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Anticipating the Tesla Pickup Truck: What you need to know

Could be yours for just $49,000

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The idea of Tesla’s all-electric pickup truck has been around for a couple of years now. And since it looks like Elon Musk and his company are serious in making this a reality, it got a lot of people excited — us included.

As we anticipate the arrival of this supposed electric beast, let’s take a look at some of the details revealed by Musk himself throughout the years. Most came from his personal Twitter account but the latest pieces of information surfaced during a recent podcast of Ride the Lightning.

Pricing

According to Musk, pricing is expected to be no more than US$ 50,000 since his main concern is that it has to be affordable — starting at around US$ 49,000 or even less. He further adds that there could be more expensive variants of the truck but “people should be able to get a really great truck for US$ 49,000.”

Key specifications

In a series of tweets last year, Elon said that the truck will have dual motors packing a good amount of torque and suspension that adjusts depending on the load. Power will be distributed to all wheels and the battery rating could potentially go above 100kWh. As for battery life, we should see a 400- to 500-mile option and even higher.

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Musk wants the truck to look like it came out of a science-fiction movie set in the future. We don’t have precise details on the external physique but at least we already know not to expect a conventional-looking pickup from Tesla. The inside should be very spacious, too, considering the fact that Elon said even André the Giant will fit in the driver’s seat.

It should also have an ultra-low center of gravity, 300,000lbs of towing capacity, camera and ultrasonics to detect small children around the vehicle, and built-in 240V heavy duty power outlets. In terms of performance, Musk wants it to be more capable than other trucks like the Ford F150 and outperform a Porsche 911.

Announcement

There is still no definite date as to when it will be officially announced but reports dictate the introduction to be this summer.

The next few months should be exciting as Tesla isn’t the only company gearing up for an electric pickup truck. Rivian Automotive is also preparing its own offering and might even beat big names like Ford and General Motors in releasing an electric truck out in the street.

We’re definitely keeping a close eye on this so stay tuned for more details!

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BMW reveals an awesome color-changing car

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Back in the day, cars on television could do so much more than their real-life counterparts. From the gadget-filled sports cars in James Bond to a reforming car with memory metal in CSI, the human imagination has created a lot of impressive cars that haven’t made it to mass production yet. Of course, with technology progressing far beyond what we previously imagined, cars that were formerly just figments of our imagination can now be realized. During CES 2022, we saw one of these cars come to life through BMW’s amazing color-changing car.

A concept version of a known BMW line, the BMW iX Flow uses E Ink technology to change how the car’s exterior looks. The car contains millions of microcapsules as thin as a strand of hair. Much like the E Ink you’ll find inside a Kindle, electricity causes the microcapsules to shift between black or white.

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Since E Ink is relatively limited, the BMW iX Flow can shift only between three colors: black, gray, and white. Drivers can change this with a press of a button.

Now, besides the general badass-ery of having a color-changing car, BMW claims that cycling through the different colors can also help interior temperature. Since white reflects more sunlight, using the color might help cool the vehicle more in sunny situations. Alternatively, using black can help heat the car for passengers.

Unfortunately, BMW can’t promise a timeline for such a vehicle. It’s still just an “advanced research and design” project, even if they already have an actual car with the technology (as shown in this TikTok video).

SEE ALSO: Apple Watch is getting a car crash detection feature

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FIRST LOOK: John Deere Autonomous 8R Tractor

Control your tractor within the reach of your fingertips

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Remember when Michael Josh took a ride on a self-driving tractor? Well, it’s not a mere concept anymore.

Freshly unveiled this CES 2022, the John Deere 8R is an autonomous tractor that can be controlled through your phone. You’ll even get notified when there are obstacles in the field or just when your tractor’s tire pressure isn’t enough.

Watch our first look at John Deere’s Fully Autonomous Tractor to learn more.

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John Deere unveils a fully autonomous tractor

Controlled all on your phone

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The world’s population isn’t getting any smaller. According to estimates, the world might reach nearly 10 billion people by 2050. As such, the ongoing food shortages might get worse as the decades pass. The intersection between technology and food is now an essential pressure point for the world to address. John Deere, one of the proponents for this intersection, has revealed a fully autonomous tractor to help farmers all over the world.

The new machine, which was revealed during the company’s CES 2022 presentation, combines Deere’s 8R tractor with a set of smart technologies to supplement the company’s power in the field. The new features include a TruSet-enabled chisel plow and a GPS guiding system, among others.

The new tractor will have six pairs of stereo cameras. With the cameras, the vehicle can detect obstacles with a 360-degree field of view. A deep neural network analyzes images and detects whether the vehicle will run into problematic obstacles and can adjust accordingly. The tractor can also operate according to a manually set geofence.

The tractor is easily configurable using Deere’s John Deere Operations Center Mobile app. Farmers can just drop the tractor onto their fields and configure the tractor with simple swipes. They can then leave the field to focus on other tasks while the tractor works. With the app, farmers can change settings, access the tractor’s cameras, and check the vehicle’s status.

SEE ALSO: I Took A Ride On a Self-Driving Tractor!

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