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Waymo is first to put fully self-driving cars on US roads without a safety driver

Going Level 4 in Arizona<p>Waymo, the autonomous vehicle division of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, reached an important milestone recently: since mid-October, the company has been operating its autonomous minivans on public roads in Arizona without a safety driver — or any human at all — behind …

Transportation

Behind the scene look at how firefighters disable a Tesla battery while extinguishing a Model S fire

Last week, a 62-year-old Tesla Model S owner drove into a sign announcing a construction site on the highway in Gratkorn, Austria. The sedan continued traveling down the highway for ~200 meters before coming to a stop and bursting into flames, according to local media reports (German).<p>Fortunately, …

Tesla Model S fire vs 35 firefighters – watch impressive operation after a high-speed crash

There’s a lot of talk about electric vehicle fires even though there’s no statistic showing that they catch on fire any more frequently than gas-powered cars.<p>But there’s no doubt that they burn differently and it is affecting the work of first responders as we reported in a ‘Behind the scene look …

Tesla Model S

Here’s a closer look at Apple’s secret self-driving car

That’s one top-heavy SUV<p>A new video of what would appear to be one of Apple’s “Project Titan” self-driving cars was posted to Twitter last night, and it looks much different than it did the last time we saw it. The car appears to be outfitted with standard third-party sensors and hardware, …

Transportation

Self-driving taxis are coming to residential neighborhoods

California retirement community residents can now hail driverless cars<p>Most experts agree that robot cars will first roll out as fleets of self-driving taxis in controlled environments — college campuses, business parks, dedicated freeway lanes, or downtowns of congested cities. And we’re already …

Transportation

Image of Tesla's electric semi truck surfaces

A new Reddit mystery is afoot<p>We’re less than one month away from the day when Tesla plans to unveil its first electric semi truck, and of course that means it’s time for speculation and sleuthing to skyrocket. Today’s fodder is a picture of what could be the Tesla big rig that was posted to, …

Car Tech

Self-Driving Cars Will Kill People. Who Decides Who Dies?

Recently, the “trolley problem,” a decades-old thought experiment in moral philosophy, has been enjoying a second career of sorts, appearing in …

Ethics

Mototok: Elektroschlepper rangieren BA-Flugzeuge

Der Flughafen Heathrow und die British Airways wollen Schadstoffemissionen verringern. Die Fluggesellschaft lässt ihre Flugzeuge nicht mehr von …

Jaguar's steering wheel of the future revolves around AI

The steering wheel as we know it doesn't have a bright future -- in fact, it might disappear altogether as self-driving cars hit the road. Jaguar Land Rover, however, has an idea as to how it might survive. The British automaker has unveiled a concept steering wheel, Sayer, that's designed for an …

Trucks

Aston Martin’s vehicle lineup will be 100% hybrid by the mid 2020s

Another automaker is vowing to turn its entire lineup a little more green: Aston Martin told the Financial Times that it’ll offer vehicles exclusively with hybrid and electric cars by the middle of next decade.<p>It’s not as audacious a goal as it might’ve seemed even just a few years ago; Volvo has …

Uber shows off its autonomous driving program’s snazzy visualization tools

Uber’s engineering blog has just posted an interesting piece on the company’s web-based tool for exploring and visualizing data from self-driving car research. It’s a smart look at an impressive platform, and definitely has nothing to do with a long piece published last week lauding a similar …

SpaceX runs its Tesla-powered pusher at 220 mph on Hyperloop test track

Elon Musk apparently felt left out when student teams competed to achieve top speed on the SpaceX Hyperloop test track last weekend, because he decided to run the SpaceX pusher vehicle, which includes a Tesla drivetrain, down the track on its own to see how fast it could go.<p>The Tesla/SpaceX …

Tesla battery expert recommends daily charging limit to optimize durability

Like owners of gas-powered cars, electric car owners can adopt driving and ownership habits to prolong the useful life of their vehicles.<p>Simple habits, like not driving a vehicle too hard or rotating the tires regularly, are common to gas-powered and electric cars, but some habits are new and only …

Batteries

Is China firm’s plan to develop 4,000 km/h train just a pipe dream?

A Chinese aerospace firm’s claim that it is developing a “flying train” capable of travelling at up to 4,000 km/h has met with scepticism and wry …

Hyperloop-Test: Münchener gewinnen erneut mit Geschwindigkeitsrekord

<b>Zum zweiten mal führte der Raumfahrtkonzern SpaceX am Wochenende einen Testlauf für das futurustische Transportkonzept Hyperloop durch. Wieder</b> …

e.GO Life – e-Car .blog

The <b>e.GO Life</b> is a Smart-like e-Car developed by a team around Prof. Dr. Günther Schuh at the <i>RWTH Aachen Campus</i>, who also founded with his team the …

Mobile

Elon Musk’s Boring Co. gets Hawthorne city nod to dig a two-mile test tunnel

Elon Musk’s The Boring Company, which he dreamed up while sitting in traffic in LA because he wanted to go <i>under</i> said traffic, has permission to dig a two-mile test tunnel in Hawthorne, California just outside LA. The approval for the test dig comes from the Hawthorne City Council, which voted four …

California May Shift EV Subsidies To Point Of Sale Rebates

California is about to begin testing a new "point of sale" clean vehicle rebate plan in San Diego. Under the present rules, people who purchase a …

San Diego

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It’s official: The VW Bus is back, and it’s electric

The I.D. Buzz concept will go into production, sparking a new generation of Microbus fans<p>Driven by popular demand, Volkswagen announced today it is …

Electric Vehicles

Fahrbericht Elektroroller NIU N1S

Ich wollte diesen Roller tatsächlich kaufen, damals, als ich meinen Honda Zoomer gerade verloren geben wollte. Deshalb war ich sehr erfreut, als ich …

Klartext

Klartext: Elektroautos sind ein bisschen besserWenn wir den von der aktuellen Diesel-Diskussion verunsicherten Autokunden ansehen, finden wir unter …

Erste Tests: Autonome Rollstühle sollen Krankenhäuser erobern

Pflegepersonal, das einen Rollstuhl durch die Gegend schiebt, könnte schon bald durch Robotertechnik ersetzt werden. Panasonic sowie Forscher in …

Streetscooter Work XL: Deutsche Post stellt Elektro-Lkw mit 200 km Reichweite vor

Die Deutsche Post und ihre Tochter Streetscooter haben zusammen mit Ford den Work XL gebaut. Das Elektrofahrzeug ist ein Lieferwagen auf Basis des …

Toyota debuts new Prius with rooftop PV option in Japan

The rooftop solar panels recharge the 3.7-volt (24Ah) lithium-ion auxiliary battery while driving to raise hybrid fuel efficiency, but cannot charge …

Electric Vehicles

Die Sicherheit der Mercedes S-Klasse im Test

Die Assistenzsysteme der neuen Mercedes S-Klasse sollen schwere Kollisionen mit Menschen oder Autos vermeiden.

Tesla 3 Configuration Options – e-Car .blog

Beside that core selection between a 35.000 US$ <b>Tesla 3 model</b> and the 44.000 US$ premium edition, with a +30% battery range/power, there are the …

Car Tech

Tesla Model 3 – the prices in the EU – Europe – e-Car .blog

No official prices in Euro have yet been published, but let’s make a very rough calculation and let’s rather calculate in favour of Tesla Motors, …

Tesla Model 3

Continental testet Roboter-Taxi im Werk Frankfurt

Continental testet Roboter-Taxi im Werk FrankfurtDer Autozulieferer Continental will mit einem neuen Versuchsfahrzeug fahrerlose Roboter-Taxis …