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You can ride the Hyperloop in virtual reality

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Feb 7, 2017 2:22 pm

The Hyperloop system could become a reality in at least one country by 2020. The first test of this system was carried out in May in Nevada when the capsule reached a speed of 1,200 kilometers per hour.

 

If you are curious what it feels like to ride the Hyperloop, now you can - in virtual reality.

 

 

SpaceX published a video on their YouTube channel showing a demonstration pod and tube being tested on a short track.

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Tesla begins first phase of Enhanced Autopilot software

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 26, 2017 2:38 am

Tesla owners are receiving some cutting edge technological features in their electric cars, with the company rolling out the first phase of its Enhanced Autopilot system.

 

The new Enhanced Autopilot initiative provides Tesla owners with some new abilities: Traffic Aware Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, and Autosteer. Musk tweeted over the weekend that the Autosteer feature will keep your car in the lane, but is capped to 45mph.

 

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Autosteer works together with Traffic Aware Cruise Control "so the car can drive on highways in stop-and-go traffic", reports Business Insider. They continue: "Forward Collision Warning will alert drivers of a potential impact with an upcoming obstacle, but there is no emergency braking to actually stop the car, so the onus is on the driver".

 

New versions of Autopilot will be released over-the-air to Tesla vehicles every 2-6 weeks, with a future update to unlock the Autosteer speeds from 45mph, to something higher.

 

The aim of Enhanced Autopilot is to provide the ability of your car changing lanes on its own, merging on and off highways, and even the most convenient of them all - parking itself. The company is also planning improvements on its Summon feature, so that "the car can maneuver around a more complex environment to find you", BI continued.

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Faraday Future receives only 60 deposits for the FF 91

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 24, 2017 5:23 pm

At this year's CES, Faraday Future unveiled their highly anticipated electric vehicle - the FF 91. The FF 91 is their first production vehicle, and the company plans for it to compete directly with Tesla.

 

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Shortly after the launch, the company bragged that they collected 64,124 reservations in less than 36 hours. However, Faraday Future didn't state how many of those reservations came with a deposit.

 

According to Business Insider, not many. Sources close to the company revealed that only 60 people actually paid the $5,000 deposit for their reservation.

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Model S P100D runs 0-100 in 2.3 sec with latest update

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 19, 2017 7:28 pm

When Faraday Future unveiled their first production vehicle at this year's CES, they were bragging that their electric car has faster acceleration that Tesla's Model S P100D, the quickest production car in the world.

 

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Tesla's Model S P100D Ludicrous mode could achieve 0 to 100 km/h (0-60 mph) acceleration in 2.46 seconds, but Elon Musk said that there is room for improvement with the latest software update, Ludicrous+.

 

As it turns, Musk was right since a Model S P100D accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.389 seconds, after the latest software update. According to Faraday Future, their car can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.39 seconds, meaning that Tesla beat them with one software update. Also, Faraday Future plans to start the production of the FF 91 in 2018.

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First all-electric car ever to complete the Dakar rally

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 18, 2017 2:34 pm

An all-electric car has completed one of the most difficult rallies in the world for the first time ever. The Dakar Rally is considered to be one of the most demanding races in and Acciona's car managed to complete it in its third attempt.

 

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This is a huge success for Acciona and electric cars in general cause it proves that the electric cars are just as capable as gas-driven vehicles in grueling environments.

 

Acciona's car wasn't so successful in the first two attempts when it failed to finish the race, but the third time proved to be the charm. The car managed to drive nearly 9000 km (5,600 miles) across Argentina, Bolivia, and Paraguay and it became "the first of "18,000 vehicles in the history of the Dakar Rally to complete the event without consuming a drop of fuel or emitting a single molecule of CO2."

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Modified Tesla Model S goes from 0-100 in 2.1 seconds

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 17, 2017 10:26 pm

Tesla's Model S P100D is the quickest production car in the world. When Ludicrous mode is turned on, it can achieve 0 to 100 km/h (0-60 mph) acceleration in 2.5 seconds, which is quite impressive. With the new Ludicrous Plus Software update, the results are even better and the time drops to 2.4 seconds.

 

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But, it doesn't end there. Although it isn't a production vehicle, this modified Tesla Model S, created for the Electric GT Championship, goes from 0-100 km/h in an insane 2.1 seconds.

 

The car isn't a race car, but it has been modified. The team had to remove around 500 kilos from the curb weight, and they also boosted the horsepower to 778.

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Airbus wants to start testing flying cars this year

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 17, 2017 8:35 pm

According to Airbus CEO Tom Enders, flying cars might become a reality sooner than we think. At a digital tech conference in Munich, Enders said that the company is hoping to start flying a demonstration vehicle for single-person transport by the end of the year.

 

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Reuters says that Enders explained how this type of transportation would save billions on concrete bridges and roads.

 

"One hundred years ago, urban transport went underground, now we have the technological wherewithal to go above ground," Airbus CEO Tom Enders said at the DLD digital tech conference in Munich, as reported by Reuters.

 

Enders said that they are at the moment in the experimentation phase, but the company does hope they will have a production aircraft for short flights developed by 2021.

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Faraday Future stops factory construction to afford CES

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 17, 2017 3:27 pm

At this year's CES, Faraday Future unveiled their highly anticipated electric vehicle - the FF 91. The FF91 is their first production vehicle, and the company plans for it to compete directly with Tesla.

 

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However, the company is struggling with certain financial problems for a while now and although the production of the FF 91 is planned for 2018, we will see if the company will stick with that schedule.

 

The electric car has attracted a lot of interest, and the company announced that in only 36 hours they have collected 64,124 reservations.

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Electric Concept One beats Bugatti Veyron

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 16, 2017 2:25 pm

Croatian Rimac Automobili has already shown their supremacy against Ferrari's LaFerrari, but now they have decided to show what the electric Concept One can do against a Bugatti Veyron, which is still considered the world's fastest production car.

 

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The race took place in Croatia, near the Rimac factory and although the Veyron has 1200 HP and can go up to 431 km/h (268 mph), the Concept One won.

 

The weather conditions weren't exactly perfect since it was -5 C, so the Bugatti had a hard time to launch properly, and the Concept One was at 20% battery State of Charge, so it didn't have full power available.

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More than 64,000 people reserved Faraday Future's FF 91

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 8, 2017 7:25 pm

Earlier this week Faraday Future unveiled their highly anticipated electric vehicle - the FF 91. At the launch, the company gave some pretty interesting numbers about the car including the fact that it has 1,050 horsepower and can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.39 seconds, which is faster than Tesla's Model S 9100D.

 

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Production of the FF 91 is planned to start in 2018, but reservations have already opened. During their event, Faraday Future stated that everyone interested in the car could make the reservations by depositing $5,000, which are fully refundable.

 

And it seems that there are a lot of people interested in Faraday Future's first production car. In only 36 hours, the company collected 64,124 reservations. Although the numbers aren't as impressive as Tesla's whose Model 3 got 232,000 reservations in 24 hours, it's a huge success for the company.

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