Are Cars with Lasers the Future? ProClip Roundup Recap

Laser sensors will help generate 3D data to help autonomous cars see their surroundings. Plus virtual reality is adding smells! Find out all the details in the latest ProClip Roundup.

ProClip Roundup: Season 2 Episode 2

Welcome back to another week of the ProClip Roundup! We’re bringing you the latest stories in mobile and car tech news. Here are the stories that caught our eye this week.

Virtual Reality Adds Smells

Virtual reality developer Pimax has developed a scent emitter module that can be added to their 8K VR headset. The module emits scented oils that are triggered by the game you’re playing. A fan then wafts the scent towards your nostrils to maximize the sensation. Current scents include: “fish, ramen, burnt, grassland, and lady.”

Samsung Goes Greener

Tech giant Samsung has announced that it will be converting its factories in the United States, Europe and China to run on 100% renewable energy by 2020 While it is a move in the right direction, Samsung does lag behind competitors like Apple and Google, who have been using 100% renewable energy since April of this year. Additionally, Samsung is only promising to convert to 100% renewable in 17 of its 38 buildings around the world, notably failing to mention offices in Japan, Singapore and India.

Audi Tests Autonomous Cars

The road towards autonomous cars continues getting clearer as Audi has begun working on a test fleet of the Audi Aicon. The Aicon will be Level 5 autonomy, which is the highest level of autonomous cars. This means that all aspects of driving are handled by the car and not by a human. Audi hopes the Aicon will be viewed as a third living space, allowing people to be more productive in their cars and be free from the actual task of driving.

Volvo Adds Laser Sensors

In more self-driving car news, Volvo has announced that they’re adding laser sensors to their autonomous cars. The sensors will generate 3D data to help the cars see their surroundings. This advancement comes from Volvo’s recent partnership with startup tech company, Luminar. Stay tuned to see when you can get a car with “fricken laserbeams!”

That’s all the time we have for this week’s edition of the ProClip Roundup! We’ll see you next week with another fresh batch of the hottest news in mobile and car tech.