SlashGear Interviews

Meet the company making pandemic lines less frustrating

Meet the company making pandemic lines less frustrating

At some point I think we all realized, grudgingly, that things weren't going back to normal any time soon. Plenty of things have been vying for "theme of 2020" but COVID-19 and social distancing have probably had the biggest impact on our day to day lives. For all that we've been told, repeatedly, over the past few years that machine learning is going to Change The World, can it make navigating a pandemic any easier?

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Lucid Motors’ design chief explains the electric Air’s toughest challenge

Lucid Motors’ design chief explains the electric Air’s toughest challenge

Designing concept cars is easy. Designing a car that can actually make it into mass production, at a competitive price, and take on both auto industry heavyweights and high-profile disruptors, well, that's a whole other story. With the 2021 Lucid Air finally revealed in road-going form, I caught up with Derek Jenkins, VP of Design at Lucid Motors, to find out why a sedan, why all-electric, and what sets this particular EV apart.

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The Polestar Precept EV is ready to embrace what other cars hide

The Polestar Precept EV is ready to embrace what other cars hide

A world in the grip of coronavirus lockdown probably isn't the easiest time to reveal an aspirational luxury concept EV like the Polestar Precept, much less to bring a mass-market electric car to market. That, though, is the situation in which the automaker finds itself in 2020. Were it not for COVID-19, the striking Precept concept would have been fighting for headlines at the Geneva Motor Show.

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GM’s Cruise Origin is not like other autonomous cars

GM’s Cruise Origin is not like other autonomous cars

Rarely has "form follows function" been so fitting as with the Cruise Origin, the autonomous taxi pod that the GM and Honda-backed transportation company revealed this week. It's a far cry from most of the self-driving concepts we've seen before, swoopingly futuristic vehicles fit for a sci-fi movie. That's not from a lack of design attention, however: indeed, everything about the Origin is painstakingly intentional.

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Misty’s robotics master plan is more Android than R2-D2

Misty’s robotics master plan is more Android than R2-D2

Misty II doesn't look too pleased to see me when I sit down in front of the new platform robot, and even with only a pair of cartoon eyes to express itself, there's no doubting the glare. A stroke across the touch-sensors on the back of its head is enough to make it coo with pleasure, however. I feel like I may have begun what could be an interesting friendship, though for the moment I'm not the person Misty Robotics is trying to convince.

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Volvo Recharge explained: A big bet and tough decisions on electric cars

Volvo Recharge explained: A big bet and tough decisions on electric cars

The Volvo XC40 Recharge may look familiar but, like the taste of Swedish pickled herring, the impact of the new all-electric crossover could be lasting. Revealed today - well in advance of its arrival on US dealer forecourts - the XC40 Recharge will sit at the top end of the 40 Series and be a car of firsts for Volvo. Read on for six things you need to know about Volvo's huge EV shake-up.

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Interview: Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann opens up on new cars, daily-drivers and EVs

Interview: Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann opens up on new cars, daily-drivers and EVs

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know Bugatti broke the mythical 300 mph - or 304.77 mph, to be exact - speed barrier in a prototype Chiron. Now that car, presented by Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann at the automaker's 110th-anniversary celebration in Molshein, is called the Chiron Super Sport 300+. It reached a top speed of 304.7 mph around Volkswagen’s Ehra-Lessien proving ground, and Bugatti is only making 30 examples for a starting price of roughly $3.9 million each.

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The Formula E crucible: How Audi brings e-tron race tech to the road

The Formula E crucible: How Audi brings e-tron race tech to the road

2019 marks Formula E’s fifth year of staging races in major cities around the world, and early skepticism around whether electric cars could capture race-fans' imaginations seem finally to have been dispatched. The chassis, brakes, battery and tires are the same for the 11 teams and 22 cars. It’s a team’s intellectual property - the electric motor, inverter, gearbox, and battery/thermal management software – that separates the winners from the losers.

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Lumus’ new smart glasses displays are AR for everyone

Lumus’ new smart glasses displays are AR for everyone

Smart glasses are coming, and since augmented reality wearables need to be closer to designer sunglasses than they are to Google Glass, transparent displays need to raise their game. That's just what smart eyewear display specialist Lumus is doing, bringing along its latest Sleek display prototype to CES 2019 this week to show how AR could have mass-market appeal.

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Sonos goes public: “Our strategy remains unchanged”

Sonos goes public: “Our strategy remains unchanged”

Today we had a chat with Sonos VP of Software Antoine Leblond about the company going public. Sonos launched today on Nasdaq with stock symbol SONO, as it did so becoming a public company for the first time. The first and most important question we had for Leblond is the same we've had for every tech company that's hit the stock market in the past decade: How will this change Sonos?

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Polestar’s CEO thinks he can avoid the Tesla trap

Polestar’s CEO thinks he can avoid the Tesla trap

The Swedes have never been attention-seekers, but there's no denying that, of all the cars at the Geneva Motor Show 2018 this week, the achingly handsome Polestar 1 hybrid coupe stands out. Partly that's down to its new, matte gray paint job, a finish which proved unexpectedly flattering for the design language the car company has inherited from Volvo. At the same time, though, Polestar 1's charm is about more than just design.

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Maserati boss: We have one big problem with electric supercars

Maserati boss: We have one big problem with electric supercars

When the "cutting edge" in automotive is electrification, what do you do if you're Maserati and your brand is wrapped up tight with the appeal of gasoline engines? That's the challenge facing the Italian automaker as it continues to carve out a space in the luxury performance high-end, and the question I posed to Reid Bigland, Head of Maserati and Alfa Romeo, this week at the LA Auto Show 2017. As you might expect, the answer is complicated.

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