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Intel on Monday announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Mobileye, an Israeli technology company that develops vision-based advanced driver assistance systems providing warnings for collision prevention and mitigation. Combined with Intel's high performance computing solutions and expertise in connectivity, the Santa Clara chip maker envisions creating automated driving solutions from cloud to car. As part of the agreement, a subsidiary of Intel will purchase all issued and outstanding ordinary shares of Mobileye for $63.54 per share in cash. That represents an equity value... Read more...
Uber has issued a statement defending the use of its proprietary Greyball software, while at the same time going on record prohibiting employees from using the application to evade regulators. Joe Sullivan, the company's chief security officer, said it will take some time to ensure the prohibition is fully enforced. Some have taken that as an admission that Uber's been using the controversial tool to avoid being busted for breaking local laws. A recent report in The New York Times brought attention to Greyball, which is a play on the word blackball. Citing four former and current Uber employees,... Read more...
The partnership between Mercedes-Benz and AMG dates back 50 years. To celebrate the occasion, the two developed a new model car, the Mercedes-AMG GT Concept. It's a sexy four-dour coupe—basically a four-door version of the AMG GT sports car—and to say it is a head turner is an understatement. It is more of a head spinner, which is exactly what the automakers were going for. "The AMG GT Concept embodies the most extreme expression of our design idiom and underlines the autonomous profile of AMG as a performance brand," said Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer, Daimler AG. "Through ideal proportions... Read more...
I remember as a teenager wanting a Lamborghini Diablo. It was my dream car, an exotic beast that probably would have seen me wrapped around a telephone poll had I come up with the funds back then. These days the Diablo is no longer being produced and if you asked me what my dream car is now, I'd have to strongly consider the Lamborghini Huracán Perfromante. Though it won't be officially revealed until next week. it's already making noise for setting a new production lap record on the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany. It completed a full lap in just 6 minutes and 52.01 seconds. To make the feat... Read more...
Modding a Porsche 911 to serve as the controller while playing the original Doom game on the car's infotainment system sounds like a really bad idea. The same is true of modding any vehicle to be the controller for game, but it sounds especially dangerous for a sporty vehicle. That might be one reason why nobody's ever made such a mod, though if it were to exist at any point, YouTube user vexal shows what the experience might be like. By all means, vexal (real name Matt Swarthout, according to his YouTube profile) is a smart dude who writes software, enjoys gaming, and plays piano. He is also a... Read more...
Paying employees too little money will have them looking for better opportunities in greener pastures. On the flip side, if you pay them too much, they might also leave, though that's not typically a problem. It was for Google, however, which implemented an unusual and highly lucrative (for employees) pay system for its self-driving car division that led to top talent calling it quits.In the early days, Google implemented a compensation system that awarded employees with huge monetary incentives based on the project's value. It did not take long for the project to ramp up and accumulate significant... Read more...
Our men and women in blue have one of the toughest and oftentimes thankless jobs in the world. It is a dangerous world out there and while police officers have taken on the mission of serving and protecting the public, they have to watch their own behinds as well. To help with that, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has teamed up with InterMotive Inc. of Auburn, California to equip 2017 Dodge Charger Pursuit law enforcement vehicles with rear-facing cameras and radars. These specially equipped cameras and radars can detect movement behind the vehicle, essentially giving police officers eyes in the back... Read more...
The remarkable thing about Tesla's automobile lineup is not just that they're electric vehicles with fancy technologies such as Auto Pilot (self-driving mode), but that they remain sporty in performance. This is especially true of the 2017 Tesla Model S P100D. Initiating what Tesla calls Ludicrous Model, which puts added stress on the motor, gearbox, and battery for a performance boost, the Model S P100D was able to hit 0-60 miles per hour in less than 2.3 seconds.The enthusiast drivers at Motor Trend took the 4,891-pound vehicle to the track where it posted the fastest 0-60 mph time of any production... Read more...
Let's be real, nobody needs 475 horses underneath the hood to get the kids to soccer practice or to fetch groceries from the local food chain. But do we want it? You bet your shiny 'soccer parent' bumper sticker, we do! And Dodge is going to deliver it with its new 2018 model Durango SRT, a three-row SUV with a 392-cubic-inch Hemi V8 engine kicking out a burly 475-horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. What that translates to on the drag strip, in case you get sidetracked from hauling the family to-and-fro, is a 0-60 miles per hour time of 4.4 seconds. That is a quarter-mile time of 12.9 seconds,... Read more...
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...
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