When Tesla unveiled the new designs for the Model S and Model X in January 2021, one of the most significant changes was the removal of the gear or mode selector previously located on the steering wheel.
Instead of a switch, it is suggested to rely on automation. The company also promised to implement a mode control option using a touch screen.
This innovation has caused a lively controversy on the network, especially since Tesla has not shown control through the touchscreen until now. In an interview with Elon Musk, this innovation was called “crazy”, and Musk replied that he himself tested automatic switching, and he liked it.
We can now admire the implementation of switching between driving modes on the touchscreen. The video was published by one of the owners of Tesla in Taiwan.
— Michael Hsu (@hsumacher) March 24, 2021
Instead of on-screen buttons, one for each mode, the user is asked to press and pull on a small typewriter icon from the left edge of the screen. If you pull up, the car will go forward, and down – the reverse gear will be engaged. The neutral transmission is hidden in the back of the menu. And the parking mode has not yet been shown to us.
Earlier, Musk noted that the touchscreen solution is only a fallback, and the main one is automation.
Polestar Electric Roadster Announced – 884 HP s., acceleration “to hundreds” in 3.2 s, power reserve 595 km
Swedish electric vehicle manufacturer Polestar has announced plans to launch the Polestar O2 concept sports roadster.
Recall that the Polestar O2 concept was presented in Los Angeles in March 2022. As the company noted, the Polestar O2 will become available for purchase as a production model called the Polestar 6. This will not happen soon – only in 2026.
To celebrate the launch, 500 special Polestar 6 LA Concept editions will also be produced. The special edition cars will feature a sky blue color scheme, light leather interiors and 21-inch wheels, similar to the Polestar O2 concept.
About Polestar 6, the manufacturer also says the following. This hardtop convertible will be built on Polestar’s custom aluminum platform. It will be based on the 800-volt architecture that has also been confirmed for the Polestar 5.
The roadster will receive two electric motors with a total power of up to 884 hp. (650 kW, 900 Nm torque), 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 3.2 seconds, top speed of 250 km/h and WLTP range of 595 km.
Interestingly, the Polestar 6 is already being offered for booking. The manufacturer also notes that the estimated final price should be $ 200,000.
No more accidents with electric scooters? Kicksharing “Jurent” is testing scooters with autopilot and obstacle recognition
The kicksharing service Yurent is testing a new generation of electric scooters with the function of autonomous movement and obstacle recognition. “Yurent kicksharing service is testing a new scooter model equipped with a camera and computer vision technology. The scooter has the function of autonomous movement and can independently recognize obstacles to avoid collisions.– reported in the press service of “Yurent”.
The scooter is equipped with a semi-automatic autopilot mode, the press service explained. It can be remotely controlled to move it to the right place – for example, to a parking lot or to a scooter service point for battery replacement.
It also recognizes obstacles using a wide-angle camera and artificial intelligence. So, he sees people, vehicles and road markings and can independently respond to them to prevent an emergency. Before an obstacle, the scooter brakes itself.
“The technology we are testing is still in its early stages, but it will help prevent unsafe driving in the future.“, the company noted.
So far, the technology is being tested on five scooters until the end of the summer season. If the test is successful, the service will consider launching scooters with similar functionality for a wide audience, Yurent stressed.
The electric Moskvich was photographed at KamAZ. It has a 150 hp engine. and a power reserve of 420 km
The Tekegram channel RCI News published a photo of the Moskvich electric car at the Kama Automobile Plant – a passenger car is occupied next to the KamAZ-54901 main tractor. Despite the fact that there is no emblem on the radiator grille, the JAC Sehol E40X is easily recognized in the passenger car.
Previously, this electric car featured in a presentation shown at Moskvich during a visit to the plant of Sergei Sobyanin. So the presence of JAC Sehol E40X already at the KamAZ plant is not a coincidence at all. According to RCI News, KAMAZ workers are probably studying the model and testing it.
JAC Sehol E40X is an electric version of the JAC JS4 gasoline compact crossover, which was also shown at the presentation to Sobyanin. The electric car is equipped with a 150 hp engine. and a traction battery with a capacity of 55 kWh, providing a range of up to 420 km.
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