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Uber fires 100 workers in self-driving team post fatal crash
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 12 Jul 2018,Thursday
After Uber's self-driving car crash which killed a pedestrian in Arizona in March, the ride-hailing startup has laid off about 100 self-driving vehicle operators. However, the company said "we look forward to returning to public roads in coming months". Uber reportedly plans to replace the jobs with about 55 "mission specialists", positions for which the affected employees can also apply.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 03:44 pm on 12 Jul
Ex-employee charged with stealing Apple self-driving car secrets
short by Pragya Swastik / on 11 Jul 2018,Wednesday
A former Apple employee Xiaolang Zhang has been charged by the US authorities with stealing the technology giant's self-driving car trade secrets. Zhang is accused of downloading Apple's plan for a self-driving car circuit board on his personal laptop and trying to flee to China. On being arrested, Zhang disclosed his intent to work at a Chinese self-driving car startup.
short by Pragya Swastik / 04:44 pm on 11 Jul
Aston Martin unveils flying autonomous electric car concept
short by Shifa Naseer / on 17 Jul 2018,Tuesday
Luxury car company Aston Martin has unveiled its plans for a flying electric car concept called the Volante Vision Concept with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities. The three-seater aircraft will use a hybrid-electric power-train and will have multiple propellers. The car will be equipped with autonomous navigation and information will be projected onto the all-glass cockpit canopy.
short by Shifa Naseer / 11:00 am on 17 Jul
Rolls-Royce unveils air taxi concept that flies at 402 kmph
short by Shifa Naseer / on 16 Jul 2018,Monday
Rolls-Royce has unveiled an hybrid-electric air vehicle concept that can travel at 402 kmph speed for approximately 800 km. The craft has wings that rotate 90 degrees to allow it to take off vertically and can carry 4-5 passengers. The automaker has already designed a propulsion system for the taxi and is looking for partners to develop the project.
short by Shifa Naseer / 11:00 am on 16 Jul
Data breach exposes trade secrets of Tesla, Ford, Toyota, GM
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 21 Jul 2018,Saturday
About 157 GB of sensitive data from over 100 companies, including General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Tesla and Toyota, were exposed on a public server, security researcher UpGuard Cyber Risk has revealed. The exposure via Canada-based Level One Robotics comprised factory layouts, robotic configurations, ID badge forms and non-disclosure agreements, including one from Tesla, UpGuard said.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 04:50 pm on 21 Jul
Mumbai-based automaker unveils India's first hypercar 'Shul'
short by Shifa Naseer / on 15 Jul 2018,Sunday
Mumbai-based automaker Vazirani Automotive has unveiled India's first turbine-electric hypercar called 'Vazirani Shul' at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The car is essentially an all-wheel-drive with four individual motors for each wheel, hence enabling torque vectoring. However, the model is still at a conceptual stage and the company will not release it until the end of this year.
short by Shifa Naseer / 05:10 pm on 15 Jul
Tesla offered workers free Red Bull to meet Model 3 goal
short by Pragya Swastik / on 13 Jul 2018,Friday
Elon Musk-led Tesla offered free Red Bull drinks to workers at its California factory to keep them awake and complete Model 3 car production goal, a Bloomberg report said. Some employees were even asked to walk through raw sewage to avoid interrupting production. Earlier this month, Musk announced Tesla met its goal of producing 5,000 Model 3 cars a week.
short by Pragya Swastik / 09:17 pm on 13 Jul
I wore same clothes for 5 days: Musk on meeting Model 3 goal
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 14 Jul 2018,Saturday
Tesla's billionaire CEO Elon Musk has revealed he wore the same clothes for five days before reaching the 5,000-cars-a-week Model 3 production goal. "I spent almost the entire time in the factory the final week. It was essentially three months with a tiny break of like one day...it was really intense. And everybody else was really intense, too," added Musk.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 09:55 am on 14 Jul
Nissan admits to falsifying car emissions tests in Japan
short by Pragya Swastik / on 10 Jul 2018,Tuesday
Japanese carmaker Nissan on Monday admitted to falsifying data about exhaust emissions and fuel economy tests at five of its factories in Japan. The falsification of data occurred on 19 car models, an internal investigation of employees conducting the final check of the vehicles revealed. No recalls are required as the affected models conformed to Japanese safety standards, Nissan said.
short by Pragya Swastik / 05:22 pm on 10 Jul
Only 1 unit of Tata Nano produced in June
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 05 Jul 2018,Thursday
Tata Motors has produced only one unit of its small car Nano last month as against 275 units in June 2017. Further, the automaker sold only 3 units of the car last month while it exported none. Former Tata Sons Chairman Cyrus Mistry had in 2016 claimed that Tata Motors did not stop producing the car due to "emotional reasons".
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 02:53 pm on 05 Jul
My desk is the smallest in Tesla factory, says CEO Elon Musk
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 14 Jul 2018,Saturday
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has revealed he holds the "smallest desk" in his car-making factory where he "barely" sits. Musk also took a dig at GM saying their top floor is reserved for chairperson and CEO who use "special elevators". "The reason people in the paint shop were working their a** off is because I was with them," Musk added.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 05:25 pm on 14 Jul
Fiat names Jeep boss to replace seriously ill CEO Marchionne
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 22 Jul 2018,Sunday
Carmaker Fiat Chrysler has named its Jeep division chief Mike Manley to replace CEO Sergio Marchionne, who suffered serious complications following shoulder surgery. Marchionne joined Fiat in 2004 and led the Italy-based company's merger with bankrupt US carmaker Chrysler. The 66-year-old will also leave his roles as chairman and CEO of Ferrari, which spun off from Fiat Chrysler in 2016.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 04:27 pm on 22 Jul
Tesla's new factory in China to produce 5 lakh cars a year
short by Pragya Swastik / on 10 Jul 2018,Tuesday
Tesla on Tuesday reached an agreement with Shanghai government to build a new factory that will produce 5 lakh cars a year for its Chinese customers. The construction of the factory will begin once Tesla receives the necessary permits. A Tesla spokesperson said it will take 2-3 years before the new factory will be ramped up to hit the target.
short by Pragya Swastik / 09:57 pm on 10 Jul
Mercedes-Benz parent to test self-driving cars in China
short by Shifa Naseer / on 07 Jul 2018,Saturday
Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, has been granted a license to test self-driving vehicles on public roads in Beijing, China. It is the first non-Chinese company to win a license to test level 4 self-driving vehicles in the country. The test vehicles use technology from Daimler's partner Baidu Apollo and will have human drivers on board for emergency situations.
short by Shifa Naseer / 05:40 pm on 07 Jul
Startup unveils self-driving truck made to carry only logs
short by Shifa Naseer / on 13 Jul 2018,Friday
Swedish transport startup Einride has unveiled its all-electric and self-driving truck called 'The T-log' made to carry logs. Powered by Nvidia's self-driving system, the truck can access real-time traffic data to plan routes and can be controlled remotely in emergency situations. The company claims it can travel 200 km on a single charge due to a 200 kWh battery pack.
short by Shifa Naseer / 03:23 pm on 13 Jul
Baidu to launch fully self-driving buses in Japan in 2019
short by Shifa Naseer / on 05 Jul 2018,Thursday
Chinese technology giant Baidu has partnered with Softbank's public-transportation subsidiary SB Drive to launch a self-driving bus service in Japan next year. Baidu is also working with Chinese automaker King Long to build the buses and has made 100 of them so far. The buses, which can seat 14 passengers, will come without a driver's seat or a steering wheel.
short by Shifa Naseer / 03:15 pm on 05 Jul
Tesla investors demand Musk's apology for 'pedo' remark
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 18 Jul 2018,Wednesday
Following Tesla shares plummeting by $2 billion, investors have demanded an apology from CEO Elon Musk after the billionaire's "pedo" remark on a British diver who helped rescue the youth football team stuck in the Thailand cave. Musk had flown to Thailand to assist in the rescue by providing a submarine, however the diver had called it a "PR stunt".
short by Gaurav Shroff / 11:52 am on 18 Jul
Startup shows hypercar concept that can do 0-100 kmph in 2s
short by Shifa Naseer / on 15 Jul 2018,Sunday
European car designing startup Automobili Pininfarina has revealed its hypercar concept, codenamed 'PF0', which can go from 0-100 kmph in under 2 seconds. The car offers a top speed of 400 kmph and 500 km of driving between stops to recharge the batteries. The hypercar will go into production in 2020 and is expected to cost between $2-2.5 million.
short by Shifa Naseer / 03:58 pm on 15 Jul
Startup makes 3-wheeled e-scooter that folds within a second
short by Shifa Naseer / on 08 Jul 2018,Sunday
US-based bicycle making startup PIM Bicycles has developed a three-wheeled electric scooter called MYLO which can fold vertically in less than one second. The scooter can hold two 36v batteries, each providing a range of 16-24 km and can be fully charged in three hours. Priced at $1499, MYLO can reach a top speed of 28 kmph.
short by Shifa Naseer / 01:00 pm on 08 Jul
China startup may be valued at $4 bn without single car sale
short by Shifa Naseer / on 17 Jul 2018,Tuesday
China-based electric carmaking startup Xpeng Motors is reportedly raising over $600 million which will value the startup close to $4 billion without selling a single car. The electric cars are expected to have voice controls, streaming music, live video, driver-tracking maps and other software. The startup is backed by Alibaba Group, Foxconn Technology, and Xiaomi Founder Lei Jun.
short by Shifa Naseer / 07:29 pm on 17 Jul
Video: How virtual side mirrors in Audi's electric SUV work
short by Shifa Naseer / on 08 Jul 2018,Sunday
The virtual side cameras of Audi's e-tron quattro electric SUV feature a touch display through which the driver can adjust the view by dragging the image around. It also offers the ability to zoom in and out and move the cameras. Further, the driver can choose from three views for different situations, like highway driving, turning and parking.
short by Shifa Naseer / 03:04 pm on 08 Jul
Tesla rolls out self-parking feature to Model 3 cars
short by Shifa Naseer / on 06 Jul 2018,Friday
Elon Musk-led electric carmaker Tesla has rolled out the 'Summon' feature to Model 3 cars which allows the vehicles to automatically park themselves. With Summon, a Tesla vehicle can also control garage doors, drive in or out and power down without any human intervention. Tesla has already added the Summon feature to its Model S and Model X vehicles.
short by Shifa Naseer / 11:00 am on 06 Jul
Google's Waymo starts testing 1st self-driving e-car in US
short by Shifa Naseer / on 13 Jul 2018,Friday
Google spinoff Waymo has started testing its first self-driving electric Jaguar I-Pace vehicles in the US, the startup confirmed. Earlier this year, Waymo had announced a partnership with Jaguar to use the I-Pace as part of Waymo's self-driving service. Further, Waymo is planning to add up to 20,000 I-Pace SUVs to its fleet set to debut in 2020.
short by Shifa Naseer / 04:04 pm on 13 Jul
Audi unveils its electric SUV with virtual side mirrors
short by Shifa Naseer / on 05 Jul 2018,Thursday
German automaker Audi has unveiled its electric SUV e-tron quattro's interior which features 7-inch screens for virtual side mirrors placed below the windows. The mirrors are expected to have several viewing modes including highway driving, urban turning and parking. According to Audi, the screens on the e-tron system can adjust their field of view to suit the driver's preference.
short by Shifa Naseer / 06:15 pm on 05 Jul
Porsche 911 GT2 RS launched in India at ₹3.88 crore
short by Shifa Naseer / on 10 Jul 2018,Tuesday
German automaker Porsche has launched the 911 GT2 RS in India at a price of ₹3.88 crore. The car comes with a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged, six cylinder engine which gives out 700 bhp power and 750 Nm of peak torque. The 911 GT2 RS can go from 0-100 kmph in 2.8 seconds and offers a top speed of 340 kmph.
short by Shifa Naseer / 11:02 pm on 10 Jul
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