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Indian Popular App based Cab Ola Launches World’s First Connected Car Platform for Ride-Sharing

This context-aware system uses customer preferences and current ride information like time and destination to offer personalised recommendations during the ride

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New Delhi, November 22, 2016: Cab aggregator Ola on Tuesday launched “Ola Play”, a connected car platform for ride-sharing that brings advanced car controls, choice of personalised content and an interactive experience for the user.

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“Ola Play” will be made available on “Ola Prime” in Bengaluru, Mumbai and Delhi for select customers and will be rolled out across other cities and to over 50,000 vehicles by March 2017, the company said in a statement.

“I believe this will completely transform the consumer’s ride experience, giving the user the power to control the interactions within the car, and usher in a new era in the ride-sharing industry,” said Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-Founder and CEO, Ola, in a statement.

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The platform is a first-of-its-kind solution built by Ola in partnership with US-based semi-conductor and telecommunications equipment company Qualcomm.

Beyond offering a personal experience for users, “Ola Play” also allows partners like Apple Music, Sony LIV, Audio Compass and Fynd to build a high-quality interactive experience for them.

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“Ola Play” transfers the control of the in-car experience to users from the driver console, which enables seamless interfacing with the consumer’s device once a ride begins, the company claimed.

This context-aware system uses customer preferences and current ride information like time and destination to offer personalised recommendations during the ride. (IANS)

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Qualcomm, Intel, Samsung Invest in US-based Chip-maker

Founded in 2015 and headquartered in San Francisco, SiFive is being seen as an emerging competitor to UK-based chip-maker ARM Holdings

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- The logo for Qualcomm appears on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York. VOA

After cutting ties with Huawei because of US government’s ban on the Chinese tech giant, Qualcomm, Intel andSamsung have invested money in a US-based chip-maker SiFive that producescomputer chips based on the RISC-Vinstruction set architecture.

According to The Information, the chip-design company has raised $65.4 million as part of its latest funding round, Android Authority reported on Saturday.

To create RISC-V-based chip designs, SiFive teams up with other tech companies and churns out new designs in one to three months, promising to deliver sample chips “within weeks”.

Usually, gadgets such as smart speakers, smart watches, and smartphones use processors based on Intel’s x86 and Arm’s instruction sets.

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Samsung’s retail presence in the US was marked only by pop-up stores and dedicated spaces in franchisees like Best Buy. Pixabay

SiFive chips based on Arm chips typically take roughly a year.

Founded in 2015 and headquartered in San Francisco, SiFive is being seen as an emerging competitor to UK-based chip-maker ARM Holdings.

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After ARM Holdings cut trade ties with Huawei earlier in June, it is possible that in the future, Huawei could also have to turn to the RISC-V architectured chips to power its next bunch of handsets, the report added. (IANS)