Car company Volkswagen has revealed details about its important development – the chassis of the car of the future.
As noted by Volkswagen, the company has already begun developing software for the self-driving vehicles of the future. And work is currently underway on the next generation variable-speed chassis and electronic steering.
Volkswagen emphasized that software plays a key role in the development of suspension and steering systems for the self-driving vehicles of the future. It also notes: “In the future, it is the software that will largely determine the characteristics of the car.”
Volkswagen Karsten Schebsdat, Head of Dynamics and Chassis Systems Development Manager, explained:
We have minimized body roll and lateral roll, and have significantly improved dynamic performance through faster steering response and refined handling. This development was another step towards a high level of self-driving. We strive to make any trip as comfortable as possible for passengers. “
Work on a new electronic steering system is heading in this direction, according to Shebsdat:
The steering of the future won’t be complete without software either. We will be able to provide different steering characteristics and give different models, built on the same platform, unique features. “
After the launch of the components into series production, Volkswagen expects such a steering system to take the functionality of assistance systems such as Lane Assist and Travel Assist to a new level.
Apple could hardly have thought of this: AirTags are heavily used by car thieves.
Apple AirTags, which allow Apple owners to track their belongings, are increasingly being used to target car thefts in Canada, according to local police.
In a press release from the York Regional Police, investigators have identified a new method used by thieves to track and steal high-end vehicles using AirTag. More precisely, conventional methods are used when stealing, but AirTag allows you to accurately track a premium car until the moment it remains unattended on the street and is easy to steal.
Since September 2021, police officers in the York region alone have investigated five incidents in which suspects used Apple AirTags to steal expensive vehicles. Thieves target any high-value vehicles they find in public areas and parking lots by placing the AirTag so that the owner of the vehicle will not find the gadget. To do this, use the inside of the bumper or the place behind the fuel tank / charging flap.
We started to notice a new trend in the car theft industry. It is these devices that use GPS and Bluetooth technologies for marking. Attackers use them to install them on various cars that they want to steal. Using the iPhone, they can always determine where the car is. They can almost wait and steal later at night.
Detective Jeff McKercher
Most sought after by hijackers in suburban Toronto today are Lexus, Toyota and Honda crossovers, as well as Ford F-Series pickups.
It’s Lada Vesta after all! Huge Tesla-style screen and new details
The network has new details about the new model Lada Vesta, also known as Lada FL (facelift). They were shared by the thematic resource “Lada.Online” with a link to one of the dealerships.
According to the source, the digital dashboard and the screen of the multimedia system of the new “Vesta” will receive a diagonal of 10 inches. These characteristics are published in the presentation of AvtoVAZ for official dealers. It is noted that for the first time such a dashboard will be installed on the Lada Vesta right at the factory. In addition, it is the largest multimedia system in terms of size, while Lada Vesta is limited to 7 and 8 inch models.
Also, the source published a clearer live photo of the multimedia system screen – made in the style of Tesla electric vehicles, in an upright position. Previously, a lower quality photo of the media system leaked to the network along with a photo of the digital dashboard.
According to preliminary data, the start of sales is scheduled for March 2022.
Electric vehicle solid-state battery maker Factorial Energy receives investment from two more automakers
American solid-state battery developer Factorial Energy has announced that it has received investment from Mercedes-Benz and Stellantis. Each of the automakers intends to work with Factorial Energy to develop solid-state batteries for electric vehicles, following the lead of Hyundai and Kia, which invested in Factorial Energy in early November.
According to Factorial Energy, its specialists have succeeded in making a breakthrough in solid-state batteries for electric vehicles, capable of increasing mileage on a single charge by 20-50%.
The proprietary FEST (Factorial Electrolyte System Technology) technology, which features a solid electrolyte, provides a safer and more reliable operation of a large-capacity cell at the same price as traditional lithium-ion batteries. The development has already been implemented in cells with a capacity of 40 Ah, operating at room temperature. The production of such batteries can be mastered at most of the existing industries engaged in the production of lithium-ion batteries.
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