A Honda logo is pictured as cars are displayed outside a Honda showroom of company’s headquarters in Tokyo on November 6, 2020. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP) TOKYO, Japan – Honda launched the world’s most advanced self-driving car licensed for the road on Friday, releasing an initial batch of 100 models in Japan. The Legend is capable of adaptive driving in lanes, as well as passing and switching lanes under certain circumstances. The car also features an emergency stop function in case a driver is unresponsive to handover warnings, and Honda touts extensive safety testing. “Approximately 10 million patterns of possible real-world situations were simulated during system development, and real-world demonstration tests were conducted on expressways for a total of approximately 1.3 million kilometres (800,000 miles),” it said in a statement. Experts said the limited rollout would help determine whether there is sufficient demand for more autonomous vehicles. Vehicle autonomy ... » Learn More about Honda launches advanced self-driving cars in Japan
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Panellists discuss whether 5G will truly be a game changer in the telecom world. (Photo by Pornprom Satrabhaya) 5G can lead to an explosion of innovation among creatives and content creators, but not before the technology becomes affordable and widely available, says a panel of local tech gurus at the Bangkok Post's "5G: The Game Changer" event on Thursday. BETTER SPEEDS, BETTER CONTENT Aticharn Cherngchavano, the renowned tech content creator known as Ou-Spin9, pointed out 5G not only ensures the fastest speed internet signal, but also caters to multiple connected devices in a certain area. "When 5G speeds come into full force, developers will be able to usher in broader ranges of content, including immersive 3D elements." — Aticharn Cherngchavano, Tech content creator He said content developers are now designing their materials in line with the current network speed, such as 4G, but in the future when 5G speeds come into full force, developers will be able to usher in ... » Learn More about Saviour or hype?
The mad scramble for vaccines is the incident where the reality about moralizing and hypocrisy by Western powers is clearly demonstrated along with the bias of some media and headline grabbing politicians in the Philippines, who are a major source of rumors and fear and cause of the delays in acceptance of vaccination by our countrymen. What should our countrymen know that these media and politicians hide? First of all, stop all the chatter; the people should get vaccinated. Let’s save ourselves. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently deplored that 10 high income countries have administered 75 percent of all vaccines, while over 130 countries had not received a single dose. Duke University had studied that contracts show the European Union had more than enough to inoculate its population two times, and Canada and the United Kingdom by five times. The United States, which had procured almost a quarter of the world’s supply at the time covering its population ... » Learn More about Critics, rumors and fear delay recovery; Sinovac helps start optimism
Manufactured by Shwe Daehan Motors in Myanmar, this year’s Hyundai H-1 (Starex) is one of the best semi-knocked down vehicles on the market – ideal for both long and short trips to the country. Now available from International KLM, the sole official distributor of Hyundai vehicles, the H-1 is one of the most popular vehicles in Southeast Asia, already selling over 10,000 cars in the region. Compared with other utility models the H-1 is reasonable priced, given its reputation for quality and reliability. YGN plates are available for this model, though H-1 models are available to view and test drive in showrooms across the country – in Mandalay, Mawlamying, Naypyitaw, Monywa and Magway, as well as Yangon. Moreover, Hyundai spare parts can be bought at the service dealer showrooms. Interior & Exterior The H-1 is designed with a dual auto sliding door and folding mirrors on the outside, and leather seats, full auto air-condition system and an 8-inch ... » Learn More about Hyundai’s H-1 comes to town
In the global race for 5G supremacy, Nokia Corp. bet big on the wrong computer chip. The Finnish giant invested in a costly processor to power the hardware it has been selling to wireless carriers, which are now building out 5G networks around the world. Customers, though, preferred a cheaper, less energy-intensive version offered by rivals Huawei Technologies Co. and Ericsson AB. Now, with a new chief executive taking over next month, Nokia is scrambling to make up market share lost to those competitors in the wake of the chip mistake. After realizing its blunder in 2018, Nokia replaced the head of its wireless-equipment business with Tommi Uitto, who started a two-year restructuring program that Nokia says is now starting to pay off. He has doubled the research-and-development staff focused on making cheaper chips. "We simply didn't have enough people," Mr. Uitto said. He also diversified from one chip supplier to three: "We got into this trouble by relying on only one." ... » Learn More about Nokia, Hurt by Costly 5G Chip Mistake, Struggles to Catch Huawei
GENEVA: The World Trade Organization faces calls led by India and South Africa to waive intellectual property (IP) rights for Covid-19 vaccines — a notion fiercely rejected by pharmaceutical giants and their host countries. The WTO will thrash out the divisive issue at its general council meeting on Monday and Tuesday as its new head Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala takes up her post. Some countries see the waiver as a shortcut to ending the novel coronavirus that has hobbled the global economy. The big idea The text proposes a temporary exemption from certain obligations under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (Trips), so that any country can produce vaccines without worrying about patents. The waiver would also cover “industrial designs, copyright and protection of undisclosed information,” and would last “until widespread vaccination is in place globally, and the majority of the world’s population has developed immunity.” All those in favor ... » Learn More about Waiver war at WTO over Covid jab IP rights
The COVID-19 pandemic has provided a timely demonstration of the extent to which digital technology could become fully entrenched in a city, as a means to support public health precautions and maintain effective infection control. Sensor connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT) have been used to facilitate the screening for and tracking of infections while also enabling the delivery of contactless services in the new normal of people’s daily lives. Thailand has successfully implemented a smart tracking system called “Thai Chana”, which allows residents to check in and out when visiting public spaces. By tracking people’s visits to public places, the system is able to recommend a test and/or quarantine via a notification to users who visited that specific place, at the same time as a person who was later found to be infected. As the latest ICT technologies and next-generation data platforms become realities, Thailand and its fellow ASEAN members remain committed to enhancing ... » Learn More about SMART CITY: THE WORLD OF OUR MAKING
The past year is one that few of us will forget. While the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have played out unevenly across Asia and the Pacific, the region has been spared many of the worst effects seen in other parts of the world. The pandemic has reminded us that a reliable and uninterrupted energy supply is critical to managing this crisis. Beyond ensuring that hospitals and healthcare facilities continue to function, energy supports the systems and coping mechanisms we rely on to work remotely, undertake distance learning and communicate essential health information. Importantly, energy will also underpin cold chains and logistics to ensure that billions of vaccines make their way to the people who need them most. The good news is our region’s energy systems have continued to function throughout the pandemic. A new report “Shaping a sustainable energy future in Asia and the Pacific: A greener, more resilient and inclusive energy system” released today by the United Nations ... » Learn More about Sustainable energy key to COVID-19 recovery in Asia and the Pacific
Despite the risk of punishment, many operators continue to operate – given that the price of the fines are so low, according to a police officer at the No.2 Traffic Police Station in the city. “There are more outside cars these days. The operators don’t care about getting fined, so we need stricter punishments like suspending licences if they continue,” said police captain Tin Maung Htun. A total of 49 offenses had been recorded in January, according to data from the police. Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein said that, on the day of the second anniversary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA), YBS buses should be the only form of public transport on the roads. He said that other buses or vehicles, with the exemption of taxis, should not be permitted. - Translated ... » Learn More about Unlicensed buses still a popular option for Yangonites
A woman walks past the Google offices in Dublin. On Wednesday the internet giant announced the end of targeting ads based on individual users' web-browsing behavior. Alphabet Inc.'s Google has crushed almost all its competitors in the world of digital-advertising technology. But one rival is emerging as the best hope to challenge the tech giant--if it manages to keep up its momentum. The Trade Desk Inc., which specializes in helping companies buy online ads across publishers' websites, has done what others failed at: eating into Google's share of the market. While Google dominates that area of ad-buying with about 40% of the business, Trade Desk is up to nearly 8% and its share is growing faster than Google's, according to ad-tech consultancy Jounce Media. Trade Desk has made inroads versus Google by investing in online advertising segments like audio and streaming TV where Google hadn't already cornered the market. Pandemic-struck 2020 was especially good for business. ... » Learn More about Google Crushed Many Digital Ad Rivals. But a Challenger Is Rising.