First fatal accident on Autopilot: An accident in which a Model S driver operating in Autopilot mode was killed is being investigated preliminary by the NHTSA. The crash occurred when a tractor-trailer made a left turn in front of the Tesla at an intersection. Neither the driver nor the car’s sensors noticed the oncoming truck, possibly due to its white cover against a brightly lit sky. Already, the tragic case is fuelling the debate around the safety of (semi-) autonomous driving technology, while Tesla announced the advent of update 8.0, including a more responsive Traffic-Aware Cruise Control.
reuters.com, teslamotors.com (Tesla statement), insideevs.com, electrek.co, electrek.co (Update 8.0)
Good news is: The German EV incentive has finally arrived as promised. Since Saturday, buyers of fully electric cars in Germany receive a purchase premium of up to 4,000 euros. Premiums for plug-in hybrids are set at 3,000 euros. The programme has been backdated to May 18th and will continue until 2019 or until the earmarked 600m euros have been paid out.
BMW is moving ahead with a self-driving car despite the Tesla case as it announced plans to launch a fully autonomous vehicle by 2021. Together with Intel and Mobileye, BMW wants to create an open platform and aims at driverless cars that allow for drop-offs, pick-ups, and self-parking.
Paris bans old cars: Vehicles built before 1997 are now banned from entering the French capital on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. The ban is estimated to affect about 10 percent of Paris’ registered vehicles. It may also be expanded in coming years to include all cars registered before 2010.
FF for Formula E: Faraday Future teamed up with team Dragon Racing to enter the electric racing series comes next season with a new electric racer. In 2016/17, a total of 14 races will take place in 12 cities with Montreal and New York featuring double sessions, while London is out.
ff.com, electrek.co (with video), autovolt-magazine.com (2016/17 calendar)
First Hybrid Kia in Mexico: Kia Motors Mexico plans to bring their first hybrid vehicle, the Kia Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle (HUV), to the Mexican market by the end of the year.
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