The first full trailer of the long-awaited Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, has been released onto the internet. Starring Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek as Mercury, the band’s extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991. A short teaser on Queen’s official Youtube channel was released on Monday.

Bohemian Rhapsody is a celebration of Queen and Mercury, who defied stereotypes to become one of the most beloved entertainers worldwide. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. More »

The driver and one of his passengers died after a Tesla Model S burst into flames following a crash.

Less than two months after a Tesla Model X got in fire in Mountain View, CA while on autopilot mode and its driver died, Tesla tragedy has struck again.

The driver of a Model S and one of his passengers died after the vehicle was involved in a single-car crash in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Tuesday evening.

 

According to Telegraph.

Pentagon is likely to beat Uber and Telsa in the race over self-driving vehicles.

The Pentagon could beat the big competitors in the race to develop self-driving vehicles such as autonomous tanks to deliver food and fuel on the battlefield.

Michael Griffin, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said at a hearing on Capitol Hill this month that the U.S. Department of Defense is going to make self-driving vehicles for the needs of the Army before “we’ll have self-driving cars on the streets.”

 

According to Bloomberg Quint.

Volkswagen is planning to sell more electric cars in the US and wants to build a massive electric car charging network across the country.
The German automaker will spend millions of dollars on building out the country’s underdeveloped charging infrastructure. Electrify America, a VW subsidiary, has recently announced their plans to install EV charging stations at more than 100 Walmarts in 35 states by 2019. The news came a few days after Porsche, which is owned by VW Group, announced it wants to build 500 of its own EV charging stations across the country. More »

A BritishTesla owner has been banned from driving for 18 months for climbing into the passenger seat of his Model S after turning on its semi-autonomous feature. Tesla instructs its drivers to keep hands on the steering wheel while Autopilot is engaged. More »

Drivers in Dubai may soon be using digital number plates.

Dubai will begin testing smart license plates. Vehicles will be fitted with smart plates featuring digital screens, GPS, and transmitters by which messages can be displayed and cars tracked.

The plates will be able to contact the emergency services and the police in the event of a crash and allow communication with the other drivers on the road about hazards in the road or other traffic conditions. The head of Dubai’s Vehicle Licensing Department says that the devices will allow a quicker emergency response if the car is stolen. Along with its communication features, the digital plate will also allow easier access to services such as registration renewal, tolls, and parking fines. More »

BMW is joining Mercedes-Benz and pulling out of the annual Detroit auto show. The announcement comes six weeks after the German rival said it would not attend the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.
Major exotic sports car manufacturers like Jaguar, Porsche, Land Rover, Mazda and some ultraluxury brands skipped the Detroit show this year.
The European brand decided to pull out of the annual show as the North American International Auto Show officials are planning to move the show to October starting in 2020, the event is currently held every January. They will recast it as a less-expensive show that is more focused on products and technology and likely change its name. More »

Two-person, 110mph electric craft made by Google co-founder’s drone company begins regulatory approval process in New Zealand

Kitty Hawk is the “flying car” company that is financially backed by Google founder Larry Page. The firm has announced that it will begin the regulatory approval process required for launching its autonomous passenger-drone system in New Zealand. Kitty Hawk has already conducted secret testing under the cover of another company called Zephyr Airworks.

The all-electric craft, called Cora with a wingspan of 36ft has been eight years in the making. It can fly autonomously up to 3,000ft above ground.
The two-person craft is a 12-rotor plane-drone hybrid that can take off vertically like a drone, but then uses a propeller mounted at the back to fly at up to 110 miles an hour for around 62 miles at a time.

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Ford is planning to test its self-driving vehicles on the streets of downtown Miami and Miami Beach.

The Michigan-based automaker has started a pilot program that includes delivery service, testing self-driving cars around the city and setting up a fleet-management center.

The company’s commercial plans for robot cars include ride-hailing and deliveries, the automaker announced a few days ago. The tests will find out what works for both customers and companies. In addition, the company needs to figure out how to run an armada of autonomous cars which means to focus on maintaining and operating a whole fleet of robot delivery cars. That is why the Detroit automaker is going to build its first operations terminal in Miami.
The vehicles arrived last week, and tests are already underway. More »

China’s Geely buys a $9 billion stake in Daimler.

Li Shufu, the founder of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. has acquired a nearly 10 percent stake in Daimler AG, the German company said in a regulatory filing Friday.

The stake, which is worth just over $9 billion at the current market price for Daimler shares, makes Li Shufu the biggest single shareholder in the maker of Mercedes Benz cars, trucks and vans and marks the biggest investment in a global automobile manufacturer by a Chinese company. More »