The sales of electric road cars have been much lower than early expectations, due to short ranges, cost and being seen as uncool. Steven Lu, CEO of the China Racing Formula E team, says: “It is very important to get more electric cars on the streets of Chinese cities. Beijing went from having 800,000 to 6.5m cars in 10 years and there is a lot of pollution in China and in cities around the world. The problem for electric cars in China is that people think the safety, reliability and range is not so good. But people will think that if they can race, they are safe.” … [Read more...] about Formula E: do the guilt-free thrills of electric car racing herald a new era for motor sport?
GM's plan for the driverless Chevy bolts is to use them as autonomous taxis across the country. General Motors is rumored to be partnering with ride-hailing app Lyft to deploy thousands of self-driving electric cars onto U.S. roads, in what would be the largest test of fully autonomous vehicles by any automaker to date. … [Read more...] about Driverless Cars: General Motors Ditches Steering Wheel and Pedals for New Car
All these changes make for awkward times when people happily driving decade-old cars butt up against the modern driving machine. You can see this in discussions on the Internet. The Internet commenter must be heavily underrepresented in car industry focus groups, since most posts about cars tell us that the author wouldn't be caught dead letting a car brake for them, steer for them, or shift their gears. And they certainly don't want large screens to take the place of the traditional buttons and double-DIN car stereos. Yet every OEM I speak to points at customer demand for the "smartphone experience in their cars" as the driving force behind it all. … [Read more...] about Does too much technology make a car artificial?
In this Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 photo made available by NASA, astronauts Doug Hurley, left, and Robert Behnken pose in front of a Tesla Model X car during a SpaceX launch dress rehearsal at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The NASA astronauts rode to the pad in the electric vehicle made by Elon Musk's company. (Kim Shiflett/NASA via AP) less … [Read more...] about SpaceX’s 1st astronaut launch breaking new ground for style
In this Saturday, March 2, 2019 file photo, Elon Musk (left) CEO of SpaceX, speaks accompanied by NASA astronauts Bob Behnken (center) and Doug Hurley during a news conference after the SpaceX Falcon 9 Demo-1 launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida … [Read more...] about Beam me up, Elon! William Shatner tweets offer to hop aboard historic NASA-Space X flight to the International Space Station on Wednesday