Motoring by Press Association 21/05/2018, 5:58 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Tesla’s Model 3 is set to receive all-wheel drive and performance-orientated versions, according to a string of tweets from company boss Elon Musk. He confirmed that the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive version would be capable of 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds and a 310-mile range retained from the standard Model 3. In addition, he confirmed that the upcoming performance version would also retain the 310-mile range and that it would reach 0-60 in 3.5 seconds. According to the chief executive, the performance Model 3 would be priced at $78,000 (circa £58,100), which would put it in line with performance saloons such as the BMW M3. The standard Model 3 is priced at $35,000 (circa £26,700). However, Musk made the bold claim that the Model 3 would be 15 per cent quicker than the BMW M3, that it would have better handling than the famed … [Read more...] about Elon Musk says Tesla is working on all-wheel-drive and performance Model 3s
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In the race to start the world’s first driving business without human drivers, everyone is chasing Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo. The Google sibling has cleared the way to beat its nearest rivals, General Motors Co. and a couple of other players, by at least a year to introduce driverless cars to the public. A deal reached in January to buy thousands of additional Chrysler Pacifica minivans, which get kitted out with sensors that can see hundreds of yards in any direction, puts Waymo’s lead into stark relief. No other company is offering for-hire rides yet, let alone preparing to carry passengers in more than one city this year. GM plans to start a ride-hailing service with its Chevrolet Bolt—the one with no steering wheel or pedals, the ultimate goal in autonomous technology—late next year. Most of the others trying solve the last remaining self-driving puzzles are more cautious, targeting 2020 or later.The road to autonomy is long and … [Read more...] about Who’s Winning the Self-Driving Car Race?
0 Comments Toyota RAV4: The car that launched the compact SUV boom gets a major makeover BelfastTelegraph.co.uk It’s the car that ignited (or inflicted in some peoples’ view) the compact SUV revolution on us way back in 1994. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/cars/toyota-rav4-the-car-that-launched-the-compact-suv-boom-gets-a-major-makeover-36847378.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article36847374.ece/ffdac/AUTOCROP/h342/toyota-rav4-2019-gallery-01-full_tcm-3060-1330457.jpg Email It’s the car that ignited (or inflicted in some peoples’ view) the compact SUV revolution on us way back in 1994. The Toyota RAV4 has just been unveiled in fifth generation guise – and it boasts a sharp new look that is a further evolution in direction and is in contrast with the rather rounded appearance of older models. Yes, the RAV4 is back, and this time looking bolder and sleeker than ever, in a welcome refresh of the near-25-year-old brand. The … [Read more...] about Toyota RAV4: The car that launched the compact SUV boom gets a major makeover
David Beckham has shared a video showing his six-year-old daughter DRIVING his car while sitting on his knee. The former Manchester United and England ace, who now lives in the States, shared the bizarre footage on his Instagram account. He emphasises the fact that it's his own driveway - traffic laws don't apply to private land - but it shows Harper sitting on his knee and taking control of the wheel. It seems as though Beckham is filming the incident himself and at one point he even takes his eyes off the road to look directly at the camera. He asks his daughter: "OK, what are you doing?" The youngster responds with: "I'm driving. I'm showing what this girl can do." He then gives a rather 'concerned father' look to the camera. Beckham, also dad to sons Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz, captioned the footage with: "To be clear it's on my driveway but," followed by an emoji of a monkey covering its eyes. Traffic laws in California state that children under eight must wear a seatbelt and … [Read more...] about Beckham shares bizarre video showing six-year-old daughter Harper driving car
China’s aspiration to deploy 30 million autonomous vehicles within a decade is seeding a fledgling chip industry, with startups like Horizon Robotics Inc. emerging to build the brains behind those wheels.The Beijing-based company is taking aim at Nvidia Corp. and Mobileye NV just as the autonomous-driving business takes off and uncertainty looms over international trade. Annual revenue from the chips used in driverless vehicles globally should more than double to $5 billion by 2021, according to Gartner Inc.Horizon Robotics is an example of China’s resolve to move up the manufacturing value chain by focusing less on commodity smartphones and TVs, and more on sophisticated semiconductors and artificial intelligence that can help cars drive themselves or spaceships land on the moon. That industrial policy is meant to help China reduce its 1.75 trillion yuan ($276.4 billion) in annual chip imports, a value dwarfing its oil imports.“China has to spare no efforts to pick … [Read more...] about China Wants Its Own Brains Behind 30 Million Self-Driving Cars