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Tesla Model S became rather autonomous

1 year ago
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On January 9, 2016 the Tesla released update (7.1) of the firmware for the Model S and X models. The new update includes all new functionality which the Tesla tested the last month: improvements of UI, new function of autotaxing, restriction for an auto pilot. Also, the car maker announced the Summon function which allows to move Model S independently, without person in the machine.

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Hyperloop Technologies is going to collect the test route

1 year ago


Journalists of CNN report that the project of the test route Hyperloop built by the company of the same name became step closer to reality — cylindrical components of future route were delivered to the special platform in the desert of Nevada and soon their mounting will begin. According to plans of the company testing of Hyperloop has to begin already in the fourth quarter this year. Length of the route has to make about 3.2 km.

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Pictures from an exhibition. Get acquainted, the first unmanned EHang 184 drone taxi

1 year ago
We welcome our readers on pages of the blog iCover! Certainly provided interesting innovation at the CES2016 exhibition which is taking place in Las Vegas the Chinese company EHang. It is about the first-ever working prototype of the unmanned passenger electric drone taxi which commercial production can be arranged already in the near future.

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At Toyota 1400 of patents for robomobiles, is twice more, than at any other company

1 year ago


According to analytical agency Thompson Reuters, the last two years the Toyota company took out hundreds of patents concerning autonomous system of driving. At the moment the company has about 1400 such patents. It is twice more, than at any other company. Of course, the number of patents does not correlate with market success of the company in any way (or correlates, but it is weak). Nevertheless, progress of the company in creation of robotic management systems by cars becomes more and more obvious.

In the report of Thompson Reuters it is also specified that car makers of patents for robotic management systems of a car have more, than at Google. Google Alphabet is only on the 26th place by the number of similar patents. It can surprise many as the corporation is the leader in the field of development of autonomous systems of control of machines at the moment. Nevertheless, the majority of the large automobile companies has own practices in the field of "auto pilot" though it is impossible to call such systems completely autonomous.

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Rumors about creation of Apple iCar became more reasonable

1 year ago

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Automobile supercomputer of Drive PX 2 from Nvidia for autonomous driving

1 year ago

No, games will not be


showed the product for pilotless cars. It was the Drive PX computer. This year on CES 2016 the head of Nvidia Ren-put Huang told about updating of this product. The new computer carries the name Drive PX 2, possesses heat release of 250 watts and a liquid cooling system.

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Tesla Model S burned down at station of fast charging in Norway

1 year ago
Tesla Model S Fire Norway

The electric vehicle Tesla Model S of 2014 of release burned down at the Norwegian station of fast charging. Reports the Norwegian NRK resource about it. In the machine at this time was nobody so there are no victims. The electric car lit up after the owner of the electric car put it on charging and left. Now the police investigates this incident, but meanwhile there is no distinct explanation for the incident.

It is interesting that ignition of the electric vehicle — more complex problem, than ignition of a normal car. The matter is that in the majority of electric cars lithium accumulators are installed. Lithium very actively reacts with water therefore attempt to extinguish the electric vehicle water can lead to sad effects. The Norwegian firefighters had to use the special foam fire extinguisher for fire liquidation.

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Video: Disney made the machine for driving on walls

1 year ago
Robotic cars can be as much as "smart", but they have a shortcoming: they cannot go on walls. Researchers from Disney Research in Zurich added to the four-wheel device two propellers thanks to which the hybrid of the machine and a multikopter goes on any vertical surface.


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On January 4 Faraday Future will show the concept of the electric car

1 year ago
The Faraday Future company known for development of own electric car promises to show on January 4 a ready concept of the machine at the Consumer Electronics Show exhibition (CES-2016) in Las Vegas. The announcement of this event is posted on the official site of the company, and it has to become actually the first public demonstration of what Faraday Future specifically works on. Till this time all data were limited to the fact that it is the electric car, financing of the company — Chinese, engineers — enticed from Tesla and General Motors.

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Pipe Dream – the most mad project of the expiring year

1 year ago
Sense not in being the first, and in believing in itself
Robbie Meddison


We welcome our readers on pages of the blog iCover! Perhaps you heard about the Australian racer and the stuntman Robbie Meddison – a live legend of motorcycle sport. In its track record backflip through the getting divorced Tower Bridge, a jump over the Corinthian channel, a jump tandem over harbor of San Diego, of 115 meters and a number of other stunning tricks. So Robbie is arranged that not to throw down a challenge to itself and it is necessary to strike the admirers at least time in a year at it in any way. Meddison and in 2015 did not fail to be marked out, having expanded our traditional idea of opportunities of such vehicle as the motorcycle.

Today we will a little depart from a usual information format, we will forget about hackers, megapixels, joules, fullerena and solitons, and we will tell about the most improbable project of the expiring year Pipe Dream – "Unrealizable Dream" and the next achievement of Robbie Meddison.

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