Track Design for Paris ePrix Revealed

Organisers of the FIA Formula E Championship have today revealed the location and circuit layout for the Paris ePrix.
Taking place on April 23, the race in Paris is the first European round of the 2015-2016 season and will see fully-electric single-seaters battling it out around the architectural complex of Les Invalides. The 1.93km circuit, which remains subject to FIA track homologation, was unveiled in front of a gathering of assorted media, government officials, local authorities and distinguished guests at the Hotel de Ville in Paris. Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag was joined on stage along with the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, Minister of the City Patrick Kanner and FIA President Jean Todt. With 14 turns winding its way past the Army Museum and the Tomb of Napoleon, the track is located in an amazing setting, combining historical monuments with visions of the future. As a pioneer of electric mobility, the race in Paris will provide a logical follow-up to the COP21 agreements achieved in the same city last year. Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, said: “As a series we are fortunate enough to race in some incredible locations but none more spectacular than the backdrop in the city of Paris. The ethos of Formula E is urban racing in the heart of cities around the world – Paris certainly ticks all those boxes. France is also a key market for the championship as the home of the FIA, Official Founding Partner and Tyre Supplier Michelin, and team partners such as DS and Renault. The Paris ePrix will be an iconic setting for Formula E with DHL, the championship’s Official Logistics Partner, delivering the first fully-electric race to the French capital.” Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, said: “Paris is very proud to welcome the first ePrix to France. This event will be treated like a popular party, which will link sporting values and the environment. It will be a very nice way to promote electric mobility to a massive audience which is a priority for Paris.”  Patrick Kanner, Minister of Urban Affairs, Youth and Sports, said: “The Paris ePrix is a chance, not only for Paris but also for France. On the environmental side, sporting side but also for the projection of our country abroad. We will see on April 23 a great event, where the Parisian heritage, the French know-how and our capacity to organise big sports events again be valued.” Jean Todt, President of the FIA, said: “The FIA is particularly pleased that there will be a Formula E race run through the streets of the centre of Paris, the city that has been our home for over a century. This series is heavily linked to the development of new technologies and to promoting a new model for sustainable mobility. It is entirely logical therefore, that a country like France, that has always been at the cutting-edge of innovation, should host an ePrix in its capital city. I am sure that the spectacle offered by Formula E on a track laid out against the amazing backdrop of Les Invalides, will make this event truly unique among motorsport events at a world level.” Tickets will be available to purchase in the coming weeks with early bird prices starting from 25 Euros.

New Ford Escape To Launch In Spring With Fresh Interior, New Driver-Assist Technologies

The Ford Escape is being significantly updated for model year 2017 with the latest driver-assist technologies, connectivity and two new fun-to-drive and efficient EcoBoost engines.
Escape is currently one of the best-selling vehicles in its class. In 2015, a record 306,492 Escapes were sold in the U.S., making it Ford’s number two nameplate behind F-Series, the best-selling vehicle line in the U.S. for 34 straight years. The new Ford Escape, scheduled to launch in the spring, features available SYNC® Connect mobile access and driver-assist technologies such as adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support, a lane-keeping system, and Enhanced Active Park Assist – all packed in a vehicle that’s been redesigned from the inside out. Escape is the first Ford vehicle to make Auto Start/Stop technology standard with either of two new-to-Escape EcoBoost engines – a 1.5-liter EcoBoost and a 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged EcoBoost. Auto Start/Stop technology shuts off the engine during common stops, so the vehicle burns no gas and emits zero tailpipe emissions. Changes to the interior began with a new push-button electronic parking brake, which replaces the large, traditional hand-actuated parking brake. This change dramatically enhanced the front-row experience for the driver. The gear shifter was repositioned rearward to give improved access to climate controls on the center stack. In addition, a media bin was added at bottom of the stack, offering access to a USB port and a covered power outlet. The redesign also features improved cup holders, two new storage bins and a larger center armrest. The new Escape features an all-new steering wheel with easy-to-work buttons for audio and climate system controls, and a new “swing-bin” glove box gives provides easier access to stored items. On the exterior of the vehicle, design changes to the front and rear give the new Escape a more confident, rugged persona. The redesigned hood and raised trapezoidal upper set a wider stance – evoking a more prominent feel for the front of the new Escape. More of the smart technologies that drivers want Escape will be available with two new-to-Escape powertrains – a 1.5-liter EcoBoost and a 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged EcoBoost – and both will include Auto Start/Stop technology as standard equipment. Base models are powered by a 2.5-liter i-VCT four-cylinder engine. The Ford Auto Start/Stop system senses when a vehicle is sitting idle and shuts off the engine to conserve fuel. When shut off, an engine burns no fuel and emits zero harmful emissions. Since its introduction for the 2001 model year, Ford Escape has been a leader in offering advanced driver-assist technologies. The 2017 Escape carries on that leadership. In addition to other favorite features such as a hands-free liftgate and SYNC 3 driver-connectivity system, the new Escape features these available technologies: – Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Warning and Brake Support: Sensors detect when Escape is approaching a slow-moving vehicle and adjusts cruise control accordingly – SYNC Connect: Lets owners use a smartphone app to start, lock, unlock and locate their vehicle – Enhanced Active Park Assist: Provides automatic steering assistance to park the vehicle in a parallel or perpendicular parking spot, and pull out from tight parallel parking spots – Lane-Keeping System: The system includes lane-keeping assist, which alerts drivers when they drift unintentionally from their lane, and lane-keep aid, which provides steering assistance to guide an unintentionally drifting vehicle back in its lane – Driver Alert System: Using data from the lane-keeping system, Driver Alert detects signs of fatigued driving and provides a warning on the instrument cluster

Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid Officially Unveiled

Hyundai has unveiled the hybrid version of its new IONIQ – an advanced, alternative-fuel compact vehicle.

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Hyundai IONIQ will be available with a choice of three powertrains unmatched by any other car in the world: electric; plug-in gasoline/electric hybrid; and gasoline/electric hybrid. “The launching event announced to the world the start of new future mobility and our will for technological innovation,” said Moon-Sik Kwon, Vice Chairman at Hyundai Motor R&D Centre. “IONIQ has been developed incorporating all of our technological capacities. The hybrid, pursuing the highest efficiency in its class, is economically efficient and stays true to the fundamentals of a car by delivering fun to drive through a modern design and dynamic driving performance,” he added. The IONIQ Hybrid responds to rapidly changing customer lifestyles by breaking the mould for hybrid vehicles. It not only offers class-leading fuel efficiency but also a fun, responsive drive and attractive design – a unique mix not yet achieved by a hybrid vehicle. Developed to strive for the world’s highest hybrid fuel efficiency without compromising the driving performance, the IONIQ Hybrid is equipped with a newly developed, dedicated 1.6 GDI four-cylinder Kappa engine. The 1.6 GDI powerplant delivers 77kW (105PS) at 5,700rpm while providing maximum torque of 15.0kg.m (147Nm) at 4,000rpm. It is combined with a newly developed, very efficient six-speed dual-clutch transmission (6DCT) and, in collaboration with the 32kW (43.5PS) electric motor, offers a maximum output of 103.6kW (141PS) at 5700rpm and 27.0kg.m (265Nm) of torque in first gear 24.0kgf.m / 235Nm in second to sixth. The IONIQ Hybrid and Plug-in hybridboth feature a six-speed dual-clutch transmission (6DCT), which boasts best-in-class transfer efficiency through the use of low-friction bearings and low-viscosity transmission oil. The 1.6 GDI engine is accompanied by a 32kW (43.5PS) electric motor, which also adds another 17.3kg.m (170Nm) to the system at maximum output. It enables the IONIQ Hybrid to operate in pure electric mode at speeds up to 120kph, maximizing efficiency and minimizing CO2 emissions. The electric power is generated by a permanent magnet synchronous motor and was specifically developed for world-class efficiency. To achieve this, parts of the motor were optimized by reducing the thickness of core components (electrical steel sheet) by up to 10% and adopting rectangular-section copper wire to decrease core and copper loss. Hyundai engineers decided to use a Lithium-Ion polymer battery pack for the IONIQ Hybrid – instead of conventional nickel-metal-hydride batteries. This provides lower memory sensitivity, excellent charge / discharge efficiency and an outstanding maximum output. Efficient packaging was also taken into consideration as the battery system is located underneath the rear seats so that the usability of the passenger cabin and cargo area is entirely uncompromised. The complete set of hybrid powertrain components was designed to be very compact and highly efficient. The combined extra weight of the hybrid technology therefore only adds minimal additional weight to the IONIQ but, significantly increases its efficiency. The IONIQ’s coupe-like silhouette is streamlined to efficiently manage airflow. Combined with active and passive aero features, this helps it achieve an outstanding drag coefficient of just 0.24 Cd, making it one of the most aerodynamic cars on sale. To suit customers’ varied lifestyles, the IONIQ also offers a host of advanced comfort, convenience, safety and connectivity features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, catering for the vast majority of smartphone users. A 7-inch TFT information cluster brings a high-tech appearance to the cockpit, displaying a range of digital gauges in high resolution, including a number of hybrid-specific displays. Based on an exclusive new platform, the driving performance of the IONIQ is similar to that of a regular compact car, thanks to its responsive hybrid powertrain. Ride and handling as well as noise, vibration and harshness levels are specially tuned to contribute to a superior ride quality as well as being quiet and comfortable on long journeys. To complement the IONIQ’s long list of high-tech features, a host of innovative future-ready active and passive safety features protect the driver and passenger. Electronic systems like Autonomous Emergency Brake, Lane Keeping Assist System, Lane Departure Warning System, and Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert provide guidance to avoid any accident. Seven airbags including a knee-airbag for the driver, as well as structural body enhancements, enabled by adapting 53% of the body with Advanced High Strength Steel, give the IONIQ’s chassis superior rigidity for responsive handling and enhanced safety. The new car’s name references elements of its creation. An ion is an electrically-charged atom, linking to the car’s clever combination of electrified powertrains. The second part of the name references the unique offering it brings to the Hyundai range, demonstrating the brand’s environmental commitment and willingness to maximize choice for its customers. Finally, the Q is depicted in the car’s logo as a visual breakthrough, acknowledging the fresh new approach of this advanced, low-emission model. Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe said: “We have already demonstrated our credentials in alternative technologies, by being the first to mass produce and sell fuel cell electric vehicles – and customers have chosen our ix35 Fuel Cell more than any other hydrogen-powered model. With the launch of IONIQ, we will expand our model range and add new sustainable solutions, offering a wider range of alternative powertrains than any other manufacturer.” Jochen Sengpiehl, Vice President Marketing at Hyundai Motor Europe, said: “IONIQ is another milestone for our brand in Europe, and brings a new approach to electrification and mobility. We are making innovative technology and advanced connectivity more accessible, reflecting the expectations of customers in our digitalised world. Unique in the market, IONIQ will be our new ambassador, setting a new benchmark.” All three versions will be unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March. The IONIQ Hybrid variant will be the first to come to market in Europe, during the second half of this year.

BMW i8 Recalled Over Faulty DSC

BMW of North America is recalling certain model year 2015 i8 vehicles produced between May 29, 2015, and June 5, 2015.

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Improperly drilled holes within the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) hydraulic unit may restrict one or more pistons impairing the DSC functions. This problem could impact the DSC’s control over the vehicle’s braking. BMW is set to notify owners, with the company’s dealers inspecting the DSC hydraulic unit. If required, the unit will be replaced, obviously free of charge. BMW says the recall should begin February 10, 2016, when dealers will replace the dynamic stability control hydraulic unit, if needed. If you own one of the affected models, you can contact the carmaker at 1-800-525-7417. You can also reach out to the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).

BMW i8 Recalled Over Faulty DSC

BMW of North America is recalling certain model year 2015 i8 vehicles produced between May 29, 2015, and June 5, 2015.

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Improperly drilled holes within the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) hydraulic unit may restrict one or more pistons impairing the DSC functions. This problem could impact the DSC’s control over the vehicle’s braking. BMW is set to notify owners, with the company’s dealers inspecting the DSC hydraulic unit. If required, the unit will be replaced, obviously free of charge. BMW says the recall should begin February 10, 2016, when dealers will replace the dynamic stability control hydraulic unit, if needed. If you own one of the affected models, you can contact the carmaker at 1-800-525-7417. You can also reach out to the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).

Toyota Displays Mirai-Based Research Vehicle with Satellite Communications Function

At the 2016 North American International Auto Show, Toyota is displaying a research vehicle based on the Mirai fuel cell vehicle which is equipped with satellite communications technology from Kymeta, a U.S.-based company that is the world’s leader in flat-panel antenna technology.
Toyota is working to enhance its connected technologies, including a plan to install a Data Communication Module into a broader range of its vehicles. The company is also considering using satellite communications in the future, including high capacity satellites that offer much higher data transfer rates than conventional satellite technologies. While these satellites have historically required the use of a “dish” antenna on the ground, Kymeta’s satellite antennas remove the need for mechanical components by using software and liquid crystal technologies to electronically track and steer towards satellites. The lightweight, flat profile of the antenna also allows for seamless integration during vehicle assembly or easy aftermarket installation. “For several years, Toyota met with emerging companies around the world to investigate new technologies,” said Shigeki Tomoyama, Senior Managing Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation.  “We were very excited to learn about Kymeta, because their flat antennae technology could solve the challenge of vehicle-based satellite communications.” Satellite communications offer several key benefits to meet automotive needs, including: – the distribution of huge amounts of data to a vehicle, – broad coverage areas and the global deployment of connected vehicles that share common standards across national borders, and – more stable and secure communications, particularly in emergencies such as natural disasters. “We’re excited to be working with Toyota on this next generation of vehicle connectivity,” said Dr. Nathan Kundtz, CEO of Kymeta. “Kymeta is the first company to successfully demonstrate this type of technology, and we have over 8,000 miles of road testing with cars connected to satellites.” Since September 2013, Toyota and Kymeta have been jointly researching flat antennae, embedded in the car, to support satellite distribution of huge amounts of data to a vehicle. With an exclusive right for development and testing of the on-car antenna, Toyota lent the company research vehicles for test driving. The Mirai displayed at NAIAS represents the progress of these efforts. Mirai Creation Investment Limited Partnership, a fund where Toyota participates as an investor, provided an investment of $5 million (US) to Kymeta this month to enhance future technology research and development. Toyota expects acceleration of the joint research with Kymeta through the investment.

Samsung SDI Aims to Drive Battery Business Growth in North American Automobile Market

Samsung SDI unveiled the prototype of high energy density battery cell for EVs at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Samsung SDI began to make its foray into the North American automobile market by introducing a variety of customized battery products at the Detroit Auto Show. New battery products include the prototype of high energy density battery cell for EVs that enables them to drive for up to 600 kilometers by charging once, ‘low height pack’ and ‘low voltage system (LVS)’ for EVs. The prototype of new high energy density battery cell for EVs is the world’s top EV battery cell that improved energy density and driving distance by 20~30% compared to cells that enable EVs to drive for 500 kilometers, which are currently being provided in samples. The commercial production of this high energy density battery cell is expected to start in 2020. Samsung SDI also unveiled ‘low height packs’ for EVs that significantly reduced the battery size and ‘LVS solutions’ that enable regular vehicles to improve eco-friendliness and fuel efficiency simultaneously. Being a compact battery whose height is 20~30% lower than existing packs for EVs, the ‘low height pack for EVs’ is reduced in size while enhancing energy density. The reduction in height and improvement in energy density will allow EV designers to install packs more easily and to make commercial production while reducing costs, expediting establishment of platform for EV systems. And the new ‘LVS solution’ can be installed in regular vehicles as well as EVs. As a low voltage system that can replace a lead-acid battery with a lithium-ion battery or add to it in regular vehicles, the ‘LVS solution’ features economic value by delivering excellent eco-friendliness and fuel efficiency. While the issue of environment pollution by vehicle emissions is being raised, the ‘LVS solution’ attracts attention as a means of addressing environmental regulations to control carbon dioxide as it can improve fuel efficiency by 3~20%. Thus the ‘LVS solution’ is increasingly drawing keen interest and demand from consumers and automakers particularly in North America. Samsung SDI aims to further sharpen competitive edge by capitalizing on its plant in Xian, China, which was built last year, and synergy with SDIBS based on its industry-top cell and module technologies. To that end, the company plans to aggressively cope with diverse specifications and needs of global automakers by setting up a full lineup of products, including high voltage systems such as high energy density battery cells and compact battery packs, and LVS packs. “We aim to lead the era of popularizing EVs by introducing a variety of solutions and products desired by customers and the market at this auto show,” said President Nam Seong Cho of Samsung SDI. “Particularly, we will accelerate to make foray into the global automobile market including North America by providing the new high energy density battery cell based on the world’s top technology leadership as well as the low height packs and LVS solutions.”

Kia Telluride is a 400-hp Sorento-based Hybrid SUV Concept

Kia Motors America unveiled a cutting-edge vision for a full-size SUV at the North American International Auto Show.
The Kia Telluride, a striking three-row, seven-passenger, luxury SUV concept features a modern and upright shape, muscular stance, and state-of-the-art technology to care for its occupants. Purely conceptual, the Kia Telluride is based on an existing platform and reveals the brand’s interest in potentially offering a premium SUV positioned above the current hot-selling Sorento. “The Kia Telluride makes an aesthetic statement for the Kia brand as a bold, all-new luxury SUV with an abundance of advanced technology, focusing particular attention on the experience and comfort of second-row occupants,” said Tom Kearns, chief designer, Kia Design Center America (KDCA). “Longer, wider and taller than the recently redesigned Sorento CUV, Telluride allows us to envision what a full-size seven-passenger SUV from Kia could look like.” Telluride’s front doors and rear-hinged back doors swing open 90 degrees in opposing directions, creating an expansive and inviting portal into the panoramic interior space and revealing a technological showcase.  Four beautiful black-leather captain’s seats appear to float within the spacious cabin in front of a folded third-row bench.  The large cabin allows the middle seats to recline nearly flat and include large fold-away footrests for sublime comfort.  All four seats include a series of precise diamond-cut openings in the seatback, each embedded with Smart Sensors to capture a passenger’s vital health information.  Once obtained, these vitals are displayed on the interior door panel screens, which then systematically synchronize with a Light Emitted Rejuvenation (LER) system.  The LER system utilizes a massive, wing-shaped LED panel mounted beneath the oversized sunroof that displays a pattern of therapeutic light to treat desynchronosis (jetlag) and improve the passengers’ energy levels. Another unique technology introduced in Telluride is Swipe Command – a thin, touch-sensitive, interactive band mounted to the second row center console – which allows rear-seat passengers to quickly scroll and select desired media by simply swiping their hand.  The selected media is then played either through the seven-speaker premium Harman Kardon audio system, or via a set of portable Harman Kardon headphones that wirelessly charge when stowed in the console.  Up front, a compartment in the center stack allows for wireless cell phone charging, and Kia’s first use of 3D-printed components add a distinct, modern design element to the dashboard, door panels, and steering wheel. Telluride’s interior and exterior were penned at the brand’s California-based studio, Kia Design Center America (KDCA).  Finished in Dark Pyrite green paint, the tall stance is amplified by the overall size of the vehicle.  At 70.9-inches tall, 79.1-inches wide and 196.9-inches long, Telluride is 4.4-inches taller, 4.7-inches wider, and a sizable 9.5-inches longer than the current Sorento. Underpinning the Telluride is a modified Sorento chassis with a wheelbase stretched 11.9 inches to 121.3 inches, giving Telluride a dominating presence.  It’s modern and muscular appearance is accentuated by flared fenders stretching around massive 22-inch five-spoke wheels wrapped in Hankook Ventus ST 275/45R22 tires.  Telluride’s front fascia incorporates a much larger version of Kia’s signature tiger nose grille, and its menacing face brings an attitude all its own with recessed quad-LED headlamps, pronounced horizontal LED indicator lights, and an aggressive polished-metal skid plate below the bumper.  In the rear, thin vertical taillights align with the modern design language of the SUV, while consistent styling cues across the front and rear door handles, hood scoops and dual exhaust tips enhance the vehicle’s solid appearance. With an innovative combination of cutting-edge technologies, the Telluride’s powertrain is a near-future, no-compromises propulsion system, offering both power and efficiency.  A finger-print activated push-button start unleashes Telluride’s tremendously potent yet extremely efficient PHEV powertrain. Utilizing a 3.5-liter gasoline direct injected (GDI) V6 engine and powerful electric motor, Telluride’s transverse-mounted powertrain combines to produce 400 horsepower (270 horsepower from V6 and 130 horsepower from the electric motor) while achieving more than 30 mpg on the highway.  Power is routed to all four wheels via an advanced all-wheel drive system. While there are currently no plans to bring the Telluride to production, Kia has a history of delivering production vehicles that bear strong resemblance to preceding concepts, and Kia’s large SUV is anything but a utopian fantasy.

Nissan IDS Concept Makes North American Debut in Detroit

The Nissan IDS Concept, Nissan's vision of the future of autonomous driving and zero emission EVs, made its first U.S. appearance at the 2016 North American International Auto Show.
Some have compared a future with autonomous drive to living in a world of conveyer belts that simply ferry people from point A to B, but the Nissan IDS Concept promises a very different vision of tomorrow. Even when the driver selects Piloted Drive and turns over driving to the vehicle, the car’s performance — from accelerating to braking to cornering — imitates the driver’s own style and preferences. In Manual Drive mode, the driver has control. The linear acceleration and cornering are pure and exhilarating. Yet behind the scenes, the Nissan IDS Concept continues to provide assistance. Sensors continually monitor conditions and assistance is available even while the driver is in control. In the event of imminent danger, Nissan IDS Concept will assist the driver in taking evasive action. In addition to learning, the Nissan IDS Concept’s AI communicates like an attentive partner. From information concerning traffic conditions, the driver’s schedule to personal interests, Nissan IDS Concept’s AI has what is needed to help create a driving experience that is comfortable, enjoyable and safe. Even though it is a hatchback, the Nissan IDS Concept’s long wheelbase enables comfortable seating space for four adults. But the cabin becomes even more spacious when the driver selects Piloted Drive. In this mode, the steering wheel recedes into the center of the instrument panel and a large flat screen comes out. Various driving-related operations are handled by AI, voice and gestures from the driver. The interior, which is comprised of natural materials such as mesh leather, is illuminated by soft light. All four seats rotate slightly inward, facilitating easier conversation. It’s like relaxing in a living room.

When the driver selects Manual Drive, the roomy interior transforms to put the driver in control. All seats face forward. The steering wheel, which takes styling cues from reins for horse riding, appears along with driving meters and a heads-up display that shows route and other driving information. Interior lighting switches to blue, stimulating the ability to concentrate. Nissan’s use of hollow-structure A-pillars helps ensure excellent visibility by reducing blind spots and also contributes to the feeling of open space. The transformation to Manual Drive can be carried out with ease through a switch between the front seats called the PD Commander. This is the only control the driver can physically operate when the car is in Piloted Drive: when the driver is ready to take over driving, a physical action should initiate the change. Exterior design — communication that creates confidence and harmony For autonomous drive to be widely accepted, people need to fully trust the technology. Through its innovative communication capabilities, the Nissan IDS Concept promotes confidence and a sense of harmony for those outside the car as well. Various exterior lights and displays convey to pedestrians and others the car’s awareness of its surroundings and signals its intentions. The car’s side body line, for example, is actually an LED that Nissan calls the Intention Indicator. When pedestrians or cyclists are nearby, the strip shines white, signaling that the car is aware of them. Another electronic display, which faces outside from the instrument panel, can flash messages such as “After you” to pedestrians. This natural, harmonious system of communication signals a new future with cars.

Advanced aerodynamic performance for greater driving range The height of the full carbon fiber body was constrained to 1,380 mm, sharply minimizing aerodynamic drag (Cd). Positioning the tires close to the corners of the body maximizes interior space while enabling a wrap-around cabin design. Nissan selected large-diameter wheels for high-performance and sportiness, but used very thin 175-size tires to minimize air and roll resistance. The wheels have a layered design suggestive of thin fins that create tiny vortexes of air flow on the wheel’s surface. This design further contributes to smooth air flow. The icicle pattern on the Nissan IDS Concept’s grille symbolizes a pure and clean design — perfect for an EV. Shaped like a stack of ice blocks, the grille pattern appears transparent. The car’s bluish satin silver body color heightens the impression of a comfortable and secure cabin space. Highly evolved EV technology for long-distance driving The Nissan IDS Concept is fitted with a high-capacity 60 kWh battery, and thanks to its outstanding aerodynamics, low stance, flowing form and reduced weight due to its full-carbon-fiber body, the vehicle is designed to also meet the need to drive long distances. Other technologies on the Nissan IDS Concept include Piloted Park that can be operated by smartphone or tablet, and wireless charging technologies. Through these, the driver can leave parking and charging to the car.

Nissan’s targets — Zero traffic fatalities and zero emissions In order for our car-based society to be sustainable, complex issues ranging from sustainable energy supplies to climate change, air pollution and traffic safety must be addressed. At Nissan, we have set zero fatalities and zero emissions as aspirational targets in our mission to help create a sustainable car-based society. Over 90 percent of traffic accidents are caused by human error. Nissan IDS Concept’s extensive system of sensors and AI are designed to provide enhanced safety performance compared to a human driver. This technology brings us a step closer to the goal of zero traffic fatalities. EVs produce no CO2 emissions and their batteries can store energy from renewable sources and turn it into electricity for homes and buildings. As the number of EVs increases, entire communities will be able to harness their power as part of a sustainable energy plan. Then, as EVs come to play a central role in energy supply, we will come that much closer to becoming a zero emission society. Nissan believes that the Nissan IDS Concept will evolve into a leading innovation for next generation mobility and our quest for making these “two zeroes” a reality. Featuring Nissan’s most advanced safety, driving-control and EV technology — all taken to a new level by AI — the Nissan IDS Concept is a compelling showcase of a promising future.

Summon Your Tesla With New Autopilot Feature [videos]

Tesla luxury electric vehicles can now park themselves in your garage and could also, in a couple of years, drive across the country to pick you up.

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Last Fall, Tesla Version 7.0 software introduced a range of new Autopilot active safety and convenience features to give you more confidence behind the wheel, increase your safety on the road, and make highway driving more enjoyable. The release of Tesla Version 7.1 software continues the improvements to self-driving technology. This release expands Autopilot functionality and introduces the first iteration of Summon. Using Summon, once you arrive home and exit Model S or Model X, you can prompt it to do the rest: open your garage door, enter your garage, park itself, and shut down. In the morning, you wake up, walk out the front door, and summon your car. It will open the garage door and come to greet you. More broadly, Summon also eliminates the burden of having to squeeze in and out of tight parking spots. Eventually, your Tesla will be able to drive anywhere across the country to meet you, charging itself along the way. It will synch with your calendar to know exactly when to arrive. The release of Tesla Version 7.1 software is the next step toward developing fully autonomous driving capabilities and delivering them through over-the-air software updates, keeping Tesla drivers at the forefront of driving technology in the years ahead.