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Byton's first electric vehicle has a giant 48-inch screen in the dash

By: Anthony Garreffa | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 1 week, 5 days ago

All eyes have been on Tesla for years with its growing family of electric vehicles, but now Byton has joined the match with its first EV in the new M-Byte SUV -- and it feels like it's ripped right out of the future.

Byton has used an eye-catching 48-inch display built into the dash, as well as multiple control screens including one built-into the steering wheel itself.

Byton is touting 224 miles of WLPT range (less on EPA scale) from its 72 kWh version of the M-Byte, while the larger 95 kWh model with dual front/rear motors has up to 270 miles of WLPT range. The 72 kWh version has 270 horsepower, while the higher-end 95 kWh model packs 402 horsepower.

The huge 48-inch screen will be the centerpiece of the EV, with Byton saying that it has split it into 3 sections. To the left-hand side (the drivers side) you'll see the instrument cluster which will have speeds, fuel levels, turn signal indicator, and more. There's also a visualization of the driver-assist system, too.

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Rare precursor 1939 Porche Type 64 auctioned falsely for $70 million

By: Jak Connor | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Aug 19, 2019 @ 8:11 CDT

What many consider as the car that molded Porsche into what we see today was accidentally auctioned falsely for $70 million, a settlement was later solidified at $17 million.

At the Monterey Car Week in California, bidding started for a super 1939 Porsche Type 64, a car that according to Wikipedia is "considered by many to be the first automobile from what was to become the Porsche company, and a true design precursor to the post-war production model". Looking at the above video we can see that the bidding began at $13 million and then jumped to $30 million, which is where the mistake first began.

When the figure jumped to $30 million the crowd was verbally shocked, it then increased to $40 million, then to $50 million, $60 million and finally settling at $70 million. The announcer then said that he figures were incorrectly projected and that the correct figure is $17 million, the projected numbers then quickly reverted back to the correct figure.

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Tesla owner turns into a cyborg, implants keycard into arm

By: Jak Connor | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Aug 13, 2019 @ 4:09 CDT

Every owner of a car knows that feeling of when they have misplaced their car keys, well now that worry is over as a Tesla owner has implanted her keys into her own arm so she never looses them again. Will you follow her lead?

A software engineer going by the name of 'Amie DD' has taken key utility to the next level by implanting her Tesla keycard RFID tag into her own arm. Amie DD spoke to The Verge, saying that the implantation actually works and that her arm needs to be about an inch away from her vehicle to successfully unlock it.

Originally, Amine DD attempted to transfer the Tesla keycard software to an existing RFID tag she already had implanted in her arm, those efforts were unfortunately fruitless. Moving on to beat this issue, Amie decided to dissolve the Tesla keycard in acetone and encase the recovered chip in bio-polymer. She then visited a body-modification studio to get the card safely implanted in her arm.

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US Navy removes touchscreens after 2017 destroyer collision

By: Jak Connor | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Aug 12, 2019 @ 2:07 CDT

You would think that the US military would be implementing the newest technology possible into their naval force, but actually the contrary is happening.

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According to an article coming out of USNI, the US Navy force will be taking a step backwards technology wise and removing touchscreens from their destroyers over the next 18 - 24 months. The touchscreens will be replaced with conventional helm controls and physical throttles.

This decision has been made after the events of 2017 when the USS John S. McCain destroyer collided with container ship Alnic MC which resulted in the tragic deaths of 10 crew members. After an investigation was conducted into who the collision happened it was found that the warships complex touchscreen interface played a pivotal role in the unfortunate crash.

Tesla vehicle EXPLODES after crashing on Russian highway

By: Anthony Garreffa | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Aug 11, 2019 @ 22:25 CDT

A Tesla electric vehicle owner crashed into a tow truck on a highway in Moscow, seeing his car catch fire and explode. It wasn't a Michael Bay level explosion, but they're pretty big as you can see in the video below.

State TV channel Rossia 24 had video of the Tesla vehicle on the side of the road, "engulfed in flames and thick black smoke". We don't know what model of Tesla vehicle it was, but it's safe to say it doesn't matter - the car is in a bad way in that video. This isn't the first Tesla vehicle to crash, burst into flames, or explode -- but this is one of the downsides to battery-based vehicles.

Alexi Tretyakov, the owner and driver of the Tesla said that his car had Autopilot enabled and his hands-on the wheel, meaning that both Alexi and the Tesla cars semi-autonomous tech didn't see the tow truck, and crashed into it. Not a good look for Tesla right now.

Jet-powered hoverboard used to fly over 35km English Channel

By: Jak Connor | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Aug 5, 2019 @ 6:00 CDT

A French inventor has managed to cross the entirety of the English Channel using his recently completed jet-powered hoverboard.

The French inventor is named Franky Zapata, and in the above video we can see him getting into his jet-powered hoverboard deemed "Flyboard Air". The board uses five small jet engines and just like most jet engines, they chug fuel. This means that Zapata had to stop at a boat in the middle of the channel to refuel his board.

According to Reuters, Zapata managed to make it 35 kilometers (21 miles), starting at Sangatte, France and landing at Saint Margaret's Bay in Dover, England. "For the last five to six kilometers I just really enjoyed it. Whether this is a historic event or not, I'm not the one to decide that, time will tell." said Zapata. Zapata has been working on the hoverboard machine for the last three years, but this isn't his only project, Zapata is also working on flying cars.

YouTube and Netflix support to come to Tesla's in new update

By: Jak Connor | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jul 29, 2019 @ 1:00 CDT

Tesla cars already have some really cool features and now there is some more apps teed up to soon be released on the electric cars. Tesla owners will soon be able to enjoy Netflix and YouTube in their glorious surround sound.

The CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk announced on his official Twitter account that Tesla's will soon gain the "Ability to stream YouTube & Netflix when car is stopped". It is unclear when these new video streaming services will be hit Tesla's, but Musks notes that when they do the apps will be incredibly immersive and create a "cinematic feel due to the comfy seats & surround sound audio."

Even though Musk says that YouTube and Netflix will only be available when the car is stopped, he does mention inside the Twitter thread that "When full self-driving is approved by regulators, we will enable video while moving". At first this inclusion of video streaming in a car seems like it could cause potential dangers for drives on a distraction level, especially if its being used while the driver is in motion. When used responsibly though, such as waiting to pick up a friend from a location, video streaming really could be a great way to pass the time comfortably and enjoyably.

Paris wants flying taxis ready for 2024 Paris Olympics

By: Anthony Garreffa | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jun 24, 2019 @ 21:23 CDT

Not only do we have the 2020 Tokyo Olympics coming next year where we'll see a gigantic push for 8K which will be the new standard for TV, streams, and video -- but the country will be pulling out autonomous taxis, drones, and AI during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Airbus, Aeroports de Paris and the Paris Transport Authority are looking at ways of deploying autonomous flkying taxis for the 2024 Paris Olympics, which would autonomously fly passengers from Charles de Gaulle Airport into the city. I can't even imagine a future like that, but it seems we're seeing it being taken seriously for a huge event with so many eyes on it -- reporting on autonomous flying taxis, the actual possible future of travel.

While it's being pushed as a time saver we know it'll only really appeal to those with deeper pockets who want to experience this, as well as the rich and famous. The normal bus or trains from the airport to Paris will take around an hour, so the time saving element -- as well as like Buzz Lightyear famously says he's "falling, with style". You would definitely be arriving into Paris in style, in an autonomous flying taxi like a boss.

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So we drove in VIA's world-first smartphone-powered AI car

By: Anthony Garreffa | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jun 3, 2019 @ 6:00 CDT

Computex 2019 - One of the most unique experiences of Computex 2019 this year would have to be my trip in the world's first smartphone driver assistance app that was assisting a car driving on the highways in Taiwan.

This is part of the VIA-AI package that is an open source platform to advance the development of self-driving applications, so that they're built quicker and keeping us even safer in the self-driving cars of the future. The company reached out and asked if we'd like to have a ride in the world's first demonstration of a smartphone driver assistance app... and it was quiet the ride.

We have a very casually shot video unedited from our FB Live stream, explaining some of what's going on - apologies for the audio, it was a very last minute thing for us. VIA picked us up at the NVIDIA Taipei HQ after our meeting with Team Green, and away we went.

VIA-AI isn't about fully self-driving car technology but more smartphone-based Advanced Cruise Control (ACC) and Lake Keeping Assistance System (LKAS) which are normally found on high-end models of cars... something the company is bringing to other cars with VIA-AI. The entire VIA-AI source code will be made available, in VIA's own words "to enthusiasts, hackers, and anyone who wants to push forward the reality of autonomous driving in July 2019".

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Cuphead will be ported over to Elon Musk's Tesla Model 3/S/X

By: Jak Connor | Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jun 3, 2019 @ 2:00 CDT

Elon Musk is one of those people that gives off the "why not" vibe, and something to reinforce that observation is the newest addition to the line of Tesla vehicles. A ported version of Studio MDHR's Cuphead.

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Yes thats right. The side-scrolling shoot 'em up game created by Studio MDHR will soon be ported over to the Tesla Model 3, Model S and Model X. Why may you ask? because why the hell not. Musk commented on the port saying "Cuphead, we've got working, [The developers] have been helping us make it work. It's a cool game. It's insanely difficult. It's sadistically difficult. It's a twisted plot. It's dark. It looks like some cute little Disney thing and you're like, 'This plot is very dark."

Musk has previously spoken out about attempting to get the Unity game running on his line of Tesla vehicles, and it seems that goal has been somewhat achieved since Cuphead was developed using Unity. According to Maja Moldenhauer, who is one of the developers at Studio MDHR, the ported version of Cuphead is "looking nice and clean". Cuphead is planned to launch on Tesla's everywhere sometime this summer.