Eskom.

Double taxation looms for citizens working abroad

Double taxation looms for citizens working abroad

SA's new tax laws are pushing towards scrapping tax exemptions for South Africans earning a salary in foreign countries.

Sim swap scam: "They get the pin number and then clean out your account"

Sim swap scam: "They get the pin number and then clean out your account"

Consulting forensic scientist David Klatzow gives a detailed break down of the sim swap scam where criminals are hijacking phones.

Safety concerns at Newlands stadium

Safety concerns at Newlands stadium

They've been concerns around the safety of rugby fans attending rugby matches at Newlands Stadium.

International “one ring” phone scam can cost you big bucks

International “one ring” phone scam can cost you big bucks

My Broadband's Jan Vermeulen explains that as fast as the service providers block the numbers, new ones crop up.

13 random thoughts on living a happier, less materialistic life

13 random thoughts on living a happier, less materialistic life

Kabous le Roux shares 13 random thoughts he has on being less materialistic and living the good life right here, right now...