News of the Day: Tesla to add 4 more Gigafactories, Samsung approved for self-driving test in Korea

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【Summary】News of the Day for May 1st, 2017.

Original Claire    May 01, 2017 5:10 PM PT
News of the Day: Tesla to add 4 more Gigafactories, Samsung approved for self-driving test in Korea

Tesla might add four more Gigafactories this year

Elon Musk revealed last Friday at TED Conference in Vancouver that Tesla will add "probably four" battery sites in 2017, to continue its push on electric vehicle infrastructure.

According to Electrek, one of the locations will be built in China, another in Europe. And the act is said by Elon Musk to "address the global market".

Verizon invests in self-driving car startup Renovo to show its interest in autonomous industry

Verizon, one of the largest wireless communications provider in U.S., has recently invested in Renovo, an autonomous car operating system provider based in Campbell, California. This is thought by many as an important step for the wireless giant to enter the self-driving car industry. The amount of the funding is unknown, yet it's part of a $10 million round led by True Ventures. Renovo has collected $14.5 million through two rounds of financing.

Samsung got approved to test its autonomous car in South Korea


Samsung has become the latest company to receive approval from the South Korean government, to test its self-driving vehicles on the public roads of the country. 

According to Korean Herald Reports, South Korea's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport gave the OK to the electronics giant, that it can start testing its modified Hyundai test car on road. The self-driving car is equipped with needed sensor and camera installations to run Samsung's software while testing. 

Before Samsung, Hyundai was the first to get approval for self-driving test in February 2016. 

AAA launches its own app for car-sharing service


The American Automobile Association's (AAA) venture wing has recently announced its new app-centered car-sharing service called "Gig", in San Francisco Bay Area cities Berkeley and Oakland California. Drivers can rent a car through the app at rates of $2.5 per mile, $15 per hour or $85 for the entire day. The service can be convenient, as a driver could drop off the car after use at any metered parking space or public parking lot in the hosted cities. This can really save time if you do not need to drop off a car at an agreed location, and can be convenient for BART riders, who can leave the car in nearby bart station parking lots. The program is planned to expand to San Francisco soon. 


India to make every single car electric by 2030


The energy minister of India Piyush Goyal has recently unveiled plans to make every car sold in the country powered by electricity by 2030. 

"We are going to make electric vehicles self-sufficient... The idea is that by 2030, not a single petrol or diesel car should be sold in the country." he said.

The plan is to lower the cost of importing fuel and running vehicles, but more importantly, to ease the extremely serious air pollution in the country. 

Ferrari 40 burned to ashes in Italy


An extremely-rare Ferrari 40 prototype caught fire in Itatly and was burned to the ground. The owner is suspected to be belonging to British billionaire Jon Hunt, who had been on his way to Maranello, Italy to pick up a LaFerrari Aperta when the fire broke out.

The car was believed to be the first shown at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1987. Later it was converted into a Ferrari 40 race car. 

Shanghai Auto Show sees Hybrids or EVs in every major automaker


As China now becomes a powerful player in automobile industry, the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show has seen a series of plug-in hybrids or electric vehicles by major automakers such as the Audi e-tron SUV, Buick Velite 5, Chevrolet FNR-X,and the Honda CR-V Hybrid, giving a strong signal to the world that the country has a strong market for EV sales. 

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