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Sony Honda cars will be sold online only. Release date announced

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Sony Honda Mobility, an electric vehicle company co-created by Japan’s Sony and Honda, announced today Thursday that it will manufacture electric vehicles at Honda’s North American plant.

The Sony Group and Honda announced in March this year that they would collaborate on electric vehicles. Both parties have invested 50% each in the creation of a new company, Sony Honda Mobility. The first Sony Honda Mobility will be available for pre-order in the first half of 2025 and will go on sale before the end of 2025. It will enter the North American market in the spring of 2026.

Sony Honda cars will be sold online only.  Release date announced

It is also planned to release cars in Europe, while car sales will be carried out through the Internet, and not through dealers. Sony Honda Mobility aims to bring the autonomous driving technology of its electric vehicles to the third level. The electric vehicles will use Sony’s state-of-the-art audio technology to set them apart from the competition.

Izumi Kawasaki, president and chief operating officer of Sony Honda Mobility, said the company will strive to become a key player in the market that can successfully compete globally.

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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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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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