The World’s Fastest Train Just Made Its Debut In China
When we think of high-speed trains, Japan is a country that comes to mind. After all, the country’s railway system is renowned for being not only very fast, but also extremely punctual down to the minute. However, in recent years, China has been making some great strides on that front.
Tesla Launches Its Full Self-Driving Subscription Plan For $199 A Month
It might still be a while before we can expect to see full self-driving cars hit the road, but if you’re the owner of a Tesla vehicle, you can get pretty close to that reality if you’re willing to pay for it. This is because Tesla has announced its new Full Self-Driving subscription package which will give Tesla owners the chance to experience a self-driving car.
Soon You Won’t Even Need To Take Your iPhone Out Of Your Pocket To Unlock Your Car Door
One of the features Apple introduced back in 2020 was the ability for users to use their iPhones to unlock their car doors, assuming they had a compatible car model, of course. You would, however, need to take your iPhone out and hold it to the driver’s side door for it to work, which is fine.
Apple Reportedly Planning On Making Electric Car Batteries In The US
Apple is rumored to be working on an electric car of their own, and the heart of an electric car aside from the engine, would be its battery. This is because the battery essentially powers the car, and according to a report from DigiTimes, it seems that Apple could be planning on making the batteries in the US.
Tesla Will Start Accepting Bitcoin Again When Miners Use Clean Energy
It has been suggested that due to the energy required to run a bitcoin mining system that in some cases, it’s actually better to just buy bitcoin instead of mining for it yourself. Also, a downside to mining for bitcoin is that the energy consumed might not always be clean, which is why months after announcing they would accept bitcoin, Tesla walked back on their plan.
Apple’s Bolsters Their Electric Car Efforts With The Hiring Of Former BMW Electric Car Exec
Apple’s electric car plans are something of an open secret. The company has never really said much about it, but all the leaks, patents, and hires all seem to suggest that they could be working up to something. In fact, Apple had recently hired Ulrich Kranz, a former executive at BMW who helped lead the company’s electric car division.
Scotsman Electric Scooter Is Built With The Connected Generation In Mind
Walking is boring, so why walk when you can scoot? If you like the idea of getting around your city on an electric scooter, then perhaps the Scotsman scooter might be worth looking at. This is because according to its creators, it has been designed for the connected generation in mind and comes with features like 4G and GPS.
Tesla Has Started Shipping Cars Without Radar Sensors
One of the methods that carmakers have been using to build self-driving cars would be to include the use of radar sensors. This is used to help detect things like objects that could be in front of the car so that it knows what to do, like slow down, stop, drive around it, and so on, but for Tesla, they will no longer be using it.
Study Finds A Surprising Number Of EV Owners Who Switch Back To Gas Powered Cars
On paper, electric cars seem like the obvious alternative to gas powered cars if we’re hoping to build a more sustainable future. However, it seems that not all EV owners are enamored by the technology, and a new study from the University of California, Davis has found that a surprising number of EV owners who actually switch back.
Waymo’s Self-Driving Taxi Was Defeated By Traffic Cones
If there ever was a good example of how much work self-driving technology still needs before it becomes mainstream, it would be a recent story of how one of Waymo’s self-driving taxis got confused by traffic cones. Thankfully in this case, there were no injuries and it was actually kind of funny.
Tesla Driver Arrested After Being Found Riding Backseat While The Driver Seat Was Empty
Tesla’s Autopilot mode is genuinely impressive for a piece of tech that is commercially available, but we wouldn’t go as far as calling Tesla’s cars fully self-driving just yet. However, not all of Tesla’s owners agree, because according to a statement by the California Highway Patrol, they have arrested a 25-year old man for riding in the backseat of his Tesla while the driver seat was empty.
Tesla Will No Longer Accept Bitcoin
A couple of months ago, Tesla announced that they will be accepting bitcoin as payment for their electric cars. It sounded like a good idea, especially with Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk seemingly making a push for cryptocurrency to be more mainstream with his stream of tweets over Dogecoin.
UK Government Could Allow ‘Basic’ Self-Driving Cars On The Roads By End Of 2021
A lot of carmakers around the world are working on self-driving cars and the technology behind it. Heck, if the rumors are to be believed, Apple could also be doing something behind the scenes. However, we expect that it might be years before self-driving cars become road legal, but that might not be the case for the UK.
Ford Will Start Building Its Own Batteries For Electric Cars
One of the main components of an electric car is its battery. This is important because the battery essentially determines the range of the vehicle, like how long it can travel for before it needs a recharge. Sure, companies could rely on others to make batteries for them, but Ford isn’t doing that.
Toyota Just Bought Lyft’s Self-Driving Division For $550 Million
Right now, various companies are working on developing self-driving car technology, but they are mostly working separate from each other. This means that whatever advantage a company can get to get ahead in terms of development is being taken, and Toyota just gave themselves a huge boost.
Thailand Plans To Start Selling Only Electric Vehicles By 2035
The world is starting to move towards electric cars as more people are turning towards it instead of the more commonly-used fuel-powered vehicles. Many governments around the world have announced their interest in making the shift, and the latest comes from Thailand where the government has announced their plans to sell only electric vehicles by 2035.
Autopilot Could Have Played A Role In Fatal Tesla Accident
Tesla has long stated that its Autopilot feature is not meant to be taken as a self-driving feature, but yet people seem more than willing to put it to the test all the same. There are built-in mechanisms and features to ensure the driver keeps their hands on the wheel, but sometimes accidents can happen too quickly.
Ferrari’s CEO Promises Their First EV In 2025
When it comes to the development of electric cars, we’ve mostly seen efforts from more mainstream carmakers that cater to the masses. This is less evident when it comes to companies that are known more for their supercars. However, if you’re curious as to what an EV Ferrari could look like, you won’t have to wait too long to find out.
Police Pull Over A Drunk Driver, Turns Out To Be A Self-Driving Car
In order to make self-driving cars work, these cars usually come with a host of sensors and cameras that attempt to “see” the road, analyze it, look out for obstacles, and so on. This is what helps self-driving cars stay in their lane and avoid getting into accidents. However, the tech is far from perfect yet, which is why in some cases, self-driving cars can behave a bit erratically.
Spotify Launches Their First Attempt At Hardware - The Car Thing
Companies like Apple and Google have been trying to get their foot in the door with regards to automotives by creating technologies like CarPlay and Android Auto. Neither company makes the hardware for it though, and instead rely on third-party companies to make the hardware while they supply the software.