The US, Canada, and Mexico have agreed to create emissions and fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. As part of the "Three Amigos" meeting between US President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, the leaders formed the North American Climate, Clean Energy, and Environment Partnership to that effect. The countries also plan to generate 50 percent of their energy from clean sources by 2025, use clean vehicles in government fleets, create infrastructure for alternative fuel vehicles, and work together toward the development of more clean technologies. Read more at Green Car Congress.
Formula E has announced the teams and constructors for the 2016/2017 season of the electric racing series. Faraday Future, which hinted at an announcement earlier this week, has joined forces with Dragon Racing. Team Aguri has been renamed Techeetah to reflect new ownership, and Jaguar returns to racing replacing Trulli. The nine constructors providing powertrains for the season include ABT Schaeffler, Andretti Technologies, DS-Virgin, Jaguar, Mahindra, NextEV TCR, Penske, Renault, and Venturi. Read more from Formula E.
Drivers of the Tesla Model S can now simulate the physics accurate sound of a gas engine muscle car, motorcycle, fighter jet or spaceship thanks to the 3rd party developer Mutual Mobile. The proliferation of "apps for cars" like the Tesla Gas Engine app will create new business models as the connected car soon becomes standard.
AUSTIN, Texas, June 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Mutual Mobile who helps companies expand their business using IoT, Virtual Reality, and other emerging technologies unveiled the first 3rd party concept app for the Tesla. This app adds physics accurate engine sounds to the Tesla Model S. Using the Tesla Model S Touchscreen drivers can select from a muscle car, motorcycle, airplane, and even a spaceship and have it seamlessly piped through the vehicle's speakers.
"Internet being built into vehicles represents never before possible business models for the automotive industry. The Tesla Model S was the first car that actually gets better after you purchase it through software updates. Soon 3rd party software developers will revolutionize the car the same way they did for the smartphone," said Mutual Mobile's Chairman, John Arrow.
To demonstrate this possibility Mutual Mobile created a concept app called Tesla Gas Engine. This tongue & cheek app makes use of Tesla's Touchscreen web browser for the app's driver interface and the iPhone 6S built in accelerometer & GPS for telemetry. Then the simulated engine roar is output via the car's Bluetooth speakers with acoustic accuracy.
Watch a video of pedestrians reacting to a Tesla Model S that sounds like a muscle car: