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Uber CEO knew that ex-engineer had 5 discs of Google's data
short by Vani Vivek / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
In Google's lawsuit against Uber for stealing self-driving car technology, Google has said ousted Uber CEO Travis Kalanick knew in March 2016 that former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski who joined Uber had five discs of confidential Google data. Kalanick reportedly told Levandowski that Uber didn't want the information, following which Levandowski told Kalanick he had destroyed the discs.
short by Vani Vivek / 07:27 pm on 22 Jun
World's smallest & cheapest private jet launched at ₹12.6 cr
short by Pragya Swastik / on 11 Jun 2017,Sunday
US-based aviation company Cirrus Aircraft has launched the world's smallest and most affordable private jet called 'Vision Jet' for ₹12.62 crore. The jet which had been in making for a decade has only one engine and can cruise at 555 kmph. It has a maximum operating altitude of 28,000 feet, and takes off from just 620 metres of runway.
short by Pragya Swastik / 03:13 pm on 11 Jun
CEAT’s new witty videos can help you save ₹15,000 in 3 years
short by Azhar Iqubal / on 09 Jun 2017,Friday
CEAT Tyres has released a new range of light-hearted videos to ignite consumers’ curiosity about its cost efficient ‘Fuelsmarrt’ range of tyres. The videos are a funny take on how consumers can save ₹15,000 in 3 years instead of making just small savings daily. Fuelsmarrt tyres offer better fuel economy than normal tyres with longer life and optimised handling.
short by Azhar Iqubal / 01:32 am on 09 Jun
WannaCry ransomware causes Honda plant to shut down
short by Pragya Swastik / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
Honda Motor had to shut down its Sayama plant in Japan on Monday after it was found that WannaCry ransomware had hit its computer network. The plant, which produces around 1,000 vehicles each day, resumed its production on Tuesday. The WannaCry ransomware exploits a Windows vulnerability and locks up files on computers until demanded ransom is paid in bitcoins.
short by Pragya Swastik / 09:56 am on 22 Jun
Apple working on software for self-driving car, confirms CEO
short by Pragya Swastik / on 13 Jun 2017,Tuesday
Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed the company is building the technology for self-driving cars. "We sort of see it as the mother of all AI (Artificial Intelligence) projects," said Cook. He added Apple sees the car industry as ripe for disruption, and noted that self-driving technology a “vector of change" that will come to fruition in the near future.
short by Pragya Swastik / 05:50 pm on 13 Jun
Elon Musk suggests Los Angeles open to his tunnel network
short by Pragya Swastik / on 19 Jun 2017,Monday
Elon Musk on Monday took to Twitter to suggest that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is open to having his startup Boring Company's tunnel network in the city to help people avoid traffic. The startup digs underground tunnel network equipped with sleds that help cars move around at high speeds.
short by Pragya Swastik / 10:29 am on 19 Jun
Hyperloop India to raise money for its pod via crowdfunding
short by Vani Vivek / on 20 Jun 2017,Tuesday
'Hyperloop India', which is the only Indian team in Elon Musk-led SpaceX's Hyperloop competition, has partnered with crowdfunding platform Ketto to raise funds to build its pod prototype. Of the ₹75 lakh required to build the prototype, ₹35 lakh has already been raised so far from various corporates. The team is building 'OrcaPod', which is expected to reach 460 kmph.
short by Vani Vivek / 05:32 pm on 20 Jun
Tesla isn't a good fit for me: Exec who left Apple for Tesla
short by Vani Vivek / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
Tesla's Vice President of Autopilot Software Chris Lattner has announced his resignation from the electric car startup, just five months after he left technology major Apple to join Tesla. "Turns out that Tesla isn't a good fit for me after all," he tweeted. Lattner was a senior software developer at Apple and is credited with founding Swift programming language.
short by Vani Vivek / 04:19 pm on 22 Jun
Google retires its self-driving car 'Firefly'
short by Pragya Swastik / on 13 Jun 2017,Tuesday
Google parent Alphabet's self-driving car unit Waymo is retiring its pod-shaped self-driving cars called 'Firefly', first introduced in 2014, in favour of self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans. Waymo said that it is focusing on technology and not complete vehicles. "We'll be able to bring fully self-driving technology to more people, more quickly," said Waymo in a blog post.
short by Pragya Swastik / 09:50 am on 13 Jun
Startup to launch flying taxi service in Dubai this year
short by Pragya Swastik / on 20 Jun 2017,Tuesday
German aviation startup Volocopter on Monday announced that it has inked a deal with Dubai government to launch 18-rotor multicopters as a part of its flying taxi service in the city later this year. The multicopter can travel for about 27 kilometres when flying at a speed of 69 kmph. Its maximum flight time is 27 minutes.
short by Pragya Swastik / 12:14 pm on 20 Jun
Jaguar's venture fund invests $25 million in Uber rival Lyft
short by Pragya Swastik / on 12 Jun 2017,Monday
Jaguar Land Rover's InMotion Ventures has revealed it invested $25 million in Uber rival Lyft's recently announced $600 million fundraising round as a part of both companies' self-driving car efforts. Lyft recently announced a partnership with Google's Waymo to work on self-driving car technology. The development comes amid Google suing Uber alleging theft of self-driving car technology secrets.
short by Pragya Swastik / 01:08 pm on 12 Jun
Uber executive challenges Elon Musk to debate on flying cars
short by Vani Vivek / on 17 Jun 2017,Saturday
Former NASA engineer and engineering head of ride-hailing startup Uber's flying taxi programme Mark Moore has said that he is willing to debate Tesla's Elon Musk on the merits of flying cars. Moore said this while talking about Musk's new startup 'The Boring Company', which plans to dig underground tunnel networks to help people avoid traffic.
short by Vani Vivek / 07:01 pm on 17 Jun
GM gives India staff less than a month to leave voluntarily
short by Mansha Mahajan / on 12 Jun 2017,Monday
General Motors, which markets under the Chevrolet brand in India, has given employees in India less than a month to opt for a voluntary separation scheme. After announcing its decision to stop selling vehicles in India, the company informed employees about the scheme that'll close on June 15. GM India President Kaher Kazem earlier stated 400 employees would be impacted.
short by Mansha Mahajan / 12:00 am on 12 Jun
Dozens of supercars stolen from UK seized in Bangkok
short by Vani Vivek / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
Police in Bangkok have seized dozens of supercars including Lamborghinis, Porsches, and BMWs stolen from the UK. Investigators say they have also uncovered scams and loopholes that dealers and customs officials exploit to circumvent Thailand's taxes on imported supercars. Britain is the most popular source for luxury car imports to Thailand as both countries drive on the left-hand side.
short by Vani Vivek / 03:23 pm on 22 Jun
Man killed using Tesla in Autopilot mode ignored 7 warnings
short by Vani Vivek / on 20 Jun 2017,Tuesday
A US government report on Monday revealed that Joshua Brown, who was killed in a crash last year while driving his Tesla sedan in Autopilot mode ignored seven visual warnings. During a 37-minute period of the trip when Brown was required to have his hands on the steering wheel, he did so for just 25 seconds, the report said.
short by Vani Vivek / 02:32 pm on 20 Jun
Takata loses 50% in value in 3 days on bankruptcy fears
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 21 Jun 2017,Wednesday
Shares of Japanese airbag maker Takata lost nearly 50% of their value in just three days. This comes after reports suggested that Takata might file for bankruptcy protection and sell its assets. Earlier, 10 crore cars were subjected to airbag recalls, largest in the auto industry, over defective Takata airbags, which have been blamed for 16 deaths globally.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 08:41 pm on 21 Jun
Renault ad shows woman fixing car with nail paint
short by Mansha Mahajan / on 15 Jun 2017,Thursday
Renault has been slammed for sexism in its Twingo car campaign under which it unveiled a nail polish that can also be used to fix cars' paint flaws. Renault's ad shows a woman painting her nails and then hiding a car scratch with the polish. Notably, Renault said Twingo is for “active lady drivers who... are also attentive to... looks".
short by Mansha Mahajan / 05:57 pm on 15 Jun
Hyundai Motor fined ₹87 crore for unfair business practices
short by Mansha Mahajan / on 15 Jun 2017,Thursday
The Competition Commission of India has imposed ₹87 crore penalty on Hyundai Motor India for unfair business practices with respect to providing discounts for cars. The CCI found Hyundai guilty of imposing arrangements upon its dealers, which are in violation of provisions under the Competition Act. The company has been directed to cease and desist from such anti-competitive practices.
short by Mansha Mahajan / 12:52 am on 15 Jun
Audi takes a shot at Tesla's Elon Musk in new billboard ad
short by Vani Vivek / on 17 Jun 2017,Saturday
German automaker Audi has taken a shot at American electric carmaker Tesla's CEO Elon Musk in a billboard posted in Berlin. The hoarding, which advertises the concept of Audi's upcoming electric E-tron Sportback, calls the car a 'Musk-have'. Interestingly, the Audi electric car is not expected to hit the market for at least two years.
short by Vani Vivek / 06:25 pm on 17 Jun
Airbus shares how users will hail its 'Vahana' flying taxis
short by Vani Vivek / on 17 Jun 2017,Saturday
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has shared a video which shows how users will be able to hail its 'Project Vahana' self-flying taxis. It shows a computer-generated figure using an app to request a flight in California, after which the taxi reaches a nearby airport for vertical take-off and landing aircraft. In the video, an 18-minute ride costs about ₹5,000.
short by Vani Vivek / 08:48 pm on 17 Jun
Tata Motors says no plans to list Jaguar Land Rover
short by Mansha Mahajan / on 20 Jun 2017,Tuesday
Tata Motors on Monday said it has no plans to list its luxury car brand Jaguar Land Rover after reports suggested it was considering an initial public offering of the unit. “There is no truth in those rumours," a Tata spokesperson noted. Earlier, reports stated senior Tata officials have held preliminary discussions about JLR's listing on an international stock exchange.
short by Mansha Mahajan / 01:01 pm on 20 Jun
Tesla’s Automatic Emergency Braking system prevents accident
short by Abhishek Bansal / on 16 Jun 2017,Friday
A YouTube video shows automaker Tesla's Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system prevent a rear-end collision. Despite the Autopilot being not engaged, the car used sensors and radar to determine an accident was imminent before sounding the alarm and applying the brakes. The driver was able to move the vehicle towards the right to avoid the collision.
short by Abhishek Bansal / 05:56 pm on 16 Jun
Tesla pushing for duty waiver to sell its cars in India
short by Abhishek Bansal / on 15 Jun 2017,Thursday
Electric vehicles maker Tesla's Founder and CEO Elon Musk has tweeted that the company is pushing for temporary import tax waivers so that it can begin selling in India. Musk's reply came in response to a Twitter user asking about Tesla's plans to come to India. Meanwhile, Paytm CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma also enquired about importing right-hand drive Model X.
short by Abhishek Bansal / 04:40 pm on 15 Jun
Tyres recycled to make stronger concrete
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 16 Jun 2017,Friday
Canada-based researchers have recycled old tyres to make a stronger variety of concrete which reduced crack formations by 90% compared to regular concrete. They included 0.35% of tyre fibres in the cement, sand, and water mix to create the reinforced concrete. About three billion tyres produced annually, if recycled for their fibres, could reduce landfills and carbon footprint, researchers said.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 11:32 am on 16 Jun
Former NASA engineer claims to have made 'nicest' car horn
short by Vani Vivek / on 18 Jun 2017,Sunday
Former NASA engineer Mark Rober claims to have created the "nicest car horn ever" called the 'courtesy honk'. The horn lets out two quick chirps to alert drivers when the light turns green. Rober also demonstrated a less alarming horn meant to alert pedestrians. He also made a third horn for extreme situations which sounds like a train horn.
short by Vani Vivek / 03:22 pm on 18 Jun
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