Automotive

Tesla Model S ‘Plaid’ with 1,100HP goes up for preorder

Tesla Model S ‘Plaid’ with 1,100HP goes up for preorder

As part of Tesla's Battery Day, Elon Musk officially showed off the rumored 'Plaid' Model S, a version of the sedan that packs insane performance and that will hit the market next year. During the Battery Day presentation, viewers were given a look at the 'Plaid' version of the vehicle in a video clip, with Musk stating that the Model S packs 1,100HP and is able to go from zero to 60MPH in less than two seconds, among many other things.

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Researchers prove lithium-ion battery alternatives have real x3 potential

Researchers prove lithium-ion battery alternatives have real x3 potential

A study published this week showed experimental evidence that batteries of the future might very well have double or triple the power capacity available in standard lithium-ion batteries today. This could eventually lead to smartphones with batteries that allow you to go without a recharge for several days at a time. It could also mean that phone batteries will last just as long as they do now, but with a smaller footprint, allowing innovative new uses of the extra space.

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Android 11 finally enables wireless Android Auto for all phones

Android 11 finally enables wireless Android Auto for all phones

We enjoy many conveniences today that don't involve any physical contact or wired connections, from putting our phones near scanners or speaking out our commands or simply just wirelessly charging our devices. These conveniences are particularly useful in cars where drivers need to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. Unfortunately, they still have to struggle with USB cables to even use their phones with their Android Auto-enabled car. Fortunately, Android 11 will finally do away with that restriction but with an important requirement.

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SiriusXM taps RapidSOS to send car crash data to emergency responders

SiriusXM taps RapidSOS to send car crash data to emergency responders

SiriusXM, the company best known for its satellite radios, has teamed up with RapidSOS, an emergency tech company, to help EMS and law enforcement respond to recent car crashes. Under this new 'joint effort,' SiriusXM will connect its Connected Vehicle Services Advanced Automatic Crash Notification platform with the RapidSOS data platform to send 911 services relevant info about a wreck, such as how severe it was and what kind of crash took place.

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Android Auto finally adds more navigation apps, Automotive OS expanding

Android Auto finally adds more navigation apps, Automotive OS expanding

Many owners of Wear OS and Android TV devices complain about being treated like second-class citizens when it comes to Google's platforms but they have nothing when it comes to Android's automotive incarnation. Android Auto has been around for many years and has even branched out to an Android Automotive OS but adoption by carmakers and app developers haven't exactly been that much. Part of that may have to do with the fact that, unlike on regular Android, getting apps on Android Auto has a lot more requirements and red tape to go through. Case in point, after years of being available, it's only now that Android Auto is letting third-party navigation apps in.

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Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two cabin reveal: Let’s look inside!

Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two cabin reveal: Let’s look inside!

Virgin Galactic revealed the interior of their SpaceShip Two vehicle VSS Unity today at a streaming event hosted virtually on YouTube. This spaceship is what Virgin Galactic says is the way of the future, with a cabin design "driven by astronaut experience." That means comfort and usability at the space vehicle's core.

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Razor just revealed 3x new affordable electric scooters

Razor just revealed 3x new affordable electric scooters

Today we're taking a look at a set of three new electric scooters made by Razor. They've got new models called EcoSmart SUP, E300 HD, and C25. So technically there are four new scooters, but two of them have the same base name, so to speak. This collection of devices are all "attractively priced under $500" according to Razor - made for the average citizen looking for an extremely affordable way to roll around town.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Closed Beta released to final testing

Microsoft Flight Simulator Closed Beta released to final testing

If you've been waiting for Microsoft's latest Flight Simulator release, the time is close at hand. Today the folks that run the development of Microsoft Flight Simulator revealed that they'd reached an important milestone. Alpha 5 was was released this week, on the 9th of July, 2020, and Closed Beta was moved into final testing!

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Honda recalls 1.4 million vehicles: What you need to know

Honda recalls 1.4 million vehicles: What you need to know

Honda is recalling a massive 1.4 million vehicles in multiple countries, the automaker has revealed, due to a faulty fuel pump. Fortunately, the company hasn't received any reports of wrecks or injuries resulting from this faulty component; if the fuel pump fails, the car may stall or refuse to start. Honda vehicle owners have a few different ways to determine whether their car is covered by this recall -- here's what you need to know.

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Tesla autopilot fails to avoid overturned truck, crashes despite brakes

Tesla autopilot fails to avoid overturned truck, crashes despite brakes

Self-driving vehicles always look cool on TV and films but getting them right in real life no easy task. Considering the human lives involved, autopilot systems are often put under intense scrutiny to ensure nothing goes terribly wrong. Unfortunately, things do go wrong to different degrees, and, fortunately for one driver in Taiwan, the story didn't have a tragic ending, even if his Tesla met a different fate after crashing into the roof of a truck.

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DRIFT21 released with real licensed cars, tracks, and early access on Steam

DRIFT21 released with real licensed cars, tracks, and early access on Steam

This morning the folks at 505games announced the Early Access release of DRIFT21, a fully immersive high-end car racing game with fully licensed vehicles and tracks. This game includes hardware steering wheel accessory support right out the gate with Thrustmaster, Fanatec, and Logitec. Users will be able to begin playing immediately with a relatively limited cross-section of vehicles and tracks - but that'll expand QUICKLY.

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Hyundai recalls cars with remote parking assist over software error

Hyundai recalls cars with remote parking assist over software error

On April 16, the NHTSA revealed that Hyundai has recalled certain cars featuring its Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) feature due to a software issue. The system is only available in a couple of Hyundai models, limiting the recall to a bit under 12,000 vehicles total. Hyundai reported the issue on April 9, according to the NHTSA, which notes in a letter that the software error 'increases the risk of a crash.'

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