At this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in England, a Nissan Juke RS NISMO driven by stunt driver Terry Grant set the Guinness world record for the fastest mile on two wheels at two minutes 10 seconds.
Ford Motor Co. is entering the car-sharing market with a program that will cut Ford Credit customers’ vehicle costs by enabling them to rent out their cars.
The pilot program, Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing, invites 26,000 select Ford Motor Credit Co. customers in six U.S. cities and London to rent their vehicles to other drivers for short-term use.
“It can be anything as short as an hour. Or it can be a day. Or it could be up to a week,” David McClelland, Ford Credit’s vice president of marketing, told Automotive News today.
Ford is going head-to-head with Zipcar as it launches its new GoDrive car rental service in London.
The app-based service will allow users to pick up one of Ford’s 50 vehicles on-demand and drop it off at one of a number of hubs across central London. When a users books a car through the service, they automatically book a parking spot at one the 20 available locations, making one-way trips stress-free.
The service uses a pay-per-minute pricing approach that covers all fees, including congestion fees, insurance and fuel. A pilot program launched earlier this year with 100 members. Ford is now extending GoDrive’s reach to 2,000 members.
e big two auto makers that seek to dominate the hydrogen-powered car market, Hyundai Motor and Toyota, are struggling to expand supply.
Even though hydrogen-powered vehicles have enough potential to be called the “ultimate eco-friendly car,” they have difficulties in spreading due to high cost and a lack of proper infrastructure. In particular, Hyundai Motor is suffering more because of less government funding in comparison with Japan.
According to industry sources, Toyota currently sells the Mirai fuel cell vehicle at a price of US$57,500 (62.34 million won) in the U.S. It is almost twice as expensive as an average medium-sized sedan. When leasing the Mirai, consumers should pay US$499 (540,000 won) a month. Based on the lease price, it is almost three times higher than that of Toyota’s new Corolla.
Hyundai Motor sells the Tucson ix for 85 million won (US$76,937) in the domestic market. The company lowered its price by 43.3 percent from the previous price of 150 million won (US$135,771). However, individual customers do not purchase the model, since they cannot receive subsidies from the government. The Tucson ix is available at the price of US$499 (551,295 won) a month with a deposit of US$2,999 (3.31 million won) in the U.S.
The robot uses light detection and a radar system known as LIDAR, which uses lasers to map terrain. A route-planning algorithm allows the cheetah to “see” — not unlike how many autonomous cars work.
This system allows the cheetah to scan the world ahead and determine the best way to clear an obstacle. If reading about robot cheetahs and lasers in the same sentence doesn’t strike fear in your heart, then you don’t know fear.