Analysis, Auto, BMW, Breaking, Business, energy, Tesla, Uber

Tesla New Master Plan: 5 New Vehicles, Uber 2.0, Power 2.0

Tesla Model 3 from the behind

In the late afternoon California time, or early morning Singapore time, Elon Musk, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Tesla Motors, Inc. posted what is his second Master Plan for Tesla. On August 2nd, 2006 Elon posted the first Tesla Master Plan, one we can say the company pretty much checked all the marks. Just a few days before the 10 anniversary, we’re treated to another plan. In this article, we’ll bring you the most interesting bits: Tesla is Becoming an Utility Company “Create a smoothly integrated and beautiful solar-roof-with-battery product that just works, empowering the individual as their own utility, and then scale that throughout the world.

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Auto, Breaking, Business, GPU Technology Conference, News, startups, Virtual Reality (VR)

How ZeroLight VR Tech Changes Car Buying Experience

Pagani Huayra

Personalized buying experience is something every brand wants to offer to its customers. For example, Italian hypercar manufacturer Pagani Automobili S.p.A. produces approximately 40-50 cars a year, and the manufacturer has about 20 showrooms around the globe with further plans of expansion. Given the manufacturing volume, not all stores can have a car all the time. Procedure of buying a Pagani is something special, an in-depth experience that takes several stages – first, a customer will configure the car using an online configurator, then visit a store and get the feel for marvelous materials used and see the car in 4K resolution, pay a deposit and receive the line number. Once the

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Auto, Companies, Lexus

Over 1 Million Lexus Hybrid Cars Sold Worldwide!

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Lexus announced that the company sold over 1 million hybrid vehicles since the world’s first luxury hybrid vehicle, the RX 400h, went on sale in April 2005. It’s quite a welcome piece of news in today’s world of eco-friendly oriented living, giving the human civilization more things to rejoice about as well. It also marks a sign of coming times. The sales of hybrids and electricity powered vehicles is steadily in a growth cycle lately. As of the end of March, Lexus has sold approximately 1,000,600 hybrid vehicles in 11 years. To commemorate this milestone, a new NX 300h was delivered to a Lexus customer

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Auto, Breaking, GPU Technology Conference, News, Nvidia

NVIDIA Shows Fully Pascal-based DRIVE PX 2

DRIVE PX 2 Front side of the PCB

Back on CES 2016, Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled the Nvidia DRIVE PX 2, a mobile supercomputer which now serves as a base for development of self-driving vehicles from the likes of Volvo, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, General Motors and many others. DRIVE PX 2 comes with an impressive set of specifications, which are delivering no less than 24 TOPS and 8 TFLOPS SP performance. The first DRIVE PX 2 system delivered to the customers actually used Maxwell-based MXM modules, i.e. it used a combination of first generation Pascal-based Tegra silicon with a known value, the GM206 graphics processor. Fast forward to three months later, Jen-Hsun was back on the stage

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Auto, Breaking, Entertainment, News, VR World

Formula E: eSports and VR are The Future

Formula E eRace in-game Screenshot

As a category of motorsport, an all-electric FIA Formula E championship is gaining in popularity. Even though it is only in its second year, the sport made a lot of progress by interacting with the fans and the media in a more open way than any other branch of motorsport. The Formula E organization is taking a full advantage of its collaboration with its technical partners. From offering the races live on YouTube throughout the race day (most of them last for 9hrs+) to replays and highlights shot with HD and 360 ‘virtual reality’ videos, the championship is more attractive than ever. If you want to follow

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Auto, Breaking, Entertainment, GPU Technology Conference, News, Nvidia

First Roborace Race Car Detailed

RoboRace Render of the first Concept car

Roborace, organization behind the world’s first autonomous racing championship released the very first specifications for a vehicle that will start racing alongside Formula E championship, either during 2016/2017 or 2017/2018 season. The vehicle will use modified Formula E drive train from Season 1, and weighing in approximately 20% more than a Formula E car (898 kg with the driver): More details about the robocar: Weight: 1000 kg (2200 lbs) Length: 4.8 m (15’9”) Width: 2.0 m (6’7”)#Roboracepic.twitter.com/T6mqKvrJ8u — Roborace (@roboracing) April 8, 2016   Roborace car is 20cm shorter (8″) than an Formula E car, 20cm (8″) narrower, yet should deliver the same power (details are still unannounced) as Spark

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Auto, Breaking, Hardware, Internet of Things (IoT), News, Nvidia

Nvidia’s DRIVE PX2 Shows Next-Gen 6-Core Tegra, Pascal GPU

Prototype implementation of NVIDIA DRIVE PX2 self-driving system: 250W cooling system, two Tegras, two Pascal-based GPGPUs.

At the 2016 GPU Technology Conference, Nvidia hosted a packed session with at least 1,000 people in attendance. The topic was a deep dive into the DRIVE PX2, autonomous drive development kit which will start shipping later this year in its full performance capability – as the current units are only being shipped with Maxwell-class GPUs to Tier 1 customers. Hosted by Shri Sundaram, the session actually gave a very good insight not just into how DRIVE PX 2 works, but also what is Nvidia bringing to the market in the second half of the year, in the form of two new 16nm FinFET processors, Pascal-based Tegra and

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Apple, Auto, Breaking, Business, News

Tesla Sells $4.8 billion worth of Model 3 in First 24 Hours

Tesla Model 3

The ‘great wait’ is over, as Tesla completed its strategy set all the way at the time when the ‘Tesla Motors’ was a small tent inside the SpaceX factory in Hawthorne, CA. The plan was always the same: S-E-X-Y. It all started with building a sports car (Roadster) that will pay for the development of a limo, build a limo (Model S) that will pay for the development of SUV (Model X) and a mainstream car, and build a mainstream car (Model E 3) that will bring e-mobility for masses. As we all know now, Model X was not a part of Tesla’s initial plans (that was the

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Auto, Companies, Gaming, Hardware, Nvidia, Space and Science, VR World

The NVIDIA DRIVE PX Gets ATTT Award of Excellence

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The NVIDIA PX autonomous car development platform recently received the Award of Excellence in the Autonomous Driving/AI division. The accolades were handed earlier this week at the 7th Automotive Telecommunication Technology Tokyo exhibition, marking another achievement. It also showcases how the car industry is taking bigger and bigger steps towards autonomous driving. The award is the latest recognition of the key role GPUs – and the AI renaissance sparked by GPU-powered deep learning techniques – are playing as automakers race to offer more sophisticated capabilities. “With NVIDIA’s chips coming into the car industry, autonomous driving has suddenly become a reality,” said Takeshi Natsuno, head of the awards committee

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Auto, News, VR World

The 2017 Nissan GT-R Is Fast, Dynamic And Gorgeous

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Nissan unveiled the 2017 Nissan GT-R at the New York International Auto Show today, giving the darling of the car world a thorough makeover inside and out overall. Some major driving performance enhancements and key new features, also come part of the newly refreshed model, perfectly accentuating what is he most significant change to Nissan’s flagship super sports car since it was introduced. “As the icon of Nissan’s driving performance, the GT-R continues to evolve. With the signature V-motion grille, the GT-R now possesses the latest Nissan design language. Its exceptional aerodynamic performance and upgraded interior have given the GT-R a more mature character, which

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Analysis, Auto, Breaking, Business

72% of All Cars to be Connected by 2021?

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It is estimated that in 2015 over 88 million new cars were bought. Almost 53 million came out of just six manufacturers:  Toyota, Volkswagen Group, General Motors, Renault-Nissan, Hyundai and Ford. If you add five million from FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), that’s almost 60 million vehicles. It is of no surprise that traditional PC and mobile names such as NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Intel all see the automotive industry as a key battlefield. Tens of millions of processors promise advanced telemetry, self-driving or automated driving capabilities, new level of infotainment, and ‘always online’ vehicles. In a research document called Automotive Safety and Autonomous Driving Service,  ABI Research put out a

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Auto, Breaking, News

Car Porn: Rimac Concept_One Double Clutch

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Rimac Automobili d.o.o. (Ltd.) is launching a production version of its Concept_One, an electric hypercar developed in Croatia, Europe. What makes Concep_One special is that it served as a technology demonstrator which was so impressive, several car manufacturers contracted Rimac to build them a bespoke version of their own vehicles. At the same time, Christian von Koenigsegg was so impressed with the in-house technology that his Regera is powered by a Koenigsegg-Rimac drivetrain, without a gearbox. Concept_One is a different beast altogether. 1088 hp, and 1600 Nm / 1180 pound ft. (electronically limited) take the vehicle to 300 kph / 186 mph in just a bit over 14

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Auto, Breaking, News, VR World

Tesla Model 3 to Cost as Little as $18,766

Tesla Model Announcement

Elon Musk recently posted on Twitter that the reservations for Model 3 will take place starting on March 31 in Tesla stores, and April 1 for online customers. Unlike all of its the previous models – Roadster, Model S, Model X – Model 3 will be launched on a global scale, with every market covered. If you are interested, you will need to put $1,000 down, and bear in mind that the delivery priority as always – will go to the customers who will order higher trim / spec car, as the sales develop. Perhaps the key part of Model 3 selling strategy is how Tesla Motors, Inc.

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Auto, Breaking, Business, News, Samsung

Samsung Invests $2.51 Billion into Car Battery Business

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Over the past couple of months, we’re seeing a lot of corporate movements inside Samsung Group. First, Samsung Display announced it plans to completely offload its LCD manufacturing business, starting with a sale of L.5 factory to China’s Truly. Second, Samsung SDI decided to sell its whole chemical business sector and focus solely on improving the chemistry for its car battery business. The size of investment is nothing to be sneezed at. Over the next three years, newly established ‘Samsung SDI Chemical’ will be sold off, while Samsung’s SDI will invest at least $2.51 billion into development of car batteries. This is not all, as all

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AMD, Analysis, Apple, Auto, Breaking, Business, transportation, VR World

Tesla Self Driving Revolution: Jim Keller joins Elon Musk

Mark Papermaster and Jim Keller discuss the future of AMD.

Following his departure from AMD, where he oversaw the complex tasks of creating new processor architectures, Jim Keller looked for new challenges. Word came today that Elon Musk personally led the negotiation with Jim in order to get him to join Tesla Motors, Inc. with an expected answer. At Tesla Motors, Jim Keller will be in charge of running one of most important research departments, the autopilot R&D. Right now, the self-driving capabilities of Tesla Model S, X, and 3 are all being processed by a combination of in-house software with hardware from companies such as NVIDIA and Mobileye. How does the Tesla Autopilot Work? In order to explain

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Auto, energy, News, , transportation

Winter Brings Worries for Electric Car Owners

Tesla Model S in Norway

If you live anywhere in the northern hemisphere, you’re likely already aware of how bitterly cold temperatures can dip to. In the United States or Canada alone, good luck if you’re living in Alaska, North Dakota, or Minnesota, as temperatures can reach well below -1 degrees Fahrenheit. Same story with Iceland, or Scandinavia. However, you’re going to need more than luck if you’re an EV (electric vehicle) owner in a cold climate, as it appears that electric car batteries may well struggle in winter – taking more time and energy to warm up and function efficiently. Sadly, global warming pushed winter patterns from November/December to January-March,

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aerospace, Auto, Military, News, Space and Science, VR World

HRL’s 3D Printed Ceramic could Change Everything

HRL Laboratories demonstrates a breakthrough in 3D printing: ceramics.

 3D printing is slowly, but certainly becoming an evolution or even a revolution of manufacturing. Every week we receive news pitches from companies claiming they’re the next big thing in the world of 3D printing, but there are innovations which are really making you think we’re changing for the better. From 3D printed vertebrae and skin in medicine to airplanes and rockets, 3D printing or ‘additive manufacturing’ is becoming an everyday reality for mission critical tasks. One company known for its innovation since inception – Hughes Research Laboratories (known today as HRL Laboratories, LLC – a joint-venture of General Motors and Boeing) just announced a technological breakthrough in

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Auto, VR World

A Tesla Model S P85 Gets Vorsteiner Wheels Installed

A Tesla Model S P85 Gets Vorsteiner Wheels

Vorsteiner just released the latest build featuring their wheel line. A Tesla Model S P85 was wrapped up with a set of Vorsteiner V-FF 102 Flow Forged wheels. The company doing the work on this electric luxury sedan is Baan Velgen and they’ve ensured the fitment, finish and installation is on point. A Vorsteiner Flow Forged wheel can be attractive and lightweight because it uses equal raw materials and manufacturing equipment, however, design strength is another objective on its own. We thoroughly study each individual shape and arrangement to ensure our unique architecture has the longevity to outlast the most severe conditions. This yields the

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Auto, Breaking, News, transportation

Jaguar Enters Formula E Championship

Jaguar XF Steering Wheel.

Formula E Championship is gathering steam among new fans and manufacturers. This VR-friendly sport is becoming increasingly popular, and the opportunity to watch 360 degree videos will be enhanced with the Virtual Reality video streams from the cars, as seen in this video below: The circus is meeting for the final time this year in Punta Del Este, Uruguay, and the warm up for the race could not be more exciting. Trulli Racing officially withdrew from the competition, and their place will be taken by none other than – Jaguar. The name Jaguar Racing will appear for the first time since 2004 and their withdrawal

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Auto, Breaking, Graphics, News, Technology Security

2017 Mercedes E-Class Cockpit Looks Like a Video Game

2016 Mercedes Benz E-Class Cockpit

117th edition of the North American International Auto Show will take place in Detroit, MI between January 11-24, 2016. Among 50 or so world premieres, perhaps the key launch will be the one coming in the shape of new E-Class, one of best selling cars coming from the three-pointed star from Stuttgart, Mercedes-Benz. The new E-Class launch is perhaps even more important than the company flagship S-Class. Unlike the S-Class, which rules the market where BMW competes with the 7-Series, Audi A8, Jaguar XJ etc., E-Class has to battle a lot of competitors, and the company lost sales advantage in the mid-2000s, with Audi A6 and BMW 5

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