The Vanmoof S3 electric bike is the future of urban mobility

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Long gone are the days of unassisted pedaling. Sure, there’s still a place in the world for traditional bikes, but modern e-bikes are really changing the way people get around — especially in a congested (and steep) city like San Francisco.



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The Vanmoof S3 e-bike is a new and unique entry in this space. It’s like the combination of a Tesla and an Ikea chair: electric, loaded with tech, yet functional and looks great. It’s got Apple and Android connectivity, not to mention its own growling (literally) security system. As far as e-bikes are concerned, Vanmoof has truly thought of everything.

But rather than give it all away in text, check out the video above to see what life is like with Vanmoof’s electric bike. It’s even got a turbo button! What’s not to love?

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BlackBerry Teams Up With Desay for Connected Vehicle Platform

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BlackBerry Limited BB recently announced that it has collaborated with Desay SV Automotive — a China-based automotive parts manufacturer — to develop IPU-03 (Intelligent Processing Unit), an autonomous driving domain controller. This Level-3 Autonomous Vehicle System was mass-produced for use in Xpeng P7, a long-range, high-performance and fast-charging intelligent EV (electric vehicle) sports sedan, launched from the stable of Xpeng Motors, one of China’s leading EV manufacturers.

The operating system of IPU-03 is run by BlackBerry QNX real-time operating system. It offers a comprehensive secure and intelligent connected vehicle software platform for safe driving decisions and in-vehicle applications. The IPU-03 meets the stringent ISO 26262 Functional Safety ASIL Level D requirements and forms the backbone for Xpeng’s intelligent driving system. It is ably supported by the NVIDIA Xavier platform, which has a computing capacity of up to 30 trillion operations per second. This facilitates faster processing of massive data input

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Australia’s biggest car dealer laments cash burn in Victoria

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But it took a serious turn for the worse when the pandemic arrived, with the company having made close to 1300 staff redundant on March 23 before the JobKeeper program was announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Eagers Automotive said it benefited from $72 million in wage subsidies and rent relief or deferrals from landlords in the June half. The JobKeeper component was $62 million. It also accessed $4 million in similar wage subsidies in New Zealand.

No dividend

The company won’t pay an interim dividend. Mr Ward said the JobKeeper program had been a lifeline and prevented another wave of large-scale redundancies.

“It is our view that it probably saved 2000 jobs,” Mr Ward said. “We are grateful for it. It is very important.”

While trading in states outside of Victoria had started to improve in July and August, Mr Ward said it was still soft. “It is not

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2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4: 7 Pros and 3 Cons | News

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2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4

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The Porsche 911 is the benchmark sports car that rivals like the Acura NSX, Nissan GT-R, Audi R8, and the new mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette have first and foremost in their sites. In fact, the Porsche 911 has been such a standout performance machine for so long, it’s sometimes criticized as being too clinical, too cerebral, and even a little soulless. 

Related: 2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4 Review: All the 911 Goodness, Just Breezier

Please allow the 2021 911 Targa 4 to inject a little personality into the proceedings. Thanks to its slick folding top and standard all-wheel drive, the Targa can be enjoyed come rain or shine. The ride and handling balance is sublime, and the 379-horsepower, turbocharged flat-six is engineered to perfection.

Not everything in this Porsche is perfect, however. The cabin has

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Top 5 hardtail mountain bikes for 2021

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The humble hardtail seems to be going through a mini-revival, with a raft of cross-country, downcountry, trail and potentially even radder rigid frames being introduced for 2021.

The advantages are clear. Where uphill speed matters, the direct connection from crank to axle, without some energy-inefficient suspension spoiling the fun, is the quickest way to get up to speed.

Riding rough-and-ready trails on a hardtail might beat you up a little more, but there’s something almost zen-like about being able to pick the smoothest line between the chunder, while pumping through rollers to generate free speed.

Hardtails might also be lighter, easier to maintain and cheaper too, because there are simply fewer moving parts that add weight, a requirement to service, and need building in the first place.

So, we decided to pick out five notable bikes with a rigid rear-end that we’ve seen recently, ready for all of your 2021

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McLaren unveils next-gen Monocell carbon-fibre architecture

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a close up of text on a black background: McLaren unveils next-gen Monocell carbon-fibre architecture


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McLaren unveils next-gen Monocell carbon-fibre architecture



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McLaren unveils next-gen Monocell carbon-fibre architecture

McLaren has unveiled its new lightweight carbon-fibre architecture as it gears up to launch the first car in its hybrid Sports Series next year.

  • New Sports Series range is set to feature more affordable hybrid McLarens
  • New carbon-fibre architecture to underpin upcoming hybrid Sports Series range
  • McLaren is focusing on eliminating the weight penalty of a hybrid powertrain



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McLaren Speedtail

What about the added weight of a hybrid powertrain?

Developed at the firm’s new Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) in England, the platform has been designed with a focus on lightness to offset the added weight of an electrified powertrain. 

While it won’t be possible to fully cancel out the weight penalty of a hybrid system, CEO Mike Flewitt hopes to minimise it. He previously mentioned that his ambition was

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Government examines plans for ‘hands-free’ driving on British roads by next year

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Wednesday, 19th August 2020, 10:28 am

Updated Wednesday, 19th August 2020, 10:39 am

The UK Government is consulting on new car technology that could see drivers hand over control to vehicles for prolonged periods at speeds of up to 70mph.

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Unlike existing driver assistance systems, where drivers remain responsible for controlling the car and must keep their hands on the steering wheel, the aim of ALKS is to allow drivers to fully delegate the task of driving to the vehicle itself, offering hands-free driving for the first time in Britain.

According to the DfT ALKS is a “traffic jam

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1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Rendered as Mid-Engined Classic

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We wonder if anybody working at Pontiac ever had the idea of a mid-engined sports car back in the late 1960s. Because this was just the type of crazy car company to try and make it happen.

American car brands aren’t estranged to the idea of mid-engined cars. These usually pop up from the “we’re better than everybody” character trait. You’ve got the Ferrari-slaying Ford GT, for example.

And Pontiac obviously had its own mid-engined machine, the Fiero. We think it tried to deliver something along the lines of a Japanese toy with precision suspension and steering. But GM only approved it thinking it was this economy commuter that got great mileage.

Due to budgetary restrictions, the Fiero ultimately failed. An oil-related problem caused many to burst into flames. All its sins have been forgiven, but today, we’re going to talk about something that appears even more exotic than the

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McLaren’s newest lightweight architecture will spawn next-gen electrified supercars

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McLaren’s newest lightweight architecture will spawn next-gen electrified supercars


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McLaren’s newest lightweight architecture will spawn next-gen electrified supercars

– First car coming in 2021

– Developed at McLaren Composite Technology Centre in Sheffield, UK

McLaren is currently busy working on their new supercar which will also be electrified when it arrives next year. This 570S replacement will be built on an all-new architecture that you can see in these pictures. This new electrified supercar will be underpinned by this new lightweight platform which is developed in-house from the ground up at the British carmaker’s state-of-the-art McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) in the Sheffield region.

Talking about the new chassis, McLaren says the new flexible vehicle architecture uses innovative, world-first processes and techniques to strip out excess mass, reduce overall vehicle weight. This architecture is as revolutionary as the MonoCell chassis which was the basis of the MP4-12C almost a decade ago. The ultra-lightweight carbon fibre

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2020 Mazda3 Hatchback Review: Quite Possibly All The Car You’ll Ever Need

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Last year I was able to put some serious miles on the new-gen, 2019 Mazda3 sedan, which is basically the same car as this one here, minus the bubbly butt. As I noted in 2019, I was pretty floored by what Mazda had pulled off in terms of refinement and character, managing to build a fun-to-drive sedan that didn’t cost an arm and a leg. My only complaint: the suspension was too stiff.

The 186-horsepower engine under the hood of my recent test car was the same one I experienced in the sedan: a Skyactiv 2.5-liter four-cylinder with variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation. The same goes for the transmission: a six-speed automatic equipped with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel.

Judging from behind the wheel of the Mazda3 hatchback, nothing’s really changed. The cabin looks the same because it is the same, and that sense of Japanese minimalism still

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