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LG’s self-driving connected car is a lounge on wheels

Something to look forward to in 2030

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With its “Anywhere is home” concept, the South Korean company aims to make everyday life more efficient with technologies like a smart door, smart kitchen, and even a Connected Car in partnership with automative seating manufacturer Adient.

You can think of the self-driving vehicle as an extension of your house — a portion of your home that you take with you while on the way to your destination.

One example is the seamless transition for entertainment. Imagine waiting for the vehicle to arrive so you’re just in your room watching your favorite show. The moment LG’s Connected Car arrives, you can effortlessly continue what you were watching inside the vehicle through its floating pop-up screen.

Additionally, before you get in, the vehicle automatically knows it’s you through its built-in biometric authentication upon entry.

Inside, there are four futuristic but comfortable-looking seats. Each is equipped with what the company calls a Personal Sound Zone which is basically dedicated speakers that are favored only towards you and not to others inside the vehicle. This way, you won’t easily disturb other passengers with you.

There is also a multi-channel voice recognition to help access general information or give quick instructions. And to further sweeten the deal, you have available beverages when you need to hydrate.

It’s interesting to note that payment is automatically charged to the card you used to book the ride. How it works is that it knows when you take something from its place similar to that treasure mechanism Indiana Jones came across with.

LG has definitely thought about the things one might need while inside a vehicle. From continuing what you were watching from the house, having your own sound zone through special speakers, and check this out — even your very own coat rack of sorts via a rollout compartment.

It seems like the company is deadset on creating a connected environment and so far, they have our attention.

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Why Nissan’s new infotainment system looks better than others

As seen in the Ariya Concept

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Cars are turning up the heat in the infotainment department. Today’s vehicles have bigger and better screens nestled snugly on the center. However, for the current upward trend in technology, a few carmakers have refused to follow the zeitgeist.

Today, Nissan has announced its own unconventional take on the large infotainment system. Compared to everyone else’s central tablet-like dashboards, Nissan’s Ariya Concept puts the wave-like system in a more free-flowing position between the driver’s wheel and the center.

According to Nissan, the new design derives its inspiration from Japanese Futurism and Stanley Kubrick’s timeless classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Besides its aesthetic value, it lends itself to better functionality. Flowing horizontally, the layout matches a driver’s line of sight more than the more grandiose versions of systems today.

Despite stemming from the driver’s side, the Ariya Concept’s system is still easily accessible from a passenger’s perspective. Also, users can seamlessly switch information displays between positions. For example, if drivers prefer route directions right in front of them, they can transfer that information right in front of the steering wheel. Likewise, if they want to control the music, they can shift it there, too.

Naturally, a concept pertains to a marketable vehicle in the future. Though it already had its debut at CES 2020, the Nissan Ariya Concept has not made an official launch in the real world yet.

SEE ALSO: WOCEE 2019: Nissan Intelligent Mobility Tour 2.0

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Tesla’s Autopilot saves family from deadly accident

Eight people were saved overall

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It’s not often that you hear a story about Tesla’s Autopilot saving lives from deadly mishaps. However, that’s what exactly happened in the UK last Saturday. Tesla’s Autopilot function literally saved eight people from a falling tree which could have resulted to their deaths.

The whole accident happened while a powerful storm ravaged the UK’s countryside. Laurence Sanderson, the man behind the wheel of a Tesla Model X, was driving when a large tree suddenly fell due to strong winds. In an interview with Mirror UK, Sanderson said he was unable to react on time.

Luckily though, Tesla’s Autopilot function kicked in and automatically applied brakes. While the tree did considerable damage, it could have totally crushed the car if not for that function. Laurence, his wife, and his three kids were saved by Tesla’s technology.

And by chance, the technology also saved three people in a separate Tesla Model X. Josh Whitelock was driving the other Tesla in the opposite direction when the tree fell towards their car. As with the other Tesla, this car’s Autopilot function kicked in and saved him, his girlfriend, and his mother from death.

The two Tesla Model X involved in the accident | Image by Mirror UK

All in all, Tesla’s Autopilot literally saved eight people. While the function is still far away from enabling a true driverless experience for Tesla owners, they can rest assured that their car’s Autopilot works on keeping lives away from harm.

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LG debuts world’s first curved OLED for cars

Featured in 2021 Cadillac Escalade

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Pretty soon, smartphones and televisions won’t be the only place you’ll find OLED screens in. The automotive industry is slowly perfecting the OLED screen for everyone’s cars. In particular, LG is partnering with a few car makers for this endeavor.

Earlier this week, Cadillac has launched the 2021 Escalade. Aside from what’s under the hood, the iconic SUV debuts the industry’s first-ever use of a curved OLED screen in a car. The massive 38-inch display houses LG’s P-OLED Digital Cockpit Solution. The all-new software displays the vehicle information and infotainment system.

The display itself combines three separate P-OLED panels into one. The largest panel measures 16.9 inches.

LG is also boasting a new augmented reality-enabled navigation system and night vision. Presumably, the new features make driving friendlier for any road condition and driving time.

With the 2021 Escalade’s debut, LG dips its toe into the automotive display market. It predicts substantial market growth in the industry by 2023. The display company is also expected to debut a similar display in Mercedes Benz vehicles later this year.

SEE ALSO: LG withdraws from MWC 2020 due to Coronavirus outbreak

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