Elon Musk, recently named Time’s Person of the Year, met with Time Editor and CEO Edward Felsenthal to talk about his work, including the increased focus on technology accidents. unmanned driving.
Someone told me this at the very beginning of the development of autopilot: even if you save 90% of lives, the relatives of 10% of the people you do not save will sue you.
He stated that Tesla’s self-driving capabilities are improving every month, and he also realizes that this is one of those areas in which no one says thanks for the lives saved, but is sure to be blamed in case of accidents.
Some drivers are suing Tesla over fatal accidents, while others are seeking legal action against the company for allegedly misleading and using deceptive marketing for autopilot.
Musk says the company is not misleading anyone, and when activating the autopilot, drivers must keep their hands on the steering wheel to take control. In this case, the driver should not be distracted from the road and go about his business.
Last week, Elon Musk commented on the tragic accident involving the Tesla Model 3 electric car, as a result of which 1 person died and 20 more were injured. He also posted on Twitter this morning the amount he will pay in taxes this year.
48 hp, range up to 300 km and price from $5900. China unveils Letin Mengo, a four-door electric car designed for people with a monthly income of about $150
In China, they began to take orders for another low-cost electric car Letin Mengo. The novelty is interesting because at the price of the unconditional local hit Wuling Hongguang MINIEV (or the same Lingbox Uni), it is noticeably larger.
If Hongguang MINIEV is a three-door model, then Letin Mengo has four doors, and four people can fit inside in addition to the driver. The car is equipped with only one 48 hp electric motor. (peak torque – 125 Nm), but there are three options for the capacity of the traction battery: 11.52, 17.28 and 29.44 kWh. Accordingly, the power reserve is 130, 185 and 300 km.
Dimensions Letin Mengo – 3622 x 1607 x 1525 mm. The wheelbase length is 2442 mm, half a meter more than the Hongguang MINIEV. The car is well equipped: there is a large 9-inch screen on the central panel, 5G, air conditioning, driver assistance systems.
The cost, depending on the version, is 5900-8900 dollars. This car was specially designed for people with a modest monthly income of about 1,000 yuan (about $150). There are hundreds of millions of them in China. However, Letin Mengo will be sold not only in China: deliveries are planned to Cambodia, South Korea, Panama, Peru and Brazil.
27 hp, top speed of 100 km/h, range of 140 km and nice design for $5800. Another ultra-cheap electric car appeared in China
The segment of three-meter three-door electric vehicles in China is growing by leaps and bounds. Wuling Hongguang MINIEV, Cherry QQ Ice Cream, Fengguang MINIeV and Changan LUMIN are already on the market, and now Lingbox Uni is also out. More precisely, it has not yet been released, but is already available for order: you can reserve a car for only $ 75. And we are not talking about blind sales: both characteristics and prices are known.
Lingbox Uni (created by a company called Jemmell New Energy) is priced at $5,800 in the base version. In the configuration of such a car – a lithium-iron-phosphate traction battery with a capacity of 11.52 kWh, providing a range of 140 km. The top version of the electric car uses a battery with a capacity of 15.97 kWh, on a full charge of which Lingbox Uni is able to travel 201 km.
The car is driven by a single engine with a capacity of 27 hp, but the torque is decent – 86 Nm, so there should be no problems with starts from a traffic light. The maximum speed is 100 km/h.
The dimensions of the car are 2930 x 1517 x 1620 mm, the length of the wheelbase is 1940 mm. The interior, like the exterior, looks pretty, except that the mechanical hand brake is knocked out of the general range.
The car is cheap, but not spartan: there is a tire pressure monitoring system, seat belt warning, Isofix mounts, power windows, an audio system with Bluetooth (although there is only one speaker), a USB port for charging a smartphone, a 12 V socket, rear parking sensors , rear view camera, uphill system, air conditioning. The front passenger seat, which provides access to the rear row, leans forward electrically.
Volkswagen ID electric vans introduced. Buzz in the style of “Star Wars”
As part of their ongoing collaboration, Volkswagen and Disney have decided to celebrate the release of the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series with the release of two special editions of the ID van. buzz.
This year’s Star Wars Celebration, which takes place in Anaheim May 26-29, shows visitors the ID vehicles. Buzz Light Side Edition and ID. Buzz Dark Side Edition. They were also shown at the premiere of the new series.
Based on the passenger version of ID. Buzz, the Light Side Edition combines beige trim inspired by Obi-Wan Kenobi’s tunic with blue to symbolize Obi-Wan’s lightsaber and a high-gloss chrome on the upper, nodding to Star Wars spaceships and droids. . The windows are translucent blue. The car is equipped with 21-inch wheels and has Alliance logos.
ID. Buzz Dark Side Edition is based on the truck version of the car. It is painted in black and red, the latter color being inspired by Darth Vader’s lightsaber and also featured on the headlights, window surfaces and side lines. The car also received 21-inch alloy wheels with the logo of the Empire.
Volkswagen has no plans to sell Star Wars-style electric vans. They were created as part of the series’ marketing campaign.
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