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All posts by Hadlee Simons

  • Watch: over 30 minutes of 2016 IndyCar crashes, fails

    The 2016 IndyCar Series played host to a rather entertaining season, as Simon Pagenaud managed to ascend to the top of the throne. Of course, the season had more than its fair share of thrills and spills. Fortunately, YouTube channel Motorsport Crashes has compiled a mammoth 33-minute-long crash compilation, so clear your schedule and check this one out below. Notable IndyCar crashes include the multi-car pile-up at St Petersburg (15 secs), a series of snappy shunts at the Phoenix oval (1min20secs), several crazy Indy 500 smashes (8min50secs) and Josef Newgarden's terrifying crash at the Firestone 600 (17min53secs).

  • Tesla warned against Autopilot marketing in Germany

    Germany's transport ministry has called on Tesla to stop using the term "Autopilot" in marketing for their electric vehicles. "It can be confirmed that a letter to Tesla exists with the request to no longer use the misleading term Autopilot for the driver assistance system of the car," a ministry spokesperson told Reuters. A Tesla spokesperson defended the company's use of the term though, comparing Tesla's use of Autopilot to that of the aerospace industry. "Just as in an airplane, when used properly, Autopilot reduces driver workload and provides an added layer of safety when compared to purely manual driving," the spokesperson was...

  • Audi kills off its electric R8 supercar – report

    Well, that was rather unexpected. The Audi R8 e-tron electric vehicle has been killed off by the German automaker, it has been reported. First revealed in 2015, the vehicle has seen "fewer than 100" units being built before the perplexing decision to drop the model, according to Car and Driver. "We could have built more than we did," an Audi representative told the publication. The car had a US$1-million price tag but was limited to the European market. Got an Audi R8 e-tron? Well, you're in an exclusive club now The move comes as more and more car manufacturers jump on the electric bandwagon, led by Tesla,...

  • What’s Tesla going to announce on 17 October?

    US automaker Tesla has been on a roll over the past few years, and everyone is eagerly anticipating the "affordable" Model 3 car, set for release next year. But founder Elon Musk has teased two product reveals over the weekend. Musk claims that the first will be "unexpected by most". Tesla product unveiling on the 17th (unexpected by most), followed by Tesla/SolarCity on the 28th — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 9, 2016 It's expected that the Tesla/Solar City unveiling will see a solar roof with Powerwall battery and charger integrated revealed. How do we know this? Well, Musk said so himself last month. Aiming for Oct 28...

  • SA to get FIA World Rallycross round at Killarney

    South Africa will play host to the final round of the FIA World Rallycross Championships next year. Cape Town's Killarney racing circuit will serve as the venue for the event, the FIA World Rallycross website reported. "The construction of a brand new rallycross track will commence in the next six weeks and will be a permanent circuit," read an excerpt of the post. "Killarney is delighted to be hosting this first of its kind event in Africa.  Our thousands of loyal fans and spectators, Cape Town and its New Seven Wonders of Nature Table Mountain deserve no less," Des Easom, Executive Manager...

  • Formula E electric racing is coming to Brooklyn, NYC

    Organisers of Formula E have revealed the location and track layout for next season's double header event in New York City. The New York City ePrix will take place in Brooklyn, being a 1.9km track that runs past the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and Pier 11, the all-electric series announced on its website. "New York City is where technology, sustainability and commerce collide. We are thrilled to be the new home of the ePrix," said Mayor Bill de Blasio in a press statement. Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag added that it was a "historic moment" for motorsport. "When we originally started the project we could only dream of...

  • 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...

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