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Hardcore F1 fans might feel short-changed by Drive to Survive season 3

Hardcore F1 fans might feel short-changed by Drive to Survive season...

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Valtteri Bottas (L) and Lewis Hamilton (R) shake hands after a race. Bottas gets far more screen time than his teammate, who only broke a number of long-standing F1 records in 2020. It's an odd omission by Netflix. Netflix For a year dominated by social justice issues and protests over racist police brutality, we expected…
Chinese military restricts use of Teslas over security concerns

Chinese military restricts use of Teslas over security concerns

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The Chinese government is restricting the use of Tesla vehicles at military bases, some state-owned enterprises, and other sensitive facilities, The Wall Street Journal reports. Tesla vehicles have eight cameras outside the vehicle and an internal camera facing the driver. "The move follows a government security review of Tesla’s vehicles, which Chinese officials said raised…
Real-world Supercross tracks have been influenced by the sport’s video game

Real-world Supercross tracks have been influenced by the sport’s video game

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An average Supercross track uses 5,500 cubic feet (155 m3) of dirt, which is built into a track inside an existing stadium. Each track will be different based on the particular nature of the stadium, plus the locally sourced dirt. This is a view of the layout used in Houston. Monster Energy Supercross This is…
Elon Musk formally declares himself Technoking of Tesla

Elon Musk formally declares himself Technoking of Tesla

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Enlarge / Then-future Technoking Elon Musk enjoying some cannabis on Joe Rogan's podcast.Joe Rogan Tesla CEO Elon Musk is now Tesla's Technoking, the company said in an official filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Tesla Chief Financial Officer Zach Kirkhorn is now "Master of Coin." The two men will retain their previous titles, the…
Kia rolls out a new design philosophy for its next electric crossover

Kia rolls out a new design philosophy for its next electric...

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This is Kia's next electric vehicle, called the EV6. Kia It's the first Kia to use the brand's new "opposites united" design philosophy. Kia The EV6's styling doesn't push my buttons quite like the Hyundai Ioniq 5 (which shares its platform) but it's far from ugly. Kia The interior is a bit more conventional than…
Federal investigators blast Tesla, call for stricter safety standards

Federal investigators blast Tesla, call for stricter safety standards

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Enlarge / A Tesla Model X on a highway. The National Transportation Safety Board has filed comments blasting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for its permissive regulation of driver-assistance systems. The letter was dated February 1 but was only spotted by CNBC's Lora Kolodny on Friday. The letter repeatedly calls out Tesla's Autopilot for its lax…
Short-selling firm accuses Lordstown of exaggerating truck pre-orders

Short-selling firm accuses Lordstown of exaggerating truck pre-orders

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Aurich Lawson / Getty Images The short-selling firm Hindenburg Research has published a new report alleging that startup electric truckmaker Lordstown Motors has been exaggerating customer demand to aid in fundraising. CEO Steve Burns has claimed that Lordstown already has more than 100,000 pre-orders—enough to keep its Ohio factory busy for more than a year…
Drivers are 24% more likely to speed when using adaptive cruise control

Drivers are 24% more likely to speed when using adaptive cruise...

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Enlarge / Before anyone else runs to the comments to point it out, almost no adaptive cruise control systems will engage at speeds above 95 mph. Peter Dazeley/Getty Images Another day, another Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study looking at how people are using advanced driver assistance systems. Like the study we covered on Wednesday,…
Strapping a giant teddy bear to a car in the name of highway safety

Strapping a giant teddy bear to a car in the name...

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Enlarge / Would you notice if a large pink bear in a high-vis vest drove past you on the highway? Depending on your perspective, the advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) that are appearing in more and more new cars are either a panacea for an epidemic of distracted driving or a reaction to a driving…
Tesla: “Full self-driving beta” isn’t designed for full self-driving

Tesla: “Full self-driving beta” isn’t designed for full self-driving

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Enlarge / YouTuber Brandon M captured this drone footage of his Tesla steering toward a parked car using the FSD beta software. "Oh Jeeeesus," he said as he grabbed the steering wheel. The transparency site PlainSite recently published a pair of letters Tesla wrote to the California Department of Motor Vehicles in late 2020. The…

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