A heads-up display, which projects information such as the car's speed and battery life in front of the driver, could prevent drivers from looking at the 15ins display while driving and therefore help them focus on the road.Despite its focus on autonomous technology, the driving experience in the Model 3 “remains enjoyably analogue”, says Car magazine, while the vehicle's acceleration performance easily matches its more expensive sibling, the Model S.Drivers may find themselves using only their right foot to drive the Model 3, thanks to its regenerative braking system, which automatically applies the brakes when coasting in order to charge battery.The batteries themselves come in two different options, says Top Gear - offering a 220-mile-per-charge range or 310 miles per charge.As there are no dials behind the steering wheel to show your road speed, Mashable says you need to focus on the touchscreen in the centre console to see how fast you're going.TechCrunch concludes that the Model 3 "is a well-designed, mid-sized sedan that managed to simplify the Tesla design ethos with luxury in mind and without making it feel any less a part of the Tesla family."
The AutoRally platform is technically still a toy, but at almost 40-inches in length and with a top-speed of 62 miles per hour, it s a perfect fifth-scale replica of a human-sized car.After a couple of low-speed human-controlled practice laps on a dirt track to familiarize the truck s AI with the simple course, the vehicle was left to navigate it all on its own, while trying to maintain a constant speed of around 18 miles per hour.Using specially-developed algorithms that calculate 2,560 different possible trajectories for the oncoming two-and-a-half seconds of travel, the truck calculates the best possible way to safely navigate a corner or straightaway all by itself using its steering, acceleration, and braking.Most of the time that includes power-sliding around a corner to maintain as much of its speed as possible—a skill that the little truck learns all by itself through trial and error.The key innovation here isn t about teaching autonomous cars how to safely drift around corners at high speeds—as cool as it looks.Slowing to a crawl every time it rains will keep self-driving cars safe, but they won t do the world any favors when it comes to traffic jams.
Launched out of Y Combinator and Kickstarter in 2012, Boosted Boards makes electric longboards controlled with a handheld wireless remote.The Gen 2 boards also include some other cool new features:Accessory Port – so you can plug in onboard headlights and taillights, or charge your phoneImproved Water Resistance – so you can handle hitting the odd puddle or damp street, though you still shouldn t ride in the rain or through significant standing waterStronger, More Secure Connectivity – to prevent your handheld remote from disconnecting from the board if you hit a Bluetooth interference, and protect you from hackersBetter Deck, Wheels, And Drivetrain – for a smoother ride on a lighter board, plus better carving, torque, braking, acceleration, and hill climbingModular, User-Swappable Components – so you can customize, upgrade, and repair your boardInternational Sales Approval – so you can finally buy one no matter where you liveThe improved security is especially important after Wired reported last year that researchers discovered they could hack the Boosted Board over Bluetooth and take control of it.Me, riding a Boosted before my accidentAfter 13 years of longboarding and 2.5 on my Boosted without injury, a giant pothole swallowed me up.Boosted s are the best not just because of the specs, but because of the more subtle mapping of the controller to the board.Flooring it every chance you get might feel fun and look cool, but your body could pay the price.Sick of walking from the train to the office?
The AutoRally platform is technically still a toy, but at 100 cm in length and with a top-speed of 62 miles per hour, it s a perfect fifth-scale replica of a human-sized car.After a couple of low-speed human-controlled practice laps on a dirt track to familiarise the truck s AI with the simple course, the vehicle was left to navigate it all on its own, while trying to maintain a constant speed of around 18 miles per hour.Using specially developed algorithms that calculate 2,560 different possible trajectories for the oncoming two-and-a-half seconds of travel, the truck calculates the best possible way to safely navigate a corner or straightaway all by itself using its steering, acceleration, and braking.Most of the time that includes power-sliding around a corner to maintain as much of its speed as possible — a skill that the little truck learns all by itself through trial and error.The key innovation here isn t about teaching autonomous cars how to safely drift around corners at high speeds — as cool as it looks.Slowing to a crawl every time it rains will keep self-driving cars safe, but they won t do the world any favours when it comes to traffic jams.
Reuters – U.S. consumers still resist the notion of self-driving cars, according to a University of Michigan study released on Monday, the latest sign that investors and automakers may be rushing into a business where demand is limited at best.General Motors recent acquisition of Silicon Valley startup Cruise Automation for a reported $1 billion has accelerated a stampede by other automakers, suppliers and venture capital firms looking to invest in or acquire new companies developing self-driving technology.Consumers, meanwhile, remain concerned about aspects of self-driving technology and overwhelmingly still want the ability to manually control a self-driving vehicle, the study said.The most frequent preference for vehicle automation continues to be for no self-driving capability, said the study s authors, Brandon Schoettle and Michael Sivak.The survey results are consistent with those in a similar survey that the university conducted a year ago and generally mirror the findings in a study that the American Automobile Association released in March.The AAA report found that three out of four respondents were afraid to ride in a self-driving car.The latest University of Michigan survey found 46 percent of respondents preferred no self-driving, followed by partial self-driving 39 percent and complete self-driving 15 percent .Nearly 95 percent of respondents said they wanted to have a steering wheel plus gas and brake pedals so they could take control of a self-driving vehicle when desired, the study found.Traditional automakers and suppliers have embarked on a gradual phase-in of self-driving technologies, from automatically regulating speed and braking to keeping the vehicle from drifting out of its traffic lane.Electric car maker Tesla has gone a step further with its Autopilot system, which gives owners the option of limited self-driving on the highway.Technology companies led by Alphabet Inc s Google favor an all-in approach, with its latest prototypes designed to drive automatically without steering wheel or pedals.Reporting by Paul Lienert in Detroit; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn
View photosMoreBMW's first all-electric car, i3, is unveiled at a ceremony in Beijing July 29, 2013.While Tesla's Model 3 will hit showrooms in 2017, and as rivals Porsche and Audi are working on all-electric cars for release by 2019, the German carmaker appears to have put such cars on the back burner.Dirk Abendroth, manager of BMW's "i" powertrain group, Henrik Wenders, vice president product management BMW "i", and Carsten Breitfeld, vice president engineering, head of the i8 vehicle program, were poached by a Chinese electric vehicle startup.It is also integrating the functions of existing computer driven assistance systems like cruise control, emergency braking, lane-keeping support and automatic parking.BMW too may partner with a ride-hailing firm, particularly in markets like China, but the Bavarian carmaker's strategy on potential partnerships with companies in this space is still being worked on, Froehlich said.Last year more electric cars were sold in China than in all the other global markets combined," he added.
Reuters — BMW is overhauling its research and development activities to focus on self-driving cars, board member Klaus Froehlich told Reuters, a move which includes a revamp of its i sub-brand of carbon-fibre based electric vehicles.The company is updating its zero-emission vehicles after a lackluster response to its only fully battery-powered car, the i3, which recorded only 25,000 sales last year.By contrast, Tesla already has more than 370,000 orders for its Model 3.To help improve sales, BMW is increasing the battery range of its i3 city vehicle by 50 percent this year.Its next full-fledged new electric car model is not due until 2021, but the Bavarian auto maker is also planning to build a new version of its i3 electric car to be released by 2018, a source familiar with the matter said.Within the next five years, BMW wants to raise that proportion to 50 percent of overall R staff.In an interview at the company s headquarters in Munich, BMW board member Klaus Froehlich, who is in charge of development, said he reorganized company-wide research and development in April.It is also integrating the functions of existing computer-driven assistance systems like cruise control, emergency braking, lane-keeping support and automatic parking.The revamp follows high-profile staff defections from the i electric car division this year.Dirk Abendroth, manager of BMW s i powertrain group; Henrik Wenders, vice president for product management BMW i ; and Carsten Breitfeld, vice president engineering, head of the i8 vehicle program, were poached by a Chinese electric vehicle startup.With a fully autonomous vehicle, BMW could launch a ride-hailing business without having to pay drivers, Froehlich said.That would give carmakers a competitive edge over ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft, which are eroding car sales by making part-time use as convenient as ownership.Earlier this month, Toyota said it would invest in Uber, and Volkswagen announced a $300 million investment in Gett, a smaller ride-sharing company.BMW may partner with a ride-hailing firm, too, particularly in markets like China.
They served as my nursery when I first started driving, teaching me the fundamentals of opposite lock, car control, and how to call my father at 2 a.m. to come tow me out of an icy ditch.I've also returned to my old stomping grounds for another, more specific reason: it was here, not more than a year ago, that I flogged the BMW M235i, the next-most-potent compact coupe in the 2 Series family and one that also features a certain letter as a badge of honor on its nameplate.Ostensibly the cars seem similar, with each featuring a turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine, the same short wheelbase, and relatively comparable curb weights.The numbers are all there - with a 0-60-mph sprint of 4.2 seconds, the pint-sized performer matches the mightier M4 coupe in terms of acceleration, and braking and road-holding measures reveal similarly-identical capability - but the sum of the parts lobbed at the M2 simply feels more fun to drive than any other existing M car, and that includes the M235i.Aiding and abetting the BMW M2's spike into the fun-zone is the kind of uproarious exhaust note that will have you wondering why it's absent from every other M product.Choose the Sport driving mode and you can enjoy maximum aural attack at full throttle, punctuated by staccato rev-matched downshifts regardless of whether you select the six-speed manual or seven-speed DCT automatic .
That's the conclusion that a team led by Harvard s Carling Hay reached when it looked at what the ancient astronomical record tells us about our planet's timekeeping.Tidal forces caused by the gravitational pull of the Sun and Moon act like a brake on the spinning Earth, gradually increasing the length of the day.But if you were to compare two clocks, an atomic clock ticking away with perfect accuracy and another clock kept precisely in sync with the Sun, those milliseconds would accumulate faster than you might think.If we simulate the slowdown due to tidal forces, we get a greater difference between the clocks than these historical observations indicate.The researchers used a precise reconstruction of global sea level over the past 3,000 years and a complex model that accounts for variations in regional sea level caused by a myriad of factors.Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 2016.
View photosMoreBMW's first all-electric car, i3, is unveiled at a ceremony in Beijing July 29, 2013.REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File PhotoMUNICH Reuters - BMW is overhauling its research and development activities to focus on self-driving cars, board member Klaus Froehlich told Reuters, a move which includes a revamp of its "i" sub-brand of carbon-fibre based electric vehicles.To help improve sales, BMW is increasing the battery range of its i3 city vehicle by 50 percent this year.It is also integrating the functions of existing computer-driven assistance systems like cruise control, emergency braking, lane-keeping support and automatic parking.Dirk Abendroth, manager of BMW's "i" powertrain group; Henrik Wenders, vice president for product management BMW "i"; and Carsten Breitfeld, vice president engineering, head of the i8 vehicle program, were poached by a Chinese electric vehicle startup.BMW may partner with a ride-hailing firm, too, particularly in markets like China.
Keep on truckin : the Nissan Navara NP300Price: £22,040Top speed: 114mphTowing capacity: 3.5 tonnesMPG: 44.9No car wants to be a truck these days, but lots of trucks want to be cars.Inner visions: the new Navara s comfy cabin with Nasa inspired seatsSo I was concerned when Nissan kept banging on about its new pick-up, the gargantuan Navara, being its most car-like yet.It s a decent 4x4 and can hare up a 30-degree slope without breaking stride.I went to an off-road test day and, in the hands of a professional driver, I was left gobsmacked at its capability.There s plenty of tech including a 360-degree monitor, forward emergency braking and Nasa inspired seats – though they looked like normal seats to me.My wife, flailing at the steering wheel one evening, wailed as she tried to park: Why have we got this stupid big car?
Puzant, who wasn't in the SUV at the time of the crash, said it was fortunate that the vehicle's front wheels were turned slightly left as his wife was pulling into the parking space because if they'd been straight, the Model X would have plowed into a nail salon and could have killed someone.The accident, which occurred at about 2:30 p.m., injured his wife's arm and caused major damage to the SUV's front end.Puzant said he contacted Tesla directly after the accident and was told to have the vehicle towed to a storage area until a repair facility was open today to receive the SUV.Released by Tesla last September after several delays, the Model X is a full-size, all-electric SUV with rear gull-wing doors.Since its release, Tesla has admitted to problems with the gull-wing doors opening properly and even filed a lawsuit against car parts manufacturer Hoerbiger Automotive Comfort Systems for not producing satisfactory parts.Puzant Ozbag Puzant Ozbag's Model X on the tow truck after the accident.
The policy from Adrian Flux insurance will help to cover those with features like auto parking and anti-lock braking ABS .Tesla cars, for example, feature an Autopilot system that offers automatic parallel parking as well as lane changing and speed management systems.Gerry Bucke GM of Adrian Flux, said: We understand this driverless policy to be the first of its kind in the UK – and possibly the world.More than half of new cars sold last year featured autonomous safety technology, such as self-parking or ABS, which effectively either take control or take decisions on behalf of the driver.Driverless technology will become increasingly common in our cars over the next few years.Related: Best self-driving tech from the Geneva Motor ShowDrivers owning cars with autonomous technology will probably receive cheaper policies based on the assumption that 90 per cent of road deaths are caused by human errors.
View photosMoreRoland Krueger, President of Nissan's Infiniti luxury brand poses for pictures during the Global Automotive Forum in Chongqing, China June, 7, 2016.To match Interview NISSAN-INFINITI/CHINA REUTERS/Jake SpringCHONGQING, China Reuters - Infiniti, the luxury division of Japanese carmaker Nissan, is considering rolling out highway self-driving capabilities for most new models, its president said on Tuesday, potentially overtaking German rivals in a race to offer autonomous driving.Executives for Chinese and global automakers speaking at final day of the Global Automotive Forum in Chongqing urged the industry to pursue autonomous driving as an advance that will reduce congestion and traffic deaths.Autonomous driving on highways is considered the first step to a fully self-driving car.A similar effort in Hong Kong, where the brand is based, is supporting a start-up that produced an app to monitor open parking spaces, for example.Despite recording 34 percent sales growth in China last year, Infiniti remains a niche brand in China with sales of roughly 40,000 cars last year - roughly as many as BMW or Volkswagen's Audi sells in one month here.
The most noticeable differences are the lack of engine noises and the tire-screeching, instant torque that makes it feel faster than it is.Regenerative or "regen" braking helps capture kinetic energy that would generally be lost from braking and charges the battery a little, which results in a different feeling when you let off the accelerator pedal.The Leaf replaced my wife's 2011 Volkswagen VW Routan, which was a thirsty minivan that consumed $150 to $300 in gas a month when fuel was around $4 a gallon.I have nothing against hybrids and quite enjoy driving plug-in hybrid electrics PHEV like the BMW X5 eDrive40e, Volvo XC90 T8 and Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid.However, it doesn't hurt to double check via the PlugShare app to verify the status or any comments other users left during their check-in.But, if it can work out for your commute and driving needs, it's worth considering.
In January 2014, SAE International issued a standard defining exactly what we re talking about.2: Partial automation.The human is still required to take over when the system needs help.Looking at the SAE standards, Chris Boroni-Bird of Qualcomm said during the same panel that features of fully autonomous vehicles will be entering the market very soon.Automatic emergency braking, for example, is autonomous for a few split seconds.We may not get the flying cars we were promised by science fiction decades ago, but who cares, since we ll be able to read sci-fi while the car drives us to work.
The Toyota Camry, America s top-selling passenger car for 14 consecutive years, is celebrating its 35th anniversary.The XLE, XSE four cylinder, and XLE Hybrid also come standard with Qi Wireless Smartphone Charging.Despite more equipment, the MSRP on all Camrys is carried over from last year s model line.Available engines include a 2.5-liter four cylinder with 178 horsepower and a 3.5-liter V6 with 268 horsepower.On the safety side of things, Toyota s Pre-Collision System with automatic emergency braking is available with the Technology Package, which also comes with Dynamic Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, and Auto High Beam.Drivers can also request help through the Emergency Assist Button.
Mack Truck LR, Hybrid Electric Garbage TruckTesla cofounder Ian Wright and his company Wrightspeed teamed up with commercial truck builder Mac Trucks to create a new hybrid electric trash hauler.They featured the Mack LR Model at the 2016 Waste Expo in Las Vegas, and was a move in the right direction for resource wasting refuse vehicles.This hybrid electric truck takes an innovative approach on electric vehicle design by taking the truck s worst fuel-wasting components and then replacing them with electrical components.The LR has four electric motors, and reportedly runs 24 miles on electricity alone.Wright announced the LR is capable of charging directly from the grid, and incorporates a range extender that burns fuel, makes electricity, and charges the batteries on the go to extend the truck s range.Even though the truck is not completely electric beyond its initial 24-mile range, the real innovation comes from engineering individual mechanical components of the truck to run on electricity, and as a result, drastically reduce emissions and fuel consumption.
The rules are unclear for electric vehicles such as hoverboards. Photograph: Alamy It is wonderful to be able to whiz on an electric contraption among walkers and avoid having to trudge himself. But unlike the old-fashioned steel horse, which the authorities had good eye on for several decades, it is trickier with nymodigheterna. - It is not easy to disentangle it, says Hans Cassepierre, investigator at the Swedish Transport Agency. If an electric vehicle should be classified as a bicycle, there are distinct characteristics that must be met. This includes about top speed and braking.
And despite the intrinsic engineering tradeoffs from trying to straddle three different automotive segments, I'm surprised to report that it's a rather nice car indeed.Starting at $51,470 and ranging up to about $58,270, the Evoque Convertible is certainly not a cheap acquisition, but you do get quite a lot of car and technology for your money.Ostensibly this is a four-seater car, but it's much more like a 2 2.And again, the boot isn't large enough for four pieces of luggage anyway.Lots of nice techThe entry-level Evoque Convertible HSE Dynamic $58,270 comes with a big 10.2-inch InControl infotainment system in the centre stack and a large, bright five-inch "driver information" screen in the middle of the instrument cluster.4WD is standard across the range, too, along with a slew of the usual computer-controlled driving aids EBA, ABS, EBD, torque vectoring by braking... .