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Tesla Model 3 steering controls, system will 'feel like a spaceship'

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Apr 4, 2016 9:02 pm

Last week, the $35,000 Tesla Model 3 was unveiled to the world, but as it turns out, that was just part one of a two part reveal. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said as much when responding to folks on Twitter, later adding, "Wait until you see the real steering controls and system for the 3. It feels like a spaceship."

 

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Part two will come close to production (the Model 3 is expected to launch at the end of 2017, so not too long before that).

 

It's speculated by The Verge deputy editor Chris Ziegler -- who rode the thing -- that the Model 3 is in fact a self-driving car. Time will tell.

Tesla Model 3 will launch next year, price set at $35,000

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Apr 1, 2016 8:04 pm

The wait is finally over as the Tesla Model 3 has been revealed. Said to offer at least 215 miles of range and priced at a more than reasonable $35,000, the electric car should launch by the end of 2017.

 

 

Feature-wise, it comes in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions, seats five adults comfortably, and includes a 15'' landscape touchscreen, autopilot hardware, front and rear trunks, and automatic safety measures. And of course, it supports Tesla's Supercharging network. As for acceleration, it can do 0-60mph is under six seconds.

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Samsung's Smart Windshield concept looks freakin' incredible

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Mar 28, 2016 7:53 am

Samsung has just unveiled a new concept for its Smart Windshield, which has been teased on a motorcycle, with its awesome technological advancement for the windshield.

 

 

The new Samsung Smart Windshield could eventually find itself into normal cars and trucks, but the company says that it's a simple technology with the technology already existing, and put into production. The Smart Windshield uses a smartphone - such as the Galaxy S7 from Samsung, with an accompanying app that connects to the small projector on the windshield, throwing up specific information to the driver.

 

The concept project allows riders and drivers to navigate information, send automated responses over email/SMS, receive/decline phone calls and text messages, and more. Navigation feels like the best fit here, but I'm sure that eventually there will be information from the vehicle thrown to the Smart Windshield, such as gas mileage, maintenance information, and more.

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Tesla 'Ludicrous Speed' mode lives up to its name in this video

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Mar 23, 2016 8:38 pm

One of the many appealing features of Tesla cars is Ludicrous Mode, which lets the driver reach high speeds in very short amounts of time. It's one thing to hear about it and another to see it, though, which is why you should watch the video below from AutoTopNL. In it, the Model S P90D reaches 60mph/96.5kmph in less than three seconds, and 155mph/250kmph in about 27 seconds.

 

 

The video is captured on the German autobahn (federal-controlled access highway) and may or may not constitute legal driving.

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Goodyear concept tires are spherical, intended for driverless cars

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Mar 8, 2016 10:29 pm

Goodyear has been in the tire game for 117 years, and now it's looking to turn it on its head with spherical tires. Eagle-360 tires, as they're known, are only a concept, but the company says they "present an inspiring solution for the long-term future when autonomous driving is expected to be more mainstream."

 

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Safety is a major concern of autonomous driving skeptics and Eagle-360 tires are a direct response to that: as they are multi-orientation and sport "active technology", they can move in all directions which is said to make for increased maneuverability and reduced sliding caused by black ice, obstacles, and so on. Additionally, sensors register tire wear for extended mileage, and communicate road conditions to the car and nearby vehicles. Interesting to note: the tread is 3D printed, and so could be customized for different terrain in different regions, making for safer driving due to better equipped vehicles.

 

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Consumer Product Safety Commission declares current hoverboards unsafe

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Feb 20, 2016 2:05 am

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), following a months-long investigation, has declared the use of hoverboards -- and self-balancing scooters -- currently on the market to be unsafe. Consequently, retailers, manufacturers, and importers are now required to follow safety standards in order to sell current and future boards, lest they face legal action. Until now, no safety standards were in place. The news is expected to result in mass recalls.

 

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Although it has admitted open flame was never achieved in its testing (which comprised examining hoverboard circuit boards, batteries, and burned hoverboards, as well as dynamometer tests), the CPSC witnessed enough melting and overheating to feel comfortable making their move. No doubt the 52 hoverboard fires constituting $2 million in property damage and killing two dogs and nearly three children -- all between December 1 and February 17 -- helped to that end as well.

 

New, certified hoverboards should start selling later this year.

Telsa's new 'Summon' feature parks, and retrieves your Model S vehicle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Feb 11, 2016 6:09 pm

One of the coolest new features being rolled out to the Model S is its new "Summon" feature, which is part of Tesla Motors' v7.1 software for the Model S.

 

 

Summon will allow Model S owners to park, and retrieve their Model S vehicles without being inside of the car, or even near it. But, Consumer Reports' latest video has some testing done with Summon, which failed some of their safety tests. They found if you exited the Tesla app on the iPhone 6S while the Model S was moving out of its park, the car would continue to move - which is worrying.

 

Telsa has been playing with the smartphone app, limiting its Summon abilities for this very reason. The key fob that Model S owners have will be able to stop the car, but not drive it - while the app itself will require users to have their finger on the screen for the feature to work.

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Tesla's Model 3 priced as low as $25,000 after tax subsidies in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Feb 10, 2016 10:12 am

Most people would love to own a Tesla, but their price keeps them away from the average consumer - which is why the electric car maker is working on the Model 3.

 

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According to Bloomberg, the Model 3 could be found as low as $25,000 when it arrives, after tax subsidies drops it from its starting price of $35,000. Tesla spokeswoman Khobi Brooklyn told Bloomberg: "We can confirm it's $35,000 before incentives. We haven't changed our minds".

 

If we consider the average American wants to spend $31,000 on a new car (according to an analysis by Salim Morsy of Bloomberg New Energy Finance), the $35,000 starting price on the Model 3 from Tesla is getting very close to that point. Adding in tax subsidies and hitting $25,000 - well then, it's looking very good for consumers.

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Google bringing self-driving cars to Washington state

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Feb 4, 2016 8:06 pm

Google is bringing self-driving cars to a third city starting later this month. The lucky destination: Kirkland, Washington.

 

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The company said it chose it for experimentation in "different driving environments, traffic patterns, and road conditions" (Kirkland features lots of rain and hills).

 

Google has been testing self-driving cars in its home base of Mountain View, California since 2010; it expanded to Austin, Texas this past summer. In total, it has accumulated more than 1.4 million mileage with its program.

NVIDIA's Pascal-powered Drive PX 2 is as powerful as 150 MacBook Pros

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 6, 2016 7:53 am

CES 2016 - NVIDIA held its CES 2016 press conference, announcing its new Drive PX 2 system. The predecessor to NVIDIA's in-car computer is liquid-cooled and as powerful as 150 of Apple's MacBook Pros.

 

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Drive PX 2 features 12 CPU cores and 8 TFLOPS of processing power. When it comes to the GPU side of things, it features NVIDIA's next-gen Pascal GPU baked on the 14nm process. NVIDIA claims that Drive PX 2 has the same processing power as six Titan X video cards, which is saying quite a lot.

 

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All of the horsepower that NVIDIA's Drive PX 2 is capable of is required to pull in all of the stuff around it - people, cars, and everything else. It has a bunch of maps and sensors that it needs to deal with on-the-fly, with NVIDIA cramming in a liquid-cooled, 250W system powered by Pascal.

 

NVIDIA announced that Volvo has signed on to use Drive PX 2, but we're sure that other carmakers will jump in on the Drive PX 2 stuff in the very near future.

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