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Weekly Roundup, Good Friday 19 April 2019

The evolution of the Qantas logo.  One of our favorite airlines and logos.  See article below on “changing the paint job”. Good morningI hope your Good Friday is off to a good start, and your Easter Weekend will be spent most pleasantly, including, for the Christians among our readers, some extra time pondering and being thankful for our salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus.If this was New Zealand, we’d all be on holiday today (and also Monday), but, alas, here in the US, most of us are prob...
Tags: Airlines, Cars, Cruising, Miscellaneous, Newsletter, Science, Tech, Weird and Wacky


The “Khan” might be the most otherworldly BMW bike ever made

Pretty much bridging the gap between concept bikes and concept art for games and movies, Mehmet Doruk Erdem’s “Khan” is an eclectic mix of unbelievable, dangerous, and beautiful. However, if you’ve followed Mehmet’s work in the past, you know exactly what level of aesthetic beauty the Turkish designer works on. Khan, in many ways is classic Mehmet, but at the same time it’s just surreal for us mere mortals who have, up until now, only seen relatively normal-looking motorbikes.Erdem’s “Khan” conc...
Tags: Automotive, Motorcycle, BMW, BMW motorrad, Customized Bike, Khan, Mehmet Doruk Erdem, R 1100 R


Uber’s self-driving car unit raises $1B from Toyota, Denso and Vision Fund ahead of spin-out

Uber’s has confirmed it will spin out its self-driving car business after the unit closed $1 billion in funding from Toyota, auto-parts maker Denso and SoftBank’s Vision Fund. The development has been speculated for some time — as far back as October — and it serves to both remove a deeply-unprofitable unit from the main Uber business: helping Uber scale back some of its losses, while giving Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group (known as Uber ATG) more freedom to focus on the tough challenge of br...
Tags: Uber, Japan, Ipo, Softbank, Tech, Automotive, Toyota, ATG, DENSO, Dara Khosrowshahi, SoftBank Vision Fund, Vision Fund, Uber s Advanced Technologies Group, Uber ATG, Shigeki Tomoyama, Toyota Group


This RFID-blocking key-fob case works like a faraday cage to protect your car from theft

Just like your contact-less payment cards stand a chance of being tapped into by a miscreant with a POS device, your car’s key-fob stands a risk of being hacked into, its signal being boosted or duplicated, and used to unlock your car. Ever since the introduction of remote-controlled key-fobs, car theft hasn’t decreased, but rather has seen a 56% spike according to the office of national statistics.The problem with key-fobs is that security for this is easy to compromise. People have been know...
Tags: Deals, Design, Tesla, Automotive, Rfid, Aston Martin, Popular, Product Design, Random, James Whitfield, KeyBlock, Sean Sykes, James Whitfield Sean SykesClick, KeyBlock KeyBlock, Mint Condition Now


Artist Designs Classic Cars Inspired By Exotic Wild Animals

Aston Martin DB5 from 1963 Let’s admit it, almost everyone has a fantasy of owning a super-cool classic or vintage car. For some of us, these cars remind us of the good old times, for the rest of us, they are associated with romantic movies where the main character brings his girlfriend to an unforgettable adventure on the road. These cars are pretty much guaranteed to cost a fortune but one can... Source
Tags: Design, Animals, Cars, Aston Martin, Classic, Frédéric Müller


From rugged wagons to hot sports cars, the 2019 NY Auto Show had it all

From city cars to supercars, anything goes at the New York Auto Show. Automakers from all over the globe traveled to the 2019 show to unveil their newest concept cars and production models. The post From rugged wagons to hot sports cars, the 2019 NY Auto Show had it all appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Cars, News, 2019 New York Auto Show


Phantom Auto raises $13.5M to expand remote driving business to delivery bots and forklifts

Remote driving startup Phantom Auto has raised $13.5 million of financing in a Series A round led by Bessemer Venture Partners — capital used to expand a logistics business targeting sidewalks, warehouses and cargo yards, all the places where autonomy and teleoperation are being deployed today. The startup, founded in 2017, has raised about $19 million to date. Byron Deeter and Tess Hatch from Bessemer have joined Phantom’s board. The so-called “race” to deploy self-driving trucks, robotaxi ...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Bessemer Venture Partners, Phantom, Byron Deeter, Bessemer, Katz, Elliot Katz, Phantom Auto, Tess Hatch, Phantom Auto co, Shai Magzimof, Terberg Katz


Tesla’s board is about to get a lot smaller

Tesla is cutting its board down by more than 36 percent to seven directors by 2020, a move that includes the loss of some CEO Elon Musk’s early advisers and allies, according to regulator filings posted Friday. Longtime board member Brad Buss and Linda Johnson Rice, who joined two years ago as an independent director, will not seek re-election this year. Their terms will expire at the upcoming annual meeting. The board said in the proxy filing that it doesn’t plan to fill their seats. The ...
Tags: Automotive, Transportation, Antonio Gracias, Board Member, Ceo, Chairman, Elon Musk, Hyperloop, Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, Partner, SpaceX, Steve Jurvetson, Tesla, Transport, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission


Nikola previews $80K NZT off-road EV speedster with 590 horsepower

Nikola Motor is taking reservations for the NZT, a high-performance, all-electric off-highway vehicle (OHV). The $80K NZT has 590 horsepower, 775 foot-pounds of torque, and reaches 60 miles per hour in 4 seconds. The post Nikola previews $80K NZT off-road EV speedster with 590 horsepower appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Nikola, Nikola Motor, Nikola NZT, off-road EV


16 arrested in theft of up to 100 Car2Go ridesharing vehicles in Chicago

As many as 100 Mercedes-Benz vehicles belonging to carsharing service Car2Go were stolen in Chicago. Police are still working to recover all of the cars, which are equipped with GPS, and 16 people are in custody. The post 16 arrested in theft of up to 100 Car2Go ridesharing vehicles in Chicago appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Chicago, Carsharing, Mercedes Benz, Car2go


Toyota leads $1 billion investment in Uber’s self-driving tech division

In a move that has been a long time coming, Uber filed its S-1 documents, which sets the stage for the company to finally go public with an initial public offering. The company could be valued at more than $100 billion. The post Toyota leads $1 billion investment in Uber’s self-driving tech division appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Business, Cars, News, Initial Public Offering, Ipo, Uber, Valuation


The best used car websites for 2019

Shopping for a used car isn't easy, especially when the salesman is looking to make a quick sale. Thankfully, there are plenty of sites aimed at the prospective buyer, whether you're looking for a sedan or a newfangled hybrid. The post The best used car websites for 2019 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Buying Guides, Cars, Web, Automotive, Autotrader, KBB, Websites


21 charged in Chicago carsharing heist; 100+ cars stolen, many still missing

More than 100 Mercedes-Benz vehicles belonging to carsharing service Car2Go were stolen in Chicago. Police are still working to recover all of the cars, which are equipped with GPS, and 21 people have been charged. The post 21 charged in Chicago carsharing heist; 100+ cars stolen, many still missing appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Cars, News, Car2go, Carsharing


The VR goggles you wear to shoot alien ships is helping Magna design car parts

Canadian automotive supplier Magna has started using virtual reality in its research and development department. The technology helps engineers get a better view of what they're working on, whether it's an interior part or a powertrain. The post The VR goggles you wear to shoot alien ships is helping Magna design car parts appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Cars, News, Virtual Reality


The best tuner cars for 2019

Modification has been around almost as long as the automobile itself. Here are 25 of the best tuner cars you can find, ranging from American muscle standouts to Japanese drift cars. The post The best tuner cars for 2019 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Cars, Trends, Custom Cars, Tuner Cars, Buying Guides, Modified Cars


Kia’s HabaNiro concept is an autonomous electric car that knows when you’re sad

Debuting at the 2019 New York Auto Show, the Kia HabaNiro concept is supposed to preview the future of the everyday car. That future will include artificial intelligence tech that can read the driver's emotions, according to Kia. The post Kia’s HabaNiro concept is an autonomous electric car that knows when you’re sad appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Artificial Intelligence, Concept Cars, Kia, New York Auto Show, 2019 New York Auto Show


Mercedes-Benz gives the tech-savvy 2020 CLA more power at New York Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz introduced the second-generation CLA during CES 2019, and it will expand the lineup when it unveils a midrange model named CLA 35 at the upcoming 2019 New York Auto Show. The post Mercedes-Benz gives the tech-savvy 2020 CLA more power at New York Auto Show appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, Trends, Luxury cars, New York Auto Show, Mercedes Benz, CLA, CES 2019


From rugged wagons to hot sports cars, the 2019 NY Auto Show brought it all

From city cars to supercars, anything goes at the New York Auto Show. Automakers from all over the globe traveled to the 2019 show to unveil their newest concept cars and production models. The post From rugged wagons to hot sports cars, the 2019 NY Auto Show brought it all appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Cars, News, 2019 New York Auto Show


Qiantu K50 is a Chinese electric sports car that’s coming to the U.S.

The Qiantu K50 is a Chinese electric sports car that will be marketed in the United States by California-based Mullen Technologies. The carbon-fiber bodied, 402-horsepower K50 is expected to go on sale in 2020. The post Qiantu K50 is a Chinese electric sports car that’s coming to the U.S. appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, California, Cars, Trends, United States, Sports Cars, Electric Cars, U S, Mullen Technologies, Qiantu K50, 2019 New York Auto Show, Qiantu



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