In brief: This past week at the 37th annual Gitex Technology Week, officials announced that Dubai Police officers will soon be racing over traffic jams on hoverbikes called "Hoversurf Scorpions," developed by Russian drone manufacturer Hoversurf.
Volkswagen announced that the new electric I.D. BUZZ Microbus is going into production and will be available at dealerships in 2022. It will have Level 3 autonomous capability and other new tech while maintaining much of the classic microbus style.
As new EVs like Tesla's Model 3 hit the market, and utility providers in various states and cities create incentives, choices for consumers multiply. Existing EVs are now priced to sell, fueling the transition to clean energy vehicles.
According to Elon Musk, Tesla is planning "major increases" in its Supercharger and Tesla urban charger networks over the next several months. More charging capabilities means more popularity for Tesla and safer roads for everyone.
Tesla has confirmed that all Model 3, Model X, and Model S vehicles ordered today come equipped with a new Autopilot hardware suite, internally called "HW 2.5." This update is part of Tesla's push to reach level 5 autonomous driving by the end of 2017.
Members of the Tesla Owners Club Italia have broken the June hypermiling record set in Belgium, traveling in a Tesla Model S P100D for 1,078km (669.8 miles) on a single charge. This makes the P100D the first production EV to break the 1000km goal.
Tesla Model 3s are equipped with driver-facing cameras, which are inactive for now. When later software updates activate them, they will be part of the Autopilot system and may enable autonomous driving at Level 3 — or maybe even higher.
As the Tesla Model 3 launch was imminent, Jack Stewart of Wired wrote, "The arrival of Tesla's Model 3 signals a new chapter in automotive history, one that erases 100-plus years of the gas engine and replaces it with technology, design, and performance hot enough to make electric vehicles more than aspirational - to make [electric vehicles (EVs)] inspirational."
The first reviews of Tesla's Model 3 are in — and they are resoundingly positive beyond expectations, even for those anticipating the world from the new model. Yes, the reviews are filled with hyperbole — and they're absolutely heartfelt, with the detail to back them up.
Elon Musk told the National Governors Association meeting that the solar roof for the Model 3 (or any car) was not practical and was an idea that would be "scrapped." As of now, a car's roof is not big enough to make this efficient with current technologies.
Volkswagen announced that the I.D. Concept, the company's electric concept car designed to compete with the Tesla Model 3, will sell for $7,000 to $8,000 less. The low price is part of VW's drive to compete with Tesla in the EV market.
Elon Musk told a Twitter follower asking about the final release date of the new Model 3 that he will release news this Sunday July 2. The first deliveries are expected by the end of July with scaled production to ramp up by the end of September.