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Rivian is recalling almost all of its vehicles. The problem may lead to wheel separation

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Rivian Automotive is recalling almost all of its vehicles to address a potential issue that could cause drivers to lose control of their steering.

The manufacturer of electric pickups and SUVs said the recall was made after it was discovered that the retainer connecting the upper control arm and steering knuckle may not have been installed correctly.

The problem can lead to excessive camber or wheel lean, and in some rare cases, even wheel separation, which will directly affect the driver’s ability to drive, according to the automaker’s official notice released this weekend.

The recall campaign covers about 13,000 vehicles produced from the end of 2021 to September 2022. No injuries associated with this defect have been reported. Of all the recalled vehicles, Rivian estimates that this defect affects 1% of vehicles, according to a regulatory notice.

Rivian is recalling almost all of its vehicles.  The problem may lead to wheel separation

Recall is a common occurrence in the automotive industry, especially for new vehicles, and many manufacturers have experienced this type of defect in the past. Rivian shares were almost flat after the recall news on Friday evening.

The safety recall comes at an important time for Rivian, which is speeding up production at its plant in Normal, Illinois, aiming to reach an annual production of 25,000 vehicles.

This is the third recall in the history of the company, which launched the production of electric vehicles at the end of last year. In May, Rivian recalled about 500 electric vehicles over a potential problem with passenger airbags, and in August over 200 vehicles were recalled due to problems with seat belt attachments.

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Tesla wants to update Model 3, but primarily to reduce production costs

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Tesla is going to significantly change its bestseller Model 3. But we are talking about classic restyling.

Tesla wants to update Model 3, but primarily to reduce production costs

The project, codenamed Highland, is designed primarily to reduce manufacturing costs, but at the same time, Tesla also wants to focus on features that consumers love.

As one of the directions, the Reuters resource calls the reduction in the number of components and the complexity of the interior of the Model 3. Changes in the design may also take place, but there is no exact data yet. Recall that the Model 3 has been in production for five years, and automakers usually resort to restyling or at least facelift even earlier.

The updated Model 3 will be produced in Shanghai from the third quarter of 2023. Also, production can be established in California.

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Vivo and Iqoo smartphones can now serve as digital keys for BMW cars

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Vivo and Iqoo smartphones can now serve as digital keys

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.

Vivo and Iqoo smartphones can now serve as digital keys for BMW cars

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.

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Tesla cars have learned to detect devices that allow you not to keep your hands on the steering wheel when using autopilot

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Tesla cars have learned to detect devices that allow you

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.

Tesla cars have learned to detect devices that allow you not to keep your hands on the steering wheel when 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.

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