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Tesla changes coming: built-in Qi wireless charger, new chargers, more

Anthony Garreffa | Sat, Jan 25 2020 12:42 AM CST

Tesla is preparing some of the first updates to its electric vehicles for the year, with a new leak hitting Tesla researcher 'Greentheonly' tweeting out a bunch of changes coming to Tesla EVs.

As you can see we can expect new hardware, an integrated inductive phone charger (Qi wireless) for Tesla Model S and Model X vehicles, 2 new battery types for the Model S/X, new lumbar, new charge port types (USB-C, hopefully), new suspension, and more. Most of this makes sense, and should be news welcomed by Tesla fans and customers.

Tesla's last change to the exterior of the Model S was all the way back in 2016, so we should expect a fresh of the Model S in 2020 with some new internals and 2020 features like Qi wireless charging, new ports, and more.

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Elon Musk teases Minecraft & The Witcher game ports coming to Tesla's

Jak Connor | Thu, Jan 23 2020 2:40 AM CST

Elon Musk has taken to his personal Twitter account to ask the public about their thoughts on whether or not he should bring Minecraft, The Witcher, and Kerbal Space Program over to Tesla's.

Musk put out a Twitter poll that currently has five hours left as of writing this post, which asked "Want to play The Witcher game on your Tesla? (you can already watch the show on Tesla Netflix theater)". The poll has two options, "yes [tosses coin]" and "no, I have the plague". Before I tell you what the statistics are looking like, vote first!

At the time of writing this 85.4% of the people that voted clicked yes, and only 14.6% voted no. In the Twitter thread, Musk was asked by some fans if he can bring both Minecraft and a SpaceX version of Kerbal Space Program over to Tesla's as well. Musk responded to the fan that asked about Minecraft, "Agreed, v important" and to a SpaceX version of Kerbal Space Program "It's on the list". Hopefully, in the future, we see all three of these games make their way over to Tesla's.

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Tesla slaps down 'sudden acceleration' petition to recall 500,000 cars

Jak Connor | Wed, Jan 22 2020 4:36 AM CST

A few days ago reports began surfacing regarding Tesla's vehicles and random unintended acceleration. This eventuated into a petition that could result in Tesla recalling 500,000 vehicles.

Tesla slaps down 'sudden acceleration' petition to recall 500,000 cars | TweakTown.com

An investigation is currently being conducted by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in regards to a petition that claims Tesla's cars are suddenly unintentionally accelerating. The reports are claiming that multiple Tesla's are effected by this issue, example cars are as follows; Model S produced between 2012 and 2019, Model X produced between 2016 and 2019 and Model 3 produced between 2018 and 2019.

At the moment the petition says that 127 consumers have made complaints about this issue. The petition also says that these unintended sudden accelerations could have been a contributing factor in 110 crashes and 52 injuries. Since the petition is being investigated by the NHTSA, Tesla has responded to the claims, saying "This petition is completely false and was brought by a Tesla short-seller. We investigate every single incident where the driver alleges to us that their vehicle accelerated contrary to their input, and in every case where we had the vehicle's data, we confirmed that the car operated as designed".

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

Jak Connor | Mon, Jan 13 2020 12:31 AM CST

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.

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

Jak Connor | Thu, Jan 9 2020 1:24 AM CST

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.

In just 4 years electric scooter related injuries have increased by 4x | TweakTown.com

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.

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KIOXIA showcases new UFS storage for automotive use

Shannon Robb | Tue, Jan 7 2020 10:25 PM CST

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.

KIOXIA showcases new UFS storage for automotive use | TweakTown.com

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

Jak Connor | Tue, Jan 7 2020 2:48 AM CST

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

Jak Connor | Tue, Jan 7 2020 1:04 AM CST

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.

Lamborghini & Rivian cars will soon integrate Alexa voice commands | TweakTown.com

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.

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So, BlackBerry has teamed with Damon Motorcycles for EV superbike

Anthony Garreffa | Sun, Jan 5 2020 8:02 AM 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.

So, BlackBerry has teamed with Damon Motorcycles for EV superbike | TweakTown.com

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

Anthony Garreffa | Sun, Jan 5 2020 7:03 AM 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.

Segway is making a self-balancing electric pod for adults | TweakTown.com

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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