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Boeing acknowledges flaw in simulator software

Boeing acknowledged on Saturday that it had to correct flaws in its 737 MAX flight simulator software used to train pilots, after two deadly crashes involving the aircraft that killed 346 people.

“Boeing has made corrections to the 737 MAX simulator software and has provided additional information to device operators to ensure that the simulator experience is representative across different flight conditions,” it said in a statement.

The company did not indicate when it first became aware of the problem, and whether it had informed regulators.

Its statement marked the first time Boeing had acknowledged there was a design flaw in software linked to the 737 MAX, whose MCAS antistall software has been blamed in large part for the Ethiopian Airlines tragedy.

According to Boeing, the flight simulator software was incapable of reproducing certain flight conditions similar to those at the time of the Ethiopian Airlines crash in March or the Lion Air crash in October.

The company said the latest “changes will improve the simulation of force loads on the manual trim wheel”, a rarely used manual wheel to control the plane’s angle.

“Boeing is working closely with the device manufacturers and regulators on these changes and improvements, and to ensure that customer training is not disrupted,” it added. – AFP-Jiji

Kia launches Korea’s first EV service centre

Korea’s second-largest automaker Kia Motors has established a service centre dedicated to electric vehicles for the first time in the country, the firm said on Sunday. 

The automaker has set up an EV Workbay at six service centres nationwide, operated by Auto Q. It hopes to enhance the efficiency of EV customers’ vehicle inspection and mechanics’ work convenience. 

The launch comes in line with the imminent launch of its new EV lineup – including Niro EV and Soul Booster EV. 

While setting up five more EV Workbay centres by the year-end, including one on Jeju Island, the company will also make it mandatory for new service centres to equip themselves with the facility. 

“Customers have been expressing concerns over the lack of EV facilities, despite the growing number of EV users here. Kia will put more effort to expanding the infrastructure and help customers have easy access to services,” said an official. 

As of May, Kia has installed 21 high-speed battery chargers for EVs at its service centers. The company has been operating an emergency service for EV customers with low battery charge to tow their cars free of charge to destinations within 80 kilometres, four times a year. – The Korea Herald/ ANN

China accelerates construction of IoT, cloud computing infrastructure

China is continuing to build infrastructure for cloud computing and the internet of things (IoT) as the country’s informatisation entered an intellectual stage featuring data mining.

In 2018, China had over 700 million IoT connections with a market scale surpassing 1 trillion yuan (Bt4.6 trillion), said Wang Qinmin, an official with e-government affairs.

In terms of cloud computing, the private cloud market scale reached 52.46 billion yuan and the public cloud market scaled at 38.25 billion yuan, according to Wang.

Cloud computing and the IoT are not confined to the internet industry, and they are penetrating into traditional industries, including manufacturing, finance, communication and medicare, Zhang Feng, chief engineer with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology noted.

Last year, the overall scale of the cloud industry in China reached around 330 billion yuan, while that of the IoT industry exceeded 1.2 trillion yuan, according to Zhang.

Microsoft opens largest AI, IoT lab in Shanghai

Microsoft Corporation has established an artificial intelligence and internet of things (IoT) insider lab in Shanghai to aid digital transformation across industries.

Located in a 2,800-square-metre building in the Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park of the Pudong New Area, the lab, which began operation on Wednesday, is established in partnership with the state-run Zhangjiang Group. It is the fourth and also the largest such lab run by Microsoft around the world.

Microsoft said the lab provides “all-around support” for enterprises inside and taps into the IoT and AI technologies to fuel the digital transformation taking place across industries, including manufacturing, retail, healthcare, finance and urban construction.

Thirty Chinese and foreign businesses have been selected out of some 300 applicants as the first batch of “enterprises of empowerment” in the lab. They include both startups, among which 21 are based in Shanghai, and multinational corporations, such as ABB Engineering (Shanghai) Ltd and Pan Asia Technical Automotive Centre Co Ltd.

The lab will provide support for the enterprises in the next three to six months, offering hardware and software resources, cloud service and access to the Microsoft ecosystem, according to Microsoft.

“The combination and application of AI and Internet of Things technologies are becoming the latest trends leading global digital transformation,” Alain Crozier, Microsoft corporate vice-president, chairman and CEO of Greater China Region, said at a launch ceremony on Wednesday.

The three other Microsoft AI and IoT insider labs are located in Redmond, Washington, Shenzhen, China, and Munich, Germany. – China Daily/ANN


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