New Toyota Technology Addresses Unintended Acceleration

Toyota | February 07, 2020

Almost everyone, at this point, has read a report where a driver claims to be a victim of their car accelerating unintentionally. In fact, Tesla is being investigated as we speak by the NHTSA for reports of this very phenomenon, though they vehemently deny the claims. Toyota can surely commiserate with Tesla, as the company went through its own unintended acceleration fiasco. In a black mark on the company’s safety record, it was fined more than a billion dollars in 2014, a payment that allowed Toyota to avoid prosecution for what prosecutors said was a coverup of the mechanical problem that caused “sticky” gas pedals to freeze when partially depressed. And while Toyota can’t go back in time, they can help with unintended acceleration issues going forward, and this time they’ll focus on what’s arguably the most common cause of them: driver error.

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Graber Homes, LLC Announces New Name and Brand as Graber Co

Graber Homes | January 03, 2022

Graber Homes, LLC, a leader in Sarasota construction services, has announced that their company will operate under a new name and brand and will now be known as Graber Co, effective immediately. This rebranding strategy reflects the vision of the company as well as the future with a focus on relaxed living for the inspired home. Along with the name change, a modern new logo has been revealed and a new website launched today which will highlight the company’s design expertise, new construction opportunities and renovated spaces. The cornerstone of Graber Co will be creating designs and spaces that capture what is meaningful in the home. The ownership and staff have not changed. “As a part of our vision for future expansion and inspirational focus, we are happy to showcase the newly reveled Graber Co brand all while offering the same level of care and attention-to-detail our clients have come to appreciate, This rebrand allows us to better represent our business to our consumers and local community.” -Brandon Graber, CEO and Founder of Graber Co It is rewarding to see our company vision come together on such a beautiful canvas. This new brand will allow our team members the freedom to explore and richly develop their creative focus,” said Esther Graber, Lead Designer. “It’s a chance to grow and nurture our distinctive talents with the goal of creating inspiring spaces for our clients. For more information on the new Graber Co name or to schedule a consultation, visit http://www.GRABERCO.com or contact (941) 330-3808. About Graber Co Founded by husband and wife team, Brandon and Esther, Graber Co is a design-to-build company based in Sarasota, Florida. With over 22 years of combined experience, Graber Co creates relaxed living spaces that inspire. Their client-centered approach focuses on making creative visions come to life. Their services include design, new construction and renovations.

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ENGINEERING TECH

Japan's Largest Construction Company, Obayashi, Selects Innoviz's LiDAR for its New Proprietary Automatic Tower Crane System

Obayashi Corporation | December 18, 2021

Innoviz Technologies (Nasdaq: INVZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state LiDAR sensors, and Obayashi Corporation (TYO: 1802), a major Japanese construction company, announced Obayashi's development of an automated tower crane system that utilizes Innoviz's LiDAR sensors. Obayashi's automated tower crane system is part of its recently announced autonomous solutions for excavation equipment, construction of concrete dams and backhoe loaders.Obayashi began using Innoviz's LiDAR on their sites in 2018 and is currently in the process of developing a full-scale system for building sites throughout Japan. Obayashi's recognition software extracts the data generated by Innoviz's LiDAR to measure the exact distance from objects and identify people and equipment in construction areas. Obayashi's system uses the data to send a series of step-by-step warnings to the crane operator, which enhances safety and enables a more streamlined and efficient process. Using Innoviz's LiDAR together with Obayashi's proprietary software has resulted in substantial savings related to the manual operation of the crane. Obayashi's engineering team said: Obayashi has been testing Innoviz's products for three years now, and we have great confidence in the company's solutions. We are very satisfied with Innoviz's LiDAR performance, reliability, and durability. "We were thrilled to see the result of Obayashi's use of our LiDAR. This is a cutting-edge solution and a true testimony that our LiDAR can be used in a significant number of use cases. We believe we will see more partnerships like this come to fruition. Additionally, we're grateful to our distributor and partner, Macnica, for connecting us with Obayashi's innovative team." -Omer Keilaf, Co-founder and CEO of Innoviz Technologies Innoviz is represented in Japan by Macnica, the country's largest distribution company. About Obayashi Corporation Obayashi Corporation was established in 1892 and is one of the five super general contractors in Japan. Its main business is construction, including regional development, urban development, resource and energy development, and environmental development, as well as civil engineering, including research, surveying, planning, devising, design, and supervision. The company has approximately 15,000 employees and 21 offices in 14 countries. The company has a high level of technology backed by history and tradition, and actively introduces new technologies. For more information on Obayashi's autonomous solutions, please click here.www.obayashi.co.jp About Macnica, Inc. Since its establishment in 1972, Macnica has been providing leading-edge semiconductors, electronic devices, networking and cyber security products with added technological value. In recent years, Macnica has been developing new businesses in the fields of AI/IoT, automated driving, and robotics, based on its traditional strengths of global sourcing of cutting-edge technologies and technology planning. The company is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and conducts global business based on 85 offices in 23 countries around the world. For more information, please visit Macnica's website at www.macnica.com. About Innoviz Technologies Innoviz is a global leader in LiDAR technology, working towards a future with safe autonomous vehicles on the world's roads. Innoviz's LiDAR and perception software "see" better than a human driver and reduce the possibility of error, meeting the automotive industry's strictest expectations for performance and safety. Operating across the U.S., Europe, and Asia, Innoviz has been elected both by an internationally-recognized premium car brand for use in consumer vehicles as well as by other commercial and industrial leaders for a wide range of use cases. For more information, visit www.innoviz.tech.

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LandSouth Continues Long-Time Partnership with Developer by Breaking Ground on Presidium Park

LandSouth | December 22, 2021

LandSouth Construction, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based, award-winning general contractor, broke ground for the construction of Presidium Park, an upscale multifamily community in Jacksonville, Florida. The developer for Presidium Park, Presidium, continues a long-time relationship between the two groups. The four-building complex will be located at 8181 AC Skinner Parkway in Jacksonville and is scheduled to be completed late 2023. "It's great to continue our partnership with Presidium and we're excited to offer a beautiful, new development to the growing Jacksonville area,LandSouth and Presidium have come together several times to bring amazing multifamily communities to life. Presidium Park is the next to showcase both organizations' commitment to innovation and excellence." -LandSouth President and CEO, James Pyle. Louis Fegan is the LandSouth project manager for Presidium Park and Brad Chilton is the superintendent, continuing their successful partnership. Dwell Design Studio is the architecture firm for the development. Presidium Park will be a 4-building, midrise, 5-story development featuring 33 different types of units. Future residents will have the choice of floor plans that range from 616 square feet to more than 1,703 square feet, both single and multi-bedroom. Presidium Park will offer residents a clubhouse, two-story amenity center, swimming pool with pavilion, car spa, and several high-end amenities. Presidium Park boasts proximity to area entertainment and restaurants, including St. Johns Town Center. In addition, Presidium Park is close to the University of North Florida. "Jacksonville continues to grow at a remarkable rate and Presidium Park will provide more luxury housing for the people of Jacksonville,Presidium and LandSouth have a long history of bringing best-in-class communities to life and I'm thrilled to lead the way on Presidium Park." -Louis Fegan, the LandSouth Project Manager. LandSouth will employ its unique integrated construction approach to build Presidium Park. Service components work together to provide a seamless delivery system through proven procedures, systems, and technology. ABOUT LANDSOUTH CONSTRUCTION LandSouth Construction, the Southeast's premier general contractor, specializing in multifamily, senior living, and mixed–use development, was named one of Engineering News Record's Top 400. Since 1998 LandSouth has transformed ideas into best–in–class communities. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. LandSouth has completed more than 25,000 multifamily units. For more information, call LandSouth Marketing Manager, Erica Zumstein, (904) 273-3182, Ext. 109 or visit www.landsouth.com. ABOUT PRESIDIUM Founded in 2003, Presidium is a fully integrated real estate firm with an 18-year operating history and an existing portfolio totaling over $2 billion AUM. Presidium is committed to providing best-in-class housing for individuals of all income levels and creating great spaces that enhance people's lives. For more information about Presidium, visit www.presidiumre.com.

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Electreon and ASPIRE Engineering Research Center to Launch Electrified Roadway Demo in Utah

Electreon | March 14, 2022

Electreon the leading provider of in-road wireless electric vehicle charging technology for shared, commercial and passenger vehicles, and Advancing Sustainability through Powered Infrastructure for Roadway Electrification (ASPIRE), a National Science Foundation-funded Engineering Research Center taking on the nation’s electrified transportation challenges to the widespread electrification of all vehicles, announced today they are launching a joint demonstration project. Electreon’s in-motion (dynamic) wireless charging technology will be installed in ASPIRE’s research test track in North Logan, Utah, in summer 2022 to showcase the company’s technology for the first time in North America. The launch of the test bed comes in advance of Electreon’s first deployment on a public road in the U.S. in 2023 in Detroit––a partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), among many others. The demonstration will consist of 50 meters of dynamic in-road wireless charging hardware installed in Utah State University’s (USU) test track. Corresponding vehicle side charging hardware will be installed on the Kenworth truck, and power management and charging communication systems will also be included. This site will function as a live demonstration facility for departments of transportation, other government officials, current and potential industry partners, as well as Electreon’s potential and prospective partners and clients to experience Electreon’s in-motion wireless charging as the technology moves to market deployment in the U.S. Electreon will also use this project as a test bed to conduct future vehicle integration programs with automakers. This project marks a significant advancement in Electreon’s and ASPIRE’s efforts toward providing sustainable mobility infrastructure for the nation and the world. “So far, Electreon has already demonstrated its dynamic wireless charging technology in four operational pilots across Europe and now we are thrilled to kick off our first U.S.-based deployment with USU’s ASPIRE, displaying the viability of our in-road wireless charging infrastructure,” says Stefan Tongur, vice president business development for Electreon in North America. “We are excited at the prospect of advancing sustainable charging technology in hopes of supporting the U.S. movement toward an all-electric future. This project will allow us to engage with partners and clients to develop pilot and commercial projects in the whole nation and will allow for ongoing testing in advance of U.S. projects on public roadways, including the recently announced project in Detroit.” This demonstration project collaboration with ASPIRE, in part, aims to validate dynamic wireless charging technology solutions for several upcoming pilot projects that include the Utah Inland Port Authority (Salt Lake City, UT), the Central Florida Expressway (Orlando, FL) and developing projects in several states across the nation. “ASPIRE is excited to work with Electreon in demonstrating the electrified roadways of tomorrow, The groundbreaking work that we are doing here exemplifies our commitment to creating solutions to the issues that are preventing us from electrifying transportation. We believe that our findings will provide the blueprint for the nation’s path to deep electrified vehicle adoption and resulting energy, economic and environmental benefits through low-cost ubiquitous charging infrastructure.” Regan Zane, ASPIRE Center Director Electreon and ASPIRE are also partnering on the demonstration project with Kiewit Corporation, one of the largest and most respected engineering and construction companies in North America. Kiewit will provide expert insight into installation and construction processes for electric roads. “Kiewit is proud to continue our partnership with Electreon and ASPIRE for the deployment of this innovative technology,” says Mike Johnson, Kiewit Sr. Vice President of Infrastructure Markets & Strategy. “The ASPIRE demonstration will be essential in understanding construction considerations around installation and maintenance of dynamic and static inductive vehicle charging on public roads.” The project also includes Kenworth Truck Company, which has delivered a Class 8 Kenworth T680 Classic to USU for the integration with the Electreon system at the test track. “This collaborative effort offers an excellent opportunity to explore the potential of mobile wireless charging. We will discover the amount of energy actually generated from driving the Kenworth T680 over charging plates at various speeds, and collect data for possible real world on-road testing in the future,” said Ryan Reed, Kenworth Director of Research and Development in Renton, Washington. Electreon is one of the only active dynamic charging solutions available on the market today with projects spanning worldwide including the electrified roadways charging 200 buses in Israel as well as other projects in Italy, Germany, Sweden and now coming to Utah and Michigan. About Electreon Electreon is the leading provider of wireless charging solutions for electric vehicles (EVs), providing end-to-end charging infrastructure and services to meet the needs and efficiency demands of shared, public and commercial fleet operators and consumers. The company’s proprietary inductive technology dynamically (while in motion) and statically (while stopped) charges EVs quickly and safely, eliminating range anxiety, lowering total costs of EV ownership, and reducing battery capacity needs—making it one of the most environmentally sustainable, scalable, and compelling charging solutions available today. Electreon works with cities and fleet operators on a charging as a service (CaaS) platform that enables cost-effective electrification of public, commercial, and autonomous fleets for smooth and continuous operation. About ASPIRE The ASPIRE Engineering Research Center was launched in September, 2020 with a $50 million, 10-year grant from the National Science Foundation with its main purpose to support widespread adoption of electric transportation through developing technologies and clearing barriers leading to low cost, ubiquitous charging infrastructure. One of the key aspects of the ASPIRE research portfolio is dynamic wireless power transfer, a research and development area where USU and its ASPIRE partner universities have led advances for many years. The ASPIRE university partners (Purdue University, University of Colorado Boulder, The University of Texas at El Paso, and University of Auckland, New Zealand) are joined by more than 60 industry, government, and non-profit members from all sectors of the electric transportation ecosystem.

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Cyber security engineer is one of the fastest growing jobs in the IT field with over 35,000 plus openings according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In fact, the jobs are so in high demand that some workers command a salary of over $107,000 on average. It has never been a better time to be a cyber security engineer, especially with many universities and colleges offering bachelors and master’s degree programs in this field.

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