Friday, January 15

Automotive

Automotive, BMW, digital car key, News, Ultra Wideband

BMW to offer more secure digital keys with ultra-wideband technology

BMW is set to deliver an even better digital car key experience with the addition of ultra-wideband (UWB) support included in the iPhone 11 and 12 series. The automaker has been using Apple's Car Key feature since its launch, but a new announcement seems to take it further by leveraging UWB so you don't even have to take the phone out of your pocket to unlock it. This feature will not be coming to older BMW cars and will only be included in the upcoming BMW iX electric car. This is likely because BMW needs to add UWB to its cars for this functionality to work. UWB technology can make this work because it enables ultra-precise location tracking. For example, if two iPhones with UWB are sitting next to each other at a table, they s...
Automotive, BC, British Columbia, Canada, EV, News

BC doubles electric vehicle incentives for businesses

The British Columbia government is doubling its EV incentives for some businesses. The actual name of the program is Special Use Vehicle Incentive and it applies to a wide range of businesses differently. Local governments, the public sector, and non-profit organizations can get 33 percent of the cost of an electric vehicle up to $ 100,000. Previously, this incentive only went up to $ 50,000. The hotel and tourism industries can recoup 66 percent of an electric vehicle up to $ 100,000. This incentive does not allow companies to buy Teslas, but instead focuses on buses, food delivery trucks or battery or hydrogen transport trucks. Specialty-use vehicles such as motorcycles, electric cargo bikes, and low-speed utility trucks also ...
Automotive, Model S, Model X, News, Tesla

Tesla Model S and X Possibly Recalled in the US, Not Canada Yet

In the United States, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is trying to force Tesla to recall some Tesla Model S and X vehicles due to display problems. So far, Transport Canada hasn't issued a similar recall, but since the issue is related to the display hardware, it seems likely that Canadian models are experiencing the same issues. This issue is caused by a worn out flash memory chip in 2012-2018 Model S sedans and 2012-2018 Model X crossovers, according to Motherboard. Every time a driver starts their car, this chip wears out a bit more, with reports claiming that screens lock up after five to six years of use. Tesla is aware of this and has projected a large number of repairs between 2020 and 2028, most of them ...
android, Android Auto, Automotive, News

Next Android Auto update adding custom wallpapers and shortcuts

It seems that the next version of Android Auto will allow people to set custom wallpapers and shortcuts. This update will come in Android Auto 6.0 according to XDA Developers but it is unclear if users will be able to set their own wallpapers or if users can upload their own images. There seem to be 18 images to choose from. You can see 12 of them in Mishaal Rahman tweet thread and the other six in the XDA Developers website.Android Auto 6.0 APK added 12 new wallpapers in preparation for the "custom" wallpaper picker. Are here:https://t.co/vpVwvXYDvi pic.twitter.com/2Uz3wNcZNv - Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) January 13, 2021All the wallpapers that are pre-loaded in the app are pretty simple images with larger color blocks ...
Automotive, chevy bolt, EV, GM, News

New Chevy Bolt vehicles arriving next month

After being pushed back, it looks like GM will open the curtain on the next two EVs in the Bolt lineup. To be clear, none of these vehicles are new. GM has been hinting at them for the past year, but now we know when the full disclosures will arrive. The first vehicle will be a revamp of the existing Chevy Bolt EV, GM's economy EV, and the second will be a new, larger crossover-style EV under the Bolt name. Given that both cars are Bolts and don't have the Ultium battery pack, it wouldn't be a stretch to consider these to be the entry points to the automaker's line of electric vehicles. This larger Bolt is the more exciting of the two vehicles, as it is slated to introduce GM's SuperCruise driver assistance program, putting it on...
Automotive, Google, Google Assistant, google assistant driving mode, News

Google is getting closer to launching its Android Auto replacement

New reports have surfaced this week that Google is still beta testing the new Wizard-based 'Driving Mode' complete with pictures, and it doesn't seem like much so far. When Google first showed off the assistant driving mode in spring 2019, it was a flawless replacement for the phone's screen version of Android Auto. Now the feature is rolling out to a 'Preview' in the US, giving us a clearer view of the software. For example, this preview isn't even part of the Google Assistant app and is instead buried within Google Maps. That being said, it still seems to offer many of the same features as before. MobileSyrup you can't test the feature because it's only rolling out to people in the US, but 9to5Google It says it works much like ...
GM launches new company called BrightDrop to electrify delivery services
Automotive, brightdrop, GM, News

GM launches new company called BrightDrop to electrify delivery services

 GM has launched a new branch of its company called BrightDrop, which is focused on developing smart power tools to help shipping companies like FedEx generate less emissions and facilitate faster deliveries.There are quite a few layers to the BrightDrop plan, but it seems to focus on a new electric warehouse pallet, and an electric delivery vehicle and the software used to keep all of these systems in order.The EP1The electric pallet has been dubbed 'EP1' and its aim is to move objects short distances, such as from a truck to your door or from a warehouse shelf to a delivery van.BrightDrop says this device is due out in early 2021 and can hit up to 3 mph (4 km / h) depending on how fast the user walks. It can also carry 23 cubic feet of cargo and up to 200 pounds....
Apple, Automotive, Hyundai, News

Apple and Hyundai reportedly to sign electric car deal in March

Hyundai and Apple are reportedly planning to sign a partnership for autonomous cars in March, as reported by Reuters. Reuters has cited a report from Korea IT News, which states that production of the vehicles would begin at Kia's Georgia factory. The publication reports that around 100,000 electric vehicles would be produced in 2024. However, a "beta" version of the Apple car could be ready as early as 2022. Previous reports have suggested that the Apple car would take advantage of cutting-edge battery technology to extend range and improve safety. LiDAR sensors could also be used to help the car navigate its surroundings. Hyundai previously acknowledged that it was in talks with Apple, but had stated that the tech giant was als...
Automotive, Model Y, News, Tesla

Tesla Adds Standard-Range Model Y in Canada for $ 56,290

Tesla has added a lower-end Model Y crossover to the mix priced at $ 56,290 CAD. This is a significant price drop compared to the car's previous base cost of $ 69,000 for the 'Long Range' trim. That being said, it's not all pink as the standard range option only has an estimated range of 393km. Along with the additional equipment package, Tesla has also unlocked the option for people to order the crossover with an optional third seat trailer, making the Model Y a seven-seater. These seats can be folded along the rear of the car to provide some room for cargo. This add-on costs an additional C $ 4,000. When Musk announced the Model Y in 2019, the standard range trim had a range of around 370 km and was priced at $ 51,915 CAD. Th...
Apple, Automotive, car, electric vehicles, News

Apple’s autonomous electric vehicle is ‘at least half a decade’ away: report

Apple still has a long way to go before it is ready to launch its own autonomous electric vehicle (EV), according to BloombergramReliable Apple reporter Mark Gurman. According to Gurman's sources, Apple is "at least half a decade away" from launching its autonomous electric vehicle. That said, Gurman reports that the vehicle is "nowhere near the production stage." This lines up with a December report that Apple's car won't debut until at least 2024, and another December report from KGI Securities analyst and frequent Apple whistleblower Ming-Chi Kuo that it won't arrive until 2025-2028. . Currently, Apple has a small team of engineers who "develop powertrains, body designs for the interior and exterior of the vehicle with the goal...
Automotive, News, Supercharger, Tesla, Tesla supercharger

Tesla updates Supercharger map with 44 chargers in prospect in Canada

Tesla is at the forefront when it comes to electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and plans to increase that leadership with 44 new chargers in Canada. It appears the automaker updated its Supercharger map on January 4, according to a report from Tesla north, with a list of new loader construction sites. However, it is not all good news, as some sites have also been removed. If you want to see the full map to find a nearby charger, you can open it here. The majority of potential chargers are slated to arrive throughout 2021, with some being labeled 'Q4 2021'. There are some slated for 2022 as well, but if all goes the way it looks like Canada will have a lot more Tesla chargers installed by the end of 2021. While this loo...