Aston Martin’s Self-driving Laconda, LM-RB 001


Aston Martin unveiled its entry into self-autonomous vehicles with the AM-RB 001

Editorial note: were I working for RD it would’ve been designated AM JB 007 for reasons obvious to every Bond fan.

Assuming you’re willing to give up the wheel on this sleek beast, this wonder will boast all the self-automation features (car-avoidance, self-park, lane change) features that we will eventually all grow to know, love and expect of our cars. In addition AM is placing a focus on cyber-security; likely in response to reports we seen of car systems being compromised.

Which threat is greater: car-jacking or car-hacking?

Either way, the model, which debuted this week at the Toronto Car show, isn’t available yet, so we’ve time to start saving our pennies and pounds.

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A Driverless Tesla?

Tesla’s  Driverless Assisted Car

Following a software update that will soon be released, some Tesla owners will gain a co-pilot.

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Although not yet driver-less, the software enhanced Tesla will:

  1. Self-park
  2. Change Lanes
  3. Use assisted steering to maintain speed, and distance from, other cars
  4. Warn the driver against drifting out of the lane

For more on this, and to view the Tesla Model S Auto-Steer test drive click here to continue to TechCrunch

 

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Tesla; the S is for Submersible

Tesla Model S Submarine Easter Egg

 

This week I had an opportunity to ride in a Tesla. The driver commented on how it was the first car to make him feel like an 18 year old behind the wheel. Here's another example of how Tesla is bringing the fun.

Spring is (finally) here and in tribute to the season I present an early Easter egg, courtesy of Tesla.

Disclaimer: The author makes no claim that your model will be watertight, nor that it will be equipped with SONAR, subsurface-to-air missiles or Barbara Bach.

Tesla Model S 007 Easter Egg

  1. Using the Dashboard touchpad, access the Control Menu. The vehicle controls for the Model S will display.
  2. Hold theTESLA t button down for 3 seconds. A Please Enter Access Code prompt will appear.
  3. Enter 007 and tap OK.
  4. Re-access the Controls Menu and tap the Suspension Tab. The Lotus Espirit displays (from the Bond classic The Spy Who Loved Me).

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    Lotus Espirit with Submersible settings displayed

Set Depth option to 20,000 leagues (thanks, Jules Verne) and enjoy.

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