Google’s autonomy division will instead focus on its Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid test cars. Wave goodbye to the tiny little self-driving pods called “Firefly.” Waymo , formerly known as the Google self-driving car project, is retiring its fleet of cutesy autonomous vehicles that have been in use since 2014. The pod cars, which were introduced to the public three years ago , were used for real-world testing of autonomous car technology. The company says the cars were never intended to be used for the long-term, but instead gave Waymo early information about how to mount sensors, integrate the computer with drive controls, and so on. Collectively, the Firefly pod cars have driven millions of miles without human intervention; in fact, over time, they’ve required humans to take over less and less often . Waymo also developed a special wiper to keep bird poop and other debris off the all-important, roof-mounted LIDAR sensor that allows the cars to “see” their environment. … [Read more...] about Waymo Retires Self-Driving “Firefly” Pod Cars
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Sixth. That's Shane van Gisbergen's worst finishing position in a circuit race since September last year. The Kiwi has been in the form of his life for the past seven months. It started by winning his first Bathurst 1000 in October last year. He then flew straight home to New Zealand, jumped in an AP4-spec Mitsubishi Mirage and won the Battle of Jacks Ridge rally. If gravel rallying wasn't diverse enough, van Gisbergen hung around for the New Zealand Grand Prix at Hampton Downs in January. He hadn't raced a Toyota Racing Series car in well over a decade and is several feet taller than most single-seater jockeys. His fire extinguisher went off right before the race and he had to start from pitlane, but he won the race. In February he went back to Bathurst and won both heats of the Supercars season-opening Mount Panorama 500. Exactly a fortnight before the next round at Sandown, he took a tumble off his mountain bike and broke his collarbone and three ribs. Immediate … [Read more...] about How van Gisbergen’s Supercars win streak stacks up in the history books
Some five decades on, it’s hard to imagine just how easy it was for a versatile driver time to fill his calendar with commitments back in the 1960s. Easy to schedule, that is; extremely hard to fulfill – and crazily difficult to perform strongly across all disciplines. Unless, of course, you were on that plateau of drivers who can make anything go quick. Mario Andretti and Stirling Moss, of course were two. Jimmy Clark, Parnelli Jones, A.J. Foyt, John Surtees also possessed hugely malleable talents. And of course, so too did Dan the Man – Daniel Sexton Gurney – without doubt one of the greatest motorsport figures this or any other country has produced. A good man, a great racer, an innovative engineer, and a dedicated plow-my-own-furrow company leader. As a driver Gurney won in Formula 1, Indy cars, sports cars, Can-Am cars, NASCAR stock cars and Trans-Am truly stock cars! As a constructor, too, he won in F1, Indy cars and sports cars, with his usually elegant All … [Read more...] about Dan Gurney exhibition to open at Petersen Museum
The Aston Martin DB5 used in Goldfinger was believed stolen and dumped at sea – however, investigators may have finally tracked it down elsewhere… The Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger , arguably the most iconic vehicle of all time, was assumed lost after criminal activity whisked the vehicle away 19 years ago. However, Aston’s pinnacle of cinematic automotive history could well be in rude health – hidden away in the Middle East, according to speculation. Frenzied talk though the grapevine accounts for a syndicate tracking down the DB5 'effects car', one of two 1964 models employed for filming the legendary 1960s spy flick, a cinematic adventure that set the tone for all future Bond movies. See also... The Goldeneye DB5 has been sold to a museum – but not just any museum... Fancy a bit of the 007 experience? Have a look inside Sölden's new 007 Elements Fancy buying a DB5 rather than stealing it? We've got loads for sale! … [Read more...] about What happened to the original Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5?
Home Two wheelers oi-Punith Bharadwaj By Punith Bharadwaj Published: Thursday, April 29, 2021, 17:58 [IST] Suzuki launched the much-awaited 2021 Hayabusa Supersport motorcycle in the Indian market. Within days after its launch, the new Hayabusa has been sold out in the country. The motorcycle retails at Rs 16.40 lakh, ex-showroom (India). Suzuki imported only 101 units of the 2021 Hayabusa in its first lot. Days after its launch all the 101 units have been sold out in the country. Out of the three colours options offered on the motorcycle, White was the first colour to get sold out. These first 101 customers will also receive a free rear seat cowl from the company. The company will soon start deliveries of the motorcycle in the country. Further bookings for all the Hayabusa is on hold. The next lot is expected to arrive sometime in August this year and will be open for booking again at the time in the country. … [Read more...] about 2021 Suzuki Hayabusa Sold Out In India Within Days After Launch: Here Is Why!