NEWSLETTER CHINA’S DRIVERLESS TRAM & APPLE’S ANTI-TRACKING SYSTEM

NEWSLETTER: CHINA’S DRIVERLESS TRAM & APPLE’S ANTI-TRACKING SYSTEM

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race…. It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.” – Dr. Stephen Hawking

WORLD’S FIRST DRIVERLESS TRAM DEBUTS IN CHINA

THE STORY

China implements virtual tracks to make driverless streetcars for public commute.

WHAT IS IT?

Driverless vehicles are quite a rage among multinationals, regardless of their roots in the automobile industry. Nevertheless, while we’re still far from seeing a commercially available fully-autonomous car model, the technology has already become a part of several public commute services worldwide. This time, driverless technology was used in the best way with China’s new ‘SmartBus’ that is more like a Ground Light Rail or Tram that doesn’t require special tracks.

WHAT DIFFERENCE COULD IT POSSIBLY MAKE?

The new transit service is also known as Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit, which utilizes virtual ‘painted-on’ tracks and runs on roads. This could prove to be a great alternative to laying subway lines or tram tracks in crowded cities, making it a highly cost effective rapid-transit solution. The streetcars are also modular with being able to add more compartments to accommodate more passengers. But the best part is their highly eco-friendly apparatus that runs on electric power rather than any fossil fuel engine.

The displayed transit system is 30 meters long and can fit 300 passengers. Since no special infrastructure to make them operable, these streetcars could be implemented in various parts of the country far more conveniently. Since they run on virtual tracks, their routes could also be planned to cause as less traffic interaction as possible.

WHERE IS IT CURRENTLY FUNCTIONAL?

‘SmartBus’ was unveiled in China’s Hunan Province and is currently implemented in the city of Zhuzhou. With it’s far cheaper cost in implementation, there have been news about a fully-operational, 6.5-km route being opened next year.


APPLE SETS NEW INTERNET SECURITY MILESTONE WITH UPDATED SAFARI BROWSER

THE STORY

Apple lays a huge smackdown on third-party ad-tracking that will improve privacy and senseless ad-targeting.

IS IT GOOD OR BAD?

Although not many people talk about it, but ad-tracking is turning to be quite a menace for internet users. As a user’s browsing habits and data is used by agencies to target specific ads, it also becomes a major security loophole. Thankfully, Apple’s new updates to its flagship browser ‘Safari’ will certainly put a leash on creepy and invasive tracking by ad companies. This is certainly great news for internet users who are often plagued by intrusive ads and discourage website owners from putting too many low-quality advertisements on their pages.

WHAT ALL DOES IT BLOCK?

To many users’ delight, this new update will immediately put an end to any automatically played videos that could be found on websites. Since, most users find auto-play videos quite annoying this is certainly a much demanded feature. It will also prevent websites to track user details that are used to display specific ads.

WHAT DO PUBLISHERS SAY?

This news was definitely received by users with huge applause, but it cannot be very good for publishers trying to market new products to potential customers. Many developers and publishers are already raising concerns over this new ad policy and could face a possible backlash from ad agencies as well.  Nevertheless, this could also increase page load times as additional extensions affect browser speeds.

Akshay Peter

Akshay Luke Peters is a writer and blogger for Systweak Software. He likes to write about off-beat topics and technological awareness. He is also part musician who likes to explore the future of technology in entertainment and popular media.

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