Quite a long time ago, there was information that various car manufacturers are going to allow the use of smartphones as digital keys for cars. With digital keys, the vehicle owner does not need to have their own car key with them in order to open and start it.
However, in addition to a car that supports the technology, you must have a smartphone with this function. The first such smartphone from Samsung was the Samsung Galaxy S21. Samsung first talked about the addition of the digital key feature at the Samsung Unpacked event. It is expected to be available in the US and other countries, but so far the digital key feature is only available in South Korea.
The South Korean manufacturer has released the October security patch for the Galaxy S21 lineup, which is rolling out in Germany, the Philippines, India and South Korea. However, the described function is still available only in the homeland of the manufacturer.
When enabled, users can register compatible car keys with Samsung Pass. This feature works with select Audi, BMW, Genesis and Ford vehicles. The digital key function allows you to lock and unlock doors, start the engine and control vehicle systems.
The fact that the digital key feature was initially only available in South Korea indicates that Samsung is in no rush to implement it and is looking to collect user feedback.
Update: Samsung has officially confirmed that the first car to support Samsung’s digital key is the Genesis V60. The Samsung Pass digital key has also appeared in the Galaxy Note20, Galaxy Z Fold 2, Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 smartphones.
Traction batteries from China’s BYD have been approved for use in the Tesla Model Y for the European market. The first batch of batteries has already been delivered to the company’s Berlin factory
According to the source, the Dutch regulator RDW on July 1 of this year issued a permit for the use of traction batteries in the Tesla Model Y electric car. Moreover, the first batch of such batteries has already been delivered to the Gigafactory Berlin for car assembly.
Tesla Model Y with BYD solid-state traction batteries is coded Type 005 and internal code Y7CR. The battery capacity is 55 kWh, the weight of the Model Y with such a battery is 2087 km, the cruising range is 440 km.
At the moment, Tesla traction batteries are supplied by LG Energy Solution, Panasonic and China’s CATL. Last year, Tesla became the largest buyer of CATL batteries, shipping $1.9 billion worth of products to the American company. Now, the second Chinese company has entered the Tesla traction battery supplier pool. Moreover, in the domestic Chinese market, Tesla and BYD are direct competitors, since both produce electric vehicles.
An alternative to electric scooters: Airtrick shoe rollers accelerate to 28 km/h
The Hong Kong company Airtrick came up with an interesting initiative. It offers removable E-Skates that can be used instead of electric scooters.
Rollers weighing 1.5 kg each are suitable for shoe sizes from 36 to 46. According to the manufacturer, such rollers can be easily put on, taken off and put into a bag.
The rollers are equipped with 150-watt electric motors, capable of accelerating to 27 km / h and providing a power reserve of 15 km. They are protected from moisture (IPX3).
The price starts at $ 399, the versions are rich in equipment, some have a helmet. So far, the videos are being produced in China and recently entered the Indiegogo co-financing platform.
Revealed jet-powered Zapata JetRacer flying car that flies on kerosene
The JetRacer flying car was unveiled this month by former jet ski world champion Frankie Zapata. The Frenchman’s eponymous company has produced a number of other microjet-powered aircraft that operate above water or above ground, including the recently introduced JetRacer.
JetRacer Zapata differs from other aircraft in its unusual shape. Also, unlike other electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles, the JetRacer has no visible propellers and runs on kerosene instead of batteries.
It flies using 10 microjet engines, climbing up to 3,000 meters and reaching a top speed of 250 km/h. JetRacer can move at speeds up to 250 km/h.
“JetRacer is built on a lightweight and modular chassis, which allows it to meet a variety of needs, both civilian and military, as well as be remotely controlled,” Zapata’s official website says. “All critical systems are designed to provide an extremely high level of safety: propulsion, control, power supply, etc.”
The JetRacer is designed to keep flying even if two out of ten engines fail. Zapata is working on two additional JetRacer prototypes, with plans to sell the machine to individuals, businesses, security agencies and the military.
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