China started tracking the movements of all new vehicles. The government says it would help track congestion and public security, but there are some concerns that it is likely to become another surveillance tool.

The program that the Chinese government started will make it possible to track citizens’ cars using RFID chips installed on windshields which will help study and manage traffic, pollution, and public security. The program started rolling out on July 1st and will be voluntary at first but mandatory for new vehicles in 2019.

By forcing drivers to have chips installed on their vehicles, China’s Ministry of Public Security, and the ministry’s Traffic Management Research Institute will also help bolster the domestic chip industry. More »

The Summon parking feature is now available in Model 3, according to a tweet from Tesla,

After months of waiting, Model 3 gets the Summon parking feature, which has been available on the other Teslas for a while.

The feature allows the car to park autonomously in tight spaces where the doors can’t be opened and without anyone in the car, which is a huge help when you have a tiny garage or need to park next to a wall. If programmed, the Summon parking feature can even operate the garage door as it parks, or when it is called out of its parking spot by the owner. More »

Kroger is testing using driverless vehicles to deliver groceries, the supermarket chain announced last week.
Kroger, the giant supermarket chain based in Cincinnati, is partnering with autonomous car company Nuro to launch a test of grocery delivery by driverless vehicles.
Nuro is a Silicon Valley tech company that has developed a small, self-driving vehicle specifically for delivery. Customers in the pilot program will be able to place their delivery orders through Kroger’s ordering system ClickList and Nuro’s application.
Kroger has made a series of investments over the past few months to expand its digital and online delivery business. The company bought meal kit company Home Chef and announced its plans to work with British online grocer Ocado in order to build automated warehouses throughout the U.S. It also bought meal kit company Home Chef. More »

A Tesla running on autopilot crashed into a parked police car in Laguna Beach on Tuesday.

A Tesla sedan crashed into a parked police car in Laguna Beach, California on Tuesday, while using Autopilot resulting in “minor injuries” to the driver. The incident added to a fast-growing list of similar accidents where autopilot was involved. Fortunately, the officer in charge of the police car at the time of the crash was not inside the vehicle and thus avoided being injured.

Тhe man who was driving the Tesla said he had engaged the autopilot mode before the crash—the latest in a series of incidents involving a self-driving car on autopilot mode. More »

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 »