June 7th, 2017 News of the Day: Tesla teasers Model Y, Bosch teaming up with TomTom

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Original Claire    Jun 07, 2017 5:19 PM PT
June 7th, 2017 News of the Day: Tesla teasers Model Y, Bosch teaming up with TomTom

Tesla teases the Model Y, giving a launch date

At Tesla's shareholders' meeting yesterday, Elon Musk revealed the secretive look of the upcoming Model Y crossover SUV, and a few other details about the vehicle. The CEO gave an interesting statement that he felt it was a "mistake" basing the Model X on the Model S.

"It would have been better to design an SUV the way an SUV should be designed, and design a sedan the way a sedan should be designed."

The release of the new model is estimated to be 2019, and will be built in a new factory as Tesla's Fremont manufacturing facility is currently at capacity. Meanwhile, Tesla is expecting higher demand for the Model Y than for the Model 3.

Bosch, TomTom partner to develop high-resolution mapping system


German auto supplier Bosch cooperates with TomTom on developing a high-resolution mapping system using the supplier's radar sensors.

Bosch said Wednesday that the technology is intended for use in self-driving cars, helping vehicles to determine their location within centimeters. Road data will be collected through radar sensors and TomTom will utilize the data into its mapping system.

"Cars arriving on the market in years to come with the assistance functions of tomorrow will be running the map for the automated vehicles of the future," Bosch board member Dirk Hoheisel said in a statement.

The company said the data collection will begin by 2020, and requires one million vehicles to collect data in North America, Europe and Asia to ensure mapping accuracy.

iOS 11 stops apps like Uber and Waze from accessing user location data at all times


iOS 11 has quietly added a new setting option called "While Using The App", for users to choose to whether an app has permission to a iPhone's location while they are not using the app.

Previously apps like Uber and Waze have been criticized for forcing users to give them full access to the location info even when the app is not being used. This can raise potential for them to quietly collect background information on users.

The new setting is aimed at protecting a user's privacy, and could also help people get more battery life from their iPhone. Currently, the feature It is only available to developer account holders. However, it will roll out to all iPhone owners when iOS 11 is released in September.

Delphi teams up with French transit operator on driverless shuttle project


Auto giant Delphi after partnering with IBM and Intel is adding another partner to its list: the French public transportation operator Transdev Group. The two will work together to launch an on-demand shuttle service using self-driving cars.

Delphi will utilize its control software and over-the-air updates from Movimento, and image-recognition technology from MobileEye. Transdev will provide its routing system.

The pilot program will be launched in Paris and the Normandy region of France later this year. The service will utilize Renault Zoe electric hatchbacks and minivans. The two companies are planning to scale it up to commercial operation by 2019.

Henrik Fisker reveals the nose of EMotion EV


Legendary automotive designer Henrik Fisker revealed a new teaser photo on Twitter today, showing a part of the EMotion sedan, which reportedly will sell at $129,900.

"Eyes like a panther and front design with integrated LiDAR in the black center bright piece." Fisker said in the post.

The LiDAR sensor embedded in the middle implies that the EMotion will have some autonomous driving assists. And according to Fisker, the car model will have an electric range of 400 miles, and the company's UltraCharger system will be able to charge the battery for 100 miles of range in just 9 minutes.

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