Apple continues to face many challenges while developing its first car.
The difficulties of Project Titan have been spoken about more than once, but now there are new details. For example, as it turned out, Apple’s head of software Craig Federighi is very skeptical about the project.
It is with the software part of the project that Apple has problems. Recall that Apple Car, according to all data, is created as an unmanned vehicle, which means that software plays a key role in it. And so far, Apple’s test machines, which are used to test software, are not performing well. They work well on pre-designed routes, but they don’t perform as well in the real world of new tracks.
For example, earlier this year, one such car nearly hit a pedestrian. The software decided to only slightly correct the direction of the car, but the safety driver decided to apply the brakes. Later, Apple came to the conclusion that the car would have hit a person if the driver had not intervened.
Also, Project Titan continues to suffer from staff turnover. That year, its head Doug Field left the project, then the head of machine learning also left Apple due to the need to return to the office after the COVID-19 pandemic. The project is now overseen by Kevin Lynch, who previously led the creation of watchOS.
It also became known that the former chief designer of Apple, Jony Ive, who continues to work with the Cupertino giant to a certain extent, advised the Project Titan team “to take into account the oddities in the design of the car and not try to hide its sensors.”
The source says the current version of the prototype has four seats facing each other inside the car so passengers can easily communicate with each other. It is also said that the prototype has a curved roof, like the Volkswagen Beetle.
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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