ID Lounge, VW’s New Luxury SUV

 

At the Shanghai motor show in April, Volkswagen will introduce the tentatively titled ID Lounge as their new seven-seat SUV. Similar in dimension to the 3rd gen Toareg, the ID will be sold as a top range luxury model.

As used by the ID Buzz MPV, the ID Lounge will be based around Volkswagen’s largest, new version of the MEB platform. It will likely arrive in 2021 and could rival Tesla Model X and Nio ES8.

Again like the ID Buzz, expect the ID Lounge to come with a four-wheel driveline. It will employ two electric motors, one per set of rear and front wheels. Output is expected to be around 369bhp.

 

 

BMW Introduces Self Driving Features with “iNext”

BMW is utilizing 7 Series-based models at its Silicon Valley office as the test series for the company’s iNext electric hybrid, due in 2021. The vehicle creator has said the iNext will offer dimension three auto-drive, which takes into account “hands off and eyes off” motorway driving.
One BMW building source depicted dimension three as possibly offering the capacity for the iNext to drive starting with one motorway intersection then onto the next without requirement for the driver’s consideration.
BMW additionally declared that improvement work is well under route on level four and level five self-rule, something considered far off by the majority of the business. BMW calls level four self-rule “hands off and mind off” – where the driver isn’t asked for to assume control of the vehicle in any conditions. Level five is “full mechanization”, where no driver is required.
To represent the multifaceted nature and registering power required for the main three levels of self-rule, BMW demonstrated models of the electronic control units (ECUs) for levels three, four and five driving, which all utilization Intel chip innovation.
The 25W dimension three unit is very little yet has multiple times the processing intensity of the ECUs utilized for the dimension two, incomplete computerization frameworks that BMW has offered since a year ago.
The 200W dimension four ECU is commonly bigger, utilizes six chip, needs fluid cooling and has multiple times the registering intensity of the dimension two framework.

The completely robotized 600W dimension five ECU model has multiple times the registering intensity of level two.
Not at all like with some current ‘self-driving’ frameworks, the 7 Series test vehicle has a colossal exhibit of outside sensors. It has five lidar scanners – one on each corner and one on the focal point of the vehicle’s nose. It is additionally outfitted with radar – long range at the back – and eight cameras, provided via independence pioneer Mobileye. The boot is stuffed with figuring gear and “two vehicles of wiring”.
The independence engineering not just uses the mass of data got by the sensors however it is additionally working inside a live-refreshed 3D guide of street and environment. This guide based ‘natural model’ is utilized to make a ‘driving model’ that, BMW engineers state, depends at first on man-made consciousness, at that point machine learning and, at last, ‘reward and discipline’ learning, like that utilized by kids. The data hoovered by the 7 Series donkey is a gigantic two terabytes for each hour per vehicle.
Numerous investigators have figured the expenses and multifaceted nature of creating independent driving innovation would moderate the development towards veritable self-driving vehicles.

“Be” – All About the New Vietnamese Ride-Hailing Start-Up

Vietnam-based ride-hailing startup Be has raised an “a huge number of US Dollars” in front of its opening date, December 17.

The financial specialists taking an interest in the subsidizing round are undisclosed, however Be Founder and CEO Tran Thanh Hai revealed to The Star at a starting occasion in Hanoi that they were all “household” speculators.

The CEO additionally named Vietnam Prosperity Joint Stock Commercial Bank as a key financial specialist in the organization, giving assets to its activities.

The stage will begin off with a vehicle and motorbike-riding administrations, with the objective to anchor 110,000 drivers crosswise over Vietnam before the year’s over.
Over the long haul, it will likewise present nourishment conveyance, dispatch, e-installment, and financing administrations, like what Southeast Asian ride-hailing goliaths Grab and Go-Jek have executed in its greatest markets.

In Vietnam, Be will contend straightforwardly with Grab and Go-Jek, who had as of late entered the market through an element named Go-Viet.

In the nation, Grab has likewise been engaged with a fight in court with nearby taxi organization Vinasun Corp.

As in numerous business sectors, ride-hailing organizations in Vietnam likewise confronted administrative issues.

It remains an exchange whether such organization ought to be put under the transportation or tech organization class; every classification would subject the organization into an alternate arrangement of necessities.

Pricing and Revisions, 2019 Toyota Prius Line

The new AWD-e, 2019 Toyota Prius, will start at $27.3 K (including a $920 destination charge) and will be available in January. The Prius AWD-e XLE will start at $29,740. The entire lineup of 2019 Prius vehicles is getting front and rear styling tweaks.

AWD-e will only be available on the mid-level versions of the Prius. The AWD-e premium comes out to about $1,400 on the LE and $1K on the XLE. The AWD capability is added with a rear-axle electric motor that shares no mechanical link with the up-front hybrid drive system. It handles additional traction up to 43 mph and in the 0-6 mph zone for more starting line power. The EPA has yet to post fuel economy ratings. Toyota estimates the ratings at 52/48/50 mpg (city/highway/combined0 on the AWD-e models versus the front-wheel-drive at 58/53/56. Not too shabby either way.

The revised Prius line takes the model variations from seven to four with the pricing starting at $24,690 (only up a few hundred for the base model 2018 Prius). The level up front drive starts at just under 26K and the XLE starts and just under 29K. The top line Limited will run consumers roughly 33K.

Nissan Offers Freebie to Recent California Fire Victims

Nissan is providing free cabin air filter replacements to Nissan vehicle owners in California who were affected by the recent fires. While this may not seem that large of a gesture, but it is an important one.
The cabin filter is an essential, but easy item to forget about in a vehicle. Usually hidden away in a cubby of the vehicle’s dash, it sits happy enough doing its job where no one would think to notice it. It is, however, pretty essential. Modern activated carbon filters remove all kinds of things from the cabin’s air—pollen, odor, fumes and particles like ashes. The happy little filter keeps you from breathing in all this nasty stuff as you ride along not thinking of it.
Nissan is even extending the offer of filter replacement to non-Nissan vehicles in their effort to help those affected by the recent fires. This will be at individual dealerships’ discretion and will depend largely on whether parts are available or not. If you live in one of the affected areas, contact your nearest Nissan dealership for details. The offer stands until the end of January.

Carlos Ghosn Excused from Nissan’s Board

Nissan has affirmed Carlos Ghosn has been excused by the board as organization administrator. Ghosn and his co-admin, Greg Kelly, have additionally been excused as delegate chiefs.

The two men will stay on the organization’s board as chiefs, as they must be coercively excused at an investor meeting.

With the present choice by the board, the main staying delegate executive at Nissan is CEO Hiroto Saikawa.

The rest of the board cast a ballot consistently. There were questions about whether the free and Renault-delegated chiefs would pursue the proposal set by Saikawa, recommending some would remain by Ghosn.

Nissan as of now has a nine-part board. It highlights three long time Nissan representatives (Hiroto Saikawa, Hideyuki Sakamoto, and Toshiyuki Shiga), two Renault deputies (Jean-Baptiste Duzan and Bernard Rey), and two free executives (Keiko Ihara and Masakazu Toyoda).

Not long ago, Saikawa blamed Ghosn and Kelly for planning to downplay Ghosn’s compensation, and also abusing organization assets and expense accounts.

Tom Cruise to Fly Real Military Planes in New Film

A new Top Gun movie will feature something special, but that movie goers have come to expect from Tom Cruise–he will do most of his own stunt work. It turns out ongoing talk about Cruise needing to figure out how to really fly military planes is valid.

The gossip originated from the British newspaper The Sun, which referred to an anonymous source. It likewise said that Cruise’s choice had made a genuine postponement in making the film, which would lead to a late release date.

The CEO of Paramount Pictures, Jim Gianopulos, is keeping queit on that, yet he confirms the initial bit of the rumor: Tom Cruise will do much of the flying in the film, including of the military planes. He would now be able to include another trophy to his shelf, which now includes riding motorcycles, driving autos, bouncing out of planes and doing the greater part of the real stunts his character is demonstrated doing in his films.

Addressing the Daily Mail, Gianopulos says that Cruise demands doing the greater part of his stunts, he “needs” to. He needs to convey persuading content, and that discounts the likelihood of utilizing stunt actors or shooting against a green screen and including CGI later. This is likewise what will place him in the pilot’s chair, flying a real military planes in “Top Gun 2.”

Woman Sues Over Allegedly Rigged Casino Game

Assume you thought you won a $134,000 vehicle in a casino game, yet the dealership associated with the casino declined to turn over the car? Also, to exacerbate the situation,  you got hit with due tax based on the worth of said vehicle?

Well, it is exactly what happened to Merida Manipoun, when she didn’t get the 2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT she believed she won. In November, she sued the Aston Martin store that partook in the what she claims was a fraudulent casino game.

Be that as it may, Aston Martin of San Diego and Viejas Casino and Resort, say Manipoun was excluded in light of the fact that she ignored the tenets of the game.

A month ago, U.S. Judge Anthony Battaglia of the Southern District of California declined to expel the suit against the store and its sales representative on procedural grounds, however their legal counselor said he’ll request to have the case put down.

Viejas Casino wasn’t able to be sued due its tribal status.

Tesla’s Auto Pilot to Be Questioned in Court Again

Tesla’s auto pilot software is again being tested in court.

Floridian Shawn Hudson is suing the electric vehicle producer, following an impact with a handicapped vehicle on Florida’s Turnpike that devastated the front end of his Tesla Model S.

Hudson guarantees the crash—which occurred while he was doing around 80mph on Autopilot—left him with “serious wounds” and is looking for an unspecified amount money. The claim likewise asserts that Tesla is deceiving customers into trusting its Autopilot framework can securely transport travelers at high speed.

In May, Tesla settled a legal claim from drivers who had purchased autos with Autopilot 2.0, a component that cost an additional $5,000 per vehicle, and which the drivers said was hazardous and unusable. In the settlement, Tesla put $5 million out for legitimate expenses and to repay purchasers of the improved Autopilot bundle from 2016 and 2017 with installments of $20 to $280.

While Autopilot’s upgraded highlights are Tesla’s steady strides towards building up a completely self-driving vehicle, it merits rehashing that they are not self-driving yet.

Waymo Autonomous Taxi Fleet Looking into Commercialization

Waymo’s self-driving fleet of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids, so far, has had about 400 people sign up and use the service. So far these rides have been free. Soon, however, Waymo may start charging for those trips that Phoenix area customers have been taking.

During an investor’s call Ruth Porat, CEO of parent company Alphabet, said that the company was looking into commercialization and that some customers are now paying for rides. But there weren’t many other details.

Waymo has gone outside the box and thought about ways to keep the service free—to the riders anyway. The trips would probably cost the same as Uber or Lyft according to Waymo. But Waymo is looking into a somewhat unconventional idea—getting your destination to pay for the trip.