Elon Musk is a master of hyping products and technology that does not yet exist or will not exist for years. Which is why it was surprising when Reuters discovered that not only will Tesla’s often teased electric semi-trucks will get road tests soon, but they will also have autonomous driving from the start.

According to emails between Tesla and the Nevada DMV, the two sides discussed the “potential road tests” of self-driving capabilities. Furthermore, the discussions included Tesla’s desire to test platoons of long-haul semis.

Tesla is not new to self-driving technology. The new Model 3, Model S, and the Model X all come with some form autonomous driving technology. Customers can pay $5,000 to include the technology at the time of purchase. There is also a $3,000 charge to enable full self-driving, which Tesla will enable as soon as the technology is ready.

What is surprising is that not only is Tesla ready to test this technology with its upcoming semi-trucks, but that there was no mention of it from Musk. Nevada is the logical choice for self-driving tests as they are one of the few states so far to hand-out licenses for autonomous vehicle testing.

Tesla is not alone in its self-driving truck ambitions. Self-driving rival Waymo has its self-driving truck program, as does Otto, which was acquired by Uber. However, what sets Tesla apart is that the truck itself will be electric.

Tesla is set to launch the new electric semi-truck in September. We can expect to get a complete breakdown of its capabilities at the event.


Summary: Manufacturing has never been easier thanks to the resurgence of new pieces of equipment.

In today’s manufacturing environment, a new wave of technologies are storming through to create a computer-driven setting – sharing little resemblance with its dark floors of the past. For large-scaled companies, this means a wide variety of tools to create smarter factories and also allow them to create new and innovative products that weren’t available before. And, thanks to the low costs of materials, small companies can also get in on the piece of the pie too.

The revolution, so to speak, is being accelerated thanks to the newest trends such as low cost and accessibility, cloud computing, decreased costs of electronic sensors, and other components that can make machines much more productive – don’t forget advances in software and communications technology.

Low Cost, High Reward

With a new wave of cheap components, facilities can now implement high-tech inventions that will need little human help to perform a task and also collect a huge amount of data as well. For instance, managers will get alerts about potential issues or can study numbers to find a way to increase the overall efficiency of the company. Additionally, with an immense amount of technological advances hitting the industry, new fabrication methods can now be performed that steer away from the production-line model.

Additive Manufacturing

One of the most efficient designs is known as additive manufacturing, which is the process of creating a three-dimensional object of any shape with only the use of a digital model. Now, these machines can utilize a variety of different materials to create things such as fuel nozzles, sneakers, a portable power pack, and most surprisingly, human organs. With a versatile piece of equipment, the machines can be custom-designed to fabricate a limitless array of objects. Additive manufacturing also enables the creation of materials with numerous parts and components without assembly. This process is performed entirely by computers that follow specific instructions. The incremental cost of producing each part correlates directly to time and materials.

Now, this doesn’t go without saying that there wont be challenges up ahead. For one, additive manufacturing works from digital models, which increases the vulnerability of a company to theft. However, with such a large step forward, it’s safe to say that the manufacturing industry is on its way up. Start Pac, a seasoned portable power manufacturer, is one of the major companies working with such advanced technological devices.


Unlike the Microsoft launch of the Xbox One X, Sony did not have a lot of excitement to offer at its E3 keynote. There were, however, some surprises and interesting announcements. Here are top four bits of news coming out of the presentation:

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

The latest in the Uncharted franchise, The Lost Legacy, is the first game in the series without main star Nathan Drake. However, his replacements will be familiar to anyone who has played the game, with Uncharted 2 treasure hunter Chloe Frazer and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End mercenary Nadine Ross taking his place.

Days Gone

Days Gone is an open-world zombie game. Sony showed a seven minute trailer of the game, which allows for some interesting use of the mindless horde of zombies in addition to some stealth techniques. The game looks good but there is still no release date for the title.

Shadow of Colossus

The original Shadow of Colossus was a cult hit on the PlayStation 2. The games popularity led to a remake of the game in 2011. This time around a proper HD remake of the game will be available for the PS4 sometime in 2018.

God of War

The new God of War game introduces Kratos’ son Atreus to the franchise in a game now set in Norse mythology. Once again there was no release date, with a reference to early-2018 as a possible window for release. The demo video showed the typical hack-and-slash mechanics of the series and some gory finishing moves.


Apple took the wraps off iOS 11 at WWDC and unveiled the biggest changes to the mobile OS targeting the iPad. Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming OS:

The first question is, will it run on my device? Here is a list of supported iDevices:

iPhone 7/Plus

iPhone 6s/Plus

iPhone 6/Plus

iPhone SE

iPhone 5s

and the following iPads:

iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 10.5-inch, and 9.7-inch)

iPad Air

iPad Air 2

iPad (5th generation)

iPad mini 2/3/4

When will it be available?

We don’t know the exact release date but Apple expects to push it out to all supported devices in the fall. This is after at least two private betas and two public betas in the next couple of months. Note that running the beta version is not recommended for everyday use unless you are a developer.

What’s new?

For end users the differences are subtle. The first thing most people will notice is that Siri will sound a lot less robotic and far more natural. Also, Siri can now translate between several languages. Another potential change is follow up questions by Siri after giving you an answer.

We also get some tools for Live Photos, which are the videos that come before and after a photograph. The app will even suggest videos that are great for bounce style looping videos. The most useful new feature is an automatic Do Not Disturb mode when you are driving.

 


Google is once again targeting its next billion users. The next billion as referred to here are non-smartphone users in the developing world. If this sounds familiar, it is because Google previously tried to target the lower-end phone market with its Android One initiative. Unfortunately, Android One was not the world-changing strategy that Google envisioned. The new initiative is called Android Go.

Android Go will follow a different plan to Android One which was a blueprint for lower spec phones running the full version of Android. Instead, Android Go will focus on building a version of Android specifically for phones with as little as 512MB of RAM. Even the apps will be optimized around lower bandwidth requirements.

There will be a version of the Play Store designed for Android Go apps, much like the YouTube Go app which is running a beta in India. A program called “Building for Billions” will guide developers to create or optimize existing apps for the new platform.

Android Go starts with the latest version of Android, currently called “O”. Google has committed to an Android Go release with every release of Android going forward. In fact, every phone with less than 1GB of RAM will get Android Go.

With this move, it is likely that Google will also gain some of the markets that goes to cheaper devices which get much older versions of Android and other pre-loaded apps without Google Services. With this move, it is quite possible that Android will pass 3 billion users in the next two years.