Bentley Drone is a Futuristic Concept of Sci-Fi Vehicle – WeTalkUAV


Vertical takeoff and landing, the craft takes passengers door to door without any additional infrastructure. We have seen some other passenger drones from Hoversurf, Ehang and Volocopter, but those are more or less real in comparison with Bentley drone. There is not much to say about the design, it’s screams futurism

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Toyota Concept-i series pieces together door-to-door mobility


Introduced at CES earlier this year, Toyota’s Concept-i offered a glimpse of how artificially intelligent vehicles might interact with their users. The company has now added a couple of new concepts to this forward-thinking lineup that cater to less mobile folks, with both to be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month.If the futuristic and eye-catching exterior didn’t give it away, then the user interface inside might. Toyota sees the Concept-i not as a car for today, but as a vehicle for how AI can be developed to make for new and improved driver experiences in the future. A heads-up display spans the width of the windshield, while the onboard AI monitors the driver’s mood and alertness and can learn to automatically switch between manual and automated driving modes.

Source: Toyota Concept-i series pieces together door-to-door mobility

Charged EVs | Green4U Technologies displays two electric SUVs


Georgia-based Green4U Technologies showed its first all-electric vehicles – the MTU-6 and Enova SUVs – at two recent US trade shows.The developmental prototypes on display feature all-electric powertrains that will deliver up to 230 miles of range. Both vehicles, which are designed primarily for fleet use, will share an in-house-designed modular aluminum chassis. Both feature six doors to provide easy access to each SUV’s second- and third-row seats.

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Watch Humans Fail at Being Self-Driving Cars – Motherboard


If fully autonomous vehicles ever hit the world’s highways en masse, their developers have a lot of work to do to convince the humans inside the tech is trustworthy. Seventy-five percent of Americans say they would be afraid to travel in an autonomous vehicle, and initiatives are starting around the US to help self-driving cars earn the confidence of their would-be passengers. Taking our hands off the wheel won’t be easy.

Source: Watch Humans Fail at Being Self-Driving Cars – Motherboard

Porsche Just Started a $2000-Per-Month Subscription Service In Atlanta


For $2000, anyone can rent a Ferrari for a day, provided you’re comfortable paying double that amount as a security deposit, raising your insurance liability, and limiting the fun to 100 miles. But what if you could drive a Porsche at that price for an entire month, for unlimited miles and with no extra hassle? That’s the new reality—at least in Atlanta.Porsche’s new subscription service, called Passport, operates like Cadillac’s Book program in New York City. It’s a no-contract app-based service that lets you drive multiple Porsche models every month without any commitment, with all fees, taxes, and insurance baked into the price

Source: Porsche Just Started a $2000-Per-Month Subscription Service In Atlanta

Autonomous Cars Will be on California Roads in 2018 — Without Human Drivers


Autonomous cars are already on the road in California, as 42 companies including General Motors, Google/Waymo and Zoox are testing 285 self-driving cars in various cities. However, thus far, all of them have had humans inside them at all times. That’s about to change.At the moment, requirements promulgated by the California Department of Motor Vehicles insist on the human driver for safety reasons. However, at some point that flesh and blood security blanket has to go in order to achieve truly reliable, proven autonomous technology. With this line of thinking in mind, the DMV released a proposal for updating the regulations for autonomous vehicles. The changes would allow companies to deploy autonomous vehicles without drivers on public roads, and they should be in place by June of 2018, if not sooner.

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Autonomous Chevrolet Bolt Keeps Getting Hit By Human-Operated Vehicles


GM’s Cruise Automation has increased the number of autonomous Bolts testing on California roads to 100 over the last three months. Prior to this ramp up, the company was only testing 30 to 40 self-driving units. Now that there are so many robo-Bolts on the road, there have been increased reports of minor crashes, all of which were caused by humans operating cars and bicycles. GM Cruise spokeswoman, Rebecca Mark, assured:Autonomous Chevy Bolt EV out testing in San Francisco (via Glenn L)“All our incidents this year were caused by the other vehicle.”Just over the course of September, the Bolts have been involved in six minor incidents, none of which they caused. The tests are taking place on the busy roads of San Fransico, in order to prepare the self-driving vehicles for real-world situations and urban stop-and-go traffic.The accident situation is something that we also saw early on when Google was testing prototypes. Just because these cars use artificial intelligence and are programmed not to “hit” people, cars, or bikes, among other things, this doesn’t mean that they are accident-free. In fact, since many humans don’t obey traffic laws, aren’t used to the robo-vehicles, and often make errors, accidents are likely. Though it seems that most are minor in nature, and no one has been hurt.

Source: Autonomous Chevrolet Bolt Keeps Getting Hit By Human-Operated Vehicles