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Tesla Self Learning Autopilot

  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 Autonomous Electric

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

Model X Launched

I'm not going to write too much in this post except to say Tesla does not disappoint.  The video runs for 30 mins but it's worth the watch.  Another historic moment in the evolution of the automotive industry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUz_EXSmp9w   Don't forget to become one of our switched on subscribers - you get exclusive content

October 2nd, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Queensland Electric Highway

The Queensland government has called for expressions of interest in building an EV solar powered fast charge highway throughout the state.  Initially this would incorporate an existing petrol service station with fast charge facilties for EVs that would employ solar panels as the energy source.  It would eventually result in a series of solar powered

Tesla goes Ludicrous

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

Tesla Sign Dahn Lab

Tesla Motors have signed an exclusive 5 year research agreement with Dahn Labs. Dahn Labs are a battery research group at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada headed up by professor Jeff Dahn. Global battery research has undergone a transformation over the past decade as the advent of electric vehicles and battery storage expand

Apple iCar?

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.

Tesla Home Battery Storage

Elon Musk casually announced Tesla's official entry into home battery storage.  Since the announcement of the Gigafactory there has been a deal of speculation that Tesla would move to home storage systems as it makes perfect sense for the company to enter the energy market. He stated the home battery packs could be in production in

February 15th, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Are Autonomous Cars the Canary in the Coalmine?

MEC has reported on the impending revolution of autonomous (self drive/driverless/no driver) vehicles previously.  Already we are seeing the technology built in to existing high end models  such as the Tesla P85D and probably most people are aware of the Google self drive car. The advances in the underlying technology seem to be advancing at a more

An Affordable 500km Electric Car?

2017 Nissan Leaf The range of electric cars has been one of the major hurdles preventing greater uptake.  Unless you can afford a Tesla (range of 500kms) you're currently stuck around the 160kms range with today's production vehicles.  Although today's range is more than enough for the average driver range anxiety is a definite deterrent.  (According