Here’s How Advances In Ambient Intelligence Will Make Riding In AI Self-Driving Cars Quite Cozy, Like A Pleasing Lullaby For Us All – Forbes

Making sure the interior ambiance is suitable for passengers, including and especially when inside a … [+] self-driving car.


You invite someone over to your home.

If you are the type of host that cares about providing a cozy experience, you will attempt to fine-tune your household environment toward the specific interests and preferences of your guest. Turns out that the guest is known to be somewhat sensitive to bright light and loud noises. So, you draw closed many of the curtains, keep the interior lights dimmed, and politely ask other occupants to refrain from earsplitting vocal outbursts.

This is part of an effort to accommodate the needs of your guest.

Of course, you don’t necessarily have to take those actions. It could be that you merely let your guest contend with whatever the normal conditions within your home are. Tough luck to them about any of their ambient desires as a visitor. Your place is your place, and the onus is upon any guest to self-adjust to the surroundings within your domicile.

I would optimistically suggest that few hosts tend to take that ostensibly harsh uncaring perspective and will instead do what they reasonably can to adjust the ambiance as best feasible. Might as well seek to make the environs palatable to a guest, thus likely increasing their satisfaction and comfort, along with indubitably making things better for yourself too (a happy guest would presumably spur being a happy host).

Another place where tuning the ambiance comes to play is inside a car.

You are giving a lift to a friend.

The ride will take about two hours. This is a long enough time period that it would seem worthwhile to try and do something for the comfort of your pal. Maybe you like rap music and your friend prefers classical music. As such, you prepare a slate of enthralling songs that includes both styles. Your friend relishes those indoor air fresheners and especially the sweet smell of forest pines. Though you normally don’t use air fresheners in your vehicle, you nonetheless purchase one that has a wooded scent and install it into your car.

Pat yourself on the back for being a conscientious host.

All of this talk about setting the ambiance or surroundings is due to the rising aspects of something referred to as Ambient Intelligence (AmI).

The gist is that rather than you having to adjust the environment to the needs of a fellow human, there is state-of-the-art technology that will automatically do so. When someone walks into a house, the high-tech systems inside the structure will quietly and unobtrusively adjust the interior environment for the preferences of that person. This could make use of technology such as Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and likely leverage the latest in Artificial Intelligence (AI).

The IoT devices serve as sensors that can detect the conditions within the structure. That data can be fed into …….


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NASCAR’s Symmetrical Next Gen Cars Are Getting Skewed In Practice – Jalopnik

NASCAR’s newest Next Gen cars may be designed to make these vehicles as symmetrical as possible, but some teams have already found a way around the rules. During this week’s test session at Daytona International Speedway, some cars have been running some fairly excessive skew — and right now, it could very well be totally legal.

Basically, skew refers to the angled nature of the NASCAR Cup Series car. The front end looks like it’s pointing in a different direction than the car is actually going, which gives the whole thing a sort of crab-walk look. The rear axle is mounted on a skew when compared to the whole chassis. For…….


Is Norway the future of cars? – Kathimerini English Edition

The speed by which electric vehicles have taken over Norway has stunned even the cars’ enthusiasts. [Asya Demidova/The New York Times]

Last year, Norway reached a milestone. Only about 8% of new cars sold in the country ran purely on conventional gasoline or diesel fuel. Two-thirds of new cars sold were electric, and most of the rest were electric-and-gasoline hybrids.

For years, Norway has been the world leader in shifting away from traditional cars, thanks to government benefits that made electric vehicles far more affordable and offered extras like letting electric car owners skip some fees for parking and toll roads.

Still, electric car enthusiasts are stunne…….