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  • This Toyota concept car can read your emotions

    "While we can't predict the future, we can inspire it." With these words, Toyota introduces its latest automobile specimen, the "Concept-i", a beautifully bizarre car concept that illustrates the Japanese automaker's wishes for "an automotive future wherein our cars can connect with us". Toyota aims to establish this connection via their innovative AI, namely "Yui", a creation of the CALTY Design Research Centre (a Toyota-focused design studio) and undoubtedly the most significant feature that the Concept-i boasts. Yui will not only act as your on-board virtual assistant but will double as a sort of tag-along therapist as well. Beyond providing basic guidance,...

  • Samsung Exynos chips to power Audi infotainment

    Samsung's Exynos chips are among the most powerful mobile processors around, but Audi is also getting in on the action now. The move will see Audi integrate Samsung's beefy silicon into its In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) system, the two brands confirmed in a joint statement. "With Exynos processors, Samsung has proven its technology leadership in performance, reliability and innovative packaging solutions, ” said Alfons Pfaller, Head of Infotainment Development at Audi, in the statement. “Through the PSCP , Samsung and Audi will work together to bring the best in-vehicle infotainment experience at the automotive quality level expected...

  • Ford could recall Kuga due to spontaneous combustion

    After a Ford Kuga "spontaneously" combusted this week, many other Kugas have followed suit and gone up in flames. Zwakele Mncwango, is the latest person to witness a Kuga bursting into flames, commenting about the incident on Facebook. "Wonderful work by eThekwini Fire Emergency team‚ they were able to be on site in few mins after receiving a call. The owner of the car is safe but the car is beyond repairs (sic)." In light of the current situation, Ford released a joint statement with the National Consumer Commission (NCC). The statement pointed out that following Ford's meeting with the NCC, the company...

  • How long until traffic light changes? Audi cars know

    It sounds rather crazy, but Audi cars will soon be able to tell you how long until a traffic light changes. The innovation comes via the Traffic Light Information system, which effectively creates a connection between supported traffic lights and selected Audi models. Las Vegas is the first city to implement the technology across its traffic lights, having launched this month, the automaker confirmed in a press statement. "When approaching a connected traffic light, Traffic Light Information displays the time remaining until the signal changes to green in the driver instrument cluster, as well as the head-up-display (if equipped)," Audi wrote. "Providing the...

  • Tesla ends free charging for life (for new buyers)

    Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla has announced that it will be drastically changing its Supercharging initiative for free public charging. The company's Supercharger network of stations allow Tesla owners to charge their cars for free at 4600 points around the world. The company is offering free charging at these points for life, but it's since revealed a revised policy for new owners. "For Teslas ordered after January 1, 2017, 400 kWh of free Supercharging credits (roughly 1,000 miles) will be included annually so that all owners can continue to enjoy free Supercharging during travel," the company wrote on a blog post. Tesla will no longer...

  • Nissan’s shared car ownership scheme uses social profiling

    Nissan has announced what it calls the "world's first digitally powered" shared car ownership scheme. The Nissan Intelligent Get & Go Micra service was announced by the automaker at the Web Summit in Portugal, and will see users share ownership of the car, Nissan wrote in a press statement. "Social networking is at the heart of this plan, as Nissan is able to profile-match consumers to form next-generation car sharing communities through a 100 percent digital experience," it added. The service uses an algorithm that combines geo-location technology with social profiling to match compatible owners with "complementary" driving needs. The new car-sharing service from...

  • Avis now offers BMW i3 for chauffeur service

    Car rental service Avis now offers the BMW i3 in its fleet. "This is the first time BMW i3 will be available in the car rental sector in South Africa," BMW South Africa noted in a press statement. However, you won't actually be driving the electric car, as the BMW i3 will be used as part of the Point 2 Point chauffeur service. Avis has acquired the BMW i3 vehicles as part of their chauffeur service "Avis recently purchased three BMW i3 cars for their Point 2 Point fleet and four BMW i8s for their Luxury Fleet as part of their ongoing initiative to lower...

  • 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...

  • Honda to recall 350 000 Civics in the US

    The American division of Honda has announced a recall of 350 000 Civic vehicles due to faulty parking brake software. At the time of writing, no crashes or injuries have been reported relating to the failure. Civic models from 2016 are being recalled to update their Electric Parking Brake software within the US. The issue of faulty software was discovered through customers returning the vehicle with claims and queries associated with the vehicle's brake warning light. The affected software, the Vehicle Stability Assist Electronic Control Unit, stops the electronic parking brake from engaging when it's initiated after the vehicle has been turned...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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