Man of Many: The New Lexus IS 350 F Sport was Designed on Twitch

Man of Many: The New Lexus IS 350 F Sport was Designed on Twitch. “Combining a car with a gaming system seems rife with potential safety hazards, but that’s exactly what the Lexus Gamers’ IS is. The 2021 Lexus IS 350 F Sport was transformed into a gamer’s dream vehicle, complete with a full gaming system—for the passenger, fortunately. The design came about through input from the Twitch community, with the 15 million daily active users of the platform casting votes on the vehicle’s modifications.”

University of Warwick: World’s largest public scenario database for testing and assuring safe Autonomous Vehicle deployments

University of Warwick: World’s largest public scenario database for testing and assuring safe Autonomous Vehicle deployments. “The Safety PoolTM Scenario Database, the largest public repository of scenarios for testing autonomous vehicles in the world, has been launched today by WMG at the University of Warwick, and Deepen AI. The database provides a diverse set of scenarios in different operational design domains (ODDs i.e. operating conditions) that can be leveraged by governments, industry and academia alike to test and benchmark Automated Driving Systems (ADSs) and use insights to inform policy and regulatory guidelines.”

Ars Technica: One company wants to sell the feds location data from every car on Earth

Ars Technica: One company wants to sell the feds location data from every car on Earth. “There is a strange sort of symmetry in the world of personal data this week: one new report has identified a company that wants to sell the US government granular car location data from basically every vehicle in the world, while a group of privacy advocates is suing another company for providing customer data to the feds.”

Autocar: Work begins to digitise 126 years of Autocar magazine

Autocar: Work begins to digitise 126 years of Autocar magazine. “It’s believed that the only interruptions were during the General Strike in 1926, the Fuel Crisis in 1973 and print-related issues in 1975. That means around 6500 issues and 700,000 pages will be digitised as part of the project – enough paper to cover the 130 miles from Autocar’s London offices to Archive Digital’s Coventry facility.”

Route Fifty: The States Where Driving Was Up and Down the Most After Covid Hit

Route Fifty: The States Where Driving Was Up and Down the Most After Covid Hit. “Bumper.com, a company that provides vehicle history reports, examined 2020 Apple Maps data to learn which states and cities saw the greatest increases and decreases in driving, public transportation use and walking. To assess the pandemic’s effect on drivers in the U.S., Bumper looked at average weekly levels of driving in states for most of last year and compared those metrics to the first three months of 2020, before the virus upended daily life.”

Lifehacker: Figure Out Your Next Car’s Emissions and Monthly Costs with ‘Carboncounter’

Lifehacker: Figure Out Your Next Car’s Emissions and Monthly Costs with ‘Carboncounter’. “If you want to prioritize environmental friendliness with the next car you buy, a handy website called Carboncounter has done the hard work for you. With its interactive charts and graphs, you can see how more than 600 cars stack up in two key areas: greenhouse gas emissions and expected monthly charges.”

Wired: This AI Could Go From ‘Art’ to Steering a Self-Driving Car

Wired: This AI Could Go From ‘Art’ to Steering a Self-Driving Car. “YOU’VE PROBABLY NEVER wondered what a knight made of spaghetti would look like, but here’s the answer anyway—courtesy of a clever new artificial intelligence program from OpenAI, a company in San Francisco. The program, DALL-E, released earlier this month, can concoct images of all sorts of weird things that don’t exist, like avocado armchairs, robot giraffes, or radishes wearing tutus. OpenAI generated several images, including the spaghetti knight, at WIRED’s request.”

AutoWeek: Covid Creates Car Collector Chaos as Scottsdale Auctions Loom

AutoWeek: Covid Creates Car Collector Chaos as Scottsdale Auctions Loom. “Like the swallows returning to Capistrano or the fish flies returning to Grosse Pointe, the world’s collector car crowd goes to Scottsdale every January to seek out – and outbid – for their favorite classic car. Or they used to, until this whole Covid thing came along. Now the first event of the new year, one that could potentially have been ‘normal’ – looks like it’ll be upended, just like everything else in the now-soon-to-be old year.”

CNET: The coronavirus pandemic slashed new car sales by 15%, forecast says

CNET: The coronavirus pandemic slashed new car sales by 15%, forecast says. “In the US, when adjusted for selling days, retail new-vehicle deliveries in December are expected to grow compared to the same month in 2019, topping 1.4 million units, a year-over-year increase of 1%. While hardly gangbusters, this is certainly good news given the current situation, however, when non-retail deliveries are factored in, sales are expected to post a year-over-year decline of around 5.1%, clocking in at around 1.6 million vehicles.”

Android Central: Google Search puts you next to your favorite car with interactive 3D models

Android Central: Google Search puts you next to your favorite car with interactive 3D models. “According to Google’s VP of Engineering, the feature supports more than 250 car models and they’re working to add more. Users can set different backgrounds, and even use AR to place the vehicle in their own space, in case they want to show off a sweet ride without actually having one. The new experience also gives users the ability to change the color and take a detailed look at the interior of the vehicles.”

UNILAD: Haynes Ceases Production Of New Printed Repair Manuals

UNILAD: Haynes Ceases Production Of New Printed Repair Manuals. “For more 50 years, Haynes has been the go-to publisher for anyone who spends their spare time tinkering around in their garage. But almost two years on from the death of its founder, John Haynes, the company has taken the tough – but probably inevitable – step to go digital, announcing that all newly published guides will be online-only.”

TNW: What3words is about to make millions of car satnavs more accurate and easier to use

TNW Shift: What3words is about to make millions of car satnavs more accurate and easier to use. “Thanks to a simple partnership between two mapping companies, satnavs in millions of new cars across North America and Europe are set to get an upgrade that should make them more accurate and far easier to use. Last week, geolocation startup What3words and mapping conglomerate HERE, which is majority owned by BMW, Daimler, and Audi, announced a partnership that will see What3words integrated into a whole host of in-vehicle satellite navigation systems.”