Tesla Unveils New Driverless and All Wheel Drive Features for Model S
Tesla Motors has made its greatest single step towards a driverless future by revealing automated features for its flagship electric Model S, which will also house a double engine adding considerable speed gains.
At a highly-anticipated and packed out event in California, CEO Elon Musk put to bed gossip revolving around his tweet, “about time to unveil the D and something else”, by announcing that the D represented dual motor, with Tesla powering both rear and front wheels with its own engine.
Many had predicted that the main focus would be on the car's driverless capability, however the raw speed and powerful engine system has provoked huge discussion.
This said the new driverless features will allow the sedan to park itself and sense dangerous incidents.
And while some may think that a double engine may compromise efficiency, the company reassured its audience that this was not the case, and that the new car can travel from nought to 60 miles per hour in just 3.2 seconds.
Top speed has also been increased by 25 miles per hour to 155. “This car is nuts. It’s like taking off from a carrier deck,” Musk said.
The high-end all wheel driver with boosted acceleration will cost in the region of $120,000, and should be on sale in December.
Musk also said that current Model S cars being produced have autopilot features like radar and image recognition, allowing it to see road signs potential hazards like ill-judged pedestrians.
He did however warn that these features do not amount to a fully driverless car, and that drivers could not afford to nod off behind the wheel.
Google is another company ramping up its ambitions to create a driverless car, with selected cities in the UK scheduled to test prototypes in the near future. Another is BMW.
One particular area of focus for many carmakers, including Tesla, is to develop a function which breaks automatically when it senses collisions. Other ideas being explored are technologies which allow cars to communicate with each other.
GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud
GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.
In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade.
“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.
Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.
By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.
One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.
“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.
Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs.
“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.
The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment.
The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.
One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.
“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.
“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client.
“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”