Refraction AI’s REV-1 Robot Is Here To Kill The Delivery Guy
In a society where e-commerce is starting to claim the king’s crown and where more and more people are buying stuff online and expect to get it as soon as possible right at their door, your run-of-the-mill delivery guy will soon be overworked and rendered redundant by a new generation of delivery machines. We’re calling them machines because they’re not human. To be more concrete, they are full-blown, self-driving robots and for now, they’re here to lend a hand. Not so long ago, Ford detailed its plan to introduce a car-robot duo that would involve an autonomous car ready to drive up your alley and deploy a robot which would bring the delivery from the car to your house. Now it’s time for Refraction AI to exploit that concept and take it one step further, thanks to a contraption called REV-1.
We’ve Seen Nose-Lift Tech on Super Cars Before, but the 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Takes it to a Whole New Level
Chevrolet just unveiled the highly anticipated C8 Corvette. It’s not only the first mid-engined Corvette in history, but the C8 also packs some ground-breaking technology. Like most supercars out there, the C8 Corvette features a nose-lift system, but it’s a bit different than what you get from other brands.
You Don’t Need Tons of Money To Own a Lamborghini Aventador - Just Get a 3D Printer
What do you do when you want to own a Lamborghini Aventador, but you don’t have the money to go buy one? Some people will save up to buy one while others will probably just resign themselves to not getting a chance at it no matter what they do. Then there’s physicist Sterling Backus. Without the financial means to buy a supercar that starts at $330,000, Backus decided to build his own Aventador, using nothing more than spare parts, a few original parts, and a 3D printer. Backus started creating his 3D-printed Aventador — he calls it the AXAS Interceptor — and has so far invested $20,000 in the build. He and his son have been at it building the car for the past 18 months, working on it for at least one hour every day. Progress has been slow, but seeing how the car is coming together may make the long build worth it in the end. To think this whole idea to 3D print a Lamborghini Aventador came after a video game run of Forza Horizon 3.
The 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed Will Host AirSpeeder - A Futuristic Airborne Motorsport You Didn’t Realize You Needed
For decades, we’ve been promised that the roads and highways of the world will become obsolete and that four-wheeled transport will follow suit as flying contraptions replace personal cars, buses, trucks, and the rest of the motorized repertoire. We’ve seen them in science-fiction movies and many wannabe visionaries tried to create flying cars that could also be usable on the road. Most of these attempts have failed for one reason or another but now there’s something new and it’s coming to Goodwood FoS: AirSpeeder, a new form of motorsport that proposes an unlikely recipe for success and reminds us of Podracing.
"Let’s take the monocoque of a ’60s Formula 1 car and attach to it four oversized drone propellers. Then let’s get people to jump on board these devil-may-care creations and let them race around a pre-defined track", said no one ever. Right? Well, actually, wrong. Someone did think of all that and, what is more, made it a soon-to-materialize reality in the form of AirSpeeder. These flying machines that can reach speeds in excess of 124 mph can accelerate faster than many brisk road cars and are touted as a form of motorsport that will carry us into the future. We’ve seen purpose-built racing drones surpassing 100 mph in flight before but the AirSpeeders are something else and a manned version (most tests conducted thus far featured remote-controlled versions) will be part of an exhibition at the Goodwood FoS this weekend.
Lexus’ New Headlamp Technology Can Identify People From Almost 200 Feet Away at Night
Lexus is taking the phrase “cutting-edge technology” to a new level with the introduction of the Bladescan adaptive LED headlights on the 2020 Lexus RX 450h. Prospective buyers of the new SUV in Europe will be the first ones to try out the new lighting technology, which Lexus says is a big improvement from its existing adaptive headlamps. The Bladescan adaptive LED headlights are the latest in a series of lighting innovations that Lexus has pioneered in the auto industry. Remember, the Japanese automaker was the first brand to use LED headlights when it introduced the technology in the 2007 LS 600h. Lexus was also the first to market adaptive high-beam headlights with the 2012 Lexus LS. The Bladescan adaptive LED headlights are expected to deliver significant improvements in night-time visibility while reducing driver stress along the way. Our friends in Europe will be able to experience that first-hand when the 2020 Lexus RX 450h arrives later this year. Unfortunately, the technology will not be offered in U.S.-spec versions of the RX SUV.
Apple CarPlay iOS 13 Hands-On Videos Are Here
Apple’s big announcement at the beginning of June touched on the preview of a new iOS 13 interface which is due this fall. Through it, Apple will unlock a series of changes that will also heavily influence the way Apple CarPlay works as well as its design. Now, it didn’t take long for the first Apple CarPlay hands-on videos to pop up on YouTube, so here’s what’s different in terms of both design and usability.
DJI RoboMaster S1 Battle Robot
DJI is by now an established name in the civilian drone segment. But as of late, the company has been looking at ways to expand its business on the ground as well. And finally, it has come up with the first product to tackle that challenge. It’s called the RoboMaster S1 - with the S1 symbolizing "step one" - and it should be seen as an educational tool rather than a toy. How’s that? We’ll explain in a bit.
Anki Vector Robot
Robots. We’ve made loads of movies about them and we use them to build a lot of stuff, including cars, computers, and smartphones. Sometimes they scare us but most of the time we’re intrigued at how much they have evolved to present day. In fact, one company has taken a big leap into the personal/household robot niche that it’s hard not to imagine a future where these machines get to coexist with us - hopefully in peace. On that one note, meet Anki and their animal kingdom-inspired Vector robot.
Jeff Mc Quinn gives credit to his Model 3 driver-assist system for saving him from getting sideswiped on the freeway. Mc Quinn felt his Model 3 swerve into an adjacent lane. He believed something was strange and thought the Autopilot was malfunctioning. Only when he reviewed the vehicle dashcam footage, which he shared on YouTube, did the Model 3 owner realize that the Autopilot system saved him from being sideswiped by a truck.
10 Modern Luxury cars that changed everything
In case you thought significant innovation among luxury automakers is dead, and that everybody is copying what everybody else is doing, you are actually wrong. Plenty of innovations have popped up in different luxury cars over the last few years, some of which are just cool and amusing, while others are genuinely useful and make your life easier.
We do expect the manufacturers of the most prestigious and advanced cars in the world to come up with these new ideas that eventually trickle down into lower tier cars, so let’s see a roundup of ten cool cars and the interesting features they debuted.
10 Things You Need To Know About Apple CarPlay
Since Apple has just previewed the new iOS 13 interface that brings a plethora of changes that will affect Apple CarPlay as well, we though a go-to guide on CarPlay was due. Below you’ll find everything you need to know about Apple CarPlay as well as fresh information about what iOS 13 will bring in terms of improvements and what these changes entail for the CarPlay user out there.
What Does the iOS 13 Bring to Apple CarPlay?
Apple just previewed iOS 13, and it’s poised to be a big step forward for the iPhone. Among things like an all-new look to the user interface, a new Dark Mode, and an all-new map experience, Apple also announced that iOS 13 will bring big updates to Apple CarPlay as well. As of now, details are scant, but this update could bring it more up to speed with Android Auto and should make interacting with your infotainment system on the fly a more pleasurable experience.