Google, Honda, Visio.M, Salukis.
Google showed off its driverless vehicle to staff and visitors at its California campus this week. The electric cars have already driven themselves for more than 700,000 miles, but still have problems to cope in heavy rain or snow. Google hopes the cars will be roadworthy within the next five years.
Honda Fit is not so fit: For the fifth time this year, Honda had to recall its hybrid in Japan – a total of 426,000 vehicles there have to go back. 183 units overseas are concerned as well. The recall will cost about 53 million dollars. Honda CEO and two executives will take pay cuts to fund more quality control.
Technical details on the Visio.M: The lightweight (450 kg) EV features a 13.5 kWh Li-ion battery and a 15 kW motor that allows for a maximum speed of 120 kp. The two-seater is equipped with a 360 degree monitoring system that activates integrated passenger protection ahead of a crash.
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E-bike for the desert: Three students from Dubai have developed the country’s first electric motorcycle fit for the dunes. The Salukis can be equipped with extra wide tyres for more stability, has a range of 80 km and a maximum speed of 93 kph.
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