Nvidia challenges ATI for PC graphics lead

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Nvidia challenges ATI for PC graphics lead

Automotive engineers are working toward adaptive cruise control that will use radar, video, and GPS satellite technology to make cars nearly collision-proof, The concept of “the electronic cocoon” gained momentum at the Convergence 2000 automotive electronics congress last week in Detroit.

Already, Mercedes sells an adaptive cruise control that allows users to set the distance, using radar, between the front bumper and the car in front of the driver. The Lexus uses a laser to control both throttle and brake to stay in the traffic flow, and certain Cadillacs and Ford minivans use ultrasonics to detect people or objects behind the vehicle when in reverse. Some analysts believe we are three to five years from systems that will alert drivers if they are drifting from marked lanes and not much longer until systems will take over and avoid collisions if drivers fall asleep or lose control of a car.

For more on safety innovations, read To read a companion article on the auto industry’s struggle to adapt to computer technologies, read