Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, unveiled a demonstration video (Below) of its self-driving Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 on Friday, showing the vehicle driving on its own at high speeds on Germany's autobahn.
Using a system the company calls the Highway Pilot, the human driver is able to switch control of the truck to the vehicle's embedded system and ride hands-free as a passenger.
In order to allow the truck to autonomously drive alongside other cars, the Highway Pilot uses a combination of vehicle-to-vehicle communication via Wi-Fi (with a range of 1,640 feet), lateral radar on both sides of the truck (with a range of 197 feet) and full range (820 feet) and short-range (230 feet) radar mounted on the front of the truck. The truck also uses a front stereo camera, mounted just under its windshield. Check the Video below!
"The Future Truck 2025 is our response to the major challenges and opportunities associated with road freight transport in the future," said Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, a member of Daimler's board of management, in a statement. "With the Future Truck 2025, Daimler Trucks is once again highlighting its pioneering role in innovative technologies and is opening up a new era in truck transport."
NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 wireless router is the first tri-band wireless router released for consumer use. Hit the jump to learn more about the device's features.
So what are the benefits of a tri-band wireless router? Well, for starters, the X6 has two 5GHz bands and one 2.4GHz bands, which will deliver, theoretically, 3.2Gbps transfer speeds. However, don't expect the router to do this, as the device will not use all of the bands simultaneously to transmit data to your device. It will most likely allocate the different bands to your different tech that you have hooked up to it.
Let's say you're rocking an older laptop with lower WiFi standards than today's more recent products, so the 2.4GHz will be allocated to a lower intensity device. The other two 5GHz bands would be used for devices that use more bsndwidth, naturally.
Nighthawk X6 also has a built-in USB 3.0 stick that supports DLNA and AirPlay streaming, which effectively turns the router into a media hub as well. It packs 5 Gigabit Ethernet Ports, four LAN and one WAN, and it runs on a 1GHz dual-core processor. It's price tag is $299.99 and it's really worth that price.
The cloud Storage WAR is still ON... Today, Microsoft has decided to upgrade the FREE storage package for its OneDrive Cloud service to match what Google Drive is offering right now. Every OneDrive user will now get 15GB of Free Space (was 8GB before). Also if you want to buy additional space, it's now even more cheaper too.
For example, if you don't want to use Office 365, you can purchase 100GB for $1.99 per month or 200GB for $3.99 per month. The number for 100GB is down from $7.49 per month previously, and now matches Google's new pricing for this tier.
The pricing updates will take effect sometime within the next month, and current subscribers will automatically be migrated to the new structure.
Latest reports shows that Mozilla is working on a Firefox-OS-powered streaming stick. Mozilla aims to provide an alternative to the Google's Chromecast.
Gigaom have their hands on a prototype version and have shared their insights on what we can expect from the stick. The streaming stick doesn't have a name yet, which should hint that it's far away from reaching the market.
Interestingly enough, however, the Firefox OS streaming stick is capable of playing some Chromecast content. It is detected by the Android YouTube app as a Chromecast and plays video without breaking a sweat. Check out the Hands-on Video below.
T-Mobile and Sprint are one of the Major U.S. Carriers in the Mobile world. The deal would allegedly value T-Mobile around $30 billion ($31.3 billion to be precise), though an exact agreement hasn't been reached as to a number.
T-Mobile carries a little under $15 billion in debt and over $5 billion in cash, meaning Sprint's new parent firm Softbank will take on even more debt in an attempt to fortify a position against American wireless heavyweights AT&T and Verizon.
The deal would have to pass through the FTC and FCC before approval, hurdles that are by no means small when you're talking about an industry comprised of only four major national players across the whole of the US. Reducing that number to three could have repercussions that may not favor consumers or competition generally.