Investment Planned Volkswagen debuted its first self-driving auto, the "Sedric,'' at the Geneva Auto Show on Monday, promising to invest "billions'' in a fleet of new driverless cars. The moment was a rare respite from the automaker's global diesel emissions scandal. Published on March 7, 2017 10:45 am Why it matters If Volkswagen develops a successful range of electric and self-driving vehicles, it could extend its market lead into the next generation of mobility. Facts Volkswagen presented “Sedric,” the automaker’s first self-driving, electric-powered car, at the Geneva Auto Show on Monday night. The two-seater, which resembles a miniature VW Polo, has no steering wheel or driver. In a demonstration for about 400 guests and journalists, the car was guided and parked on stage. Matthias Müller, the VW CEO, said Volkswagen planned to invest “billions” to develop a range of self-driving, electric-powered vehicles around the Sedric, … [Read more...] about VW Presents ‘Sedric,’ First Self-Driving Car, in Geneva
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5 With just 32 people working on a one-acre site near Crewkerne in Somerset, Ariel has one of the most impressive power-to-weight ratios of any UK brand. Its two cars (and one motorcycle) are renowned the world over, despite the firm only producing a couple of units a week, and pretty much any 'car person' will have the Atom parked in their dream garage. For those readers who are somehow unfamiliar with this model, there's little to add beyond what you can see in the photos. It's designed to be the very essence of 'car', a whittled-down, 600kg performance machine consisting of a driver, an engine, four wheels, and a structure to keep these components travelling in the same direction as each other. The occupants sit within a steel exoskeleton, just in front of a powerful engine, with most components visible through the lack of bodywork. It's a powertrain with a couple of seats and a number plate attached. The original Atom was introduced in 1999, but it wasn't until … [Read more...] about Ariel Atom 4 first drive – the ultimate British performance car
SOME things look on paper to be a downright stupid idea but turn out to be brilliant. Take the slinky, for example. That was invented by some bloke called Richard James in 1945. If I knew Rich, and he came to me one night in the pub and said: “I’m gonna market a toy which is essentially a coiled spring which will roll down the stairs,” I would have told him to put down his pint and order a cab. Today more than 300 million slinkys have been sold, netting James and his family over £200million. Yep, seriously. When Audi decided to abandon its impeccable four-wheel drive Quattro system for a special edition of the firebreathing R8 — called the R8 RWS — which sends all 533 of the horses to just the rear wheels, I thought, “That’s going to end badly”. Once again I was wrong. Putting that much power on the back sounds like a recipe for fiery catastrophe. You might expect a sudden spike in fatal crash statistics, as … [Read more...] about Audi’s first rear-wheel-drive motor is a blisteringly quick triumph
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
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?