Innoviz Claims New Lidar Sensor 70% Cheaper, Better Performance

In less than five years since it was founded, Israeli startup Innoviz has established itself as a company to be taken seriously in the automotive lidar business. While light detection and ranging (Lidar) sensors were originally thought to be a key component of highly automated driving systems, they are now finding a place in lower level partially automated systems and that is the market Innoviz is targeting with its new InnovizTwo sensor. 

Innoviz already has an automotive grade sensor called the InnovizOne that will get its first volume production applications with BMW in 2021. The lidar will be used as part of a level 3 conditionally automated system. Level 4 systems that are designed to operate without any need for human supervision or automation are taking longer to mature than anticipated a few years ago. As a result automakers and suppliers are trying to leverage the technology developed for those systems in L2 and L3 systems in order to get some return on their investment. Guidehouse Insights projects sales of nearly 60 million vehicles globally with L2 or L3 capability and a market for nearly 32 million lidar sensors for these applications. 

L3 systems are designed to provide hands-free capabilities that don’t require constant supervision within limited domains. The recently passed UNECE regulations for L3 limit operation to speeds below 60 km/h (37 mph) and on limited access highways. In stop and go traffic, a driver could take their eyes off the road and do something else, but as soon as the speed limit is exceeded, they have to take control. 

GHGSat lauds performance of methane-monitoring satellite

SAN FRANCISCO — GHGSat, the Canadian firm preparing to launch a constellation of methane-monitoring satellites, announced Oct. 8 that the sensor on its Iris satellite launched in early September detects methane emissions five times as well as Claire, its predecessor. 

GHGSat tested the Iris sensor by flying the satellite over a controlled methane release in Alberta, Canada. The company compared the sensor data with measurements captured by sensors on the ground and in an aircraft, according to an Oct. 8 news release.

“Satellites are complex devices and it takes time to fully characterize instruments and optimize processing software to filter out noise from the signal,” GHGSat CEO Stephane Germain said in a statement. “We have just begun that process with Iris. We expect Iris to attain 10 times better performance than Claire and are now even more confident that we will validate that performance in the coming weeks.”

GHGSat launched Iris Sept. 2 on an Arianespace Vega rocket from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou.

GHGSat plans to launch Hugo, another methane-sensing satellite, later this year. By the end of 2022, the company plans to launch nine additional satellites.

GHGSat’s goal is to detect and quantify methane emissions from sources as small as individual oil and gas wells. “No other commercial operator or state-funded space organization can do this,” according to the GHGSat news release.

GHGSat also announced an agreement Oct. 6 with ABB Measurement & Analytics Canada to manufacture sensors for three methane-monitoring satellites.

ABB, a multinational corporation, built sensors for government satellites for decades before working with GHGSat, its first commercial space customer.

“We are currently seeing extensive innovation brought about by private initiatives in the space industry,” Marc Corriveau, ABB Measurement & Analytics Canada general manager, said in a statement. “At ABB we have built up a

iPhone 12 to Have Major Performance Improvements

Apple’s upcoming iPhone 12 lineup is likely to see major performance and efficiency improvements thanks to the A14 Bionic Processor.

Our first glimpse at the A14 comes from the just announced iPad Air 4, which is the first device to sport the next-generation Apple-designed processor. The 64-bit desktop-class A14 Bionic chip sees a considerable leap in performance and efficiency, according to Apple.

Early benchmarks suggest that the A14 is a 6-core chip with a base frequency of 2.99GHz and 3.66GB of memory, achieving a score of 1,583 in single-core and 4,198 for multi-core.

This is markedly higher than the 1,336 in single-core and 3,569 in multi-core for the A13 Bionic from 2019’s iPhone 11 lineup. Roughly compared, that means the iPhone 12 will be 18.4% faster in single-core performance and 17.6% faster than the current top-of-the-line iPhone. Here are speed comparisons of the upcoming iPhone 12 processor with other recent iPhone models (single core performance):

  • iPhone 6s / SE – 196% Faster
  • iPhone 7 – 117% Faster
  • iPhone 8 – 75% Faster
  • iPhone XR / XS – 44% Faster
  • iPhone SE (2020) / 11 / 11 Pro – 18% Faster

Compared to the A12Z chip from the 2020 iPad Pro, the A14 does better than the A12Z in single-core at 1,118 and slightly lower than in multi-core at 4,564. The A12Z has an extra GPU core compared to the A12X, however. These early benchmarks indicate that the A14 offers noteworthy speed enhancements, even over the impressive A13 chip from last year.

Apple says the A14 Bionic chip has a “next-generation” 16-core Neural Engine that delivers 11 trillion operations per second, which is more than twice as many as the A12 chip. There are new-to-mobile accelerators that reportedly deliver up to 10 times better machine learning performance. There is also improved

Slack’s performance issues are making remote work difficult Monday

Nearly four hours after reporting that some users were experiencing performance issues on Slack, the company said it’s seeing signs of improvement but “we’re not out of the woods yet.”

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Slack said Monday its service is having performance issues — which could mean trouble for the many companies that rely on the workplace communication tool to keep remote teams running.


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The company noted around 10 am ET that some users might be experiencing slowness with the Slack’s desktop, mobile and browser applications. It said the issue was causing delays in some messages and calls. About two hours later, Slack said some users may be unable to connect to the service, while others are still experiencing “general performance issues,” adding that the company is “continuing to dig in on our side” and will provide updates.

It later said some users may be unable to connect, and the search function was also affected. Just after 2 pm ET, the company added that it continues to “see improvement, but some users may still be experiencing delays,” and that it would continue providing updates.

With millions of people unable to work in their offices, Slack and rival Microsoft Teams have become crucial communications tools to keep many businesses up and running during the pandemic. Slack has more than 12 million daily active users, including many major tech companies and news organizations.

“Our teams are aware and are investigating the issue,” a Slack spokesperson said in a statement to CNN Business. “We know how important it is for people to stay connected and we are working hard to get everyone running as normal. For the latest updates please keep an eye on @slackstatus and”

Slack declined to say how many users are affected. The website Down Detector listed as many

Patrick Mahomes agrees to equity deal with performance tech company Hyperice

  • NFL star quarterback Patrick Mahomes joined performance recovery technology company Hyperice as an investor and brand ambassador.
  • Terms of his equity stake were not announced. 
  • With the transaction, Mahomes adds to his equity portfolio after agreeing to deals with a sports nutrition company and a minority ownership stake in the Kansas City Royals. 

Patrick Mahomes standing on a baseball field: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on before Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida.

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Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on before Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida.

Patrick Mahomes is on a winning streak.


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Days after the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback helped increase ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” ratings and announced he’s expecting his first child, Mahomes secured a new private investment on Thursday.

Mahomes joined performance recovery technology company Hyperice as an investor and brand ambassador. Terms of his equity stake were not announced by the company.

Hyperice, founded in 2010 by Anthony Katz, says it uses “percussion, vibration, and thermal technology” in its recovery and fitness equipment and makes the Hypervolt massage device. 

Mahomes will use his name and image to promote Hyperice in its global recovery technology category. The company said he will also increase brand awareness of Hyperice’s “newly launched HyperSmart connected technology devices and data-driven digital ecosystem.”

“I’ve used Hyperice throughout my career as an instrumental part of my overall training and recovery routines to ensure I’m performing at my peak on game day,” Mahomes said in a statement. He said the partnership provides him the resources to “to accelerate my recovery time” after playing football.

In March, Hyperice acquired NormaTec, a popular compression system that helps athletes with muscle tissue recovery, as it looks to gain market share in a sports technology marketplace projected to be worth $30 billion by 2024. Hyperice CEO Jim Huether told CNBC the