Mercedes Sets Its Sights on Organic Battery Technology
I’m sure I’m not the only one who has wondered that the EVs may be environment-friendly, but are lithium-ion batteries contributing positively to the same cause? Although these batteries are recyclable, lithium is a highly reactive element and can have adverse effects on the environment and our health if not discarded properly.
But it looks like Mercedes-Benz has come up with a solution to work around this. The German automaker is working on building organic batteries and that could be a perfect alternative to lithium-ion batteries. However, the automaker says that the technology is still 15-20 years away from becoming mainstream.
Elon Musk Has Just Revealed Two Major Details About The Tesla Cybertruck
Not a single week passes by without new Cybertruck-related talking points surfacing online. Whether it’s a Hot Wheels RC Tesla Cybertruck or actual details about the real thing, Tesla’s polarizing pickup truck still has a lot of fire in its belly to stay in the headlines for the time being.
Nissan’s New e-4orce AWD EV Powertrain Might Provide Support for the Next-Gen Nissan GT-R and Z Car
Nissan has been trying to make its presence in the EV world known for a while now, and the Leaf has served its purpose for the most part. The leaf, however, just doesn’t have what it takes to hold up in terms of range or performance. That’s why we were treated to the 2019 Nissan Leaf Twin-Motor Concept and why Nissan has been using the basis of that concept to create the e-4orce twin-motor, four-wheel-drive powertrain for its next-gen EVs. Until now, we knew very little, but Nissan has finally spilled some details about e-4orce, and it could have some serious implications on the future of Nissan sports cars.
Land Rover Showcases world-first dual-modem infotainment system at CES
Unveiled in September 2019, the new-generation Land Rover Defender was showcased at a couple of auto shows last year. Come 2020 and Land Rover is showing off the vehicle’s advanced infotainment system at the Consumer Electronics Show. Why is this important? Well, Land Rover claims that the Defender features the world’s first dual-modem, dual eSIM technology, which enhances connectivity and helps the infotainment system work quicker even when operating system updates.
Lamborghini adds Amazon Alexa to Huracan Evo at CES
The 2020 Consumer Electronics Show just kicked off and Lamborghini came to Las Vegas to show off new tech for the Huracan Evo. On top of releasing an updated rear-wheel drive version to replace the old LP 580-2, Lambo added Amazon Alexa to the supercar’s list of features. This is big news as it’s Alexa’s first venture into the supercar market. Also, Lamborghini programmed the voice assistant directly into the infotainment system rather than adding it as a third-party app.
Boost the 0-60 MPH Sprint of your Tesla Model 3 With the Press of a Button
Tesla has now launched a new upgrade for the Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor Long Range that will boost your acceleration enough to get you to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds – an improvement of 0.5 seconds. This news comes less than 24 hours after fine print about such an upgrade showed up at the bottom of the upgrade section in some people’s Tesla account. The upgrade is aptly called “Acceleration Boost,” and if you want it, it’ll cost you an extra $2,000.
The Cybunker Is the Perfect Add-On For Your New Tesla Cybertruck
When you talk about the accessories for the Tesla Cybertruck, you think about overlanding and off-road equipment. But, how about a garage for it?
A research, development, and design company called Lars Buro has come up with a garage for the oddly-shaped truck called the Cybunker. Believe it or not, this is the need of the hour because the Cybertruck DOES NOT fit in a standard two-car garage. Also, the Cybunker is not a random concept that will never see the light of the day; Lars Buro says it is production-ready.
NANROBOT D5+ Electric Scooter Review
China-based NANROBOT has been rapidly expanding its electric scooter portfolio over the past years so that it now includes the D5+. Marketed as an adult-oriented e-scooter, the D5+ ticks a lot of essential boxes that customers are more inclined to consider, including the likes of performance and comfort.
What’s more, the D5+ also looks very good in comparison to most of its peers, but keep in mind that all these qualities are reflected in the price tag. Stay with us to find out more about the NANROBOT D5+ electric scooter as we take a closer look at what it brings to the table.
Hacker Uncovers a Huge List of Video Streaming Apps Coming to Tesla Cars, Including HBO and Comedy Central
A variety of entertainment options could be headed to Tesla’s in-car entertainment system after a hacker discovered assets within the automaker’s operating system. These assets were identified as several new streaming apps, including HBO, Twitch, Comedy Central, and even Chinese video hosting service YouKu.
Though no confirmation has been given on Tesla’s plans for these assets, their existence within the company’s operating system suggests that Tesla is considering adding these services in some future version of its software, provided that it has secured agreements with the companies that own these streaming services.
The Best Tech Features in the Volkswagen Golf Mk8
The Volkswagen Golf is arguably one of the most recognizable models in Volkswagen’s lineup. That stature comes with the pressure of standing out in a sea of hatchbacks looking to take some shine away from the famous nameplate. Now that the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf (Mk8) is here, it looks like the competition will have its hands full trying to catch up with the Golf Mk8. See, there are a lot of things to like about the Golf Mk8, but arguably the most important of these things is the incredible amount of new technologies Volkswagen was able to pack into the hatchback. Believe me when I tell you, the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf is so tricked out in new technology, it’s hard to imagine how Volkswagen managed to fit all of them into the hatchback.
Land Rover Is Working On Some Seriously Pointless Tech
Part of the beauty of owning a vehicle like the Jeep Wrangler, Ford F-150 Raptor, Toyota 4Runner, or even the new Land Rover Defender is the ability to play off-road. By that, we mean hitting rough terrain, climbing over obstacles, and going places cars like the Porsche 911 or Aston Martin DBS Superleggera can’t go. Doing this, however, requires a certain amount of driver skill – your everyday driver doesn’t just know how to approach and climb over rocky terrain or climb excessive steep grades. But, that’s part of the fun of off-roading; you learn how to approach different obstacles and enjoy the challenge. Now, however, it looks like a company known for its off-roading prowess, Land Rover, has lost touch with that entire concept as it works to developer remote control technology for the 2020 Defender.
Tesla has a different view of what “having fun in a car” should mean. Don’t get us wrong, but for the vast majority of gearheads out there, that’s synonymous to actually driving the car and occasionally taking it to the limit. Call us old fashioned, but we don’t see a point in offering your customers the likes of in-car gaming and in-car karaoke since we’re still far, far away from Level 5 autonomous driving. No, Tesla’s Autopilot isn’t that.
As usual, Tesla will deliver the update through its over-the-air system this week, but before you get it, here’s what you should look for. For a better grasp, we’ve grouped the new features based on their purpose.
Think Driving Nannies Are Bad Now? Toyota Wants to Tell You When You Can and Cannot Drive
Driving nannies are already starting to get a little ridiculous. If you try to take a turn too quickly, your car’s advanced stability control system may automatically apply the brakes and keep you in check. Perhaps the car doesn’t think you brake soon enough, so it brakes for you – hell, there are even situations where autonomous braking systems have been accused of braking for no reason. What if your car could evaluate your driving skills and determine what you’re able to do? What if your car can determine whether or not you drive on the freeway, in snow, or in the rain. What if your car determines how close to the imposed speed limit you can get? Sounds ridiculous, right? Well, Toyota thinks that’s the answer to driving safety.
Here’s a Hypersonic Sled Travelling at More Than 1 Mile Per Second
The U.S. Airforce sent a rocket-powered sled down the 10-mile railway at the Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, where it reached a top speed of 6,599 mph. No, it is not a typo. The hypersonic sled was traveling at 1.83 miles per second. Let that sink in.
Are Automatic Braking Systems Really Causing Problems or Are People Trying to Pass off Blame
Remember how bad it got a couple of years ago when Tesla, as a company, was to blame every single time a driver was dumb enough to drive through their house, run a red light, or be involved in any other kind of accident? I honestly can’t recall how many times Tesla was actually found to be at fault, but I do know that there were more frivolous lawsuits that I could count on two hands. My favorite was the guy that drove through his own garage, but we’ll leave that story for another time. Now, a recently published report from the Wall Street Journal claims that people are “scared” to drive their own cars because automatic braking systems aren’t working properly. By that, I mean they are braking when they shouldn’t. Let me tell you a little more about the story before I get into my own personal opinion.
Hyundai’s Workers Will Wear This Exoskeleton And Soon, You Might Too
Exoskeletons, in their purest biological sense, are a common sight among insects, especially arthropods. The purpose of such an outer armor is to protect the organism’s softer tissues. As opposed to humans or mammals, for example, which have grown internal skeletons or endoskeletons that are covered in soft tissue. In the broader sense, an exoskeleton is also a device that can gift whoever wears it with more strength and endurance - not quite full-cyborg stuff yet, but pretty close.
As it turns out, such exoskeletons are popular in car plants but also in other fields. Ford’s factory workers use such contraptions as of 2018, as do BMW’s and Toyota’s. We’ve mentioned the automotive sector because Hyundai just came up with a new exoskeleton design that’s meant to “alleviate the burden in overhead work.” Let’s check it out.
Nissan’s Self Driving Tech Can Help You...... Golf Like a Pro?
As if self-moving chairs and self-parking slippers aren’t enough, Nissan is now showcasing its autonomous driving technologies through golf balls. Yes, golf balls. This is the Nissan ProPilot golf ball, and it’s going to make you a better golfer because of a monitoring system that calculates the correct route it must take to drop into the cup. You can putt anywhere, even with your eyes closed, and the ball will find the hole. Fortunately, you can’t use the ProPilot in actual competition because that’d be cheating. The ProPilot golf ball is simply Nissan’s latest proof of concept that’s meant to showcase its upgraded ProPilot driver assistance system that will début in the new Nissan Skyline next month in Japan. And here you thought you could be the next Tiger Woods? You’ll still need a lot of practice to get to that level.
Porsche’s 99X Electric Race Car Wants a Piece of Formula E
Porsche might have abandoned its Le Mans efforts, but the company made it clear that it wants to focus more on other competitions, namely Formula E. And now that goal is so much closer as Porsche unveiled the 99X Electric Formula E race car and, as one would expect from Porsche, even its name bears some significance in the bigger equation. Let’s see what’s what.
Are Electric Cars a Hoax?
Electric cars seem to be our only way to the future. They will save the planet and give us more comfort. They are quicker, faster, and more fun. Heck, EVs also have the potential to be cheaper and more accessible alternatives to any ICE-powered vehicle. In this article, I will try to explore the broader ramifications of electric car mass production. I will show you why electric cars could give governments more control over your life and give car companies more money out of your pockets. Electric cars will do all that while taking away from you the one thing that gasoline and diesel-powered cars selflessly provided - freedom. I have a question that is almost in the realm of conspiracy - are electric cars a hoax?
Will Elon Musk’s "Project Dojo" Push Tesla to Full Self-Driving Capability by 2020?
With so many carmakers working on self-driving technology, there’s no denying that autonomous cars are the future. But while some automakers are barely perfecting semi-autonomous cars, others are on the brink of introducing reliable autonomous systems. Tesla’s Autopilot feature is already pretty advanced, but it seems that Elon Musk has an even better system in the works. It’s called Dojo and we don’t know much about it, but Musk claims that it could make the difference.
Origin’s Big O Platform Is Where the God of Gaming Lives
Alright. We don’t even know where to begin, so here it is. Origin PC has just created what could very well be the Holy Grail of gaming. No, let us rephrase that: Origin PC’s Big O gaming platform is the god of gaming and we’re expecting hordes of gamers to start worshipping it and offer their sacrifice. Or, how Unbox Therapy’s Lewis Hilsenteger puts it, “this is the infinity gauntlet of gaming.” Now, you’re probably asking what has gotten into us but once you hear it, you’ll understand. The Big O somehow manages to incorporate a gaming PC, an Xbox One X, a PlayStation 4 Pro, and a Nintendo Switch. Yes. All of them in just one package that celebrates Origin’s 10th anniversary. Well, friends, let us point out that fact that, to us, Origin has just become the Dan Bilzerian of gaming.
Aquarobotman Nemo Underwater Drone
Air drones are in full swing right now with people having them perform lots of tasks, including filming, taking pictures, or providing surveillance for a particular area. Then there’s Amazon and its Prime Air program, which wants to deliver packages of up to five pounds in less than 30 minutes using a fleet of small drones. But utilitarian duties aside, air drones are fun. But do you know what’s also fun? Underwater drones. Now, exploring our oceans and seas has always played a significant part of mankind’s agenda, for various reasons. People hunt for lost treasures or perform research that helps understand and preserve the underwater flora and fauna, or they simply want to get in touch with what lies beneath and take video of their underwater adventures. As of recently, however, underwater drones have been rising to popularity and one of the latest such contraptions to hit the market is Aquarobotman’s Nemo.