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Aug 30, 2022

On August 30, Toyota announced that it will expand its Yaris Cross range in Australia, bringing the dynamically focused GR Sport variant to the light SUV line-up. Due in local showrooms in December, The GR Sport will be offered exclusively with a 2WD hybrid powertrain. The hybrid system pairs a 67kW/120Nm 1.5-litre three-cylinder gasoline engine with a pair of motor generators on the front axle that combines to produce a total system output of 85kW.
The highly rigid TNGA-B platform underpinning the Yaris Cross affords the urban SUV great chassis balance and nimble handling, which has been further enhanced for the GR Sport with retuned suspension to sharpen steering feel and response and reduce body roll. It will have a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, climate control air conditioning, and a comprehensive suite of active safety technologies including Toyota Connected Services.

Based on Toyota Australia press release

Aug 16, 2022

Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard, announced that Industrias Quantum Motors’ Quantum E4 electric vehicle will be available in the Mexican market by 2023. Industrias Quantum Motors is based in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and focuses on manufacturing electric micro-mobility vehicles, including urban EVs, electric bicycles and motorcycles. The introduction of the Quantum E4 was possible due to a partnership between Industrias Quantum Motors and Potencia Industrial, a Mexican manufacturer of electric motors and generators. Due to the partnership, both parties agreed to build Quantum’s first plant outside of Bolivia in Mexico.
The Quantum E4 will be the most affordable electric vehicle available in Mexico. It can seat three passengers, has a maximum speed of 35 mph, and can travel 31 miles on a single charge.

(From multiple sources on August 5, 2022)

Aug 08, 2022

On August 8, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) announced that its robotics researchers working with Ford Motor Company have found a way to tell an autonomous vehicle which cameras to use when navigating. The research comes from a project looking at how cameras and LIDAR sensors, commonly used in autonomous vehicles, can better understand the world around them.
This research took place as part of a larger fundamental research project with Ford looking at how cameras and LIDAR sensors, commonly used in autonomous vehicles, can better understand the world around them. The system might learn that a particular camera is very useful for tracking the position of the vehicle on a particular stretch of road and choose to use that camera on subsequent visits to that section of the road. This can be used as prior information for the neural nets doing object detection and so accurate localization is critical and this research allows us to focus on the best camera at any given time.

Based on Queensland University of Technology press release

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