Audi Disney bring VR games and movies into your car at CES

first_img More about 2019 Audi E-Tron 51 Photos News • 2019 Audi E-Tron SUV range and on-sale date released Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Audi E-Tron basking in the desert sun Comments CES 2019 Preview • 2019 Audi E-Tron: A worry-free, all-EV SUV Marvel CES Products Virtual Reality Disney Audi Iron Man The Avengers Editors’ note: Travel costs related to this feature were covered by the manufacturer. This is common in the auto industry, as it’s far more economical to ship journalists to cars than to ship cars to journalists. While Roadshow accepts multi-day vehicle loans from manufacturers in order to provide scored editorial reviews, all scored vehicle reviews are completed on our turf and on our terms. The judgments and opinions of Roadshow’s editorial team are our own and we do not accept paid editorial content. Specifically, Holoride will offer something called “elastic content,” automatically generated to suit each journey. A movie streamed on your iPad might be longer or shorter than your actual drive, for instance, but every one of Holoride’s experiences would automatically match up to the length of a route programmed in the car’s navigation system. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better CES 2019: Sci-fi gaming in Audi and Disney’s in-car VR… Tags In addition, the experience would be tailored to the drive route: In one demo, passengers “see” a cartoon-like, brightly colored town with intersections that match up to the real-world intersections the car is driving past. In another mock-up, users “fly” through a prehistoric landscape and turn left or right, soaring over dinosaurs, as the real-world car steers along the road.In Audi’s own words: “If the car turns a tight corner, the player curves around an opposing spaceship in virtual reality. If the Audi E-Tron accelerates, the ship in the experience does the same.”Audi and Disney's Holoride demonstrationIn reality, the Audi laps SpeedVegas. In virtual reality, Iron Man and Rocket wage a battle against alien hordes. Audi The idea is to give people something interesting to do when they’re riding as a passenger in a car, says Nils Wollny, Audi’s head of digital business, who will also be CEO of Holoride. That initially applies to human-driven cars, but it’s easy to imagine this type of entertainment working well in autonomous vehicles down the road.”There are a lot of passengers traveling in the back seat who have nothing to do,” Wollny told Roadshow. “In most cases, transit time feels like wasted time.” The VR demo really did bring me out of the world of riding in a car: Sure, I could feel the E-Tron moving around and accelerating and so on, but I found myself so immersed in the game that there was no real sense of what was happening. Now imagine that helping you avoid the monotony of, say, staring out the window on a long trip along the Ohio Turnpike. Audi and Disney's Holoride demonstrationThough Audi spearheaded Holoride, the ultimate goal is to allow the tech to work with cars from other automakers. Audi “Every street pattern turns into a canvas” for content creators, Wollny says, while “every back seat turns into a thrilling ride.” Because the twists and turns and elevation changes of a preplanned navigation route are known, thanks to the car’s built-in map data, Audi engineer Daniel Profendiner says, Holoride’s software can help create a virtual world that matches the real one. The game engine might be told not to place a digital obstacle near a highway exit, for instance, or might be shown when to make the game whip around to the left to match up with a hairpin bend in the real world.But what about motion sickness? One of the most interesting aspects of this virtual reality setup is that, Wollny says, people who use it are less likely to report feeling car sick than those simply watching a traditional tablet or phone. Because visual cues match up with the car’s real-world movements, you’re less likely to get that sinking feeling you might feel when, say, looking down to read text messages or Facebook updates in the car. Audi tested the tech with people who self-reported a high propensity for motion sickness, taking them on a 30-minute ride and asking how they felt afterward. Participants apparently didn’t feel that sick at all. “That basically solved one of the big problems,” Wollny says. Still, after my brief ride in the Audi, I was feeling rather nauseous. Another journalist seated alongside me also said he felt queasy. Of course, we were trying a demonstration VR experience while riding on a twisting and turning race track. A tamer route might not churn the stomach so much. Audi and Disney's Holoride demonstrationAn artist’s rendering of what the Holoride experience feels like. Audi It’s not just games Rocket’s Rescue Run is an incredibly fun demo of Holoride’s VR tech because it feels like you’re in an amusement park ride. And for Audi and Disney, the partnership with a Marvel Studios title made sense given the long history between the brands, such as Tony Stark driving Audis in Iron Man movies. But there are many other types of “elastic content” that Holoride could offer in the future. A space battle wouldn’t seem so exciting, after all, when riding on the flat, straight highways of the American Midwest. Profendiner suggests that Holoride’s technology could be used simply to watch a movie in the car with less motion sickness: The VR experience would present a screen ahead of the viewer. He also imagines experiences that let passengers time travel as they ride through a modern-day city while seeing how buildings looked in years past. “I can say perhaps let’s go minus 2,000 years [in Rome],” Profendiner told Roadshow. “Or you go to New York City in the 1920s.” Audi and Disney's Holoride demonstrationHoloride will initially be based in Munich, but Wollny says it could also open an office in the US. Audi An open platform Audi began working on Holoride technology about four years ago and brought Disney on board about 18 months ago. But the goal long-term is for it to be an open platform: anyone could produce content and it could work in any car. Though he’s cagey with details, Wollny seems to hint at a type of app store-like model where a user might buy experiences — movies, games and so on — for their Holoride device. Then the car would connect to your virtual reality headset with a wireless connection to provide information about your route and the car’s motion.Wollny says Holoride will launch an SDK (software development kit) for others to experiment with by the end of 2019, and plans to launch the system commercially by late 2020 or early 2021. That’s when, Wollny says, “next-generation” virtual-reality headsets will be available to take the technology mainstream.So in a few years’ time you might not bother cueing up a Spotify playlist or downloading a Netflix show to stay entertained on a road trip. Instead you might strap on your virtual reality headset and plunge into a virtual world, courtesy of Holoride. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Share your voice 1:06 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 3 A few years ago I drove a few laps around SpeedVegas, a 1.5-mile race track just south of the Las Vegas Strip. On Sunday night, I lapped SpeedVegas again, but this time I was fully immersed in a space battle alongside Rocket — you know, the raccoon from Guardians of The Galaxy — and Iron Man. As I sat in the back seat of an Audi E-Tron crossover, wearing an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, Rocket encouraged me to “shoot” asteroids and rival drones as I “flew” through an outer-space environment.This was the first time the companies let anyone outside Audi and Disney try the VR game. Audi Let me be clear: It was awesome fun, and I’d happily buckle up for another round of the game. But, uh, what exactly is it? This game, called Marvel’s Avengers: Rocket’s Rescue Run, is the first demo product from Holoride, a new startup in which Audi will hold a minority stake. It’s the result of Audi and Disney’s promised new media format, which aims to bring virtual reality to passengers in cars. The VR experience is intended to match, visually, what the passengers feel as they ride: If the car turns, accelerates or brakes, the VR environment will do the same thing. And the “experience” — whether it’s a game or a movie or something else — will be automatically tailored to the length and movements of your drive route. More From Roadshow Auto Techlast_img read more

Tesla Model Y crossover SUV unveiled

first_img34:37 The success or failure of the Model Y could make or break Tesla. If the vehicle appeals to buyers who hadn’t previously been interested in a sedan like the Model 3 and couldn’t afford a Model X, then it’s all gravy. Of course, that also depends on whether Tesla is able to decide officially where to build it and whether it can build the vehicle without the pronounced quality issues it suffered with the Model 3 (and the Model X and S before it). If Tesla isn’t able to deliver on its promises or the vehicle ends up sharing much less in terms of parts with the Model 3 than expected, then it could go very badly. Based on aesthetics alone, though, that doesn’t look to be an issue. It’s worth remembering, however, that when the Model X was announced, it was supposed to share the bulk of its parts with the Model S, but ended up only sharing around 30 percent. In any case, we now live in a world where Elon Musk has lived out his “S3XY” fantasy and made us all his accomplices in it. We’re looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the Model Y just as soon as we can pry one away from the folks at Tesla, but until then, keep an eye on Roadshow for more Model Y news as it happens. Enlarge ImageHere it is, Tesla’s Model Y, and it looks… pretty much like we expected it to. Tesla Tesla’s Model Y has finally been unveiled to the public, and while the Model 3-based crossover SUV is pretty much what we expected, there’s still a lot here to sink our teeth into. The Model Y has a little bit of a Model X feel about it– including an unexpected optional third-row seating option — minus its big brother’s controversial Falcon doors. Mainly, however, there’s a whole lot of Model 3 DNA and visuals in the 2020 Model Y. In fact, the latter is why it’s arguably Tesla’s least-innovative new vehicle ever. However, that probably doesn’t matter much, and it could actually be a good thing: Given that consumer interest in crossover SUVs is at a fever pitch these days, this new offering is likely to become the brand’s best-selling model when it finally hits the streets late next year. As Musk announced via Twitter recently, Model Y pricing starts at around 10 percent over what a comparably equipped Model 3 does while offering a usable range of approximately 300 miles. This works out to a $39,000 standard-range model, which Musk says is due in 2021, and a long-range model, which will cost $47,000 and go on sale in fall 2020.  What you get in trade is a slightly more family- and cargo-friendly shape and the smug satisfaction that you’ve got the newest Tesla on your block. Plus, given that the Model Y is based on the Model 3, this baby crossover will undoubtedly be pretty quick, as previewed in our early ride-along from Thursday’s reveal event seen below. Tesla Model 3: The one you’ve been waiting for Our first ride in the Tesla #ModelY pic.twitter.com/XLCjI4vGDG— Roadshow (@roadshow) March 15, 2019 Comments Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim Tesla pulls the wraps off its Model Y crossover SUV Elon Musk unveils the Tesla Model Y 9 Photoscenter_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Tesla Model S Long Range review: Familiar, yet oh so much better Tesla Share your voice More From Roadshow 47 Electric Cars Car Industry SUVs Crossovers Elon Musk Teslalast_img read more

3500 troops on standby as UK mulls nodeal Brexit

first_imgDemonstrators hold EU and Union flags during an anti-Brexit protest opposite the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain on 17 December. Photo: ReutersThe British government on Tuesday said it was allocating two billion pounds ($2.5 billion) to fund Brexit and putting 3,500 troops on stand-by after ministers agreed to make no-deal planning “an operational priority”.The news came amid continued opposition to prime minister Theresa’s May draft divorce deal, just 14 weeks before the country leaves the EU.Following a meeting of her cabinet — the last before parliament breaks for Christmas and New Year — defence secretary Gavin Williamson said around 3,500 troops would be on stand-by to help deal with the “any contingencies” from a no-deal outcome.But Brexit secretary Steve Barclay said ministers still hoped to secure backing for May’s agreement in a House of Commons vote delayed until next month.He added that any responsible government would intensify preparations for the “default option” of leaving the European Union without a deal on 29 March next year.”We agreed that preparing for no deal will be an operational priority within government,” Barclay said. “But our overall priority remains to secure a deal.”He said departments would step up their advice to businesses on how best to prepare for the scenario, which many fear could be catastrophic for the British economy.Businesses will be provided with a 100-plus page online preparation pack and emails will be sent to 80,000 of those most likely to be impacted over the next few days, according to Downing Street.DivisionsFinance minister Philip Hammond insisted in a statement Tuesday that “the PM’s deal is the only way to deliver on the referendum while protecting jobs, businesses and prosperity”.The same government statement said that Hammond was making arrangements to ensure that government departments “can fund measures to address civil contingencies in a no deal scenario”.The Home Office, which will get the biggest share of the Brexit funding, will use it, among other things, “to increase Border Force capability with hundreds of new officers,” it said.May’s cabinet is divided between ministers who want the government to embrace a no-deal outcome and those who favour parliament having a final say in a series of votes on potential scenarios for Brexit.One option is the prime minister’s own Brexit deal, but that is hanging by a thread after she was forced to pull a vote on it last week in the face of huge opposition from within her own Conservative Party.Earlier Tuesday, Downing Street reportedly blocked opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn’s request Monday for a non-binding no-confidence motion in May.That had followed her telling MPs they will not get to vote on her deal this week, but would have to wait until the week beginning January 14.The delay prompted accusations that the prime minister is stalling to increase pressure on MPs to back her plan — and fresh calls for Labour to initiate a binding no-confidence vote against the whole government.However, such a move faces likely defeat after Conservative Brexit hardliners and the Democratic Unionist Party, which props up her government, both said they would back May.Running down the clockMay insisted Monday that she was continuing to seek “assurances” from the EU over elements of her plan, although EU officials said no meetings were planned.The postponed vote has left members of her own party and Labour opposition politicians infuriated.”The prime minister has cynically run down the clock, trying to manoeuvre parliament into a choice between two unacceptable outcomes” — her deal or no deal, Corbyn said.May is also facing calls for a second referendum to resolve the impasse, with dozens of MPs from all sides now supporting another plebiscite and reports that May’s officials are also considering the possibility.But the prime minister argued that this would betray the 2016 Brexit referendum result and undermine public confidence in politics.”Let us not break faith with the British people by trying to stage another referendum,” she told parliament on Monday.”Another vote… would do irreparable damage to the integrity of our politics,” May said, adding that it would also “likely leave us no further forward”.last_img read more

3rd Annual Urban Kids Fishing Derby

first_imgUrban American Outdoors TV (UAOTV) along with the U.S. Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife, NPS Healthy Parks Healthy People, National Wildlife Federation, Department of Energy and Environment and the Bureau of Land Management is scheduled to host the third Annual Urban Kids Fishing Derby. The fishing experience and celebration will be held on June 3 at the Constitution Gardens located at 1850 Constitution Ave., NW.  Registration and derby begins at 8 a.m. and ends at noon. This is a catch & keep derby and it is free. It will officially kick off National Boating and Fishing Week. For additional information, visit uaotv.com.last_img