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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Audi's future city car concept shown off at CES 2020

One of the leading car brands from Germany, Audi brings a number of the latest concepts and technologies to be displayed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2020) held in Las Vegas recently, including a fully autonomous concept car named Audi AI: ME, which has made its debut at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show some time ago.
Audi AI: ME, a future concept car inspired by the possibilities of level 4 autonomy and packed with computer chips, sensors and mobile technology. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2NvJ83X)
Basically the Audi AI: ME Concept is a preview model of the upcoming Audi electric-powered car, which reportedly will also share the same MEB platform with the VW ID3 and SEAT El Born, bearing in mind the brand is under the same group namely the Volkswagen Group.
Audi AI: ME concept has shown off at the CES 2020, a fully autonomous car without a driver that describes as a lounge for the city of tomorrow, allowing occupants to use their time onboard for communication, entertainment or relaxation. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TrTANu)
On this CES 2020, Audi took the opportunity by allowing its designers to go more deeper beautify the cabin by creating a set of interiors that were very friendly and cozy so that it looked like a 'lounge' that would certainly indulge passengers and drivers to relax in it, because of the self-driving ability of the Audi AI: ME with the steering wheel is attracted automatically into the dashboard shortly after the autonomous driving option turning on.
The Audi AI: ME compact offers maximum interior comfort and a high-tech refuge with automated level 4 driving that allows the steering wheel, instruments, and pedals to be concealed by a surface of open-pore walnut. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2FSxCeL)
Audi also showed off their new technology, including a reality head-up display blended nicely with 3D technology as a collaboration work result with Samsung. This technology is able to show some visuals to the driver with floating images in the distance, ranging from a distance of 10 to more than 70 meters in front of the vehicle, this means the driver's eye does not need to refocus much.
Audi AI: ME concept is an electric-powered city car that has a spacious cabin so that the feet can move freely.. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2st7GTH)
The 'Intelligent Experience' navigation system made by Audi will also be present, featuring artificial intelligence for better safety and driving comfort. The standalone navigation system, which is already offered with a model that is equipped with MMI at the moment, is capable of storing various destination choices and connecting it with the date, time and traffic conditions to suggest a better route.

Audi said that this system in the future will be able to carry out an accurate analysis of the functions and settings that are most preferred by drivers, including seat positions, entertainment lists, route guidance, to temperature and interior fragrances setting. After that, the system will implement the driver's preferences independently.
Besides showing off the Audi AI: ME Concept with its various technologies as mentioned above, at the Audi booth at the CES 2020 also presents the E-Tron Q4 and E-Tron Sportback which have been released earlier. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | CARSCOOPS | AUTO NXT | DIGITAL TRENDS]
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Friday, January 17, 2020

Here's Centoventi, the newest Fiat' EV concept

At one of the world's most famous exhibitions entitled The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020 held in Las Vegas recently, Fiat showed off what it said as the 'Affordable But Cool' or ABC EV concept named Fiat Centoventi. Although previously, this Italian automaker has introduced the concept car at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show last year
Fiat showed off the Centoventi Concept electric car specially designed for the company's 120th anniversary at the CES 2020. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/35XaGpf)
The Fiat concept car name: Centoventi is taken from the Italian which has a meaning for the number of 120. Where those number reflects the Italian manufacturer's journey in the world's automotive industry has entered the age of 120-year-olds.

Previously Fiat also had been launched its car production variants with a numerical notation like that, for example, Fiat 500, Fiat 124 Spider and other. But this time the company did not hesitate to make the electric-powered vehicle concept look more manly with the unusual boxy shaped and also a little bit different from the Fiat's typical design that we used to see in its previous car variants such as the Uno, Panda, etc.
Fiat Centoventi Concept is claimed to be a highly customizable vehicle, meaning that the car owner can continue to change the car looks as needed(Picture from: http://bit.ly/35XaGpf)
From its appearance, the Centoventi is not just a little hatchback, but this smallish city car is designed for always be customizable, meaning that the car owner can continue to change the car looks as needed. Although the photos in circulation use a blend of gray silver and white, that is not necessarily its production color.
See how's simple and cool of the Fiat Centoventi Concept interior design. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/35XaGpf)
Indeed, because Centoventi will be sold in one color. Even the owner can change colors by swapping the roof panel, bumper parts, wheel cover, and choosing a different exterior wrapping. No wonder if Fiat gave the Centoventi car's program name is '4U.' See how the interior design? The interior has a modular design, which will allow the owner to install interior accessories that can be chosen by himself, in plug and play mode.

Likewise its battery, Centoventi can be used to drive as far as 100 km or as far as 480 km. This pattern is similar to what is applied to a Tesla battery with just 1 battery. However, each model is accompanied by a piece of software that limits the range of mileage at the entry-level.
The Fiat Centoventi Concept interior has a modular design and many interior accessories, so it allowed the owner to install the chosen accessories by plug and play system. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/35XaGpf)
Fiat indicates that the batteries used can have extra range, and last longer. This is based on the quote from the release of Fiat "Perfect for urban commuting and a weekend gateway by the sea or in the mountains".

Centoventi has two screens that face outward. One was on the windshield and the other one behind. This means that the driver can project a message to the driver of another car that is passing by, while Centoventi is parking.
Fiat Centoventi Concept looks more manly with the unusual boxy shaped. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/35XaGpf)
Fiat's electric-powered car plan is not yet clear. As we all knew, this Italian automaker has made an electric version of the Fiat 500 variant. And this action is only to fulfill the mandate as a non-emission vehicle and sold only in California alone. Beyond that Fiat has no intention of marketing its 500e in other regions.

So Centoventi is also a clear part of the company plans for the US market, along with the electric version of the Abarth 500 model have to be facing the Mini Cooper SE as the rival. Besides Fiat Centoventi, other brands of its FCA parent company, Chrysler also presents with the Airflow Vision concept. Meanwhile, Jeep has been introduced the hybrid version of Wrangler, Compass, and Renegade.
With so many automotive brands displaying the electric versions of their production vehicles, this gives a positive sign that the world's automotive industry had been steady for entering a new era of vehicle electrification in the near future. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | DIGITAL TRENDS | SOMAG NEWS]
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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Sony's first electric car debuted at the CES 2020

After decades it presences with various electronic products, it was very natural for Sony to join in and follow the current trend of making an EV. And finally at the largest electronic product exhibition titled the CES 2020 held in Las Vegas, the Japanese electronics giant manufacturer launched an electric-powered car prototype called the Sony Vision-S.
The Japanese electronic giant manufacturer, Sony has been revealed its first electric-powered prototype car named Sony Vision-S at the CES 2020 held in Las Vegas. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/385PDSQ)
As quoted from The Verge, this is an electric-powered prototype sedan that features 33 different sensors outside and inside the car and also embedded the company's made entertainment system. It is not surprising that there are so many sensors mounted on this concept car. Given that Sony is an electronics company that is already known as an image sensor developer that can be used to analyze the road in front of a vehicle.

The purpose of installing these sensors is to provide sensitivity and accuracy to the car for everything that happens around it. In other words, the various sensors are able to provide information in real-time, considering that future cars must be smart that are able to think, analyze the surrounding conditions and can drive by itself like a robot.
At glance the design of Sony Vision-S looks similar to the Porsche, especially on the headlights, but its overall front view looks a bit like the Lucid Motors' Air car made. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/385PDSQ)
What makes this car filled with a variety of advanced technology is thanks to Sony's efforts to partner with and work with several world-renowned technology companies such as Bosch and Blackberry, and not to mention Continental, Genetex, Nvidia, and Magna.

Other advanced features installed in this concept car include sensing technology that can detect and recognize passengers inside. This will allow passengers to control the entertainment system. Then on the dashboard of this car is also flanked by an ultra-wide panoramic screen that displays many driving and entertainment information.
Inside Sony Vision-S' cabin displays a widened screen on the dashboard. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2TpIl8a)
The company mentioned that the prototype of this car will realize their contribution to the future of mobility. It is known that Sony Vision-S is also powered by the latest "designed EV platform", which appears to have been engineered by Magna. According to Sony, this car will be able to power other types of vehicles, such as SUVs.
On the cabin also has a pair of screen for passengers hung behind the front seat headrests. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/385PDSQ)
From its exterior appearance, at a glance, the design looks similar to the Porsche. Especially on the headlights, and the overall front view looks a bit like the Lucid Motors' Air car made. Meanwhile, from the inside, the Sony Vision-S car displays a widened screen on the dashboard like that installed by Chinese startup company EV Byton in its car, with a pair of screens for rear-seat passengers hung behind the front seat headrest.

It seems we still have to wait a while longer to find out whether Sony intends to bring  the Vision-S into the mass-production. In addition to the sedan, Sony also plans to make SUV models. This makes sense because the SUV demand trends around the world are showing an increase.
Later, with the presence of sedan and SUV products, this shows the seriousness of Sony to expand its business in the automotive sector. This means that in the future consumers will also benefit from the presence of a variety of electric car brands available on the market.

And at the end of the press conference at CES, Sony also briefly launched the latest logo for their PlayStation 5 gaming platform which will be released in the near future. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | SONY | THE VERGE]
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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Seeing the Blackberry electric motorcycle

Along with the rapid development of technologies that occurs today. Almost no gaps escaped the touch of progress. For example, in the automotive industry can be seen a lot of technological advancements in this sector. So no wonder that invites many other sector business players who want to participate in the development of automotive products.
The newest electric-powered motorcycle named Damon Hypersport Pro was the collaboration result between Damon Motorcycles and Blackberry Mobile shown off at the CES 2020 held in Las Vegas. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/373kTl2)
This can be seen in the CES 2020 event held in Las Vegas recently, and one of them is in the exciting electric motorcycle product that was launched by Damon Motorcycle. Maybe some of the world's automotive enthusiasts do not know those motorcycle brands. Yes, Damon Motorcycle is a Canadian motorcycle manufacturer based in Vancouver.

Might be this Canadian motorcycle company is a new player in the zero-emissions motorcycle industry that had just launched one motorcycle product, so it might be hard for them to compete with other known brands such as the Harley-Davidson brand which had produced electric motorbikes named LiveWire.
The newest electric-powered motorcycle named Damon Hypersport Pro was pinned the Blackberry QNX system allows to monitor traffic around the motorcycle. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Tk2xbx)
But it seems Damon Motorcycle still has a chance in the world's zero-emissions motorcycle market competition if seen its collaboration with Blackberry in order to realize its first electric-powered motorcycle product called Hypersport Pro which is pinned by BlackBerry's QNX system and various advanced features like a smartphone.
The newest electric-powered motorcycle named Damon Hypersport Pro has CoPilot sensor array. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2ti9peV)
For information, the BlackBerry brand was originally under the company Research In Motion (RIM) and mastered the world smartphone market until the early decades of the 2000s. But after experiencing setbacks and from the remnants of RIM, BlackBerry Mobile was born as a company that focuses on the production of android and was acquired by a Chinese company, TCL Communication.

The QNX system functions to monitor traffic around motorbikes. The system created by both parties is called the CoPilot system that can give a collision detection or early warning system for the rider. The system was also combining radar, 1080p 360 degree camera, non-visual sensor, and telematics array. The camera and some sophisticated sensors can read the situation near the motorcycle.

All of those inputs can appear through the head-up display (HUD) on the rider's helmet or the motorcycle's panel display and at the same time, besides the system will alert the rider to the danger via handlebar vibrations (haptic warnings) and illuminated warning lights to prevent a possible accident.
Furthermore, according to Jay Giraud, the Damon Motorcycle CEO, "When you look at the forensics of (motorcycle) accidents in North America, Europe, and Asia, we overlapped all of the data to find that the common parallels. We saw that three-quarters of all motorcycle accidents occur in intersections, and two-thirds of the accidents are caused by drivers. Even though non-motorcyclists like to blame motorcyclists for speed or being crazy, riders are pretty tame, well-behaved people. We're just not seen."
On this motorbike is attached the battery with a capacity of 20 kW and cruising capability reaches 482 km. And the company claimed the motorcycle has the power up to 150 kW or equivalent to 200 horsepower. And the top speed of this eco-friendly sport motorbike reaches 321 kph. And reportedly, besides being produced in limited numbers, the company also will be sold the motorcycle at a price of around the US. $40,000 or around Rp.551 million.

Kept spur your adrenaline on the power of the two-wheeled monster and stay alive with true safety riding. God will forgive Your sins.... *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | DAMON MOTORCYCLES | AUTO NDTV | VISORDOWN | MOBILESYRUP]
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Saturday, January 11, 2020

The Porsche Taycan's 3rd electric sports car was revealed

Porsche once again launched its third version of the electric sports car under the name of Porsche Taycan 4S, after the Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S. This latest car model is Porsche's first electric sports car equipped with the Taycan Turbo drive.
The third model of Porsche electric-powered sports car named Porsche Taycan 4S. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/35t90U3)
The new entry-level model is now available with two battery sizes, allowing the car to go up to 407 km and 463 km. The Porsche Taycan 4S is equipped with a smaller battery that produces power up to 390 kW and 420 kW with a larger battery. The latter matches the well-known batteries from the Taycan Turbo and Turbo S with a gross capacity of 93.4 kWh (83.7 kWh net) which were introduced earlier in September.
Top view of all-new Porsche Taycan 4S. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/35t90U3)
As with the previous two turbo versions, the Taycan 4S uses an exciting permanent synchronous motor (PSM) on both front and rear axles. The difference in performance with those two top models is not only due to its electric power but at least the rear axle of the Taycan 4S also uses a different drive, ie 80 millimeters shorter than the Porsche Taycan Turbo's PSM but still uses a two-speed transmission system.
Dashboard view of all-new Porsche Taycan 4S. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/35t90U3)
Both of these 4S variants can accelerate 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds, which is 0.8 and 1.2 seconds slower than each type of Turbo and Turbo S. The highest speed of this car is 250 km/hour, for both cars this. There is also a difference in maximum charging power which is 270 kW for "Performance Battery Plus" and 270 kW for turbo models, smaller standard batteries have peak charging power at 225 kW.
Rearview of all-new Porsche Taycan 4S. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/35t90U3)
In a vision, Taycan 4S is almost no different from the two variants presented earlier. On the front it has a different design, the side skirt and rear diffuser of the 4S are black. In addition, the brake calipers on Taycan 4S are painted red and also have 19-inch rims that are aerodynamically optimized, while the turbo-type wheels measure up to 21 inches. 
The interior of the Taycan 4S is equipped with partial leather as standard. Taycan 4S can be ordered at European dealers next January. In Germany, prices start from €105,607 or the US. $118,190. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTOR ILLUSTRATED]
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Friday, January 10, 2020

Honda Augmented Driving Concept introduced at the CES 2020

At the CES 2020 which took place in Las Vegas starts on January 7 to 10, 2020, Honda, one of the Japanese vehicle manufacturers, revealed what they were carrying, an AI system that connects the vehicle and driver called the Honda Augmented Driving Concept. Not much detail was revealed about the future vehicle applied system except for the steering wheel system was more focused, and the simply vehicle's image was designed to "respond to cultural shifts to autonomous vehicles."
Honda Augmented Driving Concept is a fully electric, roofless concept car that can transition seamlessly between autonomous and semi-autonomous driving shown off at the CES 2020. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/39IPtm1)
According to Honda, this vehicle applied future system has eight modes between full and semi-autonomous driving functions, and various sensing units mounted on the vehicle can read user behavior and then adjust to the appropriate mode. Then another technology that Honda wants to show in the vehicle applied future system is a redesigned steering wheel system capability to provide a really new driving experience.
Honda Augmented Driving Concept has eight modes between full and semi-autonomous driving functions, various sensing units mounted on the vehicle can read user behavior and then adjust to the appropriate mode. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/39IPtm1)
There is a button if the user wants to use the fully autonomous system, but the car will not wait for the driver to give any commands to enter the autonomous mode. And the Augmented Driving Concept is always watching the driver, for example when he sleepy or starts taking photos from the window of the car or taking his hands off the wheel to do something else. If it detects such an event, the car will automatically take over the wheel.

And the driver must knock the steering wheel twice to start the car, push the steering wheel towards the front to increase speed and pull the steering wheel to the rear to slow down the car.  If the driver wants to go faster and according to the car it is not a good idea, then the car will not add speed. Thus there is no concern for suddenly braking happened.
Honda Augmented Driving Concept used a sophisticated steering wheel system that has a kind of light that illuminates in the middle but not equipped with a throttle pedal. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/39IPtm1)
This sophisticated steering wheel has a kind of light that illuminates in the middle. This also means that the Honda Augmented Driving Concept applying vehicle does not equip with a throttle pedal.
According to Honda, in an autonomous future vehicle, the company believes that customers will be able to enjoy mobility in new ways when released from the driving responsibility. At the same time, the users still have the chance to feel the emotion and the sensation of driving.
Honda Energy Management Concept, aiming to create renewable and convenient ways to collect and store energy. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/39IPtm1)
The overall design of the vehicle cannot be explained, perhaps because it is only used as a platform to show off new technology, though from the picture and video we can see a simple vehicle without a roof, low windshield, large rim, and front with a plastic coating, it was only an illustration to describe the whole system in question.
Honda Mobile Power Pack, which is a portable and swappable battery with a capacity of 1 kWh or more. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/39IPtm1)
Besides that, the Japanese company unveiled a wide range of products and ideas for a greener future ranging from Honda Energy Management Concept, aiming to create renewable and convenient ways to collect and store energy. It consists of the Honda Mobile Power Pack, which is a portable and swappable battery with a capacity of 1 kWh or more.
Honda ESMO Concept (which stands for Electric Smart Mobility), which is a motorized personal mobility device designed to help disabled or elderly people get around. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/39IPtm1)
The Honda Mobile Power Pack could be used for various purposes, in a universal format. The power pack can also be fitted to the Honda ESMO Concept (which stands for Electric Smart Mobility), which is a motorized personal mobility device designed to help disabled or elderly people get around. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | TECH SPORT | MOTOR ILLUSTRATED | AUTOCAR INDIA]
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