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Scoot your booty Tesla, and make room for Faraday Future, an electric vehicle startup headquartered in California that just announced its first production automobile. Faraday Future unveiled its FF 91 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and has even started taking reservations for it at $5,000 (fully refundable) a pop. The first 300 orders will have the option in a couple of months to upgrade their pre-order to join an exclusive launch series dubbed the Alliance Edition. Faraday Future describes the FF 91 as a "bold new breed of electric mobility that combines supercar performance,... Read more...
The first production hybrid Lamborghini will be available soon, though do not expect it to be a supercar model in the vein of a Huracán or Aventador. Lamborghini's first hybrid vehicle will be the Urus, an athletic SUV that it first announced in concept form four years ago at the Beijing Motor Show. It will be the only hybrid Lamborghini carries, though it will also carry a non-hybrid model, a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 Urus.It has been a long time since Lamborghini released an SUV. The last one was the LM002, which it produced from 1986 to 1993. Lamborghini's hybrid Urus SUV is likely to be shown... Read more...
The parents of a five-year-old girl who lost her life in a car accident involving another motor vehicle in which the driver was using Apple's FaceTime app have filed a lawsuit against the Cupertino outfit. Filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court, the lawsuit holds Apple accountable for the girl's death for not utilizing technology that would prevent people from using FaceTime while operating a vehicle, or at the very least issue a warning as to the potential hazards. "Plaintiffs allege Apple Inc.'s failure to design, manufacture, and sell the Apple iPhone 6 Plus with the patented, safer, alternative... Read more...
Google said several months ago that it was partnering with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to build 100 autonomous Pacifica Hybrid minivans, a move that would double Google's self-driving fleet. Now it is about to make good on that arrangement. Chrysler announced today that production of all 100 Pacifica Hybrid minivans has been completed and delivered to Waymo, the new self-driving division created by Alphabet (Google's parent company), where they will be outfitted with autonomous hardware and software. "The Pacifica Hybrid will be a great addition to our fully self-driving test fleet. FCA's product... Read more...
Uber is trying to make its hometown of San Francisco the second city in the United States to benefit from its self-driving car service but it is meeting resistance by state authorities. After announcing the rollout on Wednesday, California regulators jumped in and demanded that Uber park its self-driving fleet because the company lacked the necessary permits for autonomous vehicles. "It is illegal for the company to operate its self-driving vehicles on public roads until it receives an autonomous vehicle testing permit," Brian G. Soublet, deputy director of California’s Department of Motor Vehicles,... Read more...
Google has been one of the biggest driving forces in advancing the autonomous vehicle category. It could even be argued that Google leads the way. With that being the case, it's a bit of surprise to learn that Google may be taking a U-turn in the category and putting its plans to develop self-driving cars into park, at least as currently constructed.The company's self-driving car division, known internally as Chauffeur, is moving towards working with existing automakers to implement self-driving technologies and features into cars. This is opposed to Google continuing to build its own fleet of... Read more...
Certain things should go without saying. Should. Unfortunately, common sense takes a backseat etiquette these days, so ridesharing service Uber felt compelled to add some common sense restrictions to its "Community Guidelines." Breaking any of them could result in being banned from hailing rides from Uber drivers. Uber's goal was to lay out the rules in "plain English" so that everyone—both drivers and riders—know what is expected of them. For example, Uber prohibits damaging the driver's or another passenger's property. In case that's too vague, Uber goes on to list specific infractions that include... Read more...
Leaving the home is about to become more dangerous than it already is. That's because the holiday shopping season is about to be kick into full swing, that means a combination of inattentive pedestrians looking down at their smartphones and distracted drivers wielding handsets behind the wheel. It makes for a potentially dangerous combination, and since vehicles have the potential to do the most damage, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed that phone makers include a Driver Mode with a simplified interface. The latest proposal... Read more...
We like things that are awesome. You probably like things that are awesome, too (we're not going out on much of a limb with that assumption). So, do you want to know something that's awesome that we stumbled upon? Sure you do, which is why we're sharing a video of Tesla's Autopilot technology in action, though not as you've seen it before. The video doesn't just show an autonomous vehicle weaving driving through a city, it uses highlighted color coding so that we can see what the sensors see. Tesla has put a ton of work into its Autopilot technology. Vehicles equipped with Autopilot have eight... Read more...
Study after study have shown the dangers of driving while distracted, something that has become a growing problem with the advent of smartphones. However, it used to be that making calls and firing off text messages were the biggest culprits. Not anymore. They're still responsible for distracting drivers, but so are smartphone apps, which led to the biggest increase in traffic related fatalities in 50 years in 2015. This year isn't looking much better. Just in the first six months of 2016, highway deaths tallied 17,775, a disheartening gain of 10.4 percent compared to the same six-month period... Read more...
One of the benefits of an electric vehicle and many hybrids is that they reduce noise pollution compared to their gas guzzling brethren. On the surface, that sounds like a good thing, until you get plowed into by one because you didn't hear it coming. To prevent that from happening, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has added a sound requirement for all newly built hybrid and EVs. "We all depend on our senses to alert us to possible danger," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "With more, quieter hybrid and electrical cars... Read more...
As was promised by Google a long time ago, Android Auto users can now fire up the interface on their smartphones, the Mountain View company announced in a blog post. The mobile phone functionality is part of the newly released Android Auto 2.0 update, which Google is rolling out to users in more than 30 countries over the coming days. Since launching two years ago, the Android Auto platform has spread to over 200 new car models from more than 50 brands, and there are more launching each day. However, there was no way of using Android Auto on the millions of existing vehicles lacking integrated... Read more...
Tesla is growing faster than probably most people anticipated. The company is certainly outperforming Wall Street's expectations coming off its first profitable quarter since 2013 in which it recorded net income of $22 million, or 14 cents a share, for the three-month period ended September 30, 2016. To keep the momentum going and to hit its ambitious target of producing 500,000 cars per year by 2018, Tesla today announced plans to acquire Grohmann Engineering, a major player in automation manufacturing systems. "Accelerating a sustainable energy future is only possible with high-volume factories.... Read more...
Tesla Motors is sitting on cloud nine this morning after posting third quarter earnings that beat out Wall Street estimates and sent its stock price up. Specifically, Tesla reported net income of $22 million, or 14 cents per share, for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016, marking the first time the company has posted a profit since the first quarter of 2013. Just a year ago, Tesla posted a loss of nearly $230 million, or $1.78 per share. However, the car maker was able to more than double revenue from then to now, collecting $2.3 billion in the Q3 along with a positive free cash flow of... Read more...
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