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CES: Ride-share fleets will map the city streets

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At CES 2018, Mobileye Aftermarket announced a series of partnerships and collaborations with ride-share leaders, municipalities and government administrations that will enable the mapping of city streets around the world.

Mobileye 8 Connect, Mobileye’s next-generation aftermarket collision avoidance system powered by the EyeQ4, is capable of collecting dynamic data to make cities smarter, safer and Autonomous Ready. Beginning early this year, the Mobileye 8 Connect-equipped fleets will harvest valuable information on city streets and infrastructure to create high-definition crowdsourced maps through Mobileye’s Road Experience Management (REM) – a critical enabler of full autonomy.

New partnerships using data to build HD maps and enable smart cities include:

Gett: The global on-demand mobility company is expected to equip approximately 500 London black cabs with Mobileye 8 Connect. In addition to important safety features, the technology will be used to create the first HD map of London through REM.

Buggy TLC Leasing: The large lessor of for-hire vehicles servicing popular ride-share apps such as Uber is expected to outfit approximately 2,000 New York City-based vehicles with Mobileye Aftermarket. Through the REM system, data will be collected resulting in a high-definition map of NYC.

Düsseldorf, Germany: The city of Düsseldorf is expected to equip 750 vehicles with Mobileye 8 Connect. Financed by the German federal government, this project will test models of data collection and investigate the suitability of Düsseldorf’s existing infrastructure for autonomous vehicles and connected driving.

Country of Spain: Mobileye and Spain’s Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) will collaborate to enhance road safety and prepare Spain’s infrastructure and regulatory policy for autonomous vehicles.

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance: The business insurance provider is expected to equip approximately 1,000 to 2,000 trucks with Mobileye 8 Connect to reduce damage and claims costs. Data collected through the embedded REM capability of these systems will result in a rapidly refreshing HD map of the areas where these vehicles operate.

Launching this year, Mobileye 8 Connect offers an increased level of safety, connectivity and data-collection capabilities to empower management of fleets and city assets on a much larger scale. Building on insights and expertise, the improved algorithms and new suite of safety tools of Mobileye 8 Connect bring collision avoidance safety and smart city data collection to the next level.

Mobileye 8 Connect is the latest innovation introduced by Mobileye Aftermarket, a division of Mobileye, an Intel Company that offers an ADAS system that can be retrofitted onto any existing vehicle. Requiring only a single camera sensor and the EyeQ processing system mounted on the windshield, Mobileye Aftermarket products can be installed in any existing vehicles to act as a “third eye,” identifying potentially dangerous situations and providing audio and visual alerts to assist the driver in preventing or mitigating a collision. Mobileye Aftermarket offers systems customized for mass transit vehicles, government fleets, law enforcements, corporate truck fleets, ride-share networks and more.

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CES: New device beats sinus

Remedies for sinus pain are usually deeply invasive. But a new gadget makes it easier than brushing teeth.

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At CES 2019 in Las Vegas last week, Bioelectronic device companyTivic Health has unveiled the ClearUP Sinus Pain Relief gadget, the first bioelectronic treatment for sinus pain, which affects millions.

ClearUP Sinus Pain Relief is not a pill, spray or nasal flush – it’s a small, handheld device used exclusively on the outside of the sinus passages. As the user glides ClearUp along their cheek nose and brow bone, it locates areas of skin where tiny electrical waveforms can pass easily. This low-current electrical stimulation, called microcurrent, stimulates the nerves under the skin to relieve sinus pain.

Jennifer Ernst, CEO of Tivic Health, said: “ClearUP is a device that was successfully tested this autumn at a toptier U.S. science research center in a double-blind randomized control trial. After one treatment, three out of four allergic rhinitis users achieved sinus pain relief. ClearUP is taking the power of bioelectronic technology and providing consumers with a non-invasive option to relieve sinus pain for the millions who suffer from various allergies.”

The device is an over-the-counter (OTC) device that provides consumers with a simple, drug-free option to relieve sinus pain caused by various environmental allergies such as dust, mould, pollens and pet dander.

It is FDA cleared and clinically proven safe and effective.  As many as three out of four allergy sinus sufferers achieve sinus pain relief after one five-minute treatment.  ClearUP’s one-button control is easy-to-use and offers three intensity levels to personalize treatment to best suit the needs of the individual.

Click here to read about the awards that the device won, as well as details on features and availability.

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AppDate: DStv taps Xbox, Hisense for app

DStv Now app expands, FNB gets Snapchat lens, Spotify offers data saver mode, in SEAN BACHER’s apps roundup

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DStv Now for Xbox and Hisense

Usage of DStv Now, the online DStv service available free to DStv customers, is increasing rapidly with more than two million plays of live and Catch Up content per week. In addition to using DStv Now to watch TV on tablets and smartphones, an increasing number of DStv customers are also opting to use it as their primary method of getting DStv on additional TVs in the house. This is set to increase with the release of two new big-screen TV apps, one for Xbox gaming consoles (Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X) and another for Hisense smart TVs (2018 and newer models).

Expect to pay: A free download.

Platform: Any of the Xbox One range of gaming consoles and 2018 or later Hisense smart TVs.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your Xbox console or HiSense smart TV.

Santam Safety Ideas

Start-up businesses that have a FinTech or InsurTech business venture brewing are called to enter the third annual Santam Safety Ideas competition. Safety solutions or InsurTech ventures that are ready for piloting could win up to  R150 000 worth of incubation support and R200 000 in seed funding. 

The Safety Ideas competition was launched two years ago in partnership with LaunchLab,  Stellenbosch University’s startup incubator that facilitates valuable connections for corporates and startups sourced from the startup ecosystem and partner universities in South Africa. The previous winners are Herman Bester and Anton Swanevelder, co-founders of MyLifeLine – a wearable panic device that won the competition last year; and Ntsako Mgiba and Ntandoyenkosi Shezi, co-founders of Jonga – a cost-effective security system for low income families, which won the competition in 2017.

Entries close on 28 February 2019. For more information on how to enter, visit: www.santam.co.za/safetyideas/

Click here to read about the FNB Snapchat lens, Spotify Free with data saver, and 00:37.

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