Leaving your car idling is probably one of the worst things you could do as far as fuel consumption is concerned. Perhaps in a bid to help improve on energy efficiency, Toyota has announced that future Toyota vehicles are expected to come with an automatic engine shut off feature.
According to Toyota, “The Auto Shut Off feature will automatically shut off the engine after a pre-determined period of time in the event the vehicle is left running. Future enhancements will include smartphone App capabilities as an added reminder.” Toyota notes that they already offer a similar feature in its older cars, where they will notify the driver if they are idling for extended periods of time and reminds them to turn their engines off, but this will actually go ahead and do it on behalf of the driver.
When it comes to a camera’s capabilities, there are many factors involved that helps create a high-quality image. For example, the lens of the camera needs to be good, the software used to process the image, and the sensors used by the camera as well. However, it seems that in the future, there is a chance that Sony’s camera sensors could get a boost with AI.
This is based on an overview of Sony’s semiconductor business where Sony talks about how they plan to integrate AI processor directly into its sensor hardware. According to the overview, these sensors seem to be more targeted towards mobile, automotives, and industrial purposes, but as Sony Alpha Rumors points out, there is a chance that this tech could trickle down to Sony’s cameras as well.
Having a steady hand while taking photos can mean the difference between a photo that is perfectly sharp and one that is blurred. Since it can be difficult to remain perfectly still all the time, that’s where image stabilization tech comes into play. The good news is that if you are planning on buying a Canon EOS R camera, Canon has confirmed that in-body image stabilization (IBIS) will be a feature on future cameras.
This is according to an interview that Amateur Photographer did at CP+ where the publication managed to speak to several Canon executives. When the topic of IBIS was brought up, Canon’s execs confirmed that this would be a feature that photographers will be able to expect in future cameras.
The switch can again be flicked from "The Rotary Engine is Doomed" to "The Rotary Engine Lives!" Mazda is re-tooling the once nearly forgotten rotary to work as a range extender for hybrid vehicles, with a chance for it to do even more than that. The latest information sounds rather promising for those still holding out a candle for the rotary.
Mazda's powertrain development chief, Ichiro Hirose discussed future rotary plans with the Australian Drive at the CX-30 crossover's launch. Hirose told Australia's Drive that Mazda is currently working with a very flexible and efficient rotary hybrid platform that doesn't necessarily come with the heavy emissions and fuel consumption baggage the rotary engine has earlier been saddled with.
Nissan Motor plans to name a new board of directors, and seek shareholders' approval for the move at their meeting in June. Nissan is also evaluating its relationship with Renault.
Nissan and its top shareholder Renault have maintained their partnership for 20 years. They have jointly developed technology and procured parts.
Like many major organizations that have been around for a while, Nintendo has evolved over the decades from being a company that produced handmade hanafuda (Japanese playing cards) to being a company that creates video game consoles. It seems that this could be the direction that Nintendo will be headed for the forseeable future, but it also appears that the company is also open to the possibility that one day Nintendo could do something else.
In a recent interview with Nikkei (via Nintendo Everything), Nintendo’s President Shuntaro Furukawa revealed that it is possible that one day Nintendo could actually stop making game consoles and focus on something else. He expressed that as a company, being flexible is just as important as being ingenius.
Sony Mobile adopted a taller skinny display in some of its 2018 Xperia smartphones for the first time. Sony opted for displays with a 2:1 QHD+ resolution in these phones, as opposed to displays with a more traditional 16:9 display ratio as used previously. However, Sony could be looking to go with even skinnier displays in 2019.