Automotive

Two people killed in Tesla crash after it hits a tree

The driver’s seat was empty

Published

on

tesla

Two men died in a Tesla crash in Texas, and apparently, nobody was behind the wheel. The car crashed into a tree and burst into flames, which took fire personnel four hours to extinguish.

The 2019 Tesla Model S traveled at high speed when it failed to negotiate a curve and went off the roadway, local television station KPRC 2 said.

There was no one in the driver’s seat at the time of the crash, although it’s not clear whether the car’s driver-assist system called Autopilot was being used. The fire was huge because the battery would constantly reignite itself.

Police told the local news station that they believe nobody had been behind the wheel. But they have not finished their comprehensive investigation, and a preliminary investigation is not conclusive.

According to the New York Times that minutes before the crash, the wives of the men involved heard them say they wanted to go for a drive and were talking about the vehicle’s Autopilot feature. Tesla did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.

Tesla has often reiterated that its Autopilot system is not a full-fledged autonomous driving program and that drivers should focus on the road. The carmaker is under immense pressure as its semi-automated has proven to be an excellent safety package, but users often take it too far.

While Tesla cars have received exceptional safety ratings from regulators, its software is the most controversial bit. Many users have often leveraged it to run their cars automatically without paying attention to the road, a practice that’s not suggested by the company nor the law.

Automotive

BMW reveals an awesome color-changing car

Published

on

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.

@klwtts

COLOR CHANGING PAINT ⚫️⚪️ #BMW #IX

♬ original sound – The Kilowatts

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

Continue Reading

Automotive

FIRST LOOK: John Deere Autonomous 8R Tractor

Control your tractor within the reach of your fingertips

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading

Automotive

John Deere unveils a fully autonomous tractor

Controlled all on your phone

Published

on

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!

Continue Reading

Trending