The Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer is going electric and coming to Silicon Valley. Harley-Davidson announced it will open an R&D Center in the Bay Area by the end year’s end, to support its commitment to building electric vehicles.
I still haven’t found a good onomatopoeia for the sound of an e-bike. Your thoughts?
Last week, Roborace ran their self-driving racecar during England’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. This marks the robo-car’s second public performance, having appeared previously in Paris, where it completed an unassisted lap.
The car boasts a look that is reminiscent of the Batmobile, and a Tron Lightcycle, (with a little bit Roomba, added in). It’s lack of driver cockpit gives the car an exceptionally low profile, that suggest an ability for sharp, high-speed turns. This, however, has yet to been seen; the Roborace’s top speed at Goodwind was only 125 kph (or ~78 mph).
Equally anticipated is date when the vehicles truly race. When asked how soon until two driverless vehicles share the same racetrack, Roborace’s chief strategy officer, Bryn Balcombe, replied, “I think.. we are not far away.”
Electronic giant LG and Intelligent mapping group HERE, are joining talents to bring AI to self-driving cars. You can read more about that here. But what I’m excited about is the marketing teams’ optimistic view of the SF commuting:
In the above marketing pic, not only is there an absence of standing traffic on the SF Bay Bridge during what must be rush-hour (judging by the suncast shadows on the road), but there is also a pedestrian walkway on the western span (the one that links Treasure Island to San Francisco).
Is it a cool scooter or a small motorcycle? The new BMW Motorrad Concept, LINK, is designed to be a cross between. By making this motorcycle smaller it is designed to navigate congested city streets like a scooter. The electric drive allows for a lower seat, so you don’t have that driving-on-a-bar-stool posture typical of gas-fed scooters. In addition it has:
A reverse gear, to aid in parking and other scenarios
Under-seat storage for that funky headgear you insisted on getting
Cut-away display for the cool built-in, on-board tech
More bad news for Uber: one of the ride-hailing giant’s self-driving Volvo SUVs has been involved in a crash in Arizona — apparently leaving the vehicle flipped onto its side, and with damage to at least two other human-driven cars in the vicinity.
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.
Honda’s displayed its concept Riding Assist motorcycle model at CES, today. It can help motorcycles maintain balance while traveling at low speed, something particularly tricky for even experienced drivers. These motorcycles will leverage Honda’s Asimo Articulated Movement Intelligence, the same programming that makes a bot walk, dance, kick; even strut like Tony Manero.
For more on this concept bike and Asimo click here for the TechCrunch post.