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Fisker outs EMotion luxury vehicle

A nonconformist company that’s setting standards

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Edgy. Dramatic. Emotionally-charged.

These are the words Henrik Fisker, chairman and CEO of Fisker Inc., used to describe the physique of its new all-electric EMotion sedan during the official launch at the ongoing CES 2018.

For the unfamiliar, Fisker isn’t new to this industry. He’s been around as a car designer and automobile entrepreneur and has designed vehicles for BMW and Aston Martin. He has also made the Fisker Karma — an electric sports car — which didn’t quite take off back in 2012.

Back to this sexy vehicle. This designer car is equipped with the company’s advanced autonomous driving system composed of multiple light detection and ranging (LIDAR) sensors embedded in its body. They also used fast-reacting ultrasonic sensors and cameras to ensure safety while on the road — making it a level four self-driving car on a scale of zero to five levels.

The EMotion stands on 24-inch wheels and is equipped with the world’s first Butterfly Doors. According to the company, these are not just designed to invite you inside, but they also enhance accessibility. Tech comes in big time as the car uses its touch-sensitive sensors to automatically open the doors “up and out of the way.”

There is also a dedicated app that lets its users open and close the doors, lock them, and start the vehicle — all from a push of a button.

Inside, it’s a combination of leather, metal, and carbon fiber which all scream luxury. There is even a Chauffeur Edition apart from the standard model that has extra legroom for the rear seat with a large screen mounted in front for watching and controlling functions of the car.

It’s not all beauty, though, as the EMotion packs the muscle to perform on the road. It has a top speed of 259kph and carries a battery pack that can reach up to 400 miles or 644km on a single charge. Fisker wanted to one-up the competition in this aspect, and that he did.

The all-wheel-drive sedan will still run on a lithium-ion battery just like almost all EVs, but Fisker is looking at going for a solid-state pack. This will yield a much more efficient performance and is a lot smaller in size.

The EMotion has a target launch date of 2019, and is expected to cost US$ 130,000 when it is officially available to the public.

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Why Nissan’s new infotainment system looks better than others

As seen in the Ariya Concept

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Cars are turning up the heat in the infotainment department. Today’s vehicles have bigger and better screens nestled snugly on the center. However, for the current upward trend in technology, a few carmakers have refused to follow the zeitgeist.

Today, Nissan has announced its own unconventional take on the large infotainment system. Compared to everyone else’s central tablet-like dashboards, Nissan’s Ariya Concept puts the wave-like system in a more free-flowing position between the driver’s wheel and the center.

According to Nissan, the new design derives its inspiration from Japanese Futurism and Stanley Kubrick’s timeless classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Besides its aesthetic value, it lends itself to better functionality. Flowing horizontally, the layout matches a driver’s line of sight more than the more grandiose versions of systems today.

Despite stemming from the driver’s side, the Ariya Concept’s system is still easily accessible from a passenger’s perspective. Also, users can seamlessly switch information displays between positions. For example, if drivers prefer route directions right in front of them, they can transfer that information right in front of the steering wheel. Likewise, if they want to control the music, they can shift it there, too.

Naturally, a concept pertains to a marketable vehicle in the future. Though it already had its debut at CES 2020, the Nissan Ariya Concept has not made an official launch in the real world yet.

SEE ALSO: WOCEE 2019: Nissan Intelligent Mobility Tour 2.0

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Tesla’s Autopilot saves family from deadly accident

Eight people were saved overall

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It’s not often that you hear a story about Tesla’s Autopilot saving lives from deadly mishaps. However, that’s what exactly happened in the UK last Saturday. Tesla’s Autopilot function literally saved eight people from a falling tree which could have resulted to their deaths.

The whole accident happened while a powerful storm ravaged the UK’s countryside. Laurence Sanderson, the man behind the wheel of a Tesla Model X, was driving when a large tree suddenly fell due to strong winds. In an interview with Mirror UK, Sanderson said he was unable to react on time.

Luckily though, Tesla’s Autopilot function kicked in and automatically applied brakes. While the tree did considerable damage, it could have totally crushed the car if not for that function. Laurence, his wife, and his three kids were saved by Tesla’s technology.

And by chance, the technology also saved three people in a separate Tesla Model X. Josh Whitelock was driving the other Tesla in the opposite direction when the tree fell towards their car. As with the other Tesla, this car’s Autopilot function kicked in and saved him, his girlfriend, and his mother from death.

The two Tesla Model X involved in the accident | Image by Mirror UK

All in all, Tesla’s Autopilot literally saved eight people. While the function is still far away from enabling a true driverless experience for Tesla owners, they can rest assured that their car’s Autopilot works on keeping lives away from harm.

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LG debuts world’s first curved OLED for cars

Featured in 2021 Cadillac Escalade

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Pretty soon, smartphones and televisions won’t be the only place you’ll find OLED screens in. The automotive industry is slowly perfecting the OLED screen for everyone’s cars. In particular, LG is partnering with a few car makers for this endeavor.

Earlier this week, Cadillac has launched the 2021 Escalade. Aside from what’s under the hood, the iconic SUV debuts the industry’s first-ever use of a curved OLED screen in a car. The massive 38-inch display houses LG’s P-OLED Digital Cockpit Solution. The all-new software displays the vehicle information and infotainment system.

The display itself combines three separate P-OLED panels into one. The largest panel measures 16.9 inches.

LG is also boasting a new augmented reality-enabled navigation system and night vision. Presumably, the new features make driving friendlier for any road condition and driving time.

With the 2021 Escalade’s debut, LG dips its toe into the automotive display market. It predicts substantial market growth in the industry by 2023. The display company is also expected to debut a similar display in Mercedes Benz vehicles later this year.

SEE ALSO: LG withdraws from MWC 2020 due to Coronavirus outbreak

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