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Fiat Chrysler electrifies the Ram 1500 truck

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Unveiled at the 2018 Detroit auto show, the 2019 Ram 1500 has shed 100kg and added e-torque power. Available with a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 or a second-generation 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, the 1500 uses mild-hybrid capability to recapture energy during deceleration to enable start/stop function as well as short-duration torque addition.


Mercedes-Benz unveils its revamped G-Class

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The all-new G-Class makes its public debut at the Detroit auto show in the USA this month in G550 form. Completely redeveloped and fitted with a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo gasoline engine offering 427ps and 450 lb-ft of torque at 2,000rpm to 4,750rpm, despite near-identical looks to its predecessor plenty has changed for the Mercedes-Benz SUV.


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Formula E announces driverless championship

Formula E championship organisers and investment firm Kinetik have announced plans for a driverless electric racing car championship that will support rounds of the Formula E championship.

One-hour Roborace events will take place prior to Formula E races in the 2016/17 season, with 10 teams fielding two identical driverless cars each.

All the teams will compete using real-time computing algorithms and AI technologies, and one team will be reserved by organizers as a crowd-sourced community team made up of enthusiasts and technology experts from around the world.

Kinetik and Roborace founder Denis Sverdlov said, “We passionately believe that, in the future, all of the world’s vehicles will be assisted by AI and powered by electricity, thus improving the environment and road safety.

“Roborace is a global platform to show that robotic technologies and AI can co-exist with us in real life. Thus, anyone who is at the edge of this transformation now has a platform to show the advantages of their driverless solutions and this shall push the development of the technology.”

Details of teams and the technology that will be used are set to be released early in 2016.

December 7, 2015

7 December 2015


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