Thursday, 10 August 2017

Fully autonomous suitcase & robot



The Luggage
Credit: Josh Kirby/Terry Pratchett/Irresistibly Fish

Do you remember The Luggage1 from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels?

This Indiegogo project appears to come closer than anything I had imagined possible:



More detail at:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/travelmate-a-fully-autonomous-suitcase-and-robot-technology--2/x/9010251#/
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1The Luggage is a fictional object that appears in several of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. Its function is to act as both a luggage carrier & bodyguard for its owner, against whom no threatening motion should be made. The Luggage is fiercely defensive of its owner, & is generally homicidal in nature, killing or eating several people & monsters & destroying various ships, walls, doors, & other obstacles throughout the books.”

Discworld Wiki: “The Luggage”, https://discworld.wikia.com/wiki/The_Luggage

/ fully autonomous suitcase luggage case travel robot /

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Bollinger B1, all-electric “sport utility truck” – video


Bollinger B1 all-electric, “sport utility truck”.
Credit: Bollinger/Off-Road.com

Enzo Ferrari has been quoted as saying, “Aerodynamics are for people who can't build engines.”1 While the Bollinger B1 all-electric, “sport utility truck”, could hardly be more different than anything that Enzo ever produced, it appears to share his contempt for aerodynamics. Although, if performance claims are realised, the Bollinger wouldn't be disgraced at the drag strip beside one of Enzo's creations.

● 360 horsepower (268 kW)
● 472 lb-ft torque (348 Nm)
● 4.5 seconds 0-60 mph (0-96.6 km per hour)
● top speed 127 mph (204 km per hour)

Drag strip potential aside, this, “sport utility”, is light on the sport, heavy on the utility.


Bollinger B1 has a frunk2 too.
Credit: Bollinger


Pass-through from the frunk to the tailgate. Note the orange cable – mains power sockets included.
Credit: Bollinger/Inhabitat

Folding & removable rear seats + wide, flat rear payload area gives the Bollinger B1 capacious & flexible load carrying capacity. Pass-through from the frunk2 to the tailgate, allows long loads which exceed the wheelbase.

Removable rear canopy & adaptable rear window allows configuration as a two-row cabin ending at the tailgate (above), or as a single-row cabin with an open tray (top).

● battery options: 60 kWh (range 120 miles) & 100 kWh (200 miles).
● aluminum chassis – 295 lbs (134 kg)
● HSLA steel3 roll cage
● mass 3,900 pounds (1,769 kg) with the smaller battery pack
● payload, 6,100 pounds (2,767 kg)
● towing capacity, 6100 pounds
● self-levelling hydro-pneumatic suspension
● ground clearance 15.5-inches (39.4 cm)
● wheel travel 10 inches (25.4 cm)
● sway bars can be disconnected to allow full articulation
● separate motors drive the front & rear wheels for constant four wheel drive
● electronic locking differentials front & rear



The Verge – The Bollinger B1 is an all-electric truck with 360 horsepower & up to 200 miles of range
https://www.theverge.com/transportation/2017/7/27/16052118/bollinger-b1-electric-sport-truck-outdoors

Manufacturer's web site
http://bollingermotors.com/
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1 BrainyQuote: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/e/enzoferrar291952.html


2 Frunk = front trunk
Wiktionary: “frunk”, https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/frunk


3 HSLA steel = High-strength low-alloy steel
Wikipedia: “High-strength low-alloy steel”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-strength_low-alloy_steel

/ Bollinger B1 all-electric sport utility truck /

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Tesla ModelS 100D drove over 1,000 km on a single charge



Electrek – “A Tesla Model S 100D just drove 670 miles (1,078km) on a single charge”
https://electrek.co/2017/08/04/a-tesla-model-s-100d-just-drove-670-miles-1078km-on-a-single-charge/

Inverse – “Tesla Model S Sets New Record For Distance Traveled On One Charge”
https://www.inverse.com/article/35133-tesla-model-s-sets-new-record-for-distance-traveled-on-one-charge
/ Tesla Model S 100D drove 670 miles 1,078km single charge hypermiling record in a Model S 560 miles 901 km on a charge Tesla CEO Elon Musk over 1000 km should be possible in a 100D with the right tires Tesla Owners group in Italy challenge shatter previous hypermiling record Model S 100D beating over 100 miles 670 miles over 1,000 kilometres kilometers km on a single charge record announced tweet by Tesla Owners Italia photo showing car’s since last charge entry trips function vehicle display well documented previous hypermiling records car used 98.4 kWh energy go 1,078 kilometers 670 miles very impressive 91 Wh/km 144 Wh/mi mile usual efficiency Model S nearly 300 Wh/mi tweet hitting the 1,000km mark efficiency efficient achieving 88Wh/km pretty low speed travel traveled travelling average 23 miles per hour after reaching 1,000km driver went live in a facebook video viewed Tesla Owners Italy’s facebook video hypermiling records your mileage may vary electric vehicles EV EV’s EPA range number EPA range driving more or less efficiently conditions require how far can it go EPA range number most accurate average answer to this question /

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Tesla Model 3 – first drive – update



Tesla Model 3, Franz von Holtzhausen,1 Motor Trend Testing Director Kim Reynolds
Credit: Motor Trend

Just thirty-six hours before the Tesla Model 3 Handover Event, Motor Trend got to drive Franz von Holtzhausen’s1 personal example.

Unsurprisingly in a test of an electric car, the drivetrain figures prominently, but this was unexpected:

“At speed, it gains a laser-alertness I haven’t encountered before. By happenstance, associate road test editor Erick Ayapana had penciled me into a 2.0-liter Alfa Romeo Giulia to get here, & it feels like a wet sponge by comparison.”

http://www.motortrend.com/cars/tesla/model-3/2018/exclusive-tesla-model-3-first-drive-review/


Credit: News.com

Update: Jack Stewart drove a Model 3 for Wired too:
https://www.wired.com/story/i-drove-a-tesla-model-3/

Update: Bloomberg – “Driving Tesla’s Model 3 Changes Everything”
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-31/driving-tesla-s-model-3-changes-everything
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1 Franz von Holtzhausen – chief designer for Tesla & veteran of VW, GM & Mazda
Wikipedia – “Franz von Holzhausen”, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_von_Holzhausen

/ road test test drive Tesla Model 3 handover event Tesla Model 3 delivery event Fremont factory Elon Musk Tesla Motors Elon Musk LiIon lithium ion lithium iron phosphate LiFeO4 charge recharge battery Model S Model 3 range capacity kilo Watt hour Supercharger 4WD 4 wheel drive 2 wheel drive rear wheel drive RWD LiIon battery pack cell battery electric vehicle EV battery lithium ion LiIon charge battery electric vehicle BEV Elon Musk released very first images very first Tesla Model 3 release candidate Tesla started production release candidate Model 3 vehicles cars made almost entirely production machines test production process vehicles themselves video of the Model 3 no visible changes we can see the cameras for the Autopilot sensor suite see the camera in the Tesla badge front fender pillar on the side slight adjustments front fascia headlights video is very low-res Model 3 another color than silver red matte black spot other changes release candidate definitely significant difference front end Model 3 release candidate live streaming Tesla Model 3 unveil event on Tesla.com beginning at 8.30pm PDT March 31st reservations Model 3 worldwide two ways to make a reservation queue visit your local Tesla make a reservation online Tesla.com live unveil Tesla model 3 electric car mass market car electric vehicle EV steel aluminium twenty percent smaller 20% smaller automation automate robot production line 75 kWh kiloWatt hour /

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Tesla Model 3 Handover Event – 28 July, 2017* – video



Not much new information provided at the event – that's almost all of it above
Credit: Tesla/YouTube

The video begins with a 10-second count-down to ... 2 minutes of black screen until ...

02:15 video starts – lip-sync was poor over the slow link I was using – YMMV

12:00 Project Loveday – based on the suggestion of a fifth grader, that Tesla should make use of advertisements created by enthusiasts

22:39 Elon Musk begins to speak
32:34 specifications – image above is a crop from the video


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* Friday 28 July 8:45pm US Pacific Time
= Saturday 29 July 03:45 GMT
= Saturday 29 July 13:45 Australian EST / Tesla Model 3 handover event Tesla Model 3 delivery event Fremont factory Elon Musk Tesla Motors Elon Musk LiIon lithium ion lithium iron phosphate LiFeO4 charge recharge battery Model S Model 3 range capacity kilo Watt hour Supercharger 4WD 4 wheel drive 2 wheel drive rear wheel drive RWD LiIon battery pack cell battery electric vehicle EV battery lithium ion LiIon charge battery electric vehicle BEV Elon Musk released very first images very first Tesla Model 3 release candidate Tesla started production release candidate Model 3 vehicles cars made almost entirely production machines test production process vehicles themselves video of the Model 3 no visible changes we can see the cameras for the Autopilot sensor suite see the camera in the Tesla badge front fender pillar on the side slight adjustments front fascia headlights video is very low-res Model 3 another color than silver red matte black spot other changes release candidate definitely significant difference front end Model 3 release candidate live streaming Tesla Model 3 unveil event on Tesla.com beginning at 8.30pm PDT March 31st reservations Model 3 worldwide two ways to make a reservation queue visit your local Tesla make a reservation online Tesla.com live unveil Tesla model 3 electric car mass market car electric vehicle EV steel aluminium twenty percent smaller 20% smaller automation automate robot production line 75 kWh kiloWatt hour /

Friday, 28 July 2017

First Tesla Model 3 deliveries Friday 28 July 8:45pm US PT – update


Update – coverage, including video of the event at: https://hhg2tech.blogspot.com/2017/07/tesla-model-3-handover-event-28-july.html

Credit: Tesla/Teslarati


Friday 28 July 8:45pm US Pacific Time
= Saturday 29 July 03:45 GMT
= Saturday 29 July 13:45 Australian EST

Teslarati – “Tesla Model 3 delivery event: Fremont factory, 7pm (PT) on July 28, Musk to present at 9pm”
https://www.teslarati.com/teslas-model-3-delivery-event-fremont-factory-7pm-july-28-musk-9pm/
/ Tesla Model 3 delivery event Fremont factory Elon Musk Tesla Motors Elon Musk LiIon lithium ion lithium iron phosphate LiFeO4 charge recharge battery Model S Model 3 range capacity kilo Watt hour Supercharger 4WD 4 wheel drive 2 wheel drive rear wheel drive RWD LiIon battery pack cell battery electric vehicle EV battery lithium ion LiIon charge battery electric vehicle BEV Elon Musk released very first images very first Tesla Model 3 release candidate Tesla started production release candidate Model 3 vehicles cars made almost entirely production machines test production process vehicles themselves video of the Model 3 no visible changes we can see the cameras for the Autopilot sensor suite see the camera in the Tesla badge front fender pillar on the side slight adjustments front fascia headlights video is very low-res Model 3 another color than silver red matte black spot other changes release candidate definitely significant difference front end Model 3 release candidate live streaming Tesla Model 3 unveil event on Tesla.com beginning at 8.30pm PDT March 31st reservations Model 3 worldwide two ways to make a reservation queue visit your local Tesla make a reservation online Tesla.com live unveil Tesla model 3 electric car mass market car electric vehicle EV steel aluminium twenty percent smaller 20% smaller automation automate robot production line 75 kWh kiloWatt hour /

Friday, 21 July 2017

3 lucky guys ...

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