At the 1939 World’s fair, through the support of General Motors, Norman Bel Gedde displayed his Futurama concept. One of the main features of this futuristic foresight were delineated radio-controlled electric autos that were pushed by means of electromagnetic fields induced by circuits implanted in the roadway. A year later he would go on to extrapolate this vision in his book, Magic Motorways, creating and detailing a whole roadway transportation outline. He had predicted these advances to be a reality by 1960.
The predictions may have been wrong but this concept did kick start the development of what would be called later the autonomous self-driven car. An autonomous self-driven car is a vehicle that is equipped for detecting its surroundings and exploring without human input. Utilizing an assortment of procedures, for example, radar, GPS and PC vision, these cars can interpret sensory information to identify appropriate navigation paths as well as obstacles.
Tesla Model S
The Tesla Model S is a full-size all-electric premier liftback, created by Tesla Motors, and presented in June 2012. It was the World’s top rated electric vehicle last year, and is giving others a hard time this year too. The self-driving autonomous Model S released this year as Tesla’s new initiative to produce self-driving autonomous cars, unlike Google and Uber’s self-driving cars, doesn’t have a camera on top. Instead it has eight cameras to provide a 360 degree view of the road and get better sensory information.
With a horsepower rating of 360-470 hp, depending on the variant of Model S, Tesla seems eager to disprove the notion that electric cars are slow. With a full charge after 4.5 hours to 9.5 hours of charging, depending on the outlet and the charger(s), the face-lifted 2016 Model S 90D has now even crossed the 300 barrier in terms of mileage.
Here are some cars giving Tesla a run for its money:
Acura RLX Sport Hybrid
Utilizing a framework Honda imaginatively calls the “TMU” or “Twin Motor Unit,” the Hybrid powers its back wheels with a couple of electric traction motors that can vector torque to help the car pivot through turns and in addition douse up energy with regenerative braking. The front wheels get their push from a combination of the 3.5-liter V6 and a third electric engine.
Three electric engines and one gas engine consolidate to control this all-wheel-drive.. While it is generally proficient, scoring 28-32 mpg, the RLX Hybrid is likewise fast, getting to 60 in a little more than five seconds, pushing 377 hp.
Volvo XC90 T8
Unlike most opponents with their V6 or V8 motors, the XC90 T8 utilizes a 2.0-liter inline 4 that is both turbo and supercharged. The gas motor drives the front haggles charge the battery, while an electric engine drives the back wheels, giving a torque-vectoring all-wheel drive framework.
The Scandinavian SUV provides in accordance with its muscular, brawny look, with its total power rated at 400 hp and 472 pound-ft per torque. On full charge, the car gives a reasonable 20 miles on electric power alone.
Faraday Future FFZero1 EV Concept
The Faraday Future Concept is the kind of car which would’ve been deemed almost impossible to make a few years back. With a sporty design complementing the race car’s aerodynamics, the car is built on a modular system called Variable Platform Architecture, adaptable for different sized wheelbases. One motor at each wheel combine to provide over 1,000 hp with a 0-60 time of under 3 seconds.
In any technological advancement in automobiles, Audi can’t be far behind. Inspired by the A7, the snazzy sports car boasts a 500-hp twin turbocharged V8 which clocks 0-60 time in 3.7 seconds. On the highway, the RS7 holds a rating of 27mpg. The RS7 is the latest representation of Audi’s constant thirst of performance and appreciation of technological advancements, combining race car features with autonomous variety. The premium Audi-iconic headlights and rear, and the 21-inch wheelbase only bolster the car’s image.
Chinese company LeEco is giving its best shot to give Tesla a run for its money. The company is already a strategic partner of Faraday Future and went on to unveil its own electric concept car, the LeSee. Following up on their announcement, LeEco invested $1.8 billion to build an electric car plant in Eastern China in early August. What is fascinating about the autonomous mode of LeSee is the design. The steering wheel folds back into the dashboard in a fluent elegance when the said mode is in place. In addition to a top speed of 130 miles per hour, LeEco also demonstrated LeSee as a a fleet vehicle, which essentially means that you can summon your car with a smartphone.
NextEV NIO EP9
In a recent demonstration at London Art Gallery, NextEV unveiled in what it believes to be the World’s fastest electric car: the NIO EP9. A product of its Formula E team, NextEV’s NIO EP9, backed with a wicked 1,390 hp engine, leads the way of carmakers who are gearing up to challenge Tesla. To add to this, NextEV says the EP9 features an “integrated e-control structure and sensor system layout” that can eventually accommodate autonomous driving technology. The design is visually stimulating: broad wheels, smooth body design and a piercing front with slit shaped headlights. The overall sharp make and shape of the car is definitely grabbing attention.
The beast of an engine with four inboard motors and individual gearboxes is capable of producing 1-megawatt of power, accelerating from 0 to 200 kph in 7.1 seconds with a top speed of 313 kph. The car can be fully charged within 45 minutes and delivers an amazing range of 427 kilometres.
In October of this year, NextEV applied for permit from, atleast in this context, the generous state of California, to begin testing its autonomous car on its roads. Already backed up by bignames like Sequoia Capital, Lenovo, etc, NextEV’s demonstration is a signal to Tesla to gear up for upcoming waves of competition in a market it has being holding almost exclusively.
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