Theresa May gets locked in her limo.
UK’s May was briefly trapped in her car on Tuesday, in an unfortunate metaphor for Brexit.
The back door of Theresa May’s car wouldn’t open, ahead of her meeting with Angela Merkel. The Prime Minister had just arrived in Berlin for a meeting with German Chancellor, to discuss the Northern Ireland backstop.
But on her arrival, aides struggled to open the back door of her car, lacking a unilateral mechanism to exit from the vehicle. May found herself desperately attempting to make an exit, much like her current Brexit negotiations with the EU. Continue reading
Self-driving suite will ferry guests from place to place. Drones will deliver room service through the sunroof.
Toronto-based Aprilli Design Studio has designed a hotel suite housed within a self-driving vehicle.
The battery-powered hotel-room-on-wheels is equipped with the basic sleeping, working, and washroom facilities that ‘allow the guests to use their travel time more efficiently and productively’.
Renderings reveal how the robotic hotel includes panoramic windows, a double bed, a desk area, a shower room and a retractable roof where room service can be dropped off via drones. Continue reading
Rolls-Royce has won a major order from Delta Air Lines, the British luxury carmaker announced a few days ago. European aircraft maker Airbus confirmed a deal to supply 50 aircraft from Delta Air Lines, with Rolls Royce to bring engines and support worth $5 billion.
The US-based airline has ordered Rolls-Royce’s Trent 7000 engines to power ten Airbus A330-900 aircraft. The agreement brings the total number of Delta Air Lines Trent 7000-powered A330neos to 35, following an order for 25 aircraft in 2014. Continue reading
Car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has made a breakthrough in the battle to curb motion sickness.
Drivers are less likely to suffer from motion sickness, but passengers are susceptible to it, so the move towards driverless cars has revved up interest in finding a cure for this unpleasant condition.
The British carmaker brand has pioneered a new technique that could reduce cases of motion sickness by at least 60%. The company says it has come up with a way to combat motion sickness and the technology will be applied to all of its future cars. Continue reading
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