Tesla is set to unveil its Model Y SUV next week
Tesla founder Elon Musk has revealed that the company is set to launch its electrified Model Y SUV next week through his favourite social media platform – Twitter.
The model will go into production in the upcoming year, where its design and manufacturing skill will be fully showcased in a new design. The new model will be produced at its Shanghai Gogactory, with models set to be released across the US. Deliveries will reach the UK at a later date.
Set to be priced at US$53,000 (£40,000), the model will be 10% bigger than previous models and will house up to three quarters of the same components as the Model 3, but will provide greater choice to Tesla customers.
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"Model Y unveil event on March 14 at LA Design Studio," Musk has tweeted. "Model Y, being an SUV, is about 10 per cent bigger than Model 3, so will cost about 10 per cent more and have slightly less range for same battery... Detailed specs and pricing will be provided, as well as test rides in Y."
The new Model Y will fall under its Model X range, but forms part of Tesla’s overall plan to deliver a number of transport options to customers, from its SUVs, minibuses and Tesla trucks to commercial vehicles.
"Personally, I'm most excited by the Tesla Truck," Musk added. "Maybe it will be too futuristic for most people, but I love it."
Fluent.ai x BSH: Voice Automating the Assembly Line
Fluent.ai has deployed its voice recognition solutions in one of BSH’s German factories. BSH leads the market in producing connected appliances—its brands include Bosch, Siemens, Gaggenau, NEFF, and Thermador, and with this new partnership, the company intends to cut transition time in its assembly lines.
According to BSH, voice automation will yield 75-100% efficiency gains—but it’s the collaboration between the two companies that stands out. ‘After considering 11 companies for this partnership, we chose Fluent.ai because of their key competitive differentiators’, explained Ion Hauer, Venture Partner at BSH Startup Kitchen.
What Sets Fluent.ai Apart?
After seven years of research, the company developed a wide range of artificial intelligence (AI) software products to help original equipment manufacturers (OEM) expand their services. Three key aspects stood out to BSH, which operates across the world and in unique factory environments.
- Robust noise controls. The system can operate even in loud conditions.
- Low latency. The AI understands commands quickly and accurately.
- Multilingual support. BSH can expand the automation to any of its 50+ country operations.
How Voice Automation Works
Instead of pressing buttons, BSH factory workers will now be able to speak into a headset fitted with Fluent.ai’s voice recognition technology. After uttering a WakeWord, workers can use a command to start assembly line movement. As the technology is hands-free, workers benefit from less physical strain, which will both reduce employee fatigue and boost line production.
‘Implementing Fluent’s technology has already improved efficiencies within our factory, with initial implementation of the solution cutting down the transition time from four seconds to one and a half”, said Markus Maier, Project Lead at the BSH factory. ‘In the long run, the production time savings will be invaluable’.
Future Global Adoption
In the coming years, BSH and Fluent.ai will continue to push for artificial intelligence on factory lines, pursuing efficiency, ergonomics, and a healthy work environment. ‘We started with Fluent.ai on one factory assembly line, moved to three, and [are now] considering rolling the technology out worldwide’, said Maier.
Said Probal Lala, Fluent.ai’s CEO: ‘We are thrilled to be working with BSH, a company at the forefront of innovation. Seeing your solution out in the real world is incredibly rewarding, and we look forward to continuing and growing our collaboration’.