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At CES 2019, Con­ti­nen­tal ex­hib­ited how a driver­less ve­hi­cle could be used to stage and de­ploy de­liv­ery ro­bots, tak­ing pack­ages all the way to the con­sumer – even when they’re not able to phys­i­cally re­ceive them.

The seam­less in­te­gra­tion of a driver­less ve­hi­cle – in this case, the Con­ti­nen­tal Ur­ban Mo­bil­ity Ex­pe­ri­ence (CUbE) – and a de­liv­ery robot present a more ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient dis­tri­bu­tion of goods. Driver­less ve­hi­cles like the CUbE, Con­ti­nen­tal’s au­tonomous elec­tri­fied de­vel­op­ment plat­form, are gen­er­ally con­sid­ered as a so­lu­tion for ur­ban “first or last mile” mo­bil­ity. This type of ve­hi­cle – of­ten re­ferred to as a robo-taxi or pod – will be a part of the seam­less mo­bil­ity value chain. The pur­pose of these ve­hi­cles will be ex­tended to goods de­liv­ery to fur­ther utilise the avail­able trans­port ca­pac­ity and re­duce idle times.“With the help of robot de­liv­ery, Con­ti­nen­tal’s vi­sion for seam­less mo­bil­ity can ex­tend right to your doorstep. Our vi­sion of cas­caded robot de­liv­ery lever­ages a driver­less ve­hi­cle to carry de­liv­ery ro­bots, cre­at­ing an ef­fi­cient trans­port team,” Ralph Laux­mann, Head of Sys­tems & Tech­nol­ogy, Chas­sis & Safety di­vi­sion, Con­ti­nen­tal, said.

Au­to­mated goods de­liv­ery is fore­casted to pro­vide an an­swer for up to 80% of all busi­ness-to-con­sumer de­liv­er­ies,

ac­cord­ing to mul­ti­ple re­search sources. Con­ti­nen­tal views au­to­mated goods de­liv­ery as an in­te­gral part of fu­ture ur­ban mo­bil­ity as an ad­di­tion to con­ven­tional goods de­liv­ery. Driver­less ve­hi­cles like the CUbE can carry one or mul­ti­ple de­liv­ery ro­bots and de­ploy them to han­dle the last yards of the goods and par­cel de­liv­ery lo­gis­tics chain. “In­dus­tri­al­is­ing the au­to­ma­tion of goods de­liv­ery re­quires re­li­able, ro­bust, high-per­form­ing and best-cost tech­nol­ogy – a mix per­fectly re­flected in the au­to­mo­tive equiv­a­lent of au­to­ma­tion. It is this very pro­file of ex­per­tise that has made Con­ti­nen­tal one of the in­dus­try-lead­ing sup­pli­ers of ad­vanced driver as­sis­tance sys­tems and ve­hi­cle au­to­ma­tion,” Laux­mann said.

With ex­ist­ing de­liv­ery ro­bots serv­ing as a de­vel­op­ment plat­form, Con­ti­nen­tal is ready to trans­fer and scale au­to­mo­tive tech­nol­ogy to meet robot man­u­fac­tur­ers’ re­quire­ments. “The chal­lenges to a de­liv­ery robot par­al­lel what we al­ready solve for in au­to­mated ve­hi­cles,” said Jeremy McClain, Di­rec­tor of Sys­tems and Tech­nol­ogy, Con­ti­nen­tal North Amer­ica. “Plus, de­liv­ery ro­bots will re­quire tech­nol­ogy that is just as ad­vanced and ro­bust as our au­to­mo­tive so­lu­tions.” With the ever-in­creas­ing pop­u­lar­ity of on­line shop­ping and the growth of megac­i­ties, unique so­lu­tions for pack­age de­liv­ery will be needed. Driver­less ve­hi­cles com­bined with de­liv­ery ro­bots could be the per­fect an­swer.

Driver­less ve­hi­cles will rep­re­sent a very im­por­tant el­e­ment in the Smart Cities of the fu­ture. They are con­sid­ered by many ex­perts asa key el­e­ment of fu­ture mo­bil­ity con­cepts to solve the chal­lenges of ur­ban­i­sa­tion. A driver­less ve­hi­cle can be in use al­most 24/7. In­no­va­tive city plan­ners see driver­less ve­hi­cle­sas a valu­able ad­di­tion to pub­lic mass trans­port by elim­i­nat­ing the need for a pri­vately owned car to get to the near­est point of ac­cess to other means of trans­port.

“There will be peaks in de­mand for driver­less ve­hi­cles­dur­ing the day. To make use of driver­less ve­hi­cle­sout­side those peak ‘rush’ hours is where robot-de­liv­ery comes in. “We see great po­ten­tial in our au­to­mo­tive tech­nol­ogy to sup­port ro­bot­ics com­pa­nies in de­vel­op­ing au­tonomous de­liv­ery ro­bots as an ad­di­tional use case for driver­less ve­hi­cles” McClain said.


Bio-Hy­brid GmbH, a com­pany be­long­ing to the Scha­ef­fler Group, pre­sented at CES 2019 the near-pro­duc­tion Bio-Hy­brid – a new, mod­ern form of per­sonal ur­ban mo­bil­ity and means of trans­porta­tion. The vari­able and elec­tri­cally-as­sisted ve­hi­cles were show­cased in the Cargo and Pas­sen­ger ver­sions.

“As a pi­o­neer, Scha­ef­fler pre­sented the ‘Bio-Hy­brid’ prod­uct cat­e­gory as a vi­sion for pri­vate trans­porta­tion in ur­ban ar­eas in 2016. This vi­sion is now turn­ing into re­al­ity. At the end of 2017, we es­tab­lished Scha­ef­fler Bio-Hy­brid GmbH. As a spin-off, the fully owned sub­sidiary is able to op­er­ate with the flex­i­bil­ity of a startup and has the mis­sion to de­velop the Bio-Hy­brid to pro­duc­tion level. The world pre­miere of the two near-pro­duc­tion pro­to­types at CES marked the next step on the road to the planned mar­ket launch in 2020,” Prof. Peter Gutzmer, Deputy CEO and Chief Tech­nol­ogy Of­fi­cer of Scha­ef­fler AG, said.

“A cen­tral aim is to pre­vent the im­pend­ing to­tal grid­lock in big cities and to make them more pedes­trian-fo­cused and liv­able. This can only be achieved by de-con­flict­ing traf­fic by means of new, in­tel­li­gent ve­hi­cle con­cepts. An ap­proach like this re­quires ve­hi­cles that in a con­nected and sys­tem­i­cally shared en­vi­ron­ment at­tain high flex­i­bil­ity while min­imis­ing the need for space. This is ex­actly what the Bio-Hy­brid of­fers,” Ger­ald Vollnhals, Project Man­ager at Scha­ef­fler Bio-Hy­brid GmbH, said.

Based on the con­cept un­veiled in 2016, the Scha­ef­fler startup con­tin­u­ously pursed the fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of the BioHy­brid. The ver­sions show­cased at CES will be de­ployed in a test field in the mid­dle of 2019. In ad­di­tion to the drive sys­tem, for ex­am­ple, the op­er­at­ing con­cept and the de­sign were com­pletely re­vised for this pur­pose. Con­cur­rently, Scha­ef­fler es­tab­lished a ten-mem­ber team the size of which is to dou­ble in 2019.

Pa­trick Sei­del, who is re­spon­si­ble for strat­egy and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment at Scha­ef­fler Bio-Hy­brid GmbH, said: “In the next ma­jor step, we will con­tinue to drive our mar­ket­ing, sales and in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion con­cept and are open to part­ner­ships in this re­spect.”

The Cargo and Pas­sen­ger ver­sions share the same mod­u­lar plat­form de­liv­er­ing high lev­els of com­fort and max­i­mum safety stan­dards. Due to its 4 wheels, the con­cept of­fers ex­cep­tional driv­ing sta­bil­ity. As a re­sult of hav­ing a roof and a wind­shield, the ve­hi­cle can be used in any type of weather and thus in all sea­sons. It is hardly wider than a nor­mal bi­cy­cle and can be op­er­ated on bi­cy­cle paths as well with zero emis­sions.

The pas­sen­ger ver­sion of­fers a new form of per­sonal and de­sign-ori­ented ur­ban mo­bil­ity. It com­fort­ably seats two peo­ple be­hind one an­other. The cargo ver­sion pro­vides a vari­able so­lu­tion for zero-emis­sions haul­ing of goods. The ve­hi­cle to be show­cased in Las Ve­gas is a kind of “pick-up.” The mod­u­lar body makes the Bio-Hy­brid a ver­i­ta­ble quickchange artist: refrigeration ve­hi­cle, cof­fee shop or locked stowage com­part­ment – any­thing is pos­si­ble. In terms of cargo vol­ume and pay­load, the Cargo ver­sion is per­fectly pre­pared to han­dle haul­ing re­quire­ments in ur­ban ar­eas and pro­vides an al­ter­na­tive within the fu­ture mo­bil­ity mix.

Hero Elec­tronix

Hero Elec­tronix has an­nounced its en­try into the con­sumer tech­nol­ogy space with a series of AI-pow­ered, con­nected de­vices. The team at Hero Elec­tronix be­lieves that a mas­sive rev­o­lu­tion is com­ing as smart de­vices pro­lif­er­ate driven by tech­nol­ogy trends like ubiq­ui­tous con­nec­tiv­ity, cloud com­put­ing, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and low-cost sen­sors. Ex­ist­ing prod­ucts rang­ing from cam­eras to au­dio speak­ers are getting smarter and a whole new range of de­vices emerg­ing (i.e. dash cam, child track­ers) that can make our lives more con­ve­nient, safer and en­ter­tain­ing.

Tak­ing ad­van­tage of these tech­nolo­gies, Hero Elec­tronix plans to launch more than 10 in­tel­li­gent prod­ucts across Home Au­toma­ton, Au­to­mo­tive, Health and En­ter­tain­ment do­mains in the next 5 years. Each of these de­vices is be­ing ar­chi­tected ground up to solve spe­cific needs of In­dian con­sumers and to work in In­dian en­vi­ron­ments and fam­ily set-ups. To de­velop these so­lu­tions, HEPL has made mas­sive R&D in­vest­ments over the course of past 24 months and part­nered with global tech­nol­ogy gi­ants like Ama­zon and Qual­comm. The first of these prod­ucts was pre­viewed at the CES 2019. This is a break­through prod­uct de­signed to be the cen­ter­piece of se­cu­rity, en­ter­tain­ment and au­to­ma­tion needs of your home. At its heart, it’s a HD cam­era with ad­vanced ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence that al­lows you to re­motely mon­i­tor and pro­tect your home. Fea­tures like fa­cial recog­ni­tion and 2-way au­dio help you to stay con­nected with loved ones. Night vi­sion and mo­tion (un­known per­son de­tec­tion) alerts help guard against po­ten­tial in­ci­dents. It has Alexa and home hub built-in, so you can use your voice to play mu­sic, con­trol smart home de­vices, ac­cess skills and more- hands free. More­over, this prod­uct is pow­ered by the Qual­comm Vi­sion In­tel­li­gence 100 Plat­form, based on the APQ8053 Sys­tem-On-Chip (SoC). The Qual­comm Vi­sion In­tel­li­gence plat­form in­cludes a highly op­ti­mised cus­tom CPU and GPU that is de­signed to pro­vide high com­pute ca­pa­bil­ity at low-power for on-de­vice ma­chine learn­ing in­clud­ing in­te­grated con­nec­tiv­ity and sup­port for dis­play and au­dio fea­tures. Fi­nally, it has a high-qual­ity speaker that can fill your home with high fidelity sound. This made-in-In­dia de­vice is among the very few in­no­va­tions from In­dia to be pre­sented at CES 2019, which speaks to its ca­pa­bil­i­ties and unique­ness. Plan­ning for the long-term, Hero Elec­tronix has in­vested in build­ing the core tech­nol­ogy com­po­nents in-house. The com­plete tech­nol­ogy stack – hard­ware, cloud soft­ware, de­vice soft­ware, app – has been ar­chi­tected by its Engi­neers over a pe­riod of 2 years and built in col­lab­o­ra­tion with lead­ing global part­ners. Ad­di­tion­ally, Hero Elec­tronix has made sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ments in AI (specif­i­cally im­age pro­cess­ing), which have led to sig­nif­i­cant break­throughs in terms of prod­uct fea­ture/func­tion­al­ity.

Ujjwal Mun­jal, Founder Di­rec­tor, Hero Elec­tronix said, “We at Hero Elec­tronix feel proud to have our prod­ucts show­cased at CES 2019, we in­tend on launch­ing a series of AI-Pow­ered con­nected prod­ucts that are de­signed and built grounds up in In­dia for In­dia and the world. Each of these in­tel­li­gent con­sumer de­vices is unique, in­no­va­tive and first of its kind in many as­pects, best in class even on a global stage.” Nikhil Ra­j­pal, CEO, Hero Elec­tronix said, “We be­lieve we have a unique op­por­tu­nity avail­able to us at this point. There is a ma­jor rev­o­lu­tion com­ing where AI pow­ered con­nected de­vices can solve mas­sive real-world prob­lems. While we are ad­dress­ing the home au­to­ma­tion space with our first range of prod­ucts in the near term, we will soon come out with prod­ucts tar­geted at the au­to­mo­tive, health and fit­ness space.”


CES 2019 saw an ar­ray of pro­duc­tion-ready ZF tech­nolo­gies that will help to make fully au­tonomous driv­ing in pub­lic traf­fic a re­al­ity. The com­pany made the world pre­miere of ZF ProAI RoboThink, the most pow­er­ful AI-ca­pa­ble su­per­com­puter in the mo­bil­ity in­dus­try. This

au­to­mo­tive-grade sys­tem, com­bined with ZF’s fully de­vel­oped sen­sor suite, al­lows real-time anal­y­sis of and re­ac­tion to vir­tu­ally any kind of com­plex traf­fic sit­u­a­tions, mak­ing au­tonomous mo­bil­ity-as-a-ser­vice pos­si­ble. Fully net­worked sys­tem so­lu­tions based on the ZF Cloud link the ve­hi­cle to the IoT, as well as to cus­tomer ap­pli­ca­tions such as pay­ment sys­tems or ride-hail­ing ser­vices. This com­pre­hen­sive of­fer­ing was on dis­play at CES 2019 in the form of a fully op­er­a­tional robo-taxi, high­light­ing what is now fea­si­ble thanks to ZF.

“With its unique con­cept in terms of flex­i­bil­ity, mod­u­lar­ity and scal­a­bil­ity, this out­stand­ing prod­uct ac­cel­er­ates the de­vel­op­ment of driver­less ve­hi­cles as well as their abil­ity to au­tonomously move peo­ple and goods,” Wolf-Hen­ning Schei­der, CEO of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, said.

A per­for­mance of up to 600 tril­lion cal­cu­la­tion op­er­a­tions per sec­ond (600 ter­aOPS) puts the ZF ProAI RoboThink in the pole po­si­tion for au­to­mo­tive-grade cen­tral con­trol units. This level of com­put­ing power is de­signed to be ca­pa­ble of net­work­ing the stream of in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal sen­sor data with carto-X com­mu­ni­ca­tion and cloud-based data in­put in real time, pro­vid­ing a plat­form to help safely op­er­ate a Level4+ au­tonomous ve­hi­cle in vir­tu­ally any kind of pub­lic traf­fic.

This is a pre­con­di­tion to sup­port the fu­ture seg­ment of au­tonomous ride-hail­ing ser­vices from ar­eas with pre­de­fined routes like cam­puses or com­pany grounds to the sig­nif­i­cantly more com­plex en­vi­ron­ment of pub­lic road traf­fic. In the wake of this de­vel­op­ing trend, ZF also pre­miered its own soft­ware stack for new mo­bil­ity con­cepts at the CES. This stack to­gether with the lat­est ZF Pro AI and the com­pany’s com­pre­hen­sive sen­sor set rep­re­sent a fully in­te­grated sys­tem for driver­less ve­hi­cles that can be eas­ily adopted by the new play­ers in the field of mo­bil­ity ser­vices.


Vis­teon Corporation, a lead­ing global sup­plier of au­to­mo­tive cock­pit so­lu­tions, of­fered a glimpse into the smart, learn­ing dig­i­tal cock­pit of the fu­ture at CES 2019. Vis­teon show­cased ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies that can power the in-ve­hi­cle user ex­pe­ri­ence of the au­to­mo­tive cock­pit in the emerg­ing era of more au­to­mated driv­ing. Vis­teon’s in­te­grated so­lu­tions are aimed at im­prov­ing safety on the road while en­abling seam­less ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion – from per­sonal de­vices, the ve­hi­cle and the cloud – us­ing the lat­est in­no­va­tions in tech­nol­ogy.

Key high­lights of this new cock­pit elec­tron­ics ar­chi­tec­ture in­clude: A high-pow­ered cock­pit do­main con­troller that in­te­grates the in­stru­ment clus­ter; in­fo­tain­ment and other cock­pit func­tions into a sin­gle ECU with ad­vanced graph­ics, over-the-air soft­ware up­dates, and state-of-the-art cy­ber se­cu­rity; large high-res­o­lu­tion dis­plays that are curved and non-rec­tan­gu­lar to de­liver an en­hanced view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with­out lim­it­ing in­te­rior panel de­sign; a scal­able au­tonomous do­main con­troller for Level 2 and higher au­to­mated driv­ing that is in­te­grated with the cock­pit do­main con­troller for seam­less in­ter­ac­tion with the driver; a ma­chine learn­ing­based voice recog­ni­tion and text-to-speech so­lu­tion for a nat­u­ral lan­guage; con­ver­sa­tional smart as­sis­tant In-cabin driver and other oc­cu­pant de­tec­tion and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy, also based on ma­chine learn­ing for im­proved safety func­tion­al­ity.

“The shift to­ward elec­tric cars and im­proved au­to­mated driv­ing tech­nol­ogy is an op­por­tu­nity to re­think the cock­pit in terms of how driv­ers and pas­sen­gers in­ter­act with the ve­hi­cle and their sur­round­ings. As ve­hi­cles be­come more au­to­mated, there is a need for fresh ap­proaches to the hu­man-ma­chine in­ter­face in the cock­pit – to en­sure con­trol can shift safely and seam­lessly be­tween the driver and the ve­hi­cle, and to keep oc­cu­pants in­formed, en­gaged and en­ter­tained. “In the era of in­creased au­to­mated driv­ing, the cock­pit will be­come a smart, learn­ing, mo­bile as­sis­tant,” Vis­teon Pres­i­dent and CEO Sachin Lawande, said.

Vis­teon’s in­dus­try-lead­ing dig­i­tal cock­pit so­lu­tions of­fer au­tomak­ers a com­plete suite of tech­nolo­gies to up­grade the user ex­pe­ri­ence of their ve­hi­cles. At CES, Vis­teon demon­strated the in­te­gra­tion be­tween the SmartCore cock­pit do­main con­troller and the scal­able DriveCore au­tonomous driv­ing con­troller, which com­bine to cre­ate a seam­less HMI be­tween the driver and the ve­hi­cle. This in­ter­face man­ages the ex­pe­ri­ence of driv­ers and pas­sen­gers as the ve­hi­cle seam­lessly takes con­trol from the driver or gives it back.


At CES 2019, Bosch pre­sented its con­nected mo­bil­ity of the fu­ture. With the con­cept shut­tle ve­hi­cle it de­vel­oped in­house, Bosch is cel­e­brat­ing a world first at CES. In this ve­hi­cle, the com­pany is pre­sent­ing so­lu­tions for the au­to­ma­tion, con­nec­tiv­ity, and elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of ve­hi­cles, and is giv­ing

vis­i­tors the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence at first hand a new kind of mo­bil­ity: driver­less shut­tles, which will soon be a fea­ture on the streets of the world’s cities. “This will pay into our vi­sion of mo­bil­ity that is as emis­sions­free, ac­ci­dent-free, and stress-free as pos­si­ble,” says Dr Markus Heyn, Board of man­age­ment mem­ber, Bosch. For shut­tle-based mo­bil­ity such as this, Bosch will be sup­ply­ing not only com­po­nents and sys­tems, but also a com­plete range of mo­bil­ity ser­vices, such as reser­va­tion, shar­ing, and con­nec­tiv­ity plat­forms, as well as park­ing and recharg­ing ser­vices. Bosch be­lieves that such con­nected ser­vices are es­sen­tial for the shut­tle-based mo­bil­ity of the fu­ture. The fore­cast mar­ket vol­ume for these ser­vices is also high: while it was 47 bil­lion eu­ros in 2017, it is es­ti­mated that it will be as much as 140 bil­lion eu­ros by 2022 (source: PwC). Bosch also wants to have a share in this, and aims for sig­nif­i­cant dou­bledigit growth with the so­lu­tions it of­fers. For Heyn, there is no doubt: “In the fu­ture, ev­ery ve­hi­cle on the road will make use of Bosch dig­i­tal ser­vices. We will con­sol­i­date them into a smart, seam­lessly con­nected ecosys­tem.”


Fau­re­cia, which has been de­vel­op­ing a com­pre­hen­sive tech­nol­ogy of­fer to en­hance peo­ple’s mo­bil­ity ex­pe­ri­ences, ad­dresses two key do­mains: Cock­pit of the Fu­ture for a safer, more com­fort­able and per­son­alised ex­pe­ri­ence, and Sus­tain­able Mo­bil­ity for cleaner and more en­vi­ron­men­tally-re­spon­si­ble trans­porta­tion.

Fau­re­cia show­cased how the on­board in­tel­li­gence and in­te­grated de­sign of the Cock­pit of the Fu­ture pro­vides a more ver­sa­tile, con­nected and pre­dic­tive en­vi­ron­ment that al­lows peo­ple to make the most of their time on­board. Fau­re­cia also demon­strated key tech­nolo­gies to ac­cel­er­ate the de­vel­op­ment of fuel-cell pow­ered ve­hi­cles, a promis­ing fu­ture zero-emis­sions mo­bil­ity so­lu­tion. Con­nected and in­creas­ingly au­tonomous ve­hi­cles will be­come more com­plex, with a wide ar­ray of hard­ware, soft­ware and ser­vices to con­nect and con­trol. Fau­re­cia’s Cock­pit In­tel­li­gence Plat­form (CIP), de­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with Ac­cen­ture, is an elec­tron­ics sys­tem that man­ages all the in­te­rior func­tions of the Cock­pit for an in­tu­itive in­ter­ac­tion be­tween oc­cu­pants and the ve­hi­cle.

Us­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, over time the CIP learns from in­for­ma­tion col­lected from cam­eras and sen­sors to pre­dict and per­son­alise the on­board ex­pe­ri­ence. This ranges from au­to­mat­i­cally recog­nis­ing a driver and ad­just­ing seat­ing and light­ing pref­er­ences, cre­at­ing in­di­vid­ual sound bub­bles, sim­pli­fy­ing in­ter­ac­tions via voice, ges­ture or touch, to propos­ing multi-sen­so­rial well­ness pro­grammes that re­lax or re­vi­talise oc­cu­pants. Fau­re­cia’s CIP is con­nected to the cloud, en­abling the sys­tem to se­curely store and ac­cess on and off­line data to en­sure a con­ti­nu­ity be­tween home, of­fice and in-ve­hi­cle ser­vices through edge com­put­ing.

Fau­re­cia has taken a ser­vices-ori­ented ap­proach. The CIP is built on an open source An­droid plat­form to sup­port the de­vel­op­ment and in­te­gra­tion of new apps and ser­vices. In ad­di­tion to be­ing highly con­nected, it’s also scal­able and upgrad­able. This al­lows au­tomak­ers to choose which func­tion­al­i­ties to in­te­grate in each cat­e­gory of ve­hi­cle, as well as up­grade over the air new fea­tures to keep ve­hi­cles state of the art over their life­time. Fau­re­cia’s CIP fea­tures a num­ber of key spe­cial­ist tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing the soft­ware and elec­tronic au­dio, in­fo­tain­ment and con­nec­tiv­ity ser­vices of Par­rot Fau­re­cia Au­to­mo­tive and Fau­re­cia Coa­gent Elec­tron­ics.

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