Snow, ice, wet roads, sub-zero temperatures; sand, dust, desert, unpaved roads, blistering heat. There’s no end to the number of landscapes you can travel through on a motorbike, nor to their diversity depending on the climate, weather or road conditions. That’s why, to ensure the best possible performance of the SEAT MÓ 125 100% electric scooter, the SEAT MÓ Quality and R&D team put it to the test in two opposing landscapes, the mountains of Baqueira Beret (Lleida) and the Tabernas Desert (Almería), in Spain, with a temperature difference of 55ºC between them, covering a total of 4,400 kilometres.
The new Toyota Mirai Driving Video
When developing the new Mirai, Toyota optimized every aspect of the vehicle so that it appeals to customers emotionally - in terms of power delivery and performance as well as the way the car drives and looks. The declared goal was to increase the range compared to the first generation to a level that exceeds most purely battery-electric cars. To achieve this, the engine output and the capacity of the hydrogen tanks increased, as did aerodynamic efficiency. The result: a 30 percent larger radius of action that now reaches a good 650 kilometers. This means that the Mirai is now finally moving up into the long-haul vehicle class. Toyota has devoted itself equally intensively to the room layout. The modular GA-L platform, which serves as the basis for the new Mirai, enables considerably more effective packaging. In favor of a more balanced arrangement of the new FCEV drive train, the fuel cell unit has now moved under the hood. In this way, it clears the way for a larger interior space that can now accommodate five passengers.
In the words of Pierre de Coubertin – father of the modern Olympic Games – it’s the taking part that counts. Except Alpine doesn’t see things this way! Signatech-Alpine Team Principal Philippe Sinault, the man who steered the brand’s return to motorsport in 2013, explains how the winning instinct is embedded into Alpine’s DNA.
DRIVE PILOT builds on the surround sensors of the Driving Assistance Package and comprises additional sensors that Mercedes-Benz considers indispensable for safe conditionally automated driving. These include LiDAR, as well as a camera in the rear window and microphones, especially for detecting blue lights and other signals from emergency vehicles. There is also a wetness sensor in the wheel well. The S-Class with optional DRIVE PILOT also has redundant steering and braking systems and a redundant on-board electrical system. This ensures that it remains manoeuvrable even if one of these systems fails and enables safe handover to the driver. The top priority for Mercedes-Benz when introducing such a system is safety, which includes high demands on operational reliability. The exact location of the S-Class is determined using a highly accurate positioning system. This is much more powerful than conventional GPS. In addition, data obtained from satellite navigation are matched with sensor data and data from an HD map. The type of data collected by LiDAR, camera, radar and ultrasonic sensors can include information on road geometry, route characteristics, landmarks or traffic signs.