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  • Singapore F1 broadcast in 4K ahead of 2017 switch

    Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix saw live 4K broadcasting being tested for the motorsport, as Tata Communications, Sky and Formula One Management (FOM) teamed up for the endeavour. The move comes ahead of Sky's plan to broadcast all races in 4K next season. "UHD offers four times higher resolution than HD, making F1 a more powerful, immersive experience for fans than ever before. We're on track to show every race live in UHD next season using our next-generation Sky Q home entertainment service, and to continue to give our customers the action-packed F1 experiences that they crave," said Keith Lane, director of operations at...

  • This team managed to hack a moving Tesla from 19km away

    The idea of a connected car sounds like a great idea, but like all newly connected things, they're vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Now, Chinese security researchers have upped the ante, by remotely hacking a Tesla while it was moving. Researchers from Keen Security Lab were able to identify several vulnerabilities, using these security gaps to remotely control the Tesla Model S in parking and driving modes. The team used unmodified cars with the latest firmware to show off the attack. The company also published a video, showing the researchers being able to remotely pop open the boot/doors, adjust seats, turn on indicators and...

  • Chevrolet Bolt gets price tag in USA

    The Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle has been bandied about for a good few months now, but the price tag wasn't quite set in stone. Now, GM and Chevrolet have announced that the new car will set US motorists back US$37 495, but buyers could earn tax credit of up to US$7500. "Value is a hallmark for Chevrolet and the pricing of the Bolt EV proves we're serious about delivering the first affordable EV with plenty of range for our customers," said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and leader of Global Chevrolet, in a press release. "We have kept our promise yet...

  • Tesla pushed envelope in terms of safety – Mobileye

    A tech firm that creates driver assistance systems claims that it ended its relationship with Tesla because the electric carmaker "pushed the envelope in terms of safety". Mobileye, which makes high-tech cameras and other assistance systems, told Reuters that Tesla's Autopilot system was not meant to deliver a driverless experience. "No matter how you spin it, (the Autopilot system) is not designed for that. It is a driver assistance system and not a driverless system," Mobileye's Amnon Joshua told the newswire. The comments came a few months after the two companies halted their relationship in July, and in the wake of at...

  • Chevrolet Bolt: is it actually a Tesla Model 3 killer?

    Tesla's Model 3 gets all the headlines, being marketed as the first affordable electric car from the US manufacturer. But General Motors and the Chevrolet Bolt have beaten Tesla to the punch though. The auto giant revealed the production version of the Bolt earlier this year, claiming it will be delivered later this year at an expected price just below US$37 500. By comparison, the Model 3 has a US$35 000 price tag and is only available in "late 2017". Chevrolet and GM claim 238 miles according to EPA estimates, while Tesla is touting a 215 mile maximum range. Should you go for the...

  • Tesla delivers big Autopilot upgrade with new firmware

    Tesla saw plenty of bad press thanks to a fatal crash in Autopilot mode earlier this year. However, the latest firmware update is heavily focused on improving this department. In a blog post detailing version 8.0 of the Model S firmware, Tesla explained that radar is now becoming the primary control sensor for Autopilot mode. Previously, it was used to feed supplementary data to the camera and image processing system. The company outlined some challenges in using radar as the main sensor. Radar isn't perfect "The radar can see people, but they appear partially translucent. Something made of wood or painted plastic, though opaque to...

  • US-based Liberty Media to buy F1 in huge shakeup

    There have been murmurings for a while now, but it's now official. Liberty Media has agreed to acquire Formula One in a deal valuing the motorsport at US$8-billion. The corporation agreed to buy an initial 18.7% stake in the sport, with a 100% sale "subject to satisfaction of conditions". Liberty Media shed more light on the sale in a press statement. "After completion of the acquisition, Liberty Media will own Formula One and it will be attributed to the Liberty Media Group which will be renamed the Formula One Group. The consortium of sellers led by CVC will own approximately 65% of the...

  • Listen: this is the sound of new Formula E cars

    The third season of Formula E is set to take place later this year and sees a prominent new entrant in the form of the Jaguar team. The new season will see a few rule changes taking place, such as a slightly lower weight (from 888 kilograms to 880) and a higher level of regeneration (from 100KW to 150). These factors will in turn make for faster cars and longer runs compared to current rules. With this in mind, Jaguar and the rest of the field went testing at Donington Park recently, allowing people to hear the sound of season three's cars for...

  • Confirmed: Felipe Massa to retire at end of 2016

    Williams driver Felipe Massa will be retiring from Formula One at the end of 2016, the Brazilian has announced. Massa, who is ranked ninth for all-time starts (at 242), is set to have 250 starts under his belt when the chequered flag drops in Abu Dhabi. "I must start by especially thanking my wife and my father, my whole family, my manager Nicolas and all the people who have supported me throughout my career. Thank you to God for giving me the opportunities I have had in life and, above all, for protecting me," Massa said in an official statement. Felipe Massa is...

  • Amazon Vehicles could be every gear head’s new happy place

    Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, recently launched the latest addition to their website, namely Amazon Vehicles. This new page is aimed at providing the “automotive community” with a one-stop platform to browse and compare reviews on a plethora of vehicles. From old school 90s station wagons to the latest electric-powered beasts, the sheer magnitude of motor reviews on Vehicles is absolutely staggering. There is even a decent range of motorcycles thrown in for good measure. "Our goal is to support customers during one of the most important, research-intensive purchases in their lives by helping them make informed decisions every step of the way," said Adam Goetsch, director...

  • How many BMW i3 and i8 electric cars have been sold in SA?

    BMW and Nissan have announced the launch of the first joint charging stations for electric cars in South Africa - but buried in the press release was a rather interesting bit of news... The German automaker revealed that it sold 300 electric vehicles in the country since their introduction. But which model was more popular though? "In South Africa, BMW has sold a total of 141 BMW i3s and 159 BMW i8s units since its local introduction, making BMW i3 the most successful EV in the market," the automaker noted. We're not sure what BMW means about the i3 being the most...

  • BMW, Nissan launch first joint charging stations in Cape Town

    Following their memorandum of understanding (MOU) last year, BMW and Nissan have launched their first joint charging stations for electric vehicles in South Africa. The two manufacturers launched three charging stations (for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles) at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, BMW South Africa said in a statement. "The charging stations will supplement the stations already installed by BMW across 27 BMW dealerships, at the Melrose Arch Precinct and at BMW’s Head office in Midrand to support the adoption of EVs in South Africa’s urban areas," the German manufacturer added. The charging stations use Type 2 connections, which...

  • 1960 Belgian Grand Prix: F1’s other dark weekend

    The 1994 San Marino Grand Prix is widely considered to be one of F1's darkest weekends -- with just cause. Aside from Ayrton Senna's death during the race, the weekend also saw rookie Roland Ratzenberger die in qualifying and Rubens Barrichello almost dying on Friday. But before that horrible weekend in Imola, the 1960 Belgian Grand Prix was one of the most infamous weekends. A far cry from today's era of safety The 1960 season took place at a dangerous time, when drivers didn't wear full-face helmets, fireproof overalls weren't mandatory and roll hoops weren't used. Hell, many drivers didn't care for seat belts,...

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