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In Sunday’s segment on Sky News Australia (Weekend Edition with Jaynie Seal) we looked at Samsung’s new foldable phones. The tech heavyweight Samsung is banking on foldable phones to increase its marketshare and keep ahead of its biggest rival Apple. This comes as the iPhone continues to take big chunks out of the Android market.  So are foldables finally ready for mainstream? We discuss the release of the Samsung Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4. Samsung says other Android users are coming to Samsung due to phones like the Flip .

Also, by announcing new foldables, watches and earbuds, Samsung is taking on Apple’s ecosystem – a big challenge. Apple’s ecosystem is unmatched when you consider the hardware, software and services integration.

APPLE MARKS 40 YEARS IN AUSTRALIA WITH COMMUNITY PROJECTS

While Apple stores are only recent .. Apple computers have been here a lot longer. 40 years after coming to Australia Apple is not just supporting tech but funding community programs. This week Apple announced grants, coding opportunities, renewable energy initiatives (QLD wind farm) and Indigenous programs. 

In Australia, the App Store supports nearly 160,000 app economy jobs across the country. SWIFT is a great way to get coding and it’s a big part of Apple’s future.

HERTZ ADDS POLESTAR 2 EV TO ITS LINE-UP

The starting price for a Polestar 2 is close to $70K drive-away in Australia so renting is a good option if you want to try one for a few days. This Hertz news is a big deal as it involves one of the best transition cars you can drive. Especially if you’re never experienced an electric vehicle before.  The Polestar 2 is very much like a normal car – with a normal (modern) dashboard. It has a centre screen but it doesn’t distract you like others. It is less intimidating than other EVs with massive screens.

Hertz Australia is starting with 100 Polestars – with more to come. Globally they ordered 65 000 from Polestar – part of Volvo. This could speed up EV infrastructure and make EVs cheaper when these rentals hit the used-car market. And the bonus … you don’t have to fill the tank up when returning.

AUTONOMOUS SECURITY VEHICLE

This week I came face-to-face with an Autonomous Security Vehicle that could easily be a character from RoboCop. It is Australian designed and made and a collaboration between Honeywell, Stealth Technologies and the Department of Justice WA.

This type of robot could patrol any large site but in this case it does the rounds at a WA correctional facility. It patrols the fence – looking for problems. It can also reach out and test the fence with a robot arm. This saves time and improves accuracy.

It has spotlights and military grade cameras that work day and night. It does not put anyone out of a job as it allows personnel to concentrate on other work.

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Futuristic Transport is Already Here: CES 2024

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Cars and other types of futuristic vehicles made another big impression at CES this year, from Hyundai especially. The Korean motor giant has several enterprises making everything from personal and mass transportation to AI-driven, heavy construction machinery. On Sky News Weekend Edition with Jaynie Seal, I pulled together some of the mobility highlights from the show.

MOBION

Hyundai puts electric motors inside each wheel

The standout performer was MOBION, a sideways driving EV made possible by Hyundai Mobis. Using an e-Corner system, MOBION can move sideways, diagonally and perform pivot turns. Say goodbye to reverse parking forever!

The wheels are individually controlled by the e-Corner System which ‘translates’ the driver’s steering into turns that are impossible to make in a traditional car. Using ‘In-Wheel’ technology, Hyundai puts electric motors inside each wheel. This enables the crab-like steering but it also reduces straight line speed performance.

To make sure everyone knows what MOBION is doing, the car has exterior lighting and ‘ground projection’ to indicate the direction of travel.

Hyundai Mobis is a global automotive supplier so any customer could end up using this technology in future cars. The great thing is.. it works right now.

SUPERS-A2 AIR TAXI

Hyundai’s Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) S-A2

This isn’t ready to go yet, but in a couple of years you could be taking a flight in Hyundai’s Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) S-A2, an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) prototype vehicle. It’s important to note that the S-A2 is not a drone, or autonomous aircraft. It requires a pilot to fly around its four passengers at 1500 feet.

S-A2 is a V-tail aircraft designed to cruise at 193 kph over distances of 40 to 64 kilometres in cities. It uses a distributed electric propulsion architecture and has eight all-tilting rotors. It’s designed to be quiet, the big difference to a helicopter performing the same performance. S-A2 is supposed to be as quiet as a dishwasher: 65 dB in vertical take-off and landing phases and 45 dB while cruising horizontally.

SMART CITIES

One of the key components to a successful smart city is transport. At CES 2024 we saw a number of people movers that are designed for quick up and drop off. These are autonomous vehicles that have a much better chance of getting a foothold in cities before private self-driving cars.

INDUSTRIAL

AI-powered Concept X excavator

As I said in the video above, the AI excavator put on display by HD Hyundai looked more like something from Transformers. In a sign of things to come – very soon – there’s no cabin for a human operator.

It’s powered by electric drive and it’s designed to work in construction zones that may be too hazardous for people.

AND SO MUCH MORE

There was a lot more transport related technology at CES 2024. The event is so big, it takes weeks or months to tell the full story. So keep coming back to see what else happened in Las Vegas this year.

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