FedEx Has Begun Using Self-Driving Trucks Developed By Autonomous Vehicle Startup Aurora And Heavy-Duty Vehicle Manufacturer Paccar, As Part Of A Pilot Program, To Haul Goods Btw Dallas And Houston. The Self Driving Trucks, With Backup Safety Driver, Will Be Used Multiple Times A Week To Complete The ~ 500 Mile Route Along Interstate 45.
Ford’s First-Ever Electric SUV, The Ford Mustang Mach-E, Which Has Been On Sale For A Few Months, Has Now, For The First Time In The World, Experienced A Wreck, Via Highway Speed Crash. Fortunately, All Occupants Survived With Minor Injuries. The Accident May Indicate How Safe The Vehicle Is, Compared To The Fatal Tesla Model S Crash.
The World’s First Human Passenger Test Of A New Mode Of Transportation, Since 100 Years, Was Successfully Done By “Virgin Hyperloop.” Hyperloop Is A Transportation Mode Via A Vehicle, Magnetically Suspended In A Vaccum Tube, Which Can Reach Speeds Of 600 mph. But The Virgin Hyperloop Test Got To A Speed Of 100 mph Due To The 500m Long Track.
Virgin Hyperloop holds first human trial in its superfast vacuum tube
Life Aircraft Is Selling A Few Of Their Recreational Flying Vehicles, Called Hexa, For $US495,000. But The Cool Part Is That Anyone That Meets The Height, Weight, And Age Requirements Can Rent To Fly Without A Pilot’s License. Hexa Is An Electric Vertical Takeoff And Landing (eVTOL) Aircraft Able To Fly 15-Mins Intervals At Low Altitudes.
US Air Force Unveils 'Hexa', A 'Flying Car' That Could Shuttle Troops Across War Zones By 2023
SkyDrive Inc., A Japanese Company, Has Announced The First Successful Public Demonstration Of A Piloted Flying Car, Named SD-03. SD-03, According To SkyDrive, Is “The First Smallest Vertical Takeoff And Landing Vehicle That Takes Up The Space Of Two Parked Cars.” The Company Plans On Carrying Out More Developments And Tests To Ensure The Car Use Safety.
Volvo Plans To Be The First To Use Light Direction and Ranging (LiDAR) In Production Vehicles. LiDAR Is A Low-Intensity, Non-Harmful, And Invisible Laser Beams, Which Can Help Compute Object Distance From The Sender (Autonomous Car). Volvo Intends To Do This In Partnership With Luminar, Who Has Made LiDAR Cheaper And Smaller In Size.
The UK Car Sales Has Plunged To Its Lowest In 74 Years. This Is All Thanks To The Coronavirus Pandemic Lockdown Measures, As All Car Showrooms Were Also Impacted. Society for Motor Manufacturers And Traders (SMMT) Figures Show That Only 4,321 Cars Were Registered In April, The Lowest Monthly Level Since 1946.
Ford Is Expanding The Mustang Lineup, For The First Time In 55 Years, With The Release Of Its First Electric Car, A Mustang Mach-E. The Mach-E, An SUV, Comes With 459 HP, Can Accelerate From 0 to 60 MPH In About 3 Secs, With 210-300 Miles Traveling Distance Before Recharging. The Vehicle, Costing About $44,000, Will Hit The Market In Late 2020.
In A Bid To Reduce Nitrogen Oxide Pollution In Netherlands, To Save Jobs By Complying With The EU Law Protecting Nature, The Dutch Government Is Instigating Policies, From 2020, Which Include Cutting Day Time Speed Limit From 130Km/h To 100Km/h. Drivers Can Revert To Normal Limit Btw 19:00-06:00 When Only 8%-10% Of Cars Are On The Road.
BMW Is Painting A 2020 X6 Vantablack, Making It The First Blackest Black Car. The Color Is Said To Erase all The Car’s Curves. Vantablack, Black Vertically Aligned Nano Tube Array, The Blackest Black Matrix Made From Microscopic Bit Of Carbon, Is Great For Coating Space-Borne Materials Because It Easily Absorbs Light And Resist Cold Temperature.
Lyft Will Increase Its Fleet Of Autonomous Vehicle Taxis, In Couple Of Months, By Partnering With Waymo. The Option To Use Waymo’s Self-Driving Taxis Will Be Added To Lyft Hail App, In Phoenix, Arizona. Lyft Has Partnered With Various Other companies To Provide Autonomous Vehicle Taxis In California And Nevada.
It’s Pretty Cool For Vehicles To Be Fitted With Systems That Can Automatically Limit The Vehicle To The Speed Limit Of A Road, Especially Around Schools And Hospitals. It Seems Like This Is Among What The European Union Is Trying To Do With The Speed Limiter Policy For New Cars Sold As From 2022.
Electric And Hybrid Vehicles And Motorcycles Are Now Required To Emit Artificial Sound When Moving Quietly Under 12 MPH In Europe Or Moving Up To 18.6 MPH In USA. This Regulation, Which Is Geared Towards Protecting, E.G, Pedestrians And Cyclists, Expects These Vehicles And Motorcycles Types To Comply By 2021 In Europe And 2020 In USA.
Wow! Ford Is Planning To Install A Cellular Vehicle-To-Everything Technology In All Their New U.S. Models, Starting In 2022. The Technology Would Enable Ford Vehicles To Communicate Regarding Road Hazards, Auto-Pay For Fast-Food At Drive Throughs, Ease Traffic Flow By Talking To Stop Lights, And Improve Self-Driving Vehicle Technology .
From My Perspective, It Looks Like A Pretty Smart Idea To Test Self Driving Cars By Using Them As Grocery Delivery Vehicles Before Using Then To Transport People. This Is What Kroger, A Super Grocery Store, Is Doing By Teaming Up With A Start-up Nuro To Provide A Driverless Car For Groceries. Cool!.
I Just Can’t Get Enough Of The Developments In Saudi Arabia. Now, The Country is Set To Issue Driver’s License To Women, Come June 24, 2018, After A Decades-Old Ban. Saudi Arabia Is The Only Country In The World That Has Since Prevented Women From Driving. Cool!
Saudi Arabia Starts Issuing Driving Licenses To Women For The First Time…
Self Driving Vehicles Do Have Major Limitations. They Cannot Drive On Roads That Are Not Well Paved And 3-D Mapped. Well, MIT To The Rescue: They Have Developed A System Called MapLite, Which Could Allow Autonomous Vehicles Drive, Using Adapting Sensors And GPS, On Unpaved/UnMapped 3-D Roads. Looking Forward To It!
The Rear Visibility Technology Rule For Vehicles Has Just Taken Effect. The Rule Requires All Vehicles, Under 10,000 Pounds, Including Buses And Trucks Manufactured Or Made To Sell In The USA, On/Or After May 1, 2018, To Come Equipped With Rear Visibility Technology. The Rule Was Actually Inspired By The Death Of A 2-Year-Old Toddler.
The Possibly First Mass Produced 3D-Printed Car Will Be Available In China In The Second Quarter Of 2019. The Car, Which Takes Only 3 Days To Make, Is Said To Cost About $10,000. The Car Has A Top Speed A Bit Under 45 MPH With Max Range Over 90 Miles. Cool!
Toyota Was Named World Most Admired, In The Vehicle Group, Under The Fortune’s World’s Most Admired List (Which I did Not Know Existed Until Now) For The Fourth Time Consecutively. Although Not My First Choice In Cars, But I Might Be Giving It Some Serious Consideration. Congrats Again, Toyota.