Indeed, three driving modes have been found in the new Full Self-Driving (FSD) beta, which are Chill, Average and Assertive. Each mode offers driving that varies according to the road and in addition, they impact the reactions of the car. Initially, this feature was included in the October 2021 10.3 update, but two days into its trial it was removed following a left turn issue at traffic lights.
Right after that, Tesla released version 10.30.1 which also includes FSD driving mode. This new version defines the FSD profile as being a means of controlling the behaviors of the car namely, gradual stops, change of speed lanes, safety distances and traffic at yellow lights “.
Tesla shows a presentation on the extent of Full Self-Driving (FSD)
One person posted images on Twitter showing the detailed preview of the FSD option. In the description, Tesla states that with “Assertive” mode, the vehicle maintains a reduced following distance and will change gears more frequently. It will also not leave the overtaking lanes and it will only stop when the stop signs are present.
For ‘Chill’ mode, YouTube videos show the car has a longer following distance, with less creep and less shifting. However, for “Average” mode, it provides the vehicle with an average following distance and “can perform rolling stops,” according to Tesla. This last information is currently rather vague. According to The Verge, “it’s not entirely clear if this means cars won’t come to a full stop at stop signs“.
Which of these three FSD modes seem best suited for safer driving?
Although the purpose of the FSD function is to push the limits of safety, it is difficult to tell the difference between these 03 modes because the tests were not carried out in severe weather conditions or heavy traffic.
But based on the description of these videos, the “Assertive” mode seems more aggressive than the others, because it can follow cars more closely, make a rolling stop and change gears more frequently, which is considered behavior dangerous for a driving function. However, the beta version of the FSD functionality does not make the car fully autonomous, but the full functional version allows users to drive to work without human intervention.
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.
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.
The cost of Ford Territory in Mexico ranges from 29 to 35 thousand dollars.
Vertical Aerospace conducted manned tests of an electric tiltrotor, which they plan to use in an air taxi
Vertical Aerospace has conducted the first flight tests of the VX4 eVTOL, which is planned to be used in the same.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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