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
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,
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
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
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
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
At the 2015 Conférence des Nations Unies sur les Changements Climatiques (UN Conference on Climate Change), which takes place in Paris, France, manufacturing division of Oak Ridge National Laboratories presented what they believe is a watershed moment for the future of manufacturing. ORNL Manufacturing demonstrated a 3D printed version of legendary Shelby AC Cobra, printed using an all-metal process. The organization used several different printers to achieve a life like look and feel. By polishing the metal, they ended with the same ‘experience’ as a conventionally manufactured sheet metal would look like. Leather seats were not 3D printed though, but pretty much everything else was.
Vorsteiner is proud to announce the Novara Huracan aero program. Thanks to Vorsteiner’s racing experience and know-how combined with years of experience in CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics), they have managed to channel motorsport influenced aerodynamics into a set of consumer based products. This is how the Vorsteiner Novara Huracan was born. Balanced Aerodynamics. Controlled Design. The Vorsteiner Novara Huracan aero program comprises of a front fascia with an integrated front spoiler, ventilated front fenders, side sill extension blades, a rear bumper with an integrated rear diffuser and it is completed with a fixed rear wing. Furthermore, a set of all-new Vorsteiner V-FF 105 Flow Forged
The multi award winning Gran Turismo series is coming exclusively to PlayStation 4 in a brand new game. Called Gran Turismo Sport, it brings a taste of history and racing neverbefore seen in gaming. Admirable graphics, but more importantly the impressive game engine who’s physics resemble those of real life racing events will certainly make this game a coveted piece of any gamer’s collection. Building on its legacy as the most realistic and accessible driving simulator, GT Sport has partnered with the FIA to push the boundaries of racing games. In addition to everything you’d expect from a GT, the team at Polyphony and the
Starting today, Tesla Model S comes equipped with the Tesla Version 7 software. It brings Autopilot capabilities to every Model S out there. The latest upgrade to the car’s software allows the Model S to use its unique combination of cameras, radar, ultrasonic sensor and other technological gadgets to use on the highway, change lanes, and adjust speed in response to traffic. Once you’ve arrived at your destination, Model S scans for a parking space and parallel parks on your command. Quite a safety upgrade. For example, switching lanes is now done with a simple turn of the turn signals and the vehicle will take
After much controversy among car makers in the last few months, we are seeing several car makers turning to their electric futures. One of them is among the most respected and appreciated car makers out there. We are talking about Volvo Cars and their newly released electrification strategy. Volvo Cars just announced one of the automotive industry’s most comprehensive electrification strategies in which plug-in hybrids will be introduced across its entire range. It will develop an entirely new range of electrified smaller cars and build a fully electric car for sale by 2019. As part of this new strategy, the Swedish car company said it
Coming from a long line of impressive compact high-performance sports cars, the BMW M2 continues with said philosophy in a great way. Drawing its heritage from the likes of the BMW 2002 Turbo and BMW E46 M3, it posses the technology, performance and looks to continue the lineage. It is also one of the most highly coveted sports cars arriving in the market in recent years. From the beefed up design, impressive looking exterior to great performance numbers, this truly is one of the most appealing vehicles available on the market today. Characteristic M design A single glance is all it takes to pick the
Earlier today, Mitsubishi Motors Of North American announced the details of the limited-production 2015 Lancer Evolution Final Edition. A great way to bid farewell to one of the most important, recognizable and impacting models in history. For many this was the car that redefined the four-door sports car genre, creating unbelievable hype and ensuring teenage boys and their grown up counterparts had something to wish for – for decades. The Lancer Evolution has seen ten generation. Each with its own appeal and allure that created plenty of sales and income for the Japanese car maker. Sadly, it’s being retired. To send it off in style,
Volkswagen has been caught with their fingers in the cookie jar a few days ago. They cheated on diesel emission tests and created a solution which allows their models to achieve smaller emission levels. This allowed their diesel engine powered models to provide a better eco-friendly emission level, adding to their popularity in United State. While this situation was reported by both us and seemingly thousands of other websites, a small, rather worrying report for BMW came out a few days ago as well. According to a report by Auto Bild, the somewhat similar situation happened with a few BMW models, namely the BMW X3.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday – citing individuals closely familiar with the project – that the upcoming Apple Car won’t have a self driving mode available. Even though the autonomous vehicle/model is still in the company’s long term plans, the first version of the automobile will have to have a human behind the wheel. According to the same report, Apple now employs around 600 people on this project. Trusting the same sources, it is believed that the Apple bosses gave the go ahead to triple that amount. This would add to 1,800 workers, dedicated in producing an Apple Car in the next few years. This
Throughout 2015, German car manufacturers were announcing they’re getting ready to strike back at Tesla. In a rather interesting set of events, Porsche decided to fire the first real bullet at the 2015 IAA Frankfurt car show, revealing their 2018 Porsche Mission E. The concept car, which is fully electric and rather gorgeous, tries to bring a level of sport elegance only known to Porsche into the developing eco-friendly motoring world. This is a four door, four single seats concept powered by electric drivetrain which develops over 600 hp (440 kW) system power, with over 500 km driving range. All-wheel drive and all-wheel steering, zero to 100
Describing the new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is simple; ‘less weight and more power.’ The combination of performance and reduced weight brings the famed american muscle car better acceleration, better handling and overall, a whole-new game to the table – as far as american muscle goes. The new Camaro produces a weight savings of up to 390 pounds (177 kg), but it also brings a new introduction as far as engines are concerned now. This 2.0L turbo is something we are not used to when american muscle comes into conversation, but overall, it does produce plenty of horsepower and lower emissions and consumation of fuel overall as well. Chevrolet
Even though he can legally drive a car in Europe for just a few weeks, Max Verstappen made headlines this year, achieving several records which are likely to stay for a long time, especially after FIA imposed age-limits for Formula 1. This Scuderia Torro Rosso driver will be remembered as the youngest debutant in the Formula 1 World Championship, youngest points scorer, and if there wasn’t for poor reliability of his Renault engine, he would probably score even higher in a rare season where Scuderia Torro Rosso even has better chassis than its parent, Red Bull Racing (which is ‘pathetic’ and troublesome at the same time).
With its world premiere headed for the IAA Frankfurt, the refreshed seventh generation Porsche 911 Carrera (991 series) should represent an epic showcase of efficiency, technological advancement, engine development and design curation. Innovative flat-six engines derived from four decades of turbocharging should allow the new Porsche ‘991’ Carrera to be the most powerful 911s ever released, but also to provide breathtaking yet fuel efficient performance (because you cannot sell a car in Europe unless you bang on the green drum), wrapped up in daily driving machines catered to the most demanding ownership base as well. 991 refresh brings a 911 Carrera will receive many new advancements. For example,
Tesla Motors, Inc. are on a roll lately! After they announced Tesla Model X becoming available earlier, getting the info about the Tesla Model 3 out there, they are raising even more financial capital right now. Making good on a promise, Tesla Motors CEO and founder Elon Musk purchased $20 million in stock this week during the company’s public offering. The CEO purchased 82,645 shares at $242 per share, making it a $20 million investment. The Tesla CEO now holds 28 million shares in the company, providing more reassurance towards new investors through personal investments like this one. After they have announced a new public