The third automaker in the world, based on market capitalization, the Chinese company BYD presented a new BYD Corvette 07 crossover at the Chengdu Motor Show. There are no explanations why this particular name, but associations with James Bond cars suggest themselves.
The premiere turned out to be inferior: there are technical specifications and prices, but, for example, there are no images of the interior – a copy with a blank tint was brought to the exhibition. However, judging by the fact that prices start at $ 32,000, you can count on rich interior decoration. And also the presence of advanced driving assistance systems, multiple screens, atmospheric lighting, a panoramic roof, etc. The cost of the top version on pre-order terms will be $40,750.
BYD Corvette 07 is presented in two versions – DM-i and DM-p. In both cases, a turbocharged gasoline engine with a volume of 1.5 liters and a power of 139 hp is used. The DM-i option assumes an electric motor on the front axle. The DM-p version assumes the presence of two electric motors – on the front and rear axles. Accordingly, the drive is full. The power of the power plant in the second case is 401 hp, and it will take 4.7 s to accelerate to 100 km / h.
Dimensions BYD Corvette 07 – 4820 x 1920 x 1750 mm, wheelbase length – 2820 mm. The BYD Corvette 07 will go on sale in China at the end of the fourth quarter, when all other details will be announced.
Tesla plans to use thousands of Tesla Bot humanoid robots in its factories
Tesla has posted a job listing for its Tesla Bot program, which suggests management plans to use thousands of humanoid robots in factories. They want to use them to perform repetitive and monotonous tasks, which will automate their implementation.
Back in early 2022, Elon Musk said that Tesla this year is prioritizing product development for the Optimus humanoid robot, rather than launching new products that have been postponed to 2023. Musk also noted that the public has not yet seen the value of the Tesla Bot, but this robot can probably completely change the global economy.
The company said the first version of the Tesla Bot will focus on simple, repetitive tasks, making the robot useful in a factory setting. How this will be possible, we will find out very soon, because the first working prototype of the humanoid robot is scheduled to be shown on September 30 at AI Day.
Earlier it was reported that Geely Atlas in Kita will also be assembled by robots, although not humanoid.
Volkswagen showed the concept of a futuristic unmanned electric vehicle for traveling
Volkswagen has unveiled the Gen.Travel autonomous electric vehicle concept. It is planned to present it in full at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance exhibition, which will be held in France on September 24-25.
The novelty is positioned as a travel solution. The concept has a glass cockpit, autopilot, convertible interior, butterfly wing doors and LED optics. It is stated that the autopilot belongs to the fifth level, which means that there is no need for human intervention. Because the car has no steering wheel, pedals and gear selector. It is noted that the autopilot will allow the driver to become a passenger and not follow the road, but to focus on work or leisure.
There will be two options to choose from: with a two- and four-seat interior, while the seats can be turned into beds.
“With Gen.Travel we can already experience today what will be possible in the near future with innovative technologies. Door-to-door travel on a new level. Emission-free and stress-free”, said Nikola Ardey, Head of Innovation at the Volkswagen Group.
Technical parameters of the car are not called, but some of its technologies are expected to appear in production cars.
Tesla recalls more than a million cars due to dangerous power windows
Tesla is launching a massive recall campaign targeting nearly 1.1 million electric vehicles in the US. The cause was potentially dangerous power windows.
As follows from the information on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency in the United States (NHTSA), the reverse function of the power windows simply stops working, which means that if an obstacle is detected between the frame and the glass, the mechanism will not automatically lower the glass, which can lead to injury .
The power window issue affected the 2017-2022 Tesla Model 3, the 2020-2021 Model Y, and the 2021-2022 Model S and Model X. However, this will not be a recall in the classical sense, since owners of electric vehicles with potentially dangerous power windows will not even have to visit the dealership. All work will consist of updating the software, which will be installed “over the air” (OTA).
Tesla itself claims that they have not received a single complaint from customers about this problem, and the company is not aware of a single accident, the cause of which would be the failure of this function. At the same time, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Agency insists that power windows that do not meet safety requirements can pose a real threat to the health of the driver and passengers.
Earlier this year, Tesla recalled 817,000 electric vehicles in the US due to safety concerns.
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