Rolls-Royce Names its Ultra-luxury Off-roader Cullinan

Rolls-Royce’s groundbreaking first SUV is named after a diamond.

The name of the new Rolls-Royce hatchback vehicle was officially announced after months of speculations.
The new ultra-luxury off-roader is named after the largest rough-cut diamond ever found- Cullinan. Weighing nearly 1.5 pounds, the Cullinan was discovered in South Africa more than a century ago and is currently owned by Queen Elizabeth.

The vehicle has been developed under the Project Cullinan since its inception and inspired by the largest flawless diamond ever found.

The car is designed to travel off-road as well as on pavement. Little information has been revealed about the off-roader so far- it is described by the British luxury car maker as a “high-sided” vehicle rather than an SUV. Continue reading

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Tesla ‘On Autopilot’ Slams Into Parked Fire Truck On Freeway

A fire truck parked at a California freeway was hit by a Tesla Model S reported being in ‘autopilot’ mode. The driver was not seriously injured but the vehicle suffered significant damage.

The fire truck had been parked in the left emergency lane, blocking off the scene of a previous accident, authorities said. The incident happened around 8:30 a.m. on Interstate 405 in Culver City.

The union representing Culver City firefighters whose truck was hit said the driver claimed he had been using Tesla’s Autopilot system.

 

Read the whole story at The Mercury News.

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Ford Debuted 2019 Edge ST, a Tuned up Version of its SUV

Ford just unveiled its 2019 Edge ST- a higher-powered version of the popular SUV.

The ST edition of the Edge sport utility vehicle was introduced last Thursday in advance of the Detroit auto show. This new Ford Edge will be the first SUV ever that joins the Ford Performance lineup, which includes vehicles as the GT supercar and the Shelby GT350 Mustang. It features specific styling, a sport suspension, and performance tuning. Continue reading

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China Unveils New Solar Highway

China’s new solar highway is complete and will soon be able to recharge electric vehicles.
The world’s first solar panel highway was officially opened at 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoon in Jinan, the capital of China’s Shandong Province. This solar road is part of a project, named the Jinan City Expressway that is currently being built in one of China’s most highly-trafficked areas. In total, the solar road is 1.2 miles and contains over 10,000 photovoltaic panels that will be able to convert sunlight into electricity. Continue reading

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Navya Unveils its Self-Driving Taxi

Navya Technologies SAS unveiled its Autonum Cab, an autonomous taxi currently available for orders.
The small French company is mostly known for its autonomous shuttles. Navya has recently taken the next step in self-driving vehicles by introducing its robot-driven automobiles.
Navya is planning to test its self-driving taxis onto the streets of Paris in the next few weeks to try and beat large tech companies, big automakers, and other well-funded startups, from General Motors Co. to Alphabet Inc., in a race to develop fully autonomous cars and prove that they are safe. Continue reading

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Two Vintage Cars Owned by The Beatles Go To Auction

1966_Morris_Mini_Cooper_S_Monaco_coupe_(6880431032)Two Beatles’ cars are up for auction: Paul’s Aston Martin, Ringo’s Mini Cooper along with Elton John’s Bentley.
Two most British pieces of musical and automobile history Aston Martin and Mini Cooper formerly owned by The Beatles can now be yours. A 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that used to belong to Sir Paul McCartney and a 1966 Mini Cooper owned by Ringo Starr are going to auction in a few days at The Bond Street Sale, an auction house in London.
The Cooper is expected to sell for anywhere between $120,000 to $160,000 and Aston Martin is expected to fetch between $1.6 million and $2 million. Continue reading

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Uber Paid Hackers $100K to Delete Stolen Data and Stay Quiet

Uber_autonomous_vehicle_prototype_testing_in_San_FranciscoUber concealed data breach for a year and paid hackers $100,000 to delete stolen personal data on 57 million people.
Hackers have stolen the personal data of drivers and customers from Uber Technologies Inc., a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year.  Continue reading

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Airline Wants to Weigh Travelers Before They Board the Plane

Bathroom_ScalePassengers at Helsinki airport flying with Finnair, the national airline, have been asked to step onto weighing scales before boarding.
Finland airline is conducting a voluntary weigh-in. Passengers’ names are not included in the data, the company claims.
it needs about 2,000 travelers to get an accurate read on passenger weights and their carry-on bags.
Finnair is looking for 2,000 travelers to get an accurate read on passenger weights and their carry-on bags. The aim is to verify the accuracy of figures the carrier uses to estimate a plane’s total weight. Continue reading

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Tesla to Build Manufacturing Plant in Shanghai

14_Tesla_Model_STesla is planning to build a factory in Shanghai to help bring costs down.

Tesla Motors is in discussions to establish its first factory in China. CEO Elon Musk said two years ago that a factory in the country could cut the price of electric cars sold in China by a third.

In a statement last week, Tesla Motors said it is planning to set up more overseas factories to make electric cars that customers could afford. Such a factory is a must in China, which charges steep tariffs for imported cars.

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Richard Branson Invests in Hyperloop One

Hyperloop_Cheetah_capsule_in_tube_02Sir Richard Branson invests in the US company developing vehicles that will run at supersonic speeds.
After a major investment from Richard Branson’s company, the Hyperloop One transport company has changed its name into Virgin Hyperloop One. The exact investment figure invested by Virgin Group has not been released. However, last month Hyperloop One received an additional $85 million through fundraising. The company’s total funding was brought to $245 million. Virgin Hyperloop One has now been valued at $700 million.

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