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Rolls-Royce Spectre EV – Australian Launch

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There are sweet rides and then there are sweet rides. Spectre, the first fully electric Rolls-Royce made its Australian debut on Thursday. The car in the video above is the one and only of its type in the country. And as you’d expect, the world’s first ultra-luxury electric super coupé is turning heads. Despite a two-year wait and A$770,000 starting price, Rolls is reporting strong interest and demand for Spectre worldwide.

WATCH DJURO SEN TALK TO TIM GILBERT ABOUT THE ROLLS-ROYCE SPECTRE ON SKY NEWS WEEKEND EDITION

“We are delighted to celebrate the debut of Spectre in Australia, the most anticipated model in the history of our marque,” said Irene Nikkein, Regional Director Asia-Pacific, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

“Australia remains a key market for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in the region and is one of the top 3 markets for the model in the Asia Pacific.”

Although the Spectre is the first EV Rolls-Royce is selling there is a lengthy connection with electric technologies. In 1900 Rolls-Royce co-founder Charles Rolls envisaged an electric future for the motor car. More than a century later, in 2011, Rolls-Royce showcased a fully electric Experimental Phantom concept named 102EX followed by the 103EX.

In 2021, Rolls-Royce announced Spectre and by the end of 2030, the entire portfolio would be fully electric.

“We’re obviously not the first EV into the market,” said Fred Whitwell, Product Specialist Electrification Strategy Rolls-Royce.

“We’ve waited till the technology is in a position where we were comfortable it would meet our clients’ needs.”

The first Spectre deliveries are due later this year. And this is what you get with the car.

Spectre Ownership:        

  • Rolls-Royce wallbox (Home charging)
  • Four-year warranty, unlimited mileage (unless the car is for commercial use)
  • 10-year warranty for battery
  • Service inclusive covers maintenance costs, less consumables
  • 24/7 roadside assistance
  • In the event of charge depletion Rolls-Royce service will send Spectre to nearest charging station
  • All Rolls-Royce technicians in Australian authorised dealerships are fully trained on Spectre with Electric certification

ROLLS-ROYCE SPECTRE – KEY TECHNICAL DATA

DIMENSIONS

Number of doors/seats

2 doors / 4 seats

Vehicle length

5475 mm

Vehicle width (excl mirrors)

2017 mm

Vehicle width (incl mirrors)

2144 mm

Vehicle height (unladen)

1573 mm

Wheelbase

3210 mm 

Turning circle

12.7 m

Kerb weight 

2890 kg

DRIVING PERFORMANCE

Power

430kW (584 hp)

Torque

900Nm

Acceleration

0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds

ELECTRIC MOTORS

Number of motors

2

Type of motors

Separately Excited Synchronous Motor (SSM)

Front motor power

190kW / 365 Nm

Rear motor power

360kW / 710 Nm

LITHIUM-ION BATTERY

Net capacity 

102 kWh

RANGE AND CHARGING 

Range

530km (329 miles) WLTP

Charging 10-80% 195 kW (DC) max

34 minutes

Charging 10-80% 50 kW (DC) 

95 minutes

Charging 0-100% 22 kW (AC)

5 hours 30 minutes

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Futuristic Transport is Already Here: CES 2024

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Cars and other types of futuristic vehicles made another big impression at CES this year, from Hyundai especially. The Korean motor giant has several enterprises making everything from personal and mass transportation to AI-driven, heavy construction machinery. On Sky News Weekend Edition with Jaynie Seal, I pulled together some of the mobility highlights from the show.

MOBION

Hyundai puts electric motors inside each wheel

The standout performer was MOBION, a sideways driving EV made possible by Hyundai Mobis. Using an e-Corner system, MOBION can move sideways, diagonally and perform pivot turns. Say goodbye to reverse parking forever!

The wheels are individually controlled by the e-Corner System which ‘translates’ the driver’s steering into turns that are impossible to make in a traditional car. Using ‘In-Wheel’ technology, Hyundai puts electric motors inside each wheel. This enables the crab-like steering but it also reduces straight line speed performance.

To make sure everyone knows what MOBION is doing, the car has exterior lighting and ‘ground projection’ to indicate the direction of travel.

Hyundai Mobis is a global automotive supplier so any customer could end up using this technology in future cars. The great thing is.. it works right now.

SUPERS-A2 AIR TAXI

Hyundai’s Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) S-A2

This isn’t ready to go yet, but in a couple of years you could be taking a flight in Hyundai’s Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) S-A2, an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) prototype vehicle. It’s important to note that the S-A2 is not a drone, or autonomous aircraft. It requires a pilot to fly around its four passengers at 1500 feet.

S-A2 is a V-tail aircraft designed to cruise at 193 kph over distances of 40 to 64 kilometres in cities. It uses a distributed electric propulsion architecture and has eight all-tilting rotors. It’s designed to be quiet, the big difference to a helicopter performing the same performance. S-A2 is supposed to be as quiet as a dishwasher: 65 dB in vertical take-off and landing phases and 45 dB while cruising horizontally.

SMART CITIES

One of the key components to a successful smart city is transport. At CES 2024 we saw a number of people movers that are designed for quick up and drop off. These are autonomous vehicles that have a much better chance of getting a foothold in cities before private self-driving cars.

INDUSTRIAL

AI-powered Concept X excavator

As I said in the video above, the AI excavator put on display by HD Hyundai looked more like something from Transformers. In a sign of things to come – very soon – there’s no cabin for a human operator.

It’s powered by electric drive and it’s designed to work in construction zones that may be too hazardous for people.

AND SO MUCH MORE

There was a lot more transport related technology at CES 2024. The event is so big, it takes weeks or months to tell the full story. So keep coming back to see what else happened in Las Vegas this year.

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Make Your Dumb Car Smart with Laser’s $169 Touchscreen

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Going handsfree has never been easier with Laser’s A$169 (just $148 here) CarPlay and Android Auto Wireless Touchscreen. Part of Laser’s Navig8r range, the screen is easily mounted on a dash of a car that doesn’t have a smart display.

It connects wirelessly to iOS and Android phones so drivers can use CarPlay or Android Auto. The unit is powered by a cigarette lighter adapter and connects to your in-car stereo via FM radio or 3.5mm audio cable (supplied).

Once paired, you can store your phone safely out of sight while driving.

It was very easy to setup and worked well with CarPlay. I’ll get to Android Auto later when I finish my full video review. I started with the 3.5mm stereo input but had a little hum coming through the speakers so I switched to the FM transmitter. It was perfect. The unit has a built-in speaker so if you don’t have a working stereo you can still listen through the device.

Despite its price, the Navig8r 7” Portable Wireless Touchscreen delivers some clever features, including the ability to add a reversing camera.

  • Navigation – Whether the user prefers Apple Maps, Google Maps, Waze, or another mapping product, latest maps can be integrated with real time features just as would be seen on your smartphone. The user can issue voice instructions to get directions while driving.
  • Music – stream, cast, or play favourite songs, playlists, and podcasts. Any app on the users smartphone such as Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and so on can be displayed on the touchscreen, and songs and actions undertaken with voice command.
  • Messaging – touchless and by voice. Whether using Whatsapp, SMS, WeChat or other messaging platforms, the user can have messages read aloud, or simply speak aloud speech to be converted to text ready to send.
  • Handsfree calling – Leave your phone in your pocket and dial numbers or contacts simply by talking. Use voice commands to check your calendar, play podcasts or engage in a team’s meeting.
  • AirPlay and MiraCast – cast content from your phone (or tablet) onto the screen. Kids can watch streaming services from your phone on the screen when used in the backseat. While this feature might be restricted in cars with CarPlay built-in, the Navig8r Portable Wireless Touchscreen has multiple uses even out of the car thanks to its portability.
  • Powered by USB – take it anywhere and keep it powered through any USB power source
  • 7″ LCD screen with IPS – Using a high quality In-Plane-Switching LCD panel, the 7″ screen offers improved colour accuracy and consistency as well as a wider viewing angle.
  • Bluetooth & Wifi – Wireless connection from your smartphone means the phone can be left in the users pocket, handbag or backpack. Once connected, the pairing is saved so that next time the user gets into the car their phone is automatically re-connected.
  • FM transmitter – with a choice of preset stations on the device, it can be simply tuned to FM radio to be enjoyed via the cars audio system or the device’s built-in speaker.
  • Extendable Windscreen mount – offers a variety of installation options from close to the driver to a central located position. The extendable windscreen mount is adaptable for all windscreen types.

Add-On Accessory Available – Navig8r Reverse Camera | RRP $29.95

Given the price of this display and its connectivity options, I’m impressed. Laser boss Chris Lau has done a great job offering such an affordable, yet capable handsfree device to Australian drivers. Just in time for Christmas.

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Image Matrix Tech on Sky News: Will Apple Unveil a Mixed Reality Headset at WWDC?

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In Sunday’s segment on Sky News Australia (Weekend Edition with Tim Gilbert) we looked ahead to Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference and the prospect of a mixed reality headset being part of the keynote.

Apple is expected to unveil its long-awaited VR/AR headset 3am Tuesday 6th June (Sydney time). Could it be the kickstart that VR needs to finally go mainstream?

Apple’s Mixed Reality Headset could look similar to HTC Vive models

‘Reality Pro” is the suspected name and it may be for pros only first. Hi-res displays could be the knockout feature and it would take on a look closer to HTC’s Vive XR Elite headset rather than Meta’s Quest models. 

Mark Zuckerberg’s Friday announcement of the Quest 3 – timed to coincide with WWDC no doubt. They have added serious Augmented Reality to this model – so you can play games or work in your real home or office environment.  

Meta Quest 3 announced just before WWDC23

It’s coming soon .. starting from A$829.99

But the big news is hopefully going to be Apple’s long awaited mixed reality glasses. 

NEW SHORT FILM CALLS FOR REGULATION AGAINST AI-POWERED HUMAN MANIPULATION

Watch Privacy Lost here

It’s a clever film – that’s very short – but it makes a good point about AI and Mixed Reality headsets. 

A short film entitled PRIVACY LOST was released at the Augmented World Expo (AWE) in Silicon Valley, California, yesterday. Highlights the dangers of AI-powered mixed reality. It is now freely available online.

  • The film depicts how AI-powered immersive technologies could threaten our privacy in dangerous new ways and enable new forms of emotional and behavioural manipulation.
  • The film’s producers call for regulation that protects our emotional privacy and bans real-time manipulation by AI generated conversational spokespeople.

PRIVACY LOST is a short film about our augmented future and the very real dangers headed our way. Developed with support from Minderoo Pictures, the Responsible Metaverse Alliance, and the XR Guild, it aims to educate the public and policymakers about the emerging risks.   

The film was written & produced by Dr. Louis Rosenberg, an early VR researcher who developed the first mixed reality system at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) three decades ago and is now a vocal advocate for regulation. The film was shot at HeadQ Productions, a virtual studio outside Amsterdam led by Director and Producer, Peter Stoel.

AI-powered immersive technologies could threaten our privacy

As depicted in the film, mixed reality devices use powerful sensors to process facial expressions and track real-time emotions. This emotional data is not only a threat to user privacy but could also be used to manipulate users in real-time through AI-powered interactive influence.

The Responsible Metaverse Alliance (RMA) is a social enterprise and international movement dedicated to supporting the development of the metaverse, and virtual worlds, so that they are handled responsibly from a perspective of design, deployment, safety, culture, inclusion, operations and function. The RMA has a focus on working with politicians, government officials, regulators and policy makers internationally, to support them in addressing potential harms of the metaverse.

ROGER FEDERER FANS CAN NOW TAKE DIRECTIONS FROM THE LEGEND HIMSELF

Roger Federer has created history as the latest voice artist to give directions on navigation app – WAZE. The retired tennis star can offer directions in English, French, or German and is the first person to record custom navigation in three different languages according to WAZE.

Roger Federer records navigation instructions in English, French and German for Waze.

Having tried it – it’s very soothing to have the 20-time major winner telling you where to go.  Nothing like a good backhander while driving … 

WAZE is popular because it uses real time feedback from users about traffic conditions. 

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