Oct 6th, 2017 News of the Day: Elon Musk delays Tesla Semi unveil to focus on Model 3, Puerto Rico

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  Lydia  ·  Oct 06, 2017 5:00 PM PT
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Elon Musk delays Tesla Semi unveil to focus on Model 3, Puerto Rico

Tesla admittedly went into fall with a lot on the to-do list, but CEO Elon Musk, who also runs SpaceX and SolarCity, may be rearranging plans in order to keep everything in order. Musk tweeted Friday the Tesla Semi truck unveiling, once planned for October 26th, would now take place November 16th.

The Semi timing was shuffled, Musk said, in part to get production of the Tesla Model 3 back on schedule. Last week, the company admitted "production bottlenecks" meant only 260 Model 3s had been built so far, off of the 1,500 target. However, there's also another reason — Musk may be gearing up to have Tesla help Puerto Rico, still devastated by Hurricane Maria, restore power to the island.


Toyota Tj Cruiser concept: the SUV van combo you've been waiting for

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Toyota has revealed the Tj Cruiser, part van, part SUV, possibly the world's first purpose built SUVan? Who knows, but what we do know is it will be debuting as a concept at Tokyo Motor Show later this month, alongside the new Century luxury saloon and GR HV Sports concept.

The angular design, as seen in the images, suggests from the get-go that this is a practical vehicle. The concept has a bonnet, roof and wheel arches which have been designed to resist scratches, dirt and accidental impacts from objects – similar in principle to the padding on the Citroen C4 Cactus.


Sadiq Khan accuses German car makers of "double standards"

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The Mayor of London has written to the UK bosses of Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, accusing the companies of operating "double standards" by not investing millions in clean air programmes in the UK.

Khan pointed out that the three manufacturers have paid £223 million towards the German Government's Sustainable Mobility Fund for Cities. At the same time, the UK Government has only secured £1 million funding from the manufacturers. Khan added that Volkswagen will also have to pay £24 billion in the US for fines, compensations and other settlements from the diesel emissions scandal.


Review-Audi's flagship A8 has an overwhelming amount of tech

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The 2019 Audi A8 is one of the most, if not the most technically advanced cars in the world, so when the company offered a test drive, how could we resist? While we didn't get to see the vaunted Level 3 self-driving, there were still a lot of cutting-edge features on display. If anything, the sheer quantity of technology was a little disconcerting when we drove the A8 through the hills of Valencia, Spain.

There's so much tech on the A8, it's hard to know where to start. Three screens cover the dashboard: one for the instrument cluster in front of the driver, a touchscreen for the Audi MMI infotainment system at center and another touchscreen for climate control that also acts as a writing pad for your finger. Oh, and there's a heads-up display (HUD), of course.

Around the vehicle are a dazzling number of sensors, including long-range radar, four mid-range radars, 360-degree cameras, up to 12 ultrasound cameras and, for the first time in a production car, LIDAR. That's a lot of input data, all of it crunched by a central "zFAS" driver assistance controller. There's also an NVIDIA K1 processing unit to handle the infotainment chores.

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