Lighted Ways Technologies: August 2017

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Self-driving truck that’s built to crash comes to Colorado

Self-driving truck that’s built to crash comes to Colorado: "Self-driving truck that’s built to crash comes to Colorado"

Like other self-driving trucks, this modern safety vehicle takes a traditional body (with subtle mods) and adds autonomous tech to the mix. The software comes from Kratos Defense and Security, a company that specializes in military drones and missile targeting systems. On the road, the truck crawls behind a regular car hooked up to precise GPS. This vehicle emits a signal that the robotruck uses to maintain its speed, position, and heading. On top of that, it uses its own radar to avoid obstacles.

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Mercedes uses art deco inspiration for electric car concept

Mercedes uses art deco inspiration for electric car concept:

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Luxury vehicles from the 1930s were nearly aircraft carrier-long. It was the art deco era dominated by seemingly never ending clean lines. So it's no surprise that the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is over six meters long (about 20 feet) and has a single line that runs the length of the vehicle. Hell, the back the car is inspired by yachts and called a "boat tail." In other words, it's going impossibly to find parking for it.

Monday, August 7, 2017


Usually when we do these types of write-ups, they’re concept cars. Something dreamt up by a designer with a real command of the Adobe Creative Suite. This time around, however, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class Pickup Truck is the real McCoy.
The first pickup produced by the German automotive company was introduced in Cape Town, South Africa – and is set to be released in that country, as well as the European, Latin American, and Australian markets. The higher-end version of the truck will come with a V6 engine that can put out 254 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels through an optional manual transmission. Of course, because it is a pickup truck from a luxury car maker, the car will come with a plush interior. We’re talking a 5.4-inch color multimedia display, an optional leather interior, and smartphone integration. Who knows. If this does well enough maybe they’ll eventually release the truck for the American market.


While they are most well-known for their luxury street cars, Mercedes-Benz is not a brand to shy away from more rugged ventures. Take, for instance, their G63 AMG 6×6. And it looks like that gusto extends to their engineers’ private projects too, like this one-off E-Class All Terrain 4×4² built by Jörgen Eberle.
Lifted to over 15.7″ (three times that of the normal E-Class All Terrain) and equipped with portal axels (similar to the ones on the G-Class 4×4²), as well as beefy off-road tires mated to 20-inch wheels and a 3-liter turbocharged gas engine, this 6-month personal project is an impressive one. And even though it’s built to tear up the trails, it’s interior is still as plush as you’d expect from Mercedes-Benz – with plush leather seats, aluminum trim, and a digital infotainment system. What’s even cooler is that there’s talk that Mercedes liked this project so much, they’re thinking about building it for real in limited fashion. Let’s hope that happens.