Elon Musk: “Your car will drive to your phone location and follow you like a pet if you hold down summon button on Tesla app.”
A Tesla will soon be able to drive itself for short distances, or it could be driven from a smartphone in some cases, and even follow its driver “like a pet,” CEO Elon Musk said Thursday on Twitter. However, it is not clear if a vehicle operating in a public space would be legally allowed to park itself. Continue reading
EasyJet is planning to have electric planes by 2030 that will cover short-haul routes.
EasyJet, the British-based budget airline, has promised to develop a fleet of electric planes to cover short-haul routes by 2030, which would effectively reduce carbon emissions and noise from its operations.
Last year, Europe’s number two low-cost carrier after Ryanair announced it was aiming to use the lower-noise electric aircraft by 2027 through its partnership with Wright Electric, a start-up U.S. company. Founded in 2016, Wright Electric already has built a two-seater electric plane and is planning to debut a nine-seater next year. It is currently applying for a patent on a motor for an electric airliner.
Wright Electric predicts electric planes will undoubtedly be up to 50% quieter and 10% cheaper than traditional aircraft for airlines to buy and operate. Wright Electric CEO Jeffrey Engler said that they were excited about the future and they were looking forward to helping introduce low-emissions and low-noise aviation. Given the continuing rise in the price of jet fuel, many airline operators would welcome a way to cut emissions, noise and travel costs.
Several high-profile engineering companies are currently working on electric aircraft. Boeing, use an engine turbine from the French Safran Group to build a motor for a hybrid plane, while Siemens in collaboration with Airbus has been focusing on developing electric motors for airplanes.
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Automaker BMW is recalling about 1.6 million diesel vehicles worldwide to fix a potential fire hazard in their engines.
BMW investigation found coolant could leak from the car’s exhaust recirculation module, part of the emissions reduction system and the defect can lead to sparks while driving which could result in a fire. The Munich-based manufacturer said it had already decided to recall 480,000 vehicles in Asia and Europe after fires were reported in South Korea. No injuries were reported yet. Later, further examination led to an expansion of the maintenance action. Continue reading
A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO is officially the most expensive car in the world after it was auctioned off for a record-breaking US$48.4 million.
The 250 GTO race car took the title of the world’s most expensive car sold at auction last month, netting a US$44 million top bid that balloons to a remarkable US$48.4 million with buyer’s fees included. The race car became not only the most expensive Ferrari sold at auction but the costliest car of any kind to ever cross the block. Continue reading
Mercedes showed its first fully electric vehicle in direct German challenge to Tesla at an event in Stockholm.
The SUV comes with a 450-kilometer range, distinctively full-width rear light, and clean-cut interiors. The car is aiming for luxury customers and tech-savvy millennials alike.
Daimler is aiming to have up to 10 electric car models by 2022, a target reiterated last week by Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, who hopes the EQC and its other electric vehicles will account for up to 25 percent of its sales by 2025.
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Volvo unveils transforming robo-taxi, fully autonomous concept car that turns into a BED and an office.
The Swedish carmaker Volvo presented a prototype for a new Robo-taxi in mid-week, as the company races to meet an ambitious target for driverless vehicle sales. The model, named 360c, is a driverless, fully electric, futuristic car which could be an important part of Volvo’s future strategy. Continue reading
A Lufthansa Cargo plane will ferry the BMW iNEXT on a five-day tour.
In a round-the-world sprint Lufthansa will fly the iNEXT in a Boeing 777 Freighter to press events in Europe, the U. S. and China.
BMW is teaming up with the largest airline in Europe, Lufthansa, to promote its Vision iNext full-electric, highly autonomous car. Continue reading
Toyota is investing $500m in Uber for self-driving car programme.
The aim of the partnership is to use technology from both companies to bring an on-demand autonomous ride-hailing service to market and the deal includes a $500 million investment from the Japanese automaker. Under the agreement, Toyota will manufacture Sienna minivans equipped with Uber’s self-driving technology, and then deployed on the ride-hailing company’s network, the companies said. A third company will operate the fleet. They have yet to identify the other partner, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the details are private. Continue reading
Jaguar will make an electric version of 1960s sports car, the E-Type, and it will be available to eco-conscious fans from 2020. Jaguar will also convert existing E-types into electric vehicles.
Last spring, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle drove away from their royal wedding in an all-electric Jaguar E-Type. However, it seems the E-Type is not just a concept or a vehicle available only to royalty. Jaguar has just announced it will make a series of all-electric Jaguar E-Type sports cars available for sale by summer of 2020.
The new E-Type Zero will look like the iconic 1960s sports car, with its long hood, curved roof and chrome bumpers, except that its engine and transmission will be replaced with a battery pack and an electric motor with I-Pace components. In addition, Zero comes with touchscreen navigation, LED headlights and other modern high-tech parts.
Jaguar fans who don’t have an E-type but want both EV components and the original engine can even ask to obtain an original vehicle and to have it converted instead of getting the Zero version only.
More details about the new electric E-type have not been released yet but Jaguar says it is planning to achieve a 170-mile range and a 40kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which can be fully recharged within six to seven hours.
The company didn’t talk about prices and obviously they could vary depending on what the buyer wants and will definitely be in the luxury vehicle range.
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The robot invasion is already underway. Boston Dynamics is planning to build an army of robot dogs.
The Massachusetts-based firm has announced it is preparing to produce 1,000 SpotMini robotic dogs per year.
By July 2019, the engineering and robotics design company wants to launch its canine-like bots.
The 2.75-foot-tall, four-legged machine inherited the mobility of its big brother Spot. SpotMini is the smallest variant of Boston Dynamics’ many different models of robot dogs. It weighs around 66 pounds and has 90 minutes of battery life. The robotics design company demonstrated all kinds of functionalities during TechCrunch’s TC Session Robotics event in May. Continue reading