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This Week In Technology: Nvidia, LG, and More


Nvidia Talks About New Self Driving Platform

Earlier on Monday, computer chip creator Nvidia Corp announced its Drive AutoPilot program. This program will enable self driving cars by 2020. The company said German automotive suppliers will use the technology in production of next years “level 2+” self driving systems.

Nvidia said the technology uses its Xavier system-on-chip processors and the Drive software to process data from sensors within the cars. In addition, many other companies use Nvidia’s technology in other self driving cars, including Uber and Volkswagen.

LG’s Rolling TV’s Release Date

LG unveiled the consumer version of their roll-up TV at CES Monday. In addition, they announced plans to release them at the end of 2019. However, experts say that the technology wont hold much market value. The TV is set in 4K instead of 8K, but even so the TV’s will be very costly.

As well as the roll-up TV’s, LG’s new line of smart TV’s will feature Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant integration. They also said they will feature Apple AirPlay support.

Sprint Will Debut 5G Phones In The Summer

U.S carrier Sprint announced that they will release their new 5G phones with Samsung in the summer. As part of their main rollout, Sprint plans to include 9 U.S. cities in their 5G coverage. This includes Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington D.C.

Rival company Verizon recently announced similar plans for the first half of 2019. In addition, Apple Co announced that they wouldn’t venture into 5G until 2020. Currently, 5G technology can run anywhere from 50% to 100% faster than current 4G technology.

Intel Partners With Facebook

Intel announced on Monday at CES that they are working with Facebook Inc on a new artificial intelligence chip. The chip, expected to be finished in the second half of year, is Intel’s attempt to remain in a market against competitors Nvidia and Amazon.

The new chip will help with inference, which is the process of taking an artificial intelligence algorithm and putting it to use. An example of this is Facebook’s automatic tagging of faces in photos. The chips are expected to be available by the end of 2019.

Tesla Starts Plans On New China Plant

Tesla Motors broke ground on a new Shanghai production plant. This marks the company’s first foreign plant. The plant will produce Model 3 and Model Y cars. In addition, the new plant will help to combat the rising tariffs as Tesla battles competition in the foreign car market.