Porsche drivers with a need for speed get new playground in L.A.

Los Angeles Times

A former golf course near Los Angeles International Airport has been converted into a playground for adrenaline junkies and gearheads. Porsche Motorsports North America has opened a $60-million facility near Los Angeles International Airport where car lovers can hone their driving skills on a 4.1-mile track, featuring a 3/4-mile straight away, banked curves, water hazards and a slalom driving area. The 53-acre facility -- called the Porsche Experience Center -- was designed to entice car fans to invest in pricey new German-made sports cars or to simply hone their driving skills with one of 77 high-performance Porsches stored at the track. But the price is steep: A 90-minute session on the track in a 718 Boxster, with a driving coach in the passenger's seat, costs a minimum of $384. The price can go as high as $950 for a 90-minute session to drive and compare two cars, such as a Porsche 911 turbo and a 911 GT3.


First autonomous container ship to launch in 2018

Daily Mail - Science & tech

It is set to be the first ship to sail the seas without a single human on board. Norway-based Yara has revealed its plans to develop the world's first all-electric and autonomous container ship that is predicted to remove 747 tons (678 tonnes) of carbon dioxide from the air by reducing diesel-powered truck haulage by 40,000 journeys a year. Named'Yara Birkeland', the high tech ship is set to sail in 2018 - it will initially be operated as a manned vessel, but the team has noted 2020 as when it will be fully autonomous. Norway-based Yara has revealed its plans to develop the world's first all-electric and autonomous container ship that is predicted to remove 747 tons (678 tonnes) of carbon dioxide from the air by reducing diesel-powered truck haulage by 40,000 journeys a year Yara Birkeland is the world's first all-electric and autonomous container ship. It is set to sail in 2018, when it will initially be operated as a manned vessel – the team has noted 2020 as when it will be fully autonomous.


Rolls-Royce Envisions Robot Cargo Ships By "End of the Decade"

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While it may seem that Rolls-Royce is purely a luxury car company, it has been cooking up something completely unexpected: remote-controlled cargo ships. The Rolls-Royce led Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA) has presented its vision at the Autonomous Ship Technology Symposium 2016 in Amsterdam of how remote and autonomous shipping can become a reality. The company is working on virtual decks where land-based crews would control every aspect of the ship. Additionally, there will also be VR camera views and monitoring drones to spot issues humans cannot. Therefore, only requiring one human to steer several boats.


BMW's autonomous concept car of the future was cool, I guess

Mashable

As I approached San Francisco International Airport, my expectations for BMW's new concept car were as big as the looming Boeing 777F Lufthansa cargo jet waiting for me. I had surrendered my cellphone and everything in my purse but my drivers license to see BMW's iNext vehicle. Its tour started in Munich a few days earlier; it came to the Bay Area after a stop at New York's JFK airport, and was scheduled to continue on to Beijing. SEE ALSO: BMW makes sure we can't escape voice assistants while driving After passing a final security check, I climbed up the rickety staircase with fellow media members and entered the cavernous aircraft. We had been told very little about what we were going to see, except it was not only the "car of the future" but the "idea of the future."


Rimac C Two electric hypercar shocks Geneva with 1,914 horsepower

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With 1,914-horsepower coming from four electric motors, the C Two can get to 60 mph in 1.85 seconds to edge out the new Tesla Roadster's 1.9-second claim and reach a top speed of 258 mph. Take it to the drag strip and it'll cover the quarter-mile in 9.1 seconds. Gets to 60 mph in 1.85 seconds. With a stiff carbon fiber monocoque foundation, carbon fiber roof, rear sub frame and structural 120-kilowatt-hour battery pack, the C Two has been developed to also be capable on a race track. With an adaptive suspension, Pirelli performance tires and six-piston Brembo calipers in all corners clamping down on carbon ceramic discs, the car is capable of covering two laps of the Nurburgring at full bore with a minimal drop in performance, Rimac says.