For the best experience use inshorts app on your smartphone
Hyperloop One tests its full-scale system for the first time
short by Vani Vivek / on 12 Jul 2017,Wednesday
High-speed transportation startup Hyperloop One has conducted the first full-scale test of its system, achieving full vacuum conditions in a closed tube environment. The 28-foot-long pod made by Hyperloop One uses electromagnetic propulsion and magnetic levitation to travel in the tubes. The final system is expected to reach 1,200 kmph, while the test pod could only achieve 112.6 kmph.
short by Vani Vivek / 08:02 pm on 12 Jul
World's 1st self-driving ship worth ₹162cr to launch in 2018
short by Pragya Swastik / on 24 Jul 2017,Monday
The world's first ever self-driving ship worth ₹162 crore will set sail along a 60 km route in southern Norway without any crew member in 2018. The electric-powered ship named 'Yara Birkeland' has a capacity for 100 to 150 shipping containers. The zero-emission ship will save up to 90% in annual operating costs by eliminating both fuel and crew.
short by Pragya Swastik / 11:46 am on 24 Jul
Daimler recalls 30L diesel cars in Europe to fix emissions
short by Ankush Verma / on 18 Jul 2017,Tuesday
German automaker Daimler on Tuesday voluntarily recalled over 30 lakh diesel vehicles in Europe to address concerns about the emissions systems amid scrutiny by the German government. The recall will cost the company about €220 million (over ₹1,600 crore). This will reassure drivers of diesel cars and strengthen confidence in diesel technology, Daimler officials said.
short by Ankush Verma / 10:28 pm on 18 Jul
Indian team enters the final of Musk’s Hyperloop Challenge
short by Pragya Swastik / on 20 Jul 2017,Thursday
A team of Indian students from BITS Pilani has entered the final round of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Challenge. Only 24 teams from over 1,000 have made it to the final round. The Indian team will travel to California, US, to show their Hyperloop pod design. The pod that will travel a mile's distance fastest will win the competition.
short by Pragya Swastik / 11:16 am on 20 Jul
Ford hires 18 'golden noses' to remove 'new car smells'
short by Vani Vivek / on 21 Jul 2017,Friday
Ford has deployed 18 'golden nose' experts to smell all materials that go inside cars to be sold in China to remove 'new car smells'. Car seats are stored in cloth bags to ventilate them and avoid the 'new' smell. "China's distaste for chemical smells comes from a society that has grown paranoid about air pollution," said a parts manufacturer.
short by Vani Vivek / 06:02 pm on 21 Jul
Google teaches self-driving cars to make way for ambulance
short by Vani Vivek / on 13 Jul 2017,Thursday
Google's self-driving car spinoff Waymo has announced it's teaching its driverless cars how to respond to emergency vehicles like fire trucks, ambulances, and police cars. Waymo has developed sensors that let cars see flashing lights from far off and detect where sirens are coming from. The cars can make way for ambulances or stop to let them pass first.
short by Vani Vivek / 01:56 pm on 13 Jul
₹36.8 crore self-powered boat sets off on 6-year world trip
short by Vani Vivek / on 16 Jul 2017,Sunday
The Energy Observer, a former racing boat valued at ₹36.8 crore, has set off from Paris on a six-year-long trip around the world. The boat will use solar panels and wind turbines to sail and will also produce hydrogen through electrolysis of salt water to power itself. The emissions-free boat's journey will span 50 countries with 101 stopovers.
short by Vani Vivek / 03:31 pm on 16 Jul
Elon Musk meets US official to discuss Boring Company tunnel
short by Vani Vivek / on 22 Jul 2017,Saturday
Billionaire Elon Musk met with Hawthorne Mayor Alex Vargas this week to discuss the tunnel being dug by The Boring Company to help commuters avoid traffic. The two toured the Los Angeles facility, on which work began in May this year. Musk recently revealed that he had 'verbal approval' to build a Hyperloop tunnel connecting New York to Washington DC.
short by Vani Vivek / 08:00 pm on 22 Jul
Apple partners Chinese firm for electric car battery: Report
short by Vani Vivek / on 22 Jul 2017,Saturday
Technology major Apple is reportedly working with Chinese battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex to develop electric automotive batteries. Apple received a permit to start testing self-driving cars in April this year. The company's CEO Tim Cook has also confirmed that Apple is building technology for self-driving cars, but did not say whether it will make a car of its own.
short by Vani Vivek / 07:23 pm on 22 Jul
5-seater solar car that travels 1,000 km on one charge made
short by Pragya Swastik / on 17 Jul 2017,Monday
A team of students at Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, has created a 5-seater solar car named 'Stella Vie' that travels up to 1,000 kilometres when it is fully charged. The car can reach speeds of up to 130 kmph and also features smart parking navigation system. The car, with the latest technology, also warn drivers of upcoming traffic events.
short by Pragya Swastik / 11:19 am on 17 Jul
Uber rival Lyft launches a new self-driving car unit
short by Pragya Swastik / on 22 Jul 2017,Saturday
At a time when Uber is struggling with a Google lawsuit alleging it of self-driving car technology theft, one of the Uber's biggest rivals, Lyft has launched a new self-driving car unit. The unit will be a combination of self-driving car hardware and software system. Lyft plans to tie up with carmakers to launch its own fleet of self-driving cars.
short by Pragya Swastik / 11:24 am on 22 Jul
Ex-Tesla engineers launch map startup for driverless cars
short by Vani Vivek / on 20 Jul 2017,Thursday
Former Tesla Autopilot engineers Andrew Kouri and Erik Reed and ex-iRobot computer vision engineer George Tall have launched a startup called 'Lvl5' to create high definition 3D maps for self-driving cars. Lvl5's method turns video collected from car cameras into maps that refresh constantly. Its method is a departure from LiDAR tech being used by companies like Google and Volvo.
short by Vani Vivek / 05:30 pm on 20 Jul
Elon Musk shares first video of Boring Company's car lift
short by Vani Vivek / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Billionaire Elon Musk on Wednesday shared the first-ever video of his new startup The Boring Company's car elevator. The startup is digging tunnels in Los Angeles and aims to create an underground network to help cars avoid traffic. The cars will be taken underground via elevators and moved to their desired destination using sleds on wheels at 200 kmph.
short by Vani Vivek / 02:09 pm on 26 Jul
Startup tests world's first car powered by whisky residue
short by Vani Vivek / on 13 Jul 2017,Thursday
UK startup Celtic Renewables has successfully completed a test drive of what is claimed to be world's first whisky residue-powered car. The startup has developed a process to manufacture the biofuel biobutanol from whisky residue like barley kernels. Using the raw material available throughout Scotland, Celtic Renewables estimates it could eventually produce 50 million litres of biofuel each year.
short by Vani Vivek / 06:46 pm on 13 Jul
Driverless car startup raises ₹1,000 cr from GM, BMW, others
short by Vani Vivek / on 19 Jul 2017,Wednesday
US self-driving car technology startup Nauto on Tuesday said it had closed a $159 million (over ₹1,000 crore) Series B funding round, led by Softbank and Greylock Partners. Nauto's previous investors like General Motors Ventures, BMW i Ventures, and Toyota AI Ventures also participated in the round. The startup is developing algorithms to enable cars to drive autonomously.
short by Vani Vivek / 07:35 pm on 19 Jul
Jewellery firm to buy Japan sportscar startup for ₹730 crore
short by Vani Vivek / on 14 Jul 2017,Friday
Hong Kong-based jewellery O Luxe Holdings has agreed to purchase Japanese electric sportscar startup GLM for about ₹730 crore. The startup was founded in 2010 as a Kyoto University venture and has been pegged as a rival to Tesla. GLM's first model was a two-door sportscar called the Tommykaira ZZ, which debuted in Japan in 2014 for about ₹45 lakh.
short by Vani Vivek / 05:03 pm on 14 Jul
Driver in crashed Tesla car admits he wasn't using Autopilot
short by Vani Vivek / on 18 Jul 2017,Tuesday
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has shared an email from a driver involved in a Tesla car's crash in which he admitted the vehicle's Autopilot system was not engaged. This comes after the driver told police that his car suddenly accelerated after engaging its Autopilot system and crashed into a marsh. Tesla's shares tanked by 4.4% on news of the crash.
short by Vani Vivek / 06:56 pm on 18 Jul
Tata Motors kills plan to launch own sports car: Reports
short by Vani Vivek / on 14 Jul 2017,Friday
Tata Motors has reportedly shelved its plan to produce the Racemo sports car that it had showcased at 2017 Geneva Motor Show. According to the report, the cost for the Racemo project was evaluated at ₹250 crore, which was considered unviable by the company. Announced under Tata Motors' new sub-brand 'Tamo', the car was expected to be launched in 2018.
short by Vani Vivek / 05:47 pm on 14 Jul
Honda recalls 12 lakh Accords in US over potential fire fear
short by Pragya Swastik / on 14 Jul 2017,Friday
Japanese carmaker Honda has recalled 12 lakh Accord midsize cars in the US over fears that a battery sensor can short out and potentially cause a fire. The recall covers cars from the 2013 through 2016 model years. The recall was made after Honda received four reports of engine compartment fires due to the problem.
short by Pragya Swastik / 10:07 am on 14 Jul
Audi slammed for China ad that compared used cars to brides
short by Mansha Mahajan / on 19 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Luxury carmaker Audi is being slammed by consumers in China for an ad that compared buying a second-hand car to checking out a bride-to-be. The video showed a mother-in-law examining her son's bride after which a voice over played, saying that important decisions must be made carefully. Audi later said it deeply regretted the ad and withdrew it.
short by Mansha Mahajan / 09:09 pm on 19 Jul
₹6.4 crore worth of weed found inside new Ford cars in US
short by Vani Vivek / on 19 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Marijuana worth ₹6.4 crore has been discovered in the trunks of new Mexican-made Ford Fusion sedans at car dealerships in Ohio, US. The weed was packed in half-moon shapes and hidden in the spare tyre wells of cars, with each wheel weighing approximately 14.5 kg. Authorities suspect the drugs were supposed to be picked up before they reached dealers.
short by Vani Vivek / 06:47 pm on 19 Jul
Have verbal approval to build New York-DC Hyperloop: Musk
short by Pragya Swastik / on 21 Jul 2017,Friday
Elon Musk on Thursday tweeted that he has received verbal government approval for The Boring Company to build an underground Hyperloop connecting New York to Washington, DC. He further claimed that the Hyperloop will cut the time taken to travel between the two cities to just 29 minutes. Currently, it takes 3 hours and 20 minutes to cover that distance.
short by Pragya Swastik / 09:03 am on 21 Jul
Victoria Beckham slammed for claiming that she designed car
short by Daisy Mowke / on 16 Jul 2017,Sunday
Victoria Beckham has been slammed by Land Rover's design director Gerry McGovern for 'exaggerating' her role in designing one of the company's newest launches, a special edition VB Evoque. "She didn't design the car... [T]o be a car designer takes years," he said. In an interview, Victoria had reportedly claimed that she had a 'hands-on' role in the design.
short by Daisy Mowke / 11:30 pm on 16 Jul
Man caught using gadget to hide licence plate in Spain
short by Vani Vivek / on 16 Jul 2017,Sunday
A Swiss national in Spain has been caught using a 'James Bond-like' gadget to hide his motorcycle's licence plate from police in order to avoid speeding tickets. The modified licence plate had the ability to flip up at the press of a button to conceal the number from speed cameras. The motorcyclist has been handed a fine of ₹4.5 lakh.
short by Vani Vivek / 06:14 pm on 16 Jul
BMW denies reports of emissions manipulations
short by Shifa Naseer / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
German carmaker BMW has rejected reports that it cheated emissions tests through illegal systems in its cars. The company also denied reports of plotting with Audi, Volkswagen, and Porsche on designs of diesel emissions treatment systems. Vehicle emissions came under scrutiny worldwide since Volkswagen admitted in 2015 to installing illegal software to cheat US emissions tests on diesel cars.
short by Shifa Naseer / 09:14 pm on 25 Jul
Load More
For the best experience use inshorts app on your smartphone