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Tesla cars will get KITT from Knight Rider update that enables speech

By: Jak Connor | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 6 days, 10 hours ago

The constant string of updates to Tesla's just keep coming and coming. Elon Musk, the Tesla founder and C.E.O. isn't slowing down with the updates either, as he has just teased what's in the pipeline for Tesla owners.

In a new video posted to Elon Musk's official Twitter account, we can see two people driving a Tesla out of a car park. While this might just seem like a boring video, if you play it with sound, you can hear something unique. As the car is driving past some pedestrians, it says "Well, don't just stand there staring hop in!". Musk has just officially teased that Tesla's will be able to speak to pedestrians with external speakers, just like K.I.T.T. from Night Rider.

Musk didn't explain the extent of Tesla's speech capabilities, or what specific Tesla models will be able to use this new feature. But he did tease that Tesla owners who have the vehicle that supports this update will be able to 'fart' in the general direction of pedestrians. This new feature could be handy if owners are able to use external speakers as a means of communicating safety with people outside the car. At the moment, its unclear whether the 'speech' will be canned clips (pre-installed voice lines) or if owners will be able to use the external speakers as a microphone.

In just 4 years electric scooter related injuries have increased by 4x

By: Jak Connor | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

You have most likely noticed in your main city the increased use of e-scooters, and with the increased use of a form of transportation comes with the increase injuries.

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According to a new study by UCSF, researchers have found that with the increase of e-scooters use in the US, the percent of e-scooter related injuries has risen by 222% between 2014 and 2018. The study reports that there has been over 39,000 e-scooter related injuries between the previously mentioned dates.

Out of those 39,000 people who were injured, 3,300 people were hospitalised, which is a massive 365% increase. So what age were the people that were injured? As you would of expected 18 - 34 year olds were the main victims. Shockingly, almost a third of the injuries were head related.

KIOXIA showcases new UFS storage for automotive use

By: Shannon Robb | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago

CES 2020 - Kioxia America showcased new automotive storage tech during CES 2020 at their suite at the LINQ in Las Vegas, Nevada. Automotive storage may be new to some of you. Still, there is quite a large market for it as cars become smarter, and data becomes far more critical, storage like we wills ee below will continue to evolve.

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On display, Kioxia had a Qualcomm Snapdragon SA8155P automotive development platform on-site to showcase the newest UFS flash, which KIOXIA is working on for automotive applications.

The UFS that KIOXIA will offer presently ranges in capacities from 16GB up to 512GB to ensure no matter the use case, there should be a solution available for the automotive needs of the manufacturer.

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Sony has its own electric car? Yes, and it's called the Vision-S

By: Jak Connor | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

CES 2020 - Does Sony make cars? Yes, apparently, they do. During CES today, Sony unveiled its electric called the Vision-S.

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According to what Sony was saying throughout its press event, the Vision-S is built to showcase what a new level of automotive technologies can offer consumers. Sony wasn't alone in this project either; other large companies lent their technological hand to Sony, those company's were; Bosch, Continental, NVIDIA, and Qualcomm.

The car is equipped with 33 sensors that are located around the interior and exterior of the vehicle. These sensors power Sony's extremely high-end road sensing, object, and color detection. The car also comes with Solid State LiDAR, which is used for day and night time vision object detection. The Solid State LiDAR also can sense distance and velocity.

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Lamborghini & Rivian cars will soon integrate Alexa voice commands

By: Jak Connor | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

CES 2020 - Here's something you might not have expected from this year's CES. Lamborghini and Rivian will soon integrate Amazon's Alexa voice commands into their cars.

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Lamborghini and Rivian have taken to separate websites to announce that by the end of 2020, both car companies will have successfully integrated Amazon's Alexa voice command service into their line of vehicles. So what will Alexa do? And how will this assist drivers? Alexa will be able to do menial tasks such as making calls, navigation, car climate adjustment, window adjustment, and more.

Lamborghini has said that users can expect Alexa to roll out to the entire Huracan Evo range. Rivian expects that Alexa will become integrated with their R1T and R1S sometime in late 2020. It's interesting to see Amazon pivot towards bringing Alexa into vehicles, especially higher-end ones such as Lamborghini and Rivian. Perhaps in the future, Alexa will become a standard voice assistant for all vehicles. Maybe Alexa will become so useful that car manufactures will beg Amazon to implement it.

So, BlackBerry has teamed with Damon Motorcycles for EV superbike

By: Anthony Garreffa | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 5, 2020 @ 8:02 CST

CES 2020 - The Consumer Electronics Show is always a special time of the year, it has some of the most fringe tech out there -- but we also find hidden gems like this: BlackBerry has teamed with Damon Motorcycles on a new EV superbike.

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BlackBerry is known, at least now, for its Android-based smartphones -- but the original part of its company in Research in Motion (RIM) is here in BlackBerry Limited form, making enterprise software. This software comes in the form of BlackBerry's QNX operating system, which will be the basis for the CoPilot warning system on Damon Motorcycles' new Hypersport Pro Electric Superbike.

The Hypersport Pro Electric Superbike system as a whole will feature radars, cameras, and other sensors that will track speed, and the direction of objects moving close to the bike. The early warning system would warn riders when there is an upcoming safety concern, with BlackBerry promising that the advanced collision system is "highly secure" and that it has "enhanced situational awareness" and provides an "increased peace of mind" for riders.

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Segway is making a self-balancing electric pod for adults

By: Anthony Garreffa | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 5, 2020 @ 7:03 CST

CES 2020 - Segway is making waves at CES 2020 this year, teasing off its new prototype electric vehicle that it is calling the S-Pod -- and it looks like a wild ride.

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Segway teamed with Ninebot on the new prototype TV that weighs 330 pounds and has a top speed of 24.8 miles per hour, while in its current prototype state it has up to 43.5 miles of travel in it from its battery. Segway's new S-Pod is a personal transport vehicle that the company describes as a "first-class smart transporting pod".

The S-Pod is powered by gyroscopic, self-balancing technology that makes sure you'll never fall out of it -- and while the original Segway could be controlled by leaning forward or to the side, the new S-Pod has its movement manipulated with a tiny joystick in the right side of the seat for maximum laziness. Segway says it'll also have a detachable built-in pad, too.

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Aston Martin solves car blind spots with 3 rearview mirror video feeds

By: Jak Connor | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 3, 2020 @ 4:44 CST

Over the last ten years of car manufacturing, designers have no doubt increased the number of cameras added to vehicles. But what about three cameras added to a rearview mirror?

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Aston Martin is doing that very thing and will be showcasing a new rearview mirror design that allows the driver to see three live video feeds simultaneously. Aston Martin developed the new unit with assistance from Gentex Corporation and have called the design the Full Display Mirror, or FDM for short.

So how does this work? Two cameras are positioned on the car's exterior mirrors, and the final third mirror is located on top of the car's roof. It should also be noted that if the driver is experiencing bad weather or the cameras happen to trip up and malfunction, the driver can adjust the rearview display to whatever fits their needs. At the moment, Aston Martin hasn't said when they would be rolling out this new rearview mirror design, but we might hear some updates at CES, so make sure to tune in for that.

Tesla's new Cybertruck makes appearance in a Travis Scott music video

By: Anthony Garreffa | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Dec 30, 2019 @ 21:11 CST

The amount of free publicity that Tesla has managed to achieve for its Cybertruck has been astounding, and must be worth billions -- with Tesla's exciting new mega-hyped Cybertruck even making it into a music video:

Tesla's new Cybertruck made an appearance in Travis Scott's new video for "Gang Gang", where Tesla's Cybertruck and its all-electric ATV in the Cyberquad make an appearance. The awesome sauce doesn't end there, with a Boring Company Not-A-Flamethrower making an appearance, too.

Elon Musk has even been spotted hanging out with Travis Scott, with a picture posted to Kim Kardashian West's Instagram, with Musk hanging out with his girlfriend, as well as KK's husband and fellow artist to Scott, Kanye West. The group were hanging out on Christmas Eve, soaking in the festivities.

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Russians replicate Tesla's Cybertruck, it's gas powered & has no doors

By: Jak Connor | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Dec 27, 2019 @ 3:39 CST

If you have been out of the Tesla news loop, then you should know that the company recently revealed its new Cybertruck.

Tesla is selling their electric Cybertruck for $39,990 and $76,900, but if that sounds too expensive for you, then you could always pick-up these Russian YouTuber's knock-off version. Russian YouTube channel "Pushka Garazh" or "Gun Garage" in English created a replica of the Cybertruck but with some considerable;e differences that make up for the price difference.

The Russians took an old Russian car owned by one of the fellow YouTubers and spent about $1,300 on doing up the exterior to look very, very similar to the Cybertruck. What isn't the same as the Cybertruck is that the Russian version is not electric, and it doesn't have any doors. The only way to get into the replica is via a single large hatch in the rear of the car. The YouTubers have reportedly put the Cybertruck recreation up for sale for $10,700, or 666,666 rubles.

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