Audi’s branded showroom in China, called the Audi 4S store, announced an interesting promotion that caused heated discussion: the company offers to buy the Audi A8L flagship sedan and get the Q2L compact crossover as a bonus.
In China, for the basic version of the Audi A8L with a 2.0T engine, they ask for $ 115,500, the maximum cost of the flagship sedan is $ 272,000. At the same time, the cost of the Audi Q2L ranges from $31,800 to $37,500. At the same time, discounts from $14,000 to $28,000 apply to the sedan, depending on the version. True, it is unclear whether discounts apply if you want to receive a purchase bonus in the form of a crossover.
Obviously, the promotion was launched to attract additional attention to the Audi A8, since among the flagships of the big German three it is the most unpopular model in China: in the period from January to August, 7090 Audi A8L were sold in China against 17,387 Mercedes-Benz S-class and 9703 BMW 7 Series. As for the Q2L, Audi has already announced that this model will leave the production range in 2023 due to weak sales and will not receive a successor.
Vivo and Iqoo smartphones can now serve as digital keys for BMW cars
Vivo has officially announced that the digital car key feature in its smartphones now supports cars from the German automaker BMW.
This feature is featured in the Vivo X90, Vivo X80, Vivo X Fold, Vivo X Note, iQOO 10, iQOO 9 series and many other models. All you have to do is launch the My BMW app on a Vivo phone that supports BMW Digital Keys and sign in to your BMW account.
How to unlock/lock the car door: When unlocking the car, the user needs to hold the top of the Vivo phone to the NFC detection area on the driver’s side door handle until the phone displays “Completed”. The BMW Smart Key can only unlock the driver’s door.
How to start the engine: Simply place your Vivo phone on the wireless charging pad and press the Start/Stop button.
Tesla cars have learned to detect devices that allow you not to keep your hands on the steering wheel when using autopilot
The Teslascope team, who understands Tesla software updates, found something interesting in the latest FSD beta update. Tesla vehicles can now detect devices designed to simulate hands on the steering wheel while the autopilot function is in operation. If such devices are detected, the system will disable the autopilot.
In order to use the beta Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD) features, Tesla requires drivers to keep their hands on the wheel. That being said, the automaker regularly asks drivers to apply some torque to the wheel in order to continue using autopilot.
This prompted some people to use some tricks. Someone just put a water bottle under the steering wheel rim, and some companies even tried to mass-produce special steering wheel pads that fool the Tesla computer.
Because the technology is still in beta and undeniably dangerous if drivers aren’t in control, Tesla is trying to get drivers to take the wheel regularly to be ready to take over.
Tesla is also increasingly using a cab-facing camera for driver attention monitoring, which can detect when drivers are not looking at the road.
The well-known manufacturer of electric vehicles Nio will release its own smartphone. The head of the company is not satisfied with the limitations of the iPhone
The CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the well-known Chinese electric car manufacturer Nio, William Li, has revealed that the company is going to introduce its own smartphone in 2023. He spoke about it at the opening of Nio’s office (called “Nio House” by the company) in Dongguan.
According to William Lee, the company does not intend to compete with traditional smartphone manufacturers, instead Nio will try to make a device with a unique design. Naturally, it will be integrated into the ecosystem – with its help it will be possible to drive the company’s cars. The new model will be released annually.
William Lee stated that one of the reasons for the release of his phone was that the iPhone is limited in millimeter wave (mmWave) support, but this technology is used in Nio cars. It is expected that the cost of “mobile Nio” will not exceed $ 1,000.
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