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Lamborghini Centenario Delivered to First U.S. Customer

Limited edition supercar is one of 40

The first Lamborghini Centenario in the United States has been delivered to its owner in Newport Beach, California, and it has been personalized with Blu Nethuns exterior accents adorning its carbon fiber body.

Inside, there’s black leather and Alcantara upholstery accented by blue stitching and embroidery, as well as a blue center console. Despite the car being extremely exclusive, buyers are able to customize their Centenario with any color scheme via Lamborghini’s bespoke Ad Personam division.

Powering the Centenario is a 6.5-liter V-12 rated at 759 hp and 508 lb-ft of torque, and it’s paired exclusively to a seven-speed Independent Shifting Rod transmission. Like the Aventador SV that it’s closely based on, the Centenario puts its power down through all four wheels and has a top speed of 217 mph. Lamborghini says that the Centenario will be able to hit 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds and weighs 3,351 pounds thanks to its carbon fiber body. The limited edition car went into production to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini’s birth.

In total, 20 coupes and 20 roadsters will be offered, and all have been spoken for. Pricing starts at $1.9 million before taxes for the Centenario coupe and north of $2 million for the Centenario roadster.

Deliveries of U.S.-spec Centenarios will continue throughout the year.

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This 150-foot-tall ‘vending machine’ will serve you a Ferrari 

 

 

A 15-story tower of Ferraris and Lamborghinis in glass boxes has become a quirky landmark in Singapore. And it all started with a visit to Toys R Us.

Struggling with a lack of space at his sports car showroom, Gary Hong was inspired by a vertical display of Matchbox cars while shopping at the toy store with his son.

Hong, 45, has turned his vision into a 148-foot tower housing some of the world’s most expensive cars.

“We decided to build something a bit different to solve the problem,” Hong, general manager at Autobahn Motors, said.

Believed to be the world’s tallest “car vending machine,” Autobahn’s tower displays roughly 60 different vehicles, ranging from newer models such as the Lamborghini Aventador to more collectible cars such as the Ferrari 512M.

The cars arrive at the touch of a button using a mobile app customized by Autobahn, and a video showcasing the customer’s chosen car plays while they wait for it to reach the ground for a viewing, test drive or sale.

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The experience isn’t entirely self-service, though. Staff supervise customers when they request a vehicle.

Hong’s creation isn’t a new concept. Car vending machines have sprung up in countries around the world in recent years, including the U.S. and Japan. Aside from their novelty value, they solve dealers’ longstanding problem of how to showcase more cars using a limited amount of land — a big issue in densely populated Singapore.

This vending machine spits out cars
This vending machine spits out cars

Since it was built in December, visitors have flocked to see the Singapore tower — and not just potential customers. Land developers struggling to find enough space for car parking have also paid frequent visits to the showroom, Hong said.

Autobahn has managed to turn some of that attention into money, too. Sales rose roughly 30% in the first quarter of this year compared with the fourth quarter of 2016, Hong said.

His team is now busy patenting some of the technology, which they plan to sell to businesses looking to solve inventory management problems in China and other countries.

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Vehicular Vengeance: The Origin of Lamborghini

Lamborghinis and Ferraris are well known for being the most expensive and opulent sports cars on the planet. But Lamborghini wasn’t always considered synonymous with wealth and status. It began as an Italian tractor company known for refurbishing old military equipment. So how did Lamborghini go from selling tractors to becoming one of the world’s top luxury car brands? With a little improvisation, some not-so-friendly competition and an alleged sticky clutch.

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Dubai Police own world’s fastest police car

Hot on their tails is the Bentley Continental GT with a top speed of 206 mph -- the fifth-fastest car in the fleet. The luxury vehicle goes from 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds.

The Audi R8 is not far behind, recording a top speed of 205 mph, with a 0-to-60-mph time of just 3.2 seconds.

The plug-in-hybrid BMW i8 has a top speed of 155 mph.

(CNN)Nowhere else in the world can you hail a police car and snap a selfie with the driver.

Nowhere else in the world is that police car likely to be a Bugatti Veyron, Ferrarri FF or Lamborghini Aventador.
This is Dubai, where the police force has just been presented with a certificate by Guinness World Records for having the world’s fastest police car in service — a Bugatti Veyron — just one of its 14-strong fleet of supercars.
A fleet of luxury supercars may sound outlandish, but it fits perfectly with the ethos of Dubai.
In a city where to turn heads your Bentley or Rolls Royce needs to be wrapped in gold, it seems normal for the police force to have a suite of supercars at its disposal.
The fleet includes a bespoke Aston Martin One-77, of which only 77 were ever built, a Bentley Continental GT, three hybrid Porsche Panameras and two BMW i8s.

Dubai’s tour de force

But the flagship of the fleet is the Veyron, with a staggering top speed of 253 mph (407 km/h).
Its 16-cylinder engine produces 1,000 horsepower, sending it from 0 to 60mph in just two and a half seconds.
Courtesy Dubai Police

The previous record holder belonged to the Italian police force — the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4, which has a top speed of 230 mph (370 km/h).
But Dubai’s police superfleet isn’t used for high-speed chases down Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, or very many police duties at all for that matter. Instead, the cars cruise around the Dubai Mall area and Jumeirah Beach Residence in search of tourists and attention.

‘Arrest me, please!’

The role of the fleet is to break down barriers between the police and the public, explains Major Sultan Al Marri of Dubai police’s General Department of Transport & Rescue.
“We’re not looking to just show off with the car, we’re looking to show tourists how friendly the police is here in Dubai,” Sultan told CNN. “We are looking for ways to connect with people all the time.”
Alongside the flashy cars, the Dubai police wants to tout its gender equality credentials by showing off the fact that many of the drivers are women. “The most expensive cars — the Ferrari and the Bentley — are driven by women police officers,” said Sultan.
While multilingualism and good communication skills are requirements for the job, drivers also need to have a good sense of humor. Sultan says people often jokingly ask the police to arrest them, so they get to ride in the cars.

Selecting the supercars

The Dubai police has been using its superfleet as a marketing opportunity since 2013 when it first introduced the Lamborghini Aventador.
“It was a big hit for us to market our city and our police force,” said Sultan.
Since the beginning, car makers have been vying for a spot on the fleet, which they see as an opportunity to market their own brand, according an executive from a premium car manufacturer.
“It’s very prestigious to have the Dubai police as your customer, and it’s something that all the dealerships will fight for,” he said. “Once you’ve spent many years trying to get into a fleet, you want to stay in. And everybody else is trying to get in.”
When it comes to selecting the cars, Sultan explains that the Dubai police looks for cars that are making a buzz in the media. But in addition to speed, its strategy is to have hybrid or electric cars make up at least 25% of government fleet cars by 2030. Two BMW i8s and three Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrids have already been added to the police fleet.
“This will show from our side that the government really cares about the environment,” Sultan said.
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Dubai to get pilotless flying taxi service 

By Sophie Morlin-Yron

(CNN)Dubai has announced yet another pioneering initiative, but this time it’s not the world’s first rotating skyscraper or 3D printed office. It’s a fleet of flying taxis.

Small enough to fit into a car parking space when folded up, the one-seater passenger drones made by Chinese company Ehang are set to start picking up passengers in July this year, according to Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA).
The electrically powered driverless drones — named Ehang 184 — have already been seen hovering above the sand dunes near the city’s airfield during test flights.
“The 184 provides a viable solution to the many challenges the transportation industry faces in a safe and energy-efficient way,” said Ehang founder and CEO Huazhi Hu when the vehicle was unveiled during the 2016 CES gadget show in Las Vegas.
“The 184 is evocative of a future we’ve always dreamed of and is primed to alter the very fundamentals of the way we get around.”
The Dubai Road and Transport Authority have begun test flights

Self-driving transport strategy

While the exact details of the project’s logistics are yet to be revealed, Dubai’s RTA says the futuristic venture is part of a strategy to have self-driving vehicles (of all kinds) account for a quarter of journeys made in Dubai, by 2030.
“This project supports Dubai’s government’s direction to become the smartest city in the world,” HE Mattar Al Tayer, director general of RTA, said in an email to CNN.
He adds that the drones, which he refers to as Autonomous Aerial Vehicles (AAV), are an easy-to-use innovation that can transport up to 100 kilograms — enough for one person and a suitcase — on a pre-programmed route through the city.
“The passenger just needs to pick the destination through a smart screen [once inside the vehicle] and the AAV takes care of the rest.”

Monitored by ground control

Powered by eight propellers, Ehang says the 184 (which stands for one person, eight propellers, four arms) will cruise at around 100 kilometers per hour.
The routes will be programmed by a ground control center through an encrypted 4G network which will monitor the flight.
Awesome as it might sound to sit back and take in the view as the rest of Dubai is stuck in traffic jams, there are some limitations to the technology.

With a 30-minute maximum battery time, it won’t take you very far.
And then there are the usual concerns about drones in busy airspaces and the safety of driverless vehicles.
But like it or not, automated passenger drones will become a reality, says Captain Ross Aimer, CEO of US-based Aero Consulting Experts..
“It’s the future,” he told CNN. “We have the technology and it can be done. It’s time.”
“The passenger drone is really just one step up from the delivery drones we’ve seen perforating the skies in recent years,”

‘What if?’

A pilot himself, Aimer is watching the venture with great interest and has identified both pros and cons with the driverless technology.
Among the caveats is the question of what happens if ground control loses the connection to the drone, he says.
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“That’s most people’s concern with any pilotless aircraft,” says Aimer. “We have the technology to send a signal to that aircraft and control it and communicate with it, but what happens if that technology is interrupted for some reason?
According to Ehang, in the event of any problems the drone will immediately land at the nearest safe spot. But that may not be enough to reassure everyone.
As Aimer puts it — “My question is: who’s gonna be the man or woman crazy enough to be the first passenger?”

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California is officially embracing the self-driving car

Riding a self-driving Uber around San Francisco
Riding a self-driving Uber around San Francisco

The California government, long cautious with self-driving cars, has changed its tune.

The state DMV issued proposed rules for the testing and deployment of fully self-driving vehicles Friday. The news appears to clear the way for cars with an empty driver’s seat to operate on state roads by year’s end.

“This is a big deal,” said Jason Orr, an attorney who follows autonomous vehicle law at O’Melveny & Myers. “Despite being more sensitive than other states, at the end of the day, it will potentially result in widescale deployment of autonomous vehicles.”

California’s DMV had long frustrated the self-driving car industry, which felt state regulators were holding back innovation that could improve public safety. The DMV previously missed a deadline for autonomous vehicle rules. And when it released rules in December 2015, it excluded fully self-driving vehicles, citing safety concerns.

Over the years, some companies, such as Google (GOOGL, Tech30) and Uber, resorted to shifting tests outside their home state.

The California DMV has wrestled for years with how to comfortably sign off on a self-driving car operating on public streets. While experts agree that self-driving cars will eventually be far safer than human drivers, autonomous vehicles will not immediately be flawless or even better than a human. Governments worldwide are struggling with how to certify that a fully autonomous vehicle allowed to drive on public roads is safe enough.

The DMV previously considered using a third party to examine vehicle data, or external test tracks for autonomous vehicles. But Friday it revealed it would allow manufacturers to self-certify that their vehicles are safe, a move that follows in the footsteps of the current federal government plan for autonomous vehicles.

In a sense, the licensing process for a robot that wants to drive on California roads is more lax than what a human driver seeking a license must go through. Humans must pass a state driver’s test. The makers of self-driving cars must just provide a safety assessment letter to the state.

In a briefing with reporters, California DMV deputy director Brian Soublet downplayed the different approaches to putting humans and robots on public roads.

“It’s a minimal test. It’s basically seeing that they have the skills to operate the vehicle,” Soublet said the driver’s test for humans. “And there’s all of the post-licensing discipline that goes with it. We believe that that same type of a structure is being established here.”

Just as the DMV can revoke a human’s license, it can also revoke a company’s ability to operate self-driving cars on state roads, under the proposed rules. The DMV will exercise this right if it sees recurring safety issues with a vehicle, according to Soublet.

The DMV also took a step toward embracing new vehicle forms, such as a car without a steering wheel or pedals. Under its proposed rules, the DMV will allow cars without a steering wheel or pedals, provided that the maker has the approval of the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.

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How to Buy a Vintage Ferrari

By; Ken Gross,

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