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Oxbotica to develop multipurpose self-driving vehicle in partnership with AppliedEV

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Oxbotica, a young self-driving software company, said Wednesday that it is joining forces with AppliedEV to develop a fully autonomous multipurpose vehicle that can be used in a variety of commercial applications.

The first areas of application for unmanned electric vehicles are industrial logistics and automated delivery of goods.

“We have ambitious deployment targets in the coming years driven by an extraordinary market appetite for a world-class product,” said Oxbotica founder Paul Newman in a statement.

In April, UK-based online grocery retailer Ocado said it would invest £ 10m in Oxbotica as part of a collaboration to reduce the cost of delivery on the latter route to the consumer.

“We are delighted and supportive of this collaboration between Oxbotica and AppliedEV as we see it as an important step towards the development of advanced autonomous mobility solutions for the Ocado Smart Platform,” said Alex Harvey, Head of Division cutting edge technology at Ocado Technology.

AppliedEV, an autonomous electric vehicle manufacturer founded by former Tesla and General Motors executives, will provide an electric vehicle platform for the vehicle under development.

AppliedEV CEO Julian Broadbent believes the partnership can deliver “good business results” in just 12 months.

In January, Oxbotica said it had raised $ 47 million in a funding round led by oil giant BP’s venture capital arm.

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Presented crossover Ford Territory

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Presented crossover Ford Territory

Ford has introduced a new Territory crossover, which is a shortened version of the Chinese Equator Sport, but their equipment and engine range are different.

The Ford Territory comes standard with cruise control, blind spot monitoring, a 12-inch infotainment system display and a 7-inch instrument cluster, as well as push-button start, keyless entry and six airbags.

Presented crossover Ford Territory

In the older version, a rear-view camera, wireless charging, power seat adjustments for the driver and front passenger, ambient lighting, dual-zone climate control, a panoramic VistaRoof and automatic high beams are available.

All versions received one 1.8 EcoBoost turbo engine with 187 hp. with 320 Nm of torque. Gearbox – 7-speed “robot” with two clutches, front-wheel drive only.

Presented crossover Ford Territory

The cost of Ford Territory in Mexico ranges from 29 to 35 thousand dollars.

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Vertical Aerospace conducted manned tests of an electric tiltrotor, which they plan to use in an air taxi

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Vertical Aerospace has conducted the first flight tests of the VX4 eVTOL, which is planned to be used in the same.

Vertical Aerospace conducted manned tests of an electric tiltrotor, which they plan to use in an air taxi

Many companies have been developing flying taxis in recent years. They are often battery powered and fly by an electric motor, as this reduces noise, eliminates harmful emissions and greatly simplifies the maintenance of engines and transmissions.

Now Vertical Aerospace has tested its version of the air taxi. The engineers were so confident in the design that the first test flight took place in manned mode. During it, the prototype only slightly lifted off the ground, and therefore the company did not publish a video. The VX4 eVTOL is a tiltrotor – that is, it takes off vertically like a helicopter, after which it turns the propellers and continues to fly like an airplane.

Vertical Aerospace conducted manned tests of an electric tiltrotor, which they plan to use in an air taxi

In total, 8 propellers are installed on the experimental tiltrotor, of which 4 are used only during takeoff and landing and are folded in cruising mode. Vertical Aerospace claims a top speed of 325 km/h and a range of over 161 km. Thus, the tiltrotor will not only be able to fly around the city, but also allow you to travel in a small region, and is also capable of performing some light regional duties. The developer claims to have received more than 1,400 conditional pre-orders from a range of airlines, tour groups and other operators. This is a lot: for comparison, only about 1,000 civilian helicopters are produced per year.

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BMW XM supercrossover unveiled – the first ever M-hybrid

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BMW XM supercrossover unveiled the first ever M hybrid

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the BMW M division, the German manufacturer has unveiled the new BMW XM hybrid super-crossover. This is BMW’s first plug-in hybrid with the M prefix.

BMW XM supercrossover unveiled - the first ever M-hybrid

The new BMW XM is built on a hybrid platform, which consists of a 4.4-liter V8 petrol engine with 489 hp. with 650 Nm of torque and a 196 hp electric motor. The car received an eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission.

Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h takes 4.3 seconds, and the maximum speed is limited to 250 or 270 km / h, depending on the configuration. The battery with a capacity of 25.7 kWh allows the crossover to drive on pure electricity up to 88 km.

BMW XM supercrossover unveiled - the first ever M-hybrid

The BMW XM is a full-size luxury crossover with a length of 5.1 meters and a wheelbase similar to the BMW X7 (3.1 mm). In the exterior of the new model, the emphasis is on golden details: rims, glass edges, grille trim and other body elements.

The interior of the car has a five-seater configuration (2 + 3). The BMW M multifunctional seats are upholstered in real leather and feature ambient lighting. A total of four trim options will be offered to choose from.

BMW XM supercrossover unveiled - the first ever M-hybrid

Production of the BMW XM will start in December this year, and in the spring of 2023 it will be available from dealers around the world. The main markets for new items will be the United States, China and the Middle East.

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