Why China Could Make Or Break Tesla

In January, Tesla started building a Gigafactory in China, the company’s first outside of the United States. Elon Musk says that Model 3s will be coming out of China by the end of 2019, but Tesla is known for setting unrealistic goals. The Chinese government provides subsidies for manufacturers who build electric cars, so Tesla will be entering a competitive space. In the video above, Business Insider’s senior finance correspondent, Linette Lopez, breaks down what Tesla could lose or gain in China. 

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How Old Tires Are Retreaded So They Can Be Used Again

The disposal of tires represent a significant burden on the environment. Tires can’t go to landfills; they take up too much space and are not biodegradable. Companies like Marangoni, therefore, developed methods to recycle and reuse old tires. Watch how retreading machines make old tires usable again.

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How Moving Dummies Help Test Car Safety Systems

AB Dynamics employs many tools to test advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) according to rigorous standards by automotive safety agencies like Euro NCAP and NHTSA. One such tool is the Soft Pedestrian Target, or SPT, that simulates a pedestrian in a real-world environment.

Following is a transcript of the video:

Narrator: These biking, strolling, rolling dummies take the hits so you don’t have to. They exist to make sure the pedestrian avoidance systems in today’s modern cars work. That is, when a kid runs out into the street from behind a car or a cyclist pedals into a blind spot unseen, the car takes notice and intervenes, braking or evading suddenly, likely saving the life of the pedestrian you failed to notice. You can trust your car will do the right thing when the moment comes because, before you took the wheel, it may have already avoided hundreds of kids and dozens of cyclists – those human-like dummies clad in blue pants indifferent to the cars barrelling in their direction.

How dummy pedestrians help test car safety systems.

Narrator: Advanced driver assistance systems. ADAS. They’re the technology that enables your car to brake, change lanes, or swerve around obstacles for you in emergency situations, and they’re made by different companies and operate to different results. That’s why organizations like the European New Car Assessment Programme and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the United States impose rules that all manufacturers have to stick to on their ADAS tests. The rules demand a very specific speed, impact location, and lighting condition among other specifications. That’s where the Soft Pedestrian Target, or SPT, comes in. The pedestrian target sits on a robust pad or platform. The pad carries a control system that, among other things, synchronizes the pedestrian with the test vehicle, meaning that, in 100 tests, the pedestrian would arrive at the same place in front of the car at the right time at the right speed at the right angle, every single time. When the vehicle is at the correct distance from the impact point, the Soft Pedestrian Target system initiates the movement of the platform. The pedestrian target enables manufacturers to reliably comply with highly specific testing protocols repeatedly. 

This is James Buck. He’s a senior project engineer at AB Dynamics. He walked us through a test scenario using the SPT system.

James Buck: The test being shown here is as described in the 2018 Euro NCAP Vulnerable Road User test protocol whereby the subject vehicle is driving and a child suddenly runs out from behind two parked cars. This test determines whether the vehicle’s ADAS system reacts quickly enough to avoid hitting the child.

Narrator: For this scenario, the Soft Pedestrian Target is set to run perpendicular to the subject vehicle.

Buck: Since the Euro NCAP protocol requires the subject vehicle to be driven in a very specific manner, you need a driving robot to ensure that the path following and the speed of the vehicle remains in tolerance. The driver in the subject vehicle has now activated the robots, and the vehicle is following the specified path and speed profile. When the vehicle is at the correct distance from the impact point, the Soft Pedestrian Target system initiates the movement of the platform. This automatic triggering guarantees that the impact point is as described in the protocol, that is unless the vehicle breaks automatically to avoid the dummy. In this example, we have disabled the ADAS systems in the vehicle such that the vehicle will strike the target.

Narrator: The contribution these dummies make to keeping our pedestrians safe is clear.

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How Transport For London Organizes 340,000 Lost Items

Have you ever used public transport in London and lost an umbrella, mobile phone, or a bag? Well, if you have then there is a good chance that it may have ended up in the capitals Lost Property Office. The office in Baker Street is home to thousands of lost items that have been left across TfL networks, which includes the Underground, buses and the Docklands Light Railway. 

We were shown around by the office manager, Paul Cowan, who explained the meticulous and well-organized system of how they store all these items. Paul also shares with us some of the weirdest things he has seen come through the office and how you can reclaim any lost items you think you may have misplaced. 

The TfL Lost Property office opened in 1934 in London, England. The office received over 340,000 during 2017/2018. We were given a tour to see how things are organized and how you can reclaim any lost items.

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Meet The Guy Who Wraps Celebrities’ Luxury Cars

Celebrity car customizer Yianni Charalambous specializes in incredibly rare and expensive cars. Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, McLaren, Bentley, Rolls Royce, he’s wrapped them all. Among some of the celebrities he has worked with are KSI, Harry Styles, Rupert Grint, Gordon Ramsay, and Anthony Joshua.

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What Tesla Fans Should Know About The New Roadster

In late 2017, Elon Musk revealed to the world the prototype for Tesla’s next-generation Roadster. Musk claims it will be the fastest production car ever developed. Manufacturing for the supercar is scheduled to begin in 2020. Business Insider’s Tesla reporters are here to explain the most important things to know about the automaker’s upcoming second-generation Roadster.

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Only Five Of These Microcars Exist

The Brütsch Mopetta is one of the rarest microcars in the world with only five still in existence. Dental surgeon and avid car collector Dr. Sasha Goryunov is lucky enough to own two of the microcars. Unlike many rare car collectors, however, he prefers driving them in public frequently in order to “share them with the world.”

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Only five of these microcars exist and this man owns two of them.

Dr. Sasha: My name is Dr. Sasha. I’m a dental surgeon, but my true passion is cars. I own a couple of Brütsch Mopettas. What is a Mopetta? It’s by far one of the rarest microcars. Out of fourteen produced in the 1950s, only five are surviving, and to own two is quite a privilege.

Egon Brütsch, who built the Mopetta, understood that the future was in small cars. He carved this little beauty and drove it to the car fair where it generated tremendous interest. The Opel Company approached him, offering to build 140,000 of them. Only after printing all these catalogs for the car, the company’s management and its advocates said, “Are you crazy? We’re in the 1950s. People like the big tailfins on cars and big engines. Who will drive a tiny car?” So they canceled the deal and that’s how only fourteen cars were made.

I live in Israel and the first one I found was online. A friend of mine, Ferdi, owned it in Germany. I saw a photo of it and had to see it in person. A few emails back and forth, and he agreed to have me come to his place. And the moment I saw it I was in shock. I said, “Ferdi I must sit in one,” and he allowed me. Then I said, “Ferdi I must start it.” It was pouring rain so he asked, “Are you crazy?” I answered, “Ferdi I just flew from a different continent to see it. Sure I’m crazy.” I started it up, drove it down the street, and I just had to have it.

The second one I found was owned by a collector named Malcolm. He had passed away and only then after decades of ownership did his family agree to sell it. The second one is actually the most important and the most original Mopetta in the world. It’s completely unrestored. It drives beautifully. You pull the cable, you start it and just start spreading smiles around. In my profession, I work with smiles every day. I transform them through veneers or surgery. But trust me, driving a Mopetta is more smile-transforming than anything I do on a daily basis. And I insist on driving it. I just like to park it outside of a restaurant and share it with the world. I think that’s really what rare cars need to be. They need to be seen and they need to be admired to generate the interest in the next generation.

I love the fact that it’s challenging to drive. It’s handlebar-operated very similar to a bike. There is no speed gauge. It goes about 30 mph and that’s fast enough and scary enough. It’s far more exciting than going ten times that in a sports car. 

My son Noam loves it. He grew up playing with the engine in the living room. He was playing with it before he was even playing with his tiny toy cars. So yeah, it’s a family car… a very tiny family car.

I’ve come to think that I don’t actually need two. I think that it’s not fair to own two out of five surviving cars. So next month, February 6th, RM Southeby Auctions is making this little baby of ours, the unrestored rare one, as one of the stars of the biggest auction they do during their Retromobile week. So you’ll also have the chance to own it and smile as much as I do.

Dr. Sasha’s Mopetta is listed with a price guide of $102,000 – $136,000.

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Why Tesla’s Model X Was The First SUV To Receive A Perfect Crash Test Rating

SUVs are generally safe, but have a high rollover probability. Tesla was able to overcome this obstacle with their Model X SUV. Here’s how they did it.

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The following is a transcript of the video:

Narrator: This Tesla Model X refuses to roll over. Unlike most SUVs which tend to roll over with ease, the Model X continues to return to an upright position. Here’s why the Model X was the first SUV to receive a perfect crash test rating. When it comes to vehicle safety, size matters. So it’s not uncommon for SUVs to be generally safer than your standard sedan. However, they tend to have one big shortcoming. Rollovers.

SUVs are notorious for having a high center of gravity causing them to roll over when put into tight maneuvering situations, or a side impact. Rollovers can result in the partial or full ejection of passengers from the vehicle, increasing the chances of injury or death. In 2016, rollovers happened in one percent of serious crashes in passenger vehicles but accounted for one-third of collision-related deaths. 

Over the past three decades, automakers have been able to reduce the frequency of rollovers in vehicles with technology and more stable designs. However, once a serious impact occurs it’s just basic physics. A higher center of gravity increases the likelihood of a car tipping or rolling over.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA is the only organization that tests rollover resistance. They also test frontal crashes and side impacts from a pole and barrier. After each test, they measure readings from a dummy to determine how much damage a real person is likely to sustain. They use this data to determine a safety rating in each category and an overall safety rating for the vehicle.

Amongst its many luxury features, the Model X hosts active safety technology such as collision avoidance systems and automatic emergency braking. But what sets the Model X apart is its design. Like other Teslas, the Model X has a large, rigid battery pack located on the floor of the vehicle. This gives the Model X a much lower center of gravity than your average SUV. In the event of a collision that would normally cause an SUV to roll over, this would happen instead.

But rollovers are just one aspect of the safety test. Since the Model X is an electric vehicle, there’s no need for mechanical components in the hood of the car. This allows for a much larger crumple zone to absorb energy from a frontal crash. It also has specially-made side sills that absorb energy in addition to its rigid side pillars. These features help reduce the force exerted on passengers and increases their protection. But if you don’t have $80,000 laying around for a Model X there’s still plenty of SUVs out there with excellent safety ratings.

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