Toyota pulls out self-driving e-Palettes from the Paralympics

28 Aug 2021

Four days into the Tokyo Paralympic Games 2020, Toyota removed its self-driving e-Palette vehicles from the event following a collision with a person. The automaker made the decision Friday, according to Reuters, a day after one of the pods hit a visually impaired athlete who was walking nearby.  According to a video statement from Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda, reported in…

GM will reportedly replace Chevy Bolt battery

GM will reportedly replace Chevy Bolt battery modules

18 Aug 2021

GM has informed Chevy Bolt EV users that it will replace all the modules in their batteries with new ones due to fire risk. This is the step the automaker has taken to address issues in some Bolt EV models that make their batteries more likely to have fire risk. As the publication notes, GM…

Renault and China's Geely will form a hybrid-focused joint venture

Renault and China’s Geely will form a hybrid-focused joint venture

09 Aug 2021

Renault is looking to revive flagging sales in China. It has agreed to set up a joint venture with a major auto manufacturer in the country. Renault will share tech and resources with Geely (which owns Volvo and Polestar) to bring Renault-branded hybrid vehicles to China. The companies plan to take advantage of Geely’s supply chain and manufacturing capabilities. Renault will…

Virgin Galactic starts selling tickets to space again for $450,000

Virgin Galactic starts selling tickets to space again for $450,000

06 Aug 2021

You now have a chance to purchase a seat aboard one of Virgin Galactic’s space tours — provided you can afford to pay $450,000 for it. The company has reopened ticket sales less than a month after Richard Branson, its founder, flew with other “mission specialists” for Virgin Galactic’s first fully crewed spaceflight. It made the announcement alongside…

Lordstown Motors reverses, says it has no firm truck orders

Lordstown Motors, says it has no firm truck orders

19 Jun 2021

Struggling electric truck maker Lordstown Motors said Thursday it doesn’t have any firm orders for its vehicles, just days after its president said the company had enough to maintain production through 2022. Questions have been mounting about whether Lordstown Motors has enough money to stay in business and about its previous claims that it already…

South African business jet pegasus first to take-off and land vertically

The Pegasus Vertical Take-Off & Landing Business Jet

08 Nov 2020

South Africa looks forward to designing and develop a business jet one of its own kind that will hover like an airplane but will take-off and land like a helicopter. Pegasus Universal Aerospace (PUA), a Pretoria based South African company, signed a memorandum of understanding with Callen-Lenz Group, a UK based technical aviation consultant. As…

Hydrogen – The Future Fuel Of Vehicles, But Where Is It

Hydrogen – The Future Fuel Of Vehicles, But Where Is It?

20 Jun 2020

Just a few years ago, hydrogen and battery electric vehicles were both excitedly competing to become the future of the automobile. The gurus were split on which alternative would arise triumphantly and save us all from our fossil-fuel overlords. The Japanese automakers in specific have always been major supporters of hydrogen fuel as the perfect…

Self-driving Shuttle Company Directed To Stop Carrying Passengers After Injury

02 Mar 2020

The DOT stops a shuttle operator on the same day it was condemned for being too hands-off   NHTSA (also known as The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) has partially suspended the US operations of France’s EasyMile after a passenger in Ohio was hurt while riding in one of the company’s self-driving shuttles. EasyMile can…

Modular e-boat cuts the high seas with Swiss Army knife adaptability

15 Feb 2020

The 26-foot (8-m) DC25 yacht proposal from DutchCraft is designed to do a bit of everything the modern-day sportsman and captain might demand from a center console boat. Employing simple deck-mounted rails, the boat easily converts from a breezy pleasure craft, to a fishing or sporty dive boat to a capable superyacht tender, to an…

Self-Driving Delivery Van Dumps ‘Human Controls’

08 Feb 2020

The first self-driving vehicle engineered without basic human controls such as pedals, steering wheels or side-view mirrors has been given permission to test on US roads.   Nuro, the mastermind behind the design, makes autonomous delivery vans.   The vehicle is Nuro’s second generation of its vehicles, which it is naming R2 and will be…

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