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China prepares to say goodbye to petrol and diesel cars for good

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Expect more of these on China's roads.Image: Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images China is looking to fully ban gasoline cars down the road. The surprising announcement was made at an automotive industry forum over the weekend. Xin Guobin, deputy minister of industry and IT, said the ministry has started planning out a timeline for the end of petrol and diesel cars, and light commercial vehicles. SEE ALSO: Tesla’s most expensive cars just got a price cut China, the world’s biggest car market, sold 28 million cars last year. That’s a third of the 88 million cars and vans sold around the […]

Ford scrubs its cars off their new car smell, for a sensitive-nosed Chinese market

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That “new car smell” can be pretty divisive. Some of us love it, yet the rest absolutely can’t stand it. In China, it seems the majority hate it. And the fast-growing market is so valuable that Ford is going out of its way to get rid of the new car smell, so people don’t get turned off. SEE ALSO: Made-to-order amphibious car lets you ride from land to water According to Reuters, Ford has appointed 18 “golden nose” smell experts in its Chinese research plant, to weed out anything that contributes to a perceptible odour in a car. A lot […]

In autonomous driving, real-world testing is taking a backseat

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Image: imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock To date, some of the hottest players in the autonomous arena have put their energy into driving endless miles in order to fine-tune their AI-based technology. Its time consuming and expensive, and most approved test driving sites have been in parts of the world with sunny skies and dry roads, hardly indicative of common driving conditions. With this mile-by-mile method, its hard to imagine self-driving could become commonplace anytime soon. However, there is another approach to training and tuning AI for optimized self-driving – cutting-edge simulators that enhance deep learning and offer any number of driving scenarios to […]