Who Is Driving This Car? Video Of ‘Driverless’ Fiat In Tamil Nadu Baffles Internet

Who Is Driving This Car? Video Of 'Driverless' Fiat In Tamil Nadu Baffles Internet

A viral video appears to show a car moving without a driver.

Tesla may be in the process of perfecting its self-driving cars, but the technology has yet to reach India. So it’s no wonder that this video from Tamil Nadu, which appears to show a car moving smoothly without a driver, has left viewers baffled.

The video shows a Premier Padmini or Fiat car cruising on a road without anyone behind the wheel. A mask-wearing man can be seen sitting on the passenger seat, and there is no one else in the vehicle. The video was filmed by a man driving behind the car, who later shared it on Facebook with a puzzled caption. In the short clip, the ‘self-driving’ Fiat can be seen changing lanes and expertly overtaking other vehicles, apparently without anyone controlling it. 

The video was shared on Facebook last week with the caption: “How is this possible?”

Since being posted on social media, it has collected many views with hundreds of baffled comments.

However, some Facebook users offered a solution to the mystery, saying that the man must be driving a car with a two-way pedal system. Such cars with pedals on both sides are used by driving schools, allowing the teacher to control the vehicle too. 

Sitting on the passenger side, the driver merely extended his right hand to control the steering wheel and drove the car with experience ease.

Some even identified the man as a native of Vellore in Tamil Nadu and said that they had seen him driving from the passenger seat several times. “Seen him in Vellore,” wrote one person in the comments section. “He lives in Vellore and is near our house,” said another.

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Europe Can Win Electric Car Sales Race If It Learns From China

(Bloomberg) — Sales of electric vehicles in Europe are growing at such a pace that the continent looks increasingly likely to outpace China in the near future.

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That’s one of the findings of a report released Tuesday by London-based automotive research firm Jato Dynamics. However, it found that Europe and the U.S. still have a few things to learn from China, the world’s biggest EV market, including prioritizing affordability, centralizing planning, and using data to better understand consumers.

Demand for cleaner and smarter cars is rising globally, particularly in Europe where the market has been bolstered by tighter emissions regulations along with an increasing awareness of climate change. EV sales in Europe in the first half exceeded China for the first time since 2015.

Although the coronavirus pandemic hurt all car sales, including EVs, which fell 15% globally in the second quarter, the market for electric vehicles is forecast to expand about 7% this year, led by Europe, according to a September report from BloombergNEF.

“What governments in underdeveloped EV markets now need is a more centralized plan to catalyze growth and create an optimal environment to build consumer confidence by making adoptions as simple as possible,” Jato’s report said.

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Besides heavily subsidizing EVs, the government in China has created an effective infrastructure and implementation strategy that’s crucial to supporting adoption, the report found. According to the International Energy Agency, the number of public slow- and fast-charging spots reached 862,118 worldwide, with China taking a 60% share.

Tesla Inc., the California-based company that’s currently the world’s biggest EV maker, earlier this month cut the price of its China-made Model 3 sedan to 249,900 yuan ($36,800), cheaper than anywhere else, aided by supply chain localization, especially batteries.

While subsidies in China are being dialed back, EVs are

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GMC’s all-electric Hummer will be the first car with software built using Epic’s Unreal Engine



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Fortnite creator Epic Games is partnering with carmakers, starting with General Motors, to use its Unreal Engine game development platform to build in-car software in what Epic is calling its “human-machine interface” (HMI) initiative. The first car to use Unreal Engine, which is the primary software toolset with which developers make Fortnite and countless other big-budget video games, will be GMC’s upcoming Hummer EV, set to be unveiled on October 20th.

The logic is simple: modern cars are primarily designed using software, and assembled cars carry scores of onboard computers and rely on touchscreens and digital interfaces to power infotainment centers and other sources of information displayed to drivers. And Unreal Engine is a great platform for building software, which Epic thinks makes it a great platform for building the software that goes into cars.

“When you sit in the driver’s seat of a modern car today, the way you interact with the vehicle is different from a few years ago. Buttons and screens dominate the dashboard, steering wheel, and instrument pane, providing features that may be new to you. Electrification is at the root of many of these advances, with digital hardware such as cameras, sensors, and displays, combined with cutting-edge technology like Unreal Engine, forming a framework on which to build new experiences,” the company explains in a blog post. “At Epic Games, we’ve long been interested in the way the requirements for HMI development overlap with those of game development. Much of the functionality required to create HMI systems has been available in Unreal Engine for some time.”



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Polestar 2 recalled for software glitch that can leave car without power

STOCKHOLM — Electric vehicle maker Polestar, owned by Volvo Cars and its parent China’s Geely, is recalling all new Polestar 2 cars due to a software glitch, business daily Dagens Industri (DI) said on Friday.

The recall of close to 2,200 vehicles delivered so far will be made after several cars lost power and stopped running even while driving, the paper said.

“There have been no accidents or personal injury,” a Polestar spokesman told DI. “Brakes, steering and other systems are working as they should.”

The paper said all customers had been informed on Friday to fix the software issue as soon as possible at a service station.

The Sweden-based automaker started producing its Polestar 2 sedans this year in China and sells them in China, Europe and the United States.

Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath said in August that the company was targeting annual sales of more than 50,000 within two to three years.

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