CES 2020: FORD TO PURCHASE AGILITY ROBOTICS HUMANOID

The five-feet tall humanoid can navigate its way across urban settings ranging from sidewalks to flowerbeds to deliver packages
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Ford has announced that it is purchasing a new two-legged, two-armed robot produced by Agility Robotics, which the car-maker hopes will soon be walking around neighborhoods carrying parcels from the delivery vehicle right up to your door. 

Going by the name of Digit, the five-feet tall humanoid can navigate its way across urban settings ranging from sidewalks to flowerbeds in a surprisingly human-like manner, due to the mobile limbs attached to its upper torso. The uncanny valley effect is fortunately avoided thanks to the robot’s lack of a head. 

Digit has only just gone on sale, and the reason that Agility can boast Ford as the very first buyer is that the robot provides a solution to the so-called “last 50 feet problem”. In the home delivery industry 2.0, those 50 feet are the final steps between the autonomous vehicle carrying a customer’s order, and that customer’s doorstep. 

Ford’s interest in making driver-less delivery vans and pick-ups is not new. The car-maker has committed to providing autonomous vehicles “for commercial operation” by 2021 and has already teamed up with pizza maker Domino’s in Miami to deploy self-driving Fusion Sedans, vans, and SUVs to deliver meals.

Digit is designed to fold itself up in the back of the vehicle, pop out of the car trunk when needed, grab packages up to 40 lbs, and work its way to the correct door. But contrary to most delivery robots out there, such as those already deployed by Amazon or FedEx, Agility’s humanoid walks on legs, and not wheels.

Ken Washington, the vice president of Ford Research, said: “Gaining access to a customer’s door often requires walking through obstacles, including going upstairs and dealing with other challenges, which can be hard for robots with wheels to do. Digit has been designed to walk upright without wasting energy, so it has no issue traversing the same types of environment most people do every day.”

Teaching a robot to walk like a human is no easy task, even for an Oregon State University spin-out like Agility. In fact, the robotics company has been working on tailoring Digit to Ford’s delivery project for several months, in what was announced last May as a “research project” in partnership with the car-maker. 

As part of the project, the two companies looked at ways to integrate their technologies, and it emerged that cars and robots did have much to learn from each other.

Ford’s vehicles, indeed, can provide both data and power. Not only can Digit recharge in the back of the car; the robot can also benefit from the vehicle’s knowledge of maps, of the surrounding environment – and therefore, of the best pathway to the customer’s front door.

“While Digit needs to function on its own,” said Washington, “the desire to keep it lightweight and capable of a dynamic movement led to an innovative idea: letting it tap the resources of another robot – one that’s equipped with advanced sensors and heavy computing hardware.”

And so, should Digit encounter an unexpected obstacle, the robot can send an image via its cameras and LiDAR sensors, back to the vehicle, and let the car configure a solution. 

Washington added that the vehicle could even send that information into the cloud and request help from other systems to provide multiple levels of assistance to the robot.

Thinking forward, Ford said that the car could even send Digit-specific information such as where a customer prefers the package to be left or other delivery needs. The two technologies, therefore, would effectively be “talking” to each other.

So far, however, the project is still in its very early days, with Ford having purchased only two of Agility’s Digit. The car maker has not even started commercializing autonomous delivery vehicles yet. So, it doesn’t look like humanoid delivery men will be walking the streets anytime soon. 

AUDI KICK-STARTS 2020 WITH THE LAUNCH OF Q8

Audi India kick-started 2020 with the launch of the Audi Q8 SUV on January 15, 2020. After an underwhelming 2019, the company has a slew of launches slated in 2020 beginning with the Q8 SUV. In fact, the car has already made its way to Indian shores ahead of its launch. 

The Audi Q8 will be launched only with a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine in India
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With the Q8, Audi India hopes to emulate the success that the company tasted with the Audi Q7. Audi India will also be launching the Audi e-Tron and the new-gen Audi Q3 in India throughout 2020.

Audi India has adopted a wait and watch for its diesel engines and therefore, we expect the company to launch the 55 TFSI Q8 model which gets a 3.0-liter V6 turbo petrol that makes 340 bhp and 500 Nm of peak torque. In all probability, the engine will be paired to an 8-speed automatic Tiptronic transmission. Audi’s patent ‘quattro’ AWD system will be standard of course. The Audi Q8 has a claimed 0-100 kmph sprint time of 5.7 seconds.

It is a visual delight, the Audi Q8, with the new, wide grille up front and the coupe-like roofline. The rear of the SUV is characterized by the slim LED tail lamps and the thin strip that connects the two units, giving the impression of having a single unit. The SUV also gets a 10.1-inch MMI touch response display on a piano black dashboard layout and another 8.6-inch digital display below for the air-con system and other in-car controls, while the instruments are shown in the fully digital Audi virtual cockpit. Other features include – adaptive cruise assist, efficiency assist, lane change warning, curb warning, and a 360-degree camera.

The Audi Q8 is the company’s flagship SUV and will be positioned above the Audi Q7 in India.

MERCEDES’ LEWIS HAMILTON WRAPS UP F1 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX WITH A WIN

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Fire sprinklers sizzled through the start-finish straight of the 5.554km Yas Marina Circuit and was followed by an amazing display of fireworks of different hues and colors, that lit up the pitch-dark night sky.

And Lewis Hamilton, as is customary at the season-ending Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, celebrated by doing donuts, much to the delight of the packed main Grandstand.

The Briton, then parked up, stood on top of his Mercedes W10 car and patted it for a job well done. It had served him well, winning him a sixth world title this season. A little later, he took a selfie with the car, He duly gave it the perfect farewell, leading from lights to flag in the 55-lap race, for an utterly dominant victory in Abu Dhabi.

It capped another stellar season with this being his 11th win and the 84th of his career, and his 151st podium, in his 250th start.

This was also the 34-year-old’s fourth triumph with the Silver Arrows and his fifth overall in Abu Dhabi, making him the most successful driver in the UAE capital.

Hamilton, who had also logged the fastest lap, completed the race with a time of 1:34:05.715 seconds, +16.772 seconds ahead of second-placed Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing.

Hamilton wrapped the Drivers’ Standings with 413 points.

Hamilton also put the lap record to shade by conjuring the fastest lap of 1:39.283 to eclipse the 1:40.279 seconds, set by Sebastian Vettel in 2009, when the four-time champion drove for Red Bull.

BMW AT THE RECENT DUBAI INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW

The Dubai International Motor Show 2019 was flocked by luxury car enthusiasts who were more than ready to discover the latest vehicle innovations of the world’s most iconic marques.

BMW, being one of the most anticipated brands at the event, didn’t disappoint its fans. Known for its sleek designs, high performance and sporty models, BMW brought the Z4 M40i. The roadster costs around Dhs 300,000 — Worth it for this gorgeous 340 horsepower convertible.

Z4 M40i | Image Credit: Imran Malik/Gulf News

The 750Li xDrive M Sport is also a stunning, technological marvel with its 8-cylinder motor making 530 horses and can do 0-100kph in just 4.0 seconds. Perfect for those who seek for ultimate luxury.

750Li xDrive M Sport | Image Credit: Imran Malik/Gulf News

The BMW Night Sky M850i was also displayed at the event, a special one that is not up for grabs. It will just be a beautiful model that no one would ever drive, though it was indeed an eye candy at the affair.

Night Sky M850i | Image Credit: Imran Malik/Gulf News

For those looking for family-friendly models that can accommodate more passengers in total comfort along with extra rooms for the goods, the stylish X6 won’t complete your desire for a sporty SUV with a coupe-like roof and muscular proportions. Definitely your best choice for style, space, and function.

X6 | Image Credit: Imran Malik/Gulf News

LUXURY CAR DEALER IN DUBAI

Was there a time when you found yourself in a Ferrari Dubai Showroom, Porsche Dubai Dealer or Mercedes Benz Dubai Showroom and suddenly had a change of heart? You realized that you want to just immediately search the internet for “luxury cars dealers in Dubai” and look for more varied options?

Luxury car dealers aim to give you as diverse vehicle brand options as possible, and it is highly essential to look for a credible car dealership you can trust.

Pearl Motors continues to fulfill a top of the line customer satisfaction rating because of our committed approach to providing our clients with a huge selection of brand-new and pre-owned luxury vehicles from the world’s most legendary marques including Jaguar, Cadillac, Aston Martin, Bentley, Ford, and more.

When you search the web for “Lamborghini price in Dubai” or “Maserati Dubai price”, and realized that you wanted to explore pre-owned vehicles instead of investing in brand-new, we are here to support you to get your dream vehicles at a more cost-effective approach. We guarantee that all the vehicles that we put up on our pre-owned selection have gone through a very detailed inspection and efficient testing before we label it as “approved” and “certified”.

Depending on the make and model, we also give out an additional suite of complimentary services to our customers such as flexible finance options, convenient insurance plans, registration assistance, warranty, and service contract packages and more. Our aim is for you to not just get into our showroom and purchase a vehicle. Our main goal is to give you an A to Z, all-in-one customer service and make sure that you will walk out from our showroom with the best luxury car shopping experience, and our team of professional and knowledgeable car experts is dedicated to giving you this service from the moment you walk in our showroom.

In addition to this, Pearl Motors also does trade-in – which is another practical and cost-effective option if you wish to upgrade your vehicle. You can trade-in your second-hand or used luxury car and have it upgraded into a much better ride.

Make a trip to our showroom in Al Quoz to have an amazing luxury car shopping experience. Have a lovely chat with one of our efficient and approachable staff to explore your options and know more about the services that we can offer. You can also keep yourself up to date with our latest news through our website and social media platforms.

TOP DUBAI CAR DEALER

Dubai car dealers aren’t always easy to deal with. Some commit to customers with a top of the line collection and services but hardly ever delivers. Because of the high demand for luxury vehicles and services, “Dubai showroom car” is in constant online searches. It’s just up to the car owners’ luck and thorough research to find their own hidden gems.

Upholding the philosophy of outstanding service and high-quality standards of our luxury cars, Pearl Motors continues to serve our loyal clients and new customers to fulfill their driving needs and vehicle requirements. Located in Al Quoz, our showroom houses a wide range of the most iconic marques such as Maserati, Cadillac, Aston Martin, Bentley, Lamborghini, just to name a few.

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a loyal customer, Pearl Motors provides topnotch customer service. With their selection of classic models and dashing supercars, along with their suite of complimentary services including flexible finance plans, convenient insurance options, registration support, warranty and service contract packages… you will have an all-in-one efficient and productive car shopping experience.

Pearl Motors also does trade-in of luxury vehicles. You can upgrade your used car into your dream luxury ride. With our massive collection, your choices are endless. We have a team of highly capable professionals who are dedicated to providing you with an honest and accurate valuation. You can be rest assured to have a quick, smooth and easy trade-in process.

Unlike BMW Dubai dealer or Jaguar Dubai showroom, we won’t limit you on your potential to drive any make you dream to have. We also have pre-owned luxury vehicles in our showroom that is also considered a better choice if you wish to be more practical. If you’re into a pre-owned Audi in Dubai or any luxury vehicle marque, you also have this particular option.

All our second-hand luxury vehicles are certified and approved to have undergone extensive testing and thorough inspection to be given honest pricing. If you see a “Land Rover Approved” sign in our showroom, keep in mind that this is a used Land Rover that is certified as cost-efficient and good as new.

The next time you search the internet for “Top Dubai Car Dealer” or “Mercedes Benz Dubai”, consider a visit at Pearl Motors and we will guarantee a pleasurable and pleasant visit. To be updated on our latest news and what’s new in stock, you can also follow us on our social media platforms.

Bentley launches the First Edition of its Flying Spur Special Edition at the Elton John AIDS foundation

At the Elton John AIDS Foundation Gala Bentley revealed the arrival of the Flying Spur First Edition, where it was auctioned in support of raising funds at the inaugural Midsummer Party, on July 24th.

With an astounding attention to detail, fine sculpted surfaces combined with intelligent technology the Flying Spur First Edition, will be limited to only 1 year of production which makes it a rare collectable and incredibly luxurious. This collector’s car takes the driver on a journey of constant discovery inspiring the imagination with its elegant form and intuitive interaction.

This world-leading sedan delivers extreme power and agility with an acceleration rate of 0-110 mph in just 3.7 seconds, with its active All-Wheel Drive System and All Wheel steering it ensures an engaging driving experience through maximum sure-footedness on demand.

To celebrate the Bentley’s Centenary year, and to support the charity gala, Bentley invited the new owner of the Flying Spur First Edition to customize their own bespoke and completely unique vehicle through Bentley’s co-creation luxury service, a service offered to a small selection of clients. This provides a chance to define personal luxury in a car of unrivalled performance.

The owner will closely work with a member of Bentley’s Design Team either at the headquarters of Bentley in Crewe, England, or in the comfort of their home, to create a truly personalized Flying Spur.

The choices to customize the Flying Spur are virtually limitless, starting from exterior paint colors to interior leather and trim combinations to personalised seat stitching. This auction was a once in a lifetime chance to experience a fantastic journey to create the car of your dreams.

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Aston Martin all set to debut the Vantage GT4 at the Nürburgring 24h race

Aston Martin will take on its second 24-hour race at the ADAC TOTAL 24 hours which will be held from 22-23 June of 2019 at the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife, with four Vantage GT4 machines. This will be the machine’s debut in the international 24-hour race in the N24 – perhaps the world’s toughest long-distance race.

Two 24-hour races in two weekends that include significant four-car Aston Martin entries, this underlines the strength in depth of our current contingent. With more than 60 Vantage GT3 and GT4 cars now in active service and competition around the world, there is no place on earth more appropriate than the Nürburgring for the GT4 to make its international 24-hour race debut. The car performed exceptionally well in both its VLN debut and the recent six-hour qualifier race on the Nordschleife, so our sights are trained firmly on earning a podium finish for both cars in the SP8T class.” David Kind, President, Aston Martin Racing, added.

There will also be a parade lap held that would feature a group of roadgoing examples from the British luxury sportscar maker on 22 June.

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The Huracan Sterrato concept by Automobili Lamborghini conquers new territory

The Huracan Sterrato is Automobili Lamborghini’s way of exploring new horizons with its unconventional concept, based on the V10 Huracan, the Sterrato draws on Lamborghini’s off-road expertise that is illustrated in the Urus Super SUV, creating a sense of ‘fun to drive off-road’ and, a change of technology to create a super sports car for challenging environments.

The model concept is based on the Huracan EVO including the same 5.2 liter naturally- aspirated engine producing 640hp. The Huracan EVO’s LDVI (Lamborghini Dinamica Vericolo Integrata) has predictive logic, and this system integration manages the four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, modified suspension and torque vectoring, and system has more calculated guess of the driver to ensure perfect driving dynamics. Adjusted for off-road driving which includes low-adherence surfaces, and tuned to provide optimum traction and acceleration, the LDVI system in the Sterrato provides advanced rear-wheel-drive behavior, producing more torque together with additional stabilization during oversteer.

The brand has already explored the potential of combining Lamborghini’s high performance and off-road capabilities with the Lamborghini Jarama and Urraco during the 1970s.Bob Wallace Lamborghini’s test driver had tuned the two models in order to create a desert-going high-performance sports car, The Jarama Rally from 1973 and the Urraco Rally from 1974.

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McLaren GT – A supercar designed for comfort and speed

McLaren, the British supercar company makes great supercars. Fast, loud, responsive and they look futuristic. The company unlike Ferrari or Aston Martin has never really made a grand touring car that focused on comfort as well as speed. The new GT from McLaren will almost certainly be fun to drive with a quieter cabin, longer and lots of luggage accompanying space in comparison to other McLaren sports cars. The ultimate cornering ability has been a little less emphasized upon.

The previous McLaren 570GT offered was a true sports car with some of the luggage space carved out of its slightly bulging back. The model was not engineered to be a touring car, hence it lacked comfort and refinement. In the new GT, the brand promises a more relaxing experience.

The price on the new McLaren GT will be $210,000 that roughly matches its direct competitors. Unlike the competitor models, the GT has its engine resting behind the seats rather than up front under the hood. The engine placement will give the GT a bit more of a supercar feel when taking on corners. The bulbous rear fenders hold the large air intakes for the radiators to cool the engine, a classic GT car design feature.

The new McLaren GT will house the 612-horsepower turbocharged V8 engine that can carry the GT from zero to 100 an hour in just over three seconds, with a top speed of 203 miles an hour.

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