Volkswagen is rethinking its plans for trying to quickly catch up with Tesla.
New CEO Oliver Blume wants to forego building a massive new plant as part of his strategy to clean up the German car giant.
We are talking about a plant that was intended to be built in Wolfsburg for the production of the flagship energy-efficient Trinity electric car. Construction was going to start in 2023 and be completed in 2026. The facility would have cost Volkswagen 2.2 billion euros.
However, the new head of the company, after joining, took up the optimization of the business. For example, he has already closed the Argo project, which developed technologies for unmanned vehicles. Now Blume said that he wanted to postpone the construction of the plant. In general, Volkswagen, of course, will not abandon plans for the facility, but they now want to build a factory towards the end of the decade.
The company’s previous CEO, Herbert Diess, has repeatedly said that Volkswagen needs to be more like Tesla in order to win in a changing market. What is the general vision of the new head of the company is still unknown, but at least Volkswagen will not build its own gigafactory yet.
Tesla cars have learned to detect devices that allow you not to keep your hands on the steering wheel when using autopilot
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.
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.
The well-known manufacturer of electric vehicles Nio will release its own smartphone. The head of the company is not satisfied with the limitations of the iPhone
The CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the well-known Chinese electric car manufacturer Nio, William Li, has revealed that the company is going to introduce its own smartphone in 2023. He spoke about it at the opening of Nio’s office (called “Nio House” by the company) in Dongguan.
According to William Lee, the company does not intend to compete with traditional smartphone manufacturers, instead Nio will try to make a device with a unique design. Naturally, it will be integrated into the ecosystem – with its help it will be possible to drive the company’s cars. The new model will be released annually.
William Lee stated that one of the reasons for the release of his phone was that the iPhone is limited in millimeter wave (mmWave) support, but this technology is used in Nio cars. It is expected that the cost of “mobile Nio” will not exceed $ 1,000.
Tesla Semi truck weighing more than 36 tons traveled 800 km without recharging
According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the developers confirmed in a real experiment that the Semi electric truck can travel 800 km on a single charge in real conditions.
The Tesla team just drove 500 miles (804 km) in an 81,000 lb (36,741 kg) Tesla Semi.
In early October, it was reported that the company was finally manufacturing its Semi electric truck and plans to start shipping it to Pepsi as early as December 1, 2022. The soft drink company ordered 100 electric vehicles in December 2017, just a month after Tesla first introduced the world to its new brainchild.
Tesla promises that the Semi can accelerate from 0 to 96 km/h mph in 20 seconds even when “fully loaded” and maintain “the same speed as on the highway, even on steep climbs.” Elon Musk also promises that you can charge your battery up to 70% in just 30 minutes.
Tesla Semi was first introduced in 2017, and the release of the serial version was postponed several times. Tesla offered a slight update to the production version last summer, but the automaker is expected to release more details, including pricing and specification details.
Tesla has already confirmed that it is going to hold an event dedicated to deliveries of the first Tesla Semi on December 1st.
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