The case for electric cars may seem clear to many of us, even while the authorities and sworn petrol-heads refuse to see sense. The truth is that we rely on a handful of visionary industrialists and politicians to invest in infrastructure, publicity and incentives while we try to enjoy the benefits and spread the word
On May 7th the first US fatality was recorded with a Tesla Model S with autopilot engaged. The accident occurred when a truck made a left turn in front of the vehicle. The Model S struck the bottom of the tray which sheared off the roof with the car continuing some distance beyond the accident spot.
Autonomous electric racing cars will be part of the FIA Formula E Championship for the 2016/2017 season. Announced just a few days ago Formula E and Kinetik will be launching a global race series with 'driverless' cars competing against each other. The event, to be called ROBORACE, will take place prior to each Formula
Tesla's auto pilot feature not only brings autonomous functionality to its vehicles but each vehicle's experience is collected centrally and the cumulative experience of autonomous driving from all vehicles is passed back to each individual vehicle in a feedback learning loop. The result is continuous improvement in the vehicle's autonomous behaviour. The behavioural adjustments are
Nissan unveiled an autonomous concept car at the Tokyo motor show currently running in Japan, that points to the second wave of disruption about to hit the auto industry (the first being electric vehicles). This electric concept indicates the ability for autonomous driving as well as driver control at the press of a button when required. The video promo
Elon Musk announced a level faster than the already crazy Insane Mode when he recently talked about the latest upgrades to the Model S. Insane mode was not enough for the Tesla Team - they craved Ludicrous! Insane mode, if you recall, gets you from 0 - 100kph in a shockingly quick 3.2 secs. Just to put
I was in Melbourne recently and was fortunate enough to catch up with Richard Ferlazzo the Design Director for GM Holden. Richard and his very talented design team are based in Port Melbourne and are the people responsible for the beautifully crafted GM Electric Bolt. The Bolt caused quite a stir at the Detroit motor show
There's been much speculation over recent weeks that Apple are ramping up to enter the car market. The best guess scenario to date is that they will produce an electric vehicle around 2020 under the codename 'Project Titan', possibly shaped like a mini-van, that will compete with Tesla & GM and that it will be autonomous.
We've all heard of car-jackings but could a driverless car be hijacked by a hacker? Apparently it's already been done and manufacturers developing this technology are beefing up security systems to prevent it. It's predicted there could be as many as 20 million of these vehicles by 2020 so the concern is quite serious. Looking