The 2023 MasterCraft XStar S Piranha Limited Edition model is stacked with luxury premium

 

The 2023 MasterCraft XStar S Piranha Limited Edition model is stacked with premium features and upgrades to turn heads and turn up for the best time on the water.

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With a limited run of 25 units and Ilmor’s SUPERCHARGED 6.2L engine, the XStar S Piranha Limited Edition is the most powerful and most exclusive towboat in the world.

THE MOST POWERFUL

With 630 horsepower and 665 lb-ft of torque, the all-new Ilmor SUPERCHARGED 6.2L is the world’s most powerful towboat engine. Pair that power with MasterCraft’s patented SurfStar system for an unmatched behind-the-wheel and behind-the-boat experience.

THE MOST EXCLUSIVE

The XStar S Piranha Limited Edition will have an extremely limited run of 25 models. Each model will be flanked with a plaque designating which number of the 25 it is. Additionally, the purple flake gelcoat is an exclusive color to the Piranha edition ensuring your boat is one of the rarest and most luxurious wake boats on the water.

THE MOST LUXURIOUS

We held nothing back when designing the XStar S Piranha Limited Edition. Enjoy premium features like our patented Z8 tower with Hydro-Lock Technology, intuitive stern thruster, CoolFeel jet black upholstery and exclusive purple stitching with RGB accent lighting… just to name a few.

THE ILMOR SUPERCHARGED 6.2L

With 630 horsepower and 665 lb-ft of torque, the all-new Ilmor SUPERCHARGED 6.2L is the world’s most powerful towboat engine. Found exclusively in a MasterCraft including all 25 of the XStar S Piranha Limited Edition models.

Vision AMG show car offers glimpse of all-electric future of Mercedes-AMG

Dedicated AMG.EA architecture for all-electric AMG models forms basis for extraordinary study

Affalterbach/Nice.  Spectacular proportions defined by a long wheelbase and emphasised by short overhangs, powerful shoulders, large wheels, a distinctive rear spoiler and star-shaped headlamp signature – the Vision AMG makes an emotional statement from every perspective.

Design Essentials IV – The Art of Creating Desire, 2022, Nizza: Vision AMG

This extraordinary show car from Mercedes-AMG offers a glimpse of the all-electric future of AMG Driving Performance. Beneath the breath‑taking exterior design of the four-door coupé is the equally extraordinary dedicated AMG.EA platform, which is currently under development in Affalterbach for all-electric performance models.

“AMG is reinventing itself. As was once the case with our founding fathers, there has been an amazing feeling of new beginnings here in Affalterbach for quite some time now. The course has been well and truly set for an electrified future, and we’ve set the bar high. That’s because our customers expect something very special from all-electric cars. We have already well and truly proven our expertise in this regard with the SLS AMG Electric Drive, our own E PERFORMANCE hybrid technology and the first Mercedes-EQ derivatives. With this study, we are now offering a first glimpse of how we are transferring the AMG DNA into the all‑electric future, starting in 2025. Gorden and his team are pointing the way from a visual perspective with this extraordinary design. At AMG, we have always stood for that extra shot of emotion, driving fun, handling, ingenious aerodynamic features and other innovative solutions. And that’s what we continue to stand for with our first BEV developed entirely in Affalterbach. We’re developing everything from scratch, from the dedicated AMG.EA platform to the revolutionary drivetrain technology with which we will take performance electric mobility to a whole new level,” says Philipp Schiemer, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

“The Vision AMG shows in spectacular style what electrification could look like at Mercedes-AMG, while staying true to the brand aesthetic. The study’s extreme proportions create fascination and passion for performance – that’s what AMG is all about. The Vision AMG is an impressive embodiment of the brand’s dual polarity – the interplay of beauty and the extraordinary.

Design Essentials IV – The Art of Creating Desire, 2022, Nizza: Vision AMG

At the same time, elements from the future, such as the light signatures with the illuminated high-tech grille, underscore the progressive evolution of our design language of Sensual Purity,” says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer of Mercedes-Benz Group AG. “With its contrasting modern surfacing and radical proportions, this car showcases the next design step, building on the VISION EQXX and moving further towards performance luxury. The seamless flow of beautifully formed surfaces and the monolithic sculpture complete the powerful aesthetic of the Vision AMG. The result is an electric supercar, a style icon that stimulates desire – and that’s exactly what sets a luxury sports car apart.”

Design Essentials IV – The Art of Creating Desire, 2022, Nice: Vision AMG

Monolithic sculpture and radical proportions

The concept car is characterised by flowing, beautifully formed surfaces. Joints and shut lines are reduced to a minimum, and the rear and side windows are painted in the same Alubeam silver as the car itself. The result is an overall look that reinforces the impression of a monolithic sculpture.

Design Essentials IV – The Art of Creating Desire, 2022, Nice: Vision AMG

The sporty proportions are particularly evident from the side, and are defined by the technical layout – long wheelbase, sharply raked A-pillar positioned far forward, short front overhang and slightly longer, aerodynamically optimised rear overhang. It clearly expresses the design language of Sensual Purity with distinctive sports car cues such as the widely flared wheel arches and broad, muscular shoulders at the rear.

Design Essentials IV – The Art of Creating Desire, 2022, Nizza: Vision AMG

Design Essentials IV – The Art of Creating Desire, 2022, Nice: Vision AMG

The graceful greenhouse is integrated into the flowing overall form and blends seamlessly into the low-lying silhouette. The roof tapers as its line drops elegantly towards the rear, flowing directly into the rear spoiler. The overall effect is a visually fascinating and aerodynamically advantageous teardrop form, not unlike that of the VISION EQXX. The sensual surfacing and the powerfully defined sculpture are representative of the hallmark Mercedes design language. Similarly, the brand’s aspiration to the extraordinary is realised through the radical proportions and sharply chiselled shark nose. The Vision AMG is thus an impressive example of the dual polarity of the brand’s design approach embracing “Beauty & the Extraordinary”.

Design Essentials IV – The Art of Creating Desire, 2022, Nizza: Vision AMG

The sharply angled tear-off edge at the rear incorporates an active spoiler, elongating the side view while at the same time improving the aerodynamics. It is framed by a precisely cut band of light that accommodates a variety of different light installations, providing an effective contrast with the large black AMG logo on the rear of the car.

Design Essentials IV – The Art of Creating Desire, 2022, Nice: Vision AMG

Design Essentials IV – The Art of Creating Desire, 2022, Nizza: Vision AMG

Breathtaking technology for hallmark performance

The technology of the Vision AMG tributes the spectacular design in many ways. All of its drivetrain components are developed entirely from scratch: not only the AMG.EA platform itself, but also the dedicated high-performance high-voltage battery and the revolutionary drive technology. The powerful heart of the Vision AMG is its innovative Axial Flux Motor developed by Mercedes-Benz’ wholly owned subsidiary YASA. With its compact and lightweight design it delivers substantially more power than conventional electric motors.

Closed-off AMG grille with illuminated bars

The AMG-specific grille with vertical bars is retained as a distinctive brand feature – despite the fact that an all-electric drivetrain does not require a classic radiator at the front. The high-tech development of the grille is therefore closed off, painted in body colour and fully integrated into the front end. As the visual focal point, the grille emphasises the futuristic look of the Vision AMG with its illuminated bars and three-dimensional exterior contour. The three-pointed star is positioned prominently on the bonnet – as on the Mercedes‑AMG Project ONE.

Design Essentials IV – The Art of Creating Desire, 2022, Nizza: Vision AMG

Extraordinary star-shaped light signature

The headlamp light signature points directly into the future. Three LED elements form a stylised, three‑dimensional Mercedes star, ensuring the Mercedes and AMG branding is immediately apparent and unmistakable by night and day. The two headlamps are visually connected via the horizontal band of light above the grille. This light band can display a variety of animations – ranging from a welcome signature to constant light.

The round lights at the rear have a light design that is new yet familiar. On each side, three LED rings are positioned in cylindrical tubes. Here, too, small stars offer a nod to the Mercedes brand. By way of contrast, the expressive rear diffuser is painted deep black.

Design Essentials IV – The Art of Creating Desire, 2022, Nizza: Vision AMG

Connection to Formula 1 through form and colour cues

The direct connection to the successful Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team is evident in further visual details. These include the silver paintwork with a large-format star pattern across the shoulders and rear wings, functional elements in exposed carbon-fibre, the aerodynamic design of the 22-inch wheels with aero claddings, the AMG logo and elements on the sills and diffuser in the Petronas colours.

The sporty high-tech seamless design and the breath-taking proportions give the Vision AMG a futuristic character. The four-door configuration also makes clear that the show car offers a taste of a functional all‑electric sports car of the future. Despite the battery pack in the floor of the car between the axles, the study sits considerably lower than the EQS and, thanks to its intelligently designed interior floor, offers plenty of space for four.

Luxury Private Helicopter – HILL HX50 HELICOPTERS

HX50 IS THE HELICOPTER YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED, EXQUISITE IN EVERY DETAIL, COMBINING EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE, SAFETY AND EASE OF FLYING WITH AN OUTSTANDING OWNERSHIP MODEL
DR. JASON HILL CHAIRMAN & CHIEF ENGINEER

Inside and out the HX50 represents a masterpiece of sleek, elegant contours, sculpted along futuristic lines for maximum performance, and providing the utmost in enjoyment for pilot and four passengers

The Hill HX50 is tailored to owners, combining performance, safety, and ease of flying into one sleek, flying machine. Its five-person cabin is crafted with luxury in mind offering plush leather seating, two 15-inch glass instrument panels with an iPad in the center, and panoramic windows to immerse riders in the scenery, while its controls are simplified for recreational pilots.

 

SUPERLATIVE FLYING EXPERIENCE

Every feature has been engineered for the ultimate in utility, safety, convenience and especially aesthetic appeal, from streamlined blades to deep panoramic windows to sturdy undercarriage, with a choice of two types of landing gear. The doors open wide for accessibility, making it easy for passengers to enter and exit, while a generous luggage compartment is provided for stowing your bags. Passengers can settle in to relax and wonder at the sights of the journey, with exceptional viewing opportunities created by a continuous sweep of windows that includes a skylight and a glass panel below at foot level.

The aircraft is powered by an in-house GT50 turboshaft engine designed exclusively for the HX50, optimizing efficiency and fuel consumption while boasting 400 horsepower. The Hill HX50 Helicopter is taking preorders and is expected to arrive in 2023.

Introducing Our Next-Generation Nuro

We’ve always known that solving last-mile delivery through robotics would better everyday life for millions of people. Designing the right autonomous vehicle to do that — and taking a zero-occupant approach to that design — has been a monumental task involving years of work and iterations built on real-world learning.

We wanted to get it right. We needed to make it safe, fully electric, and easy to operate. And we needed it to scale quickly so it could get to work. Finding the right balance between something we wanted in our own neighborhoods and something that could be produced at scale was no easy feat. But it was worth it.

Now, we’re thrilled to announce Nuro’s third-generation autonomous delivery vehicle. This new vehicle improves on our previous design and is ready to be produced at scale. Every detail is intentional, and now we’re ready to share some of the most impactful innovations of our new model.

Safety

Size

Our new vehicle is approximately 20% smaller in width than average passenger cars. That significantly smaller footprint gives bicyclists and pedestrians more room to maneuver alongside the bot.

Airbag

A custom external pedestrian airbag across the front of the bot is optimized to reduce the force of impact and number of injuries in the event of collision.

Weather

Our next-generation vehicle is designed to safely operate in the same environment as all motor vehicles. That allows us to serve a wide variety of geographies that experience various weather conditions throughout the year.

Experience

Compartments

Taking people out of our vehicles means we have more room for the good stuff. Our 27 ft3 compartments combined can fit about 24 bags of groceries and handle almost 500 lbs. Modular inserts that fit inside the compartments allow for heating and cooling, with a range of temps from 22ºF or hot to 116ºF, which means pizza stays warm and soda stays cool.

Speed

Our new model will be able to reach a top operating speed of 45mph, allowing the vehicle to reach more customers and serve more businesses on a wider variety of roads.

Emissions

Our vehicles are already completely battery-electric and emission-free, but we’ve decided to take our commitment to sustainability even further: in this new vehicle, we’re using 100% renewable electricity from wind farms in Texas to power our fleet and to reduce our overall carbon footprint. And all materials adhere to strict sourcing and supply chain standards meant to protect the natural environment.

Sensors

In addition to being able to sense everything from the difference between a bundle of leaves and a pet to how many pedestrians are standing at a crosswalk in dense fog, the new model also has the ability to clean its own sensors. This self-cleaning is important to maintain operations and retain sensitivity throughout the day.

Security

That commitment to security extends to our customer data, which we prioritize even above our own intellectual data protections. Our privacy policy dictates everything from how we collect data to how we safeguard it, so that our customers have full transparency into the handling of their private data.

Manufacturing

Jobs

BYD will be able to leverage the manufacturing capacity of its Lancaster facility to support Nuro and bring more jobs to California. And we’ll be bringing more jobs to southern Nevada. In fact, our southern Nevada facilities are expected to create an initial 250 highly skilled career opportunities with long-term growth potential in the autonomous vehicle industry.

Why it matters

This is the vehicle we’ll be producing at scale to better everyday life for millions, and we can’t wait for it to be on the road right outside your front door. Because, along with delivering nearly anything from local stores, it’s also delivering greater equity, safer communities, less pollution

Rimac Nevera Completes Final Crash Test

The intense crash test program for the global homologation of Rimac Nevera is finally complete after four years, thousands of digital simulations and nine complete vehicles destroyed. In total, Rimac Nevera prototypes were subject to 45 separate physical crash tests, and many more static passive safety tests – all necessary to ensure customers throughout the world can safely experience Rimac’s next-generation all-electric hypercar on the road.

The final test, which took place end of January, was the demanding side pole test, conducted at 32km/h and simulating a side impact with a lamppost. With very little of the car’s body and chassis between the pole and the occupants, and very little energy absorbed by the pole, it’s one of the most difficult tests a car can be subjected to. The structure of the Nevera proved to be so effective at distributing the crash energy that the door on the impact side could still be opened after the test. This test was the last passive safety US-homologation test, while European homologation tests were completed in 2021.

Passive safety for the Nevera has been developed by the in-house team at Rimac, initially using High Performance Cluster computers, capable of digitally simulating in near-perfect detail the effects of a crash test impact on every single component of the Nevera. Despite a physical crash test impact taking just 80 milliseconds – less than a blink of an eye – to simulate a test takes the computers 20 hours of processing time. Only once engineers have achieved the desired results digitally do they make adjustments to the physical cars and subject them to ‘the wall’.

The Nevera was designed from the very beginning to be extremely safe, built around an advanced carbon fibre monocoque extending between the front and rear suspension attachments. As a result, the Nevera is the stiffest production car ever created, with a torsional rigidity of 70,000 Nm/degree – a regular supercar will be around 40,000 Nm/degree. The monocoque also forms part of a very stiff survival cell that helps to dissipate energy around the occupants in the case of a crash. The roof of Nevera can resist more than three times the weight of the car.

Throughout the crash test program since 2019, Rimac Nevera prototypes were subjected to the most extreme of conditions. During this latest side pole test, the occupant – a 200,000 eur crash test dummy – experienced up to 25 g of lateral acceleration, but have been subjected to 41g during the frontal wall crash test at 56km/h. The highest impact speed Nevera experienced during the process was in the US-market rear crash test, completed at 80km/h. Furthermore, the last crash test resulted with the dummy’s load results being all green with high margin.

Rimac has been transparent with the crash test process, publicly sharing everything from the early materials tests, the prototype developments and these final crash tests. Members of the media have been actively welcomed in throughout the entire journey of creation for the Nevera, too, offering unrivaled insight into the development of a transformational all-electric hypercar from the ground up.

The Nevera was designed to excel in every area, with each component scrutinized and carefully engineered to deliver the best possible performance. For four years now we have been applying that same painstaking attention to detail to the safety of Nevera, with engineers working tirelessly on thousands of digital simulations and modifications to prototype vehicles, just to see their work destroyed during the crash testing process. All of their efforts has been absolutely crucial to the development of Nevera, and as this latest test concludes the Nevera crash-testing program, which brings us close to finally being able to hand over our next-generation all-electric hypercar to its first owners throughout the world.”

Mate Rimac, Rimac Group founder and CEO

Designed, engineered, and built in-house at Rimac Automobili, the Nevera is limited to just 150 units. Made possible by its 120kWh, 6960-cell battery producing 1914hp and 2360Nm of torque, Nevera achieves a top speed of 258 mph (412 km/h), a 0-62mph (100km/h) time of 1.85 seconds, and a 0-100 mph (161 km/h) time of 4.3 seconds. It has been indep

Teorema Virtual Concept Car | Pininfarina

THE PROJECT
Enjoy the Journey

Pininfarina paves the way to the future through a futuristic and daring Virtual Concept Car, TEOREMA, completely developed by using VR technologies. An all-new interpretation of fully electric, autonomous mobility in the name of user experience and technology, studied to create a sense of community and foster interactions amongst passengers and the outdoor environment.

Pininfarina has always looked to the future using concept cars as an innovation tool to chart the direction and introduce new visions in terms of usability and technology in the automotive industry. TEOREMA, in particular, wants to give people back the pleasure of living the car, driving and travelling, without the frustrations of increased congestion and other compromises, all while integrating AI, 5G and the latest technology to drive passengers towards new incredible experiences along the journey.

Kevin Rice
Chief Creative Officer

THE WAY
Shaping Design with the Language of Experience luxury
Entering the TEOREMA is not much different than entering a living room. As the passenger walks in, the rear opens, the roof extends upwards and forward, and the floor lights up guiding passengers to their seats. The car interiors provide different experiences and moments including areas of privacy where passengers can isolate themselves to sleep or rest.

Autonomous Drive to Reinvent the Car Experience

TEOREMA can easily switch across different driving modes according to passengers’ preferences and different driving situations:

AUTONOMY MODE: the vehicle is completely autonomous so actually needs no driver. In this mode the driver faces the other four passengers, leaving enough distance between each other to give everyone the feeling of having their own private cocoon.

DRIVE MODE: in this mode there is a community feeling and everything that happens in the motion of the vehicle is shared. The different areas of the interiors become of the same color, providing a subconscious connection holding all the occupants to a shared experience.

REST MODE: when the car is in rest mode, the whole interior becomes a social space where people can move to any position they want. The internal environment and the smart seats automatically changes to allow people to socialize or lounge back.

THE IDEA

A New Paradigm in User Experience Enabled by Innovative Technologies WayRay for True Augmented Reality

Crisp and vivid virtual images with unprecedented color depth are aligned with the real world and allow passengers to be informed about the relevant traffic information, the places of interest and curiosities. They appear behind the car’s windshield and side glasses. Passengers also have a possibility to interact with the information displayed in order to learn more or share it with other people onboard.

Continental Engineering Services for Smart Surfaces and Intelligent Glass


Continental’s competences on Smart Surfaces and Intelligent Glass provides TEOREMA with important features in terms of both user experience and safety. Pop-up buttons are hidden under the car’s interior surfaces and only emerge when the driver passes his hand over them. Each button has a slightly different shape, allowing the driver to easily recognize them without taking the eyes off the road. The use of Smart Glass in the rear part of the car allows passengers to enjoy their privacy and to regulate the light that enters from the outside, giving then the possibility, also thanks to the foldable flat seats, to create a comfortable cocoon in which to rest.

Poltrona Frau for Seats

The seats were designed together with Poltrona Frau to ensure maximum relaxation and to allow passengers to stretch out and dose off. The seats of TEOREMA are able to fold down flat, turning into a bench or a cot providing for the possibility either to face each other, in a moment of conviviality, or to lie down, during a more intimate time.

BENTELER for the Rolling Chassis

TEOREMA is based on a platform solution built on the BENTELER Electric Drive System (BEDS). This is a very efficient solution and an enabler for setting up new electric vehicles very fast, with reduced complexity and high quality, thanks to its scalable and modular design. With its low construction the Rolling Chassis allows the car to have space on its inside and still keep a relatively low height.

Hill Helicopters – CONCEPT HX50

STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL FROM EVERY ANGLE

Inside and out the HX50 represents a masterpiece of sleek, elegant contours, sculpted along futuristic lines for maximum performance, and providing the utmost in enjoyment for pilot and four passengers

SUPERLATIVE FLYING EXPERIENCE

Every feature has been engineered for the ultimate in utility, safety, convenience and especially aesthetic appeal, from streamlined blades to deep panoramic windows to sturdy undercarriage, with a choice of two types of landing gear.
The doors open wide for accessibility, making it easy for passengers to enter and exit, while a generous luggage compartment is provided for stowing your bags. Passengers can settle in to relax and wonder at the sights of the journey, with exceptional viewing opportunities created by a continuous sweep of windows that includes a skylight and a glass panel below at foot level.

EXPERIENCE THE AERIAL GRAND TOURER

The HX50’s groundbreaking cabin delivers a complete rethink of helicopter flight for the pilot and those who prefer to be flown. Combining redesigned flight controls, full glass instrument panel, panoramic windows and skylights, exclusive leather seating, and a host of luxury features, the HX50’s stylish interior will stir up your senses.
EVOLVED USER EXPERIENCE

The electronic flight displays have been completely redesigned to communicate essential information clearly and beautifully, while pilot interaction with aircraft systems, avionics and flight controls has been streamlined to the same extent that would be expected of modern premium automobiles.

 

HIGHER STANDARDS

The clean, uncluttered cockpit delivers automotive levels of simplicity of operation, class leading pilot comfort and convenience, genuinely raising the VFR flying experience to new highs. For the HX50, Hill has partnered with a leading avionics manufacturer and a leading digital cockpit technology partner, to deliver a game-changing, next-generation avionics and flight management suite.

EXCEEDING AUTOMOTIVE INTERIOR DESIGN

The HX50 delivers five beautifully sculpted wide seats, giving the pilot and each passenger unprecedented levels of comfort. The seats and cabin are crafted from the finest materials, combining two-tone Nappa leather, French stitching, Alcantara trim and first-class brushed metal. Each seat offers personal storage, USB ports and four-point harnesses. Headset holders and jacks for Bose ANR headsets are integrated into the seat headrests, effectively reducing the clutter caused by cabin ceiling jacks and headrest storage. Climate control and Bluetooth connectivity are also provided throughout the cabin.

The rear seats are elevated, and the glazed cabin roof and low window line deliver an unrivalled airy and open space, sublime comfort and peerless connection with the panoramic views to the outside.

Virtual Reality Delivers Immersive, Remote Collaboration for Automotive Design Teams

With HTC VIVE, NVIDIA, and Autodesk in their corner, automotive OEMs are evolving the design process, and shortening the time it takes to go from concept to model.

Collaboration | Design/Visualization

Creating an automobile from scratch is no easy feat. From concepting the look of a new model, to sculpting it from clay, to designing intricate pieces that give the car its personality, and collaborating with teams around the globe; it’s a complex process to say the least. Now, do it in an even shorter timeframe than the other guy, and create a whole lineup with nuanced features to suit an increasingly critical consumer segment.

To better suit the growing demand for global team collaboration and the ability to efficiently develop products, auto manufacturers have turned to virtual reality. Teams from around the world can join with their colleagues in the Autodesk VRED environment to work together on the virtual production of their vehicle models. The combination of Autodesk VRED software, powered by NVIDIA Quadro RTX, and experienced through the VIVE Pro Eye delivers an immersive design experience for many of these top automotive companies.


Hyundai Motors and the Migration to VR-Assisted Design

Hyundai Motors understands the need for a more integrated approach to model development. The many rounds of design feedback with numerous teams that has always been a staple in the automotive development process is now giving way to VR-assisted car design, and Hyundai was quick to adopt it to positively disrupt their process.

In March of this year, Hyundai created the world’s largest VR design evaluation facility, where 20 designers, engineers, or key stakeholders can simultaneously log into a virtual environment to evaluate a car design. The Autodesk VRED powered by NVIDIA Quadro RTX system, in conjunction with VIVE Pro Eye’s foveated rendering provide a cutting-edge experience, allowing for the most minute detail to be reviewed, discussed, approved, or revised.

No stone is left unturned within the VR experience, by just moving the controller teams can modify the virtual car’s color, texture, and parts. From there, teams can also view a high fidelity rendering of the car’s interior, envisioning what the car buyer may actually experience once the car model rolls of the line and into the dealership. To add an additional element of realism, cars can be placed in real world backgrounds, truly illustrating every facet of car design.

Hyundai has embraced VR-assisted car development and are looking to migrate their current process to fully virtual designing in the future.

Hyundai Designers involved in the VR-assisted evaluation process. From left, Senior Researchers Choi KyungWon, Park YoungSoo, and Bae ByoungSang, and Researcher Kang SungMook

BUGATTI’s Virtual Design Process Marries Tradition with Time and Cost Savings

BUGATTI is no stranger to the quality and craftsmanship that goes into creating automotive works of art. The core tradition they uphold with any car design is that it starts with the creative vision of the individual, in which the vision comes alive on the screen. Once a consensus has been reached, the digital model is transferred to a physical model made from rigid foam. With the inclusion of digital design in the creative process, it has helped the product development team cut a quarter of the costs and half of the design time. Thanks to VR and 3D technology, the BUGATTI Divo was designed in six months instead of the year it usually takes.

BUGATTI is visualizing design through VR. On the left it is Head of CAD and Visualization, Ahmet Daggün and on the right is Chief Designer Achim Anscheidt.


Ford Holds Realtime Design Reviews in the Virtual Space

The pandemic wasn’t going to stop Ford from doing what they love to do, designing cars. So, the company issued VR kits to Engineers and Directors across the globe in order for teams to maintain the momentum of designing the next Ford vehicle. But it didn’t stop there.

To ensure everyone had a chance to review designs, Ford created a live virtual design review in a digital airplane hangar, created in both 2D for viewers to experience without VR equipment, as well as the complete 3D models for those in VR. The models being showcased were #TeamFordzilla, Ford’s e-sports team, each car being designed by #TeamFordzilla’s designers.

Utilizing Autodesk VRED with NVIDIA Quadro RTX workstations, the teams were able to create realistic, high fidelity virtual models that could be shown off without a VR headset. But, when paired with the VIVE Pro and VIVE Pro Eye, the experience took the event to another level, as engineers and attendees could really see how different light sources create different reflective patterns on the models.

The live design review session, featuring Moray Callum (VP, Ford Design), Amko Leenarts (Design Director, Ford of Europe), Joel Piaskowski (Ford Global Design Director, Cars and Crossovers), and Kemal Curic (Design Director, Lincoln Motor Company), allowed everyone to experience how the Ford team goes through a design review and to learn what aspects of design are important to them.

The automobile industry is but one of many industries whose complex development process has been made easier, more efficient, and more collaborative thanks to the work of VIVE, Autodesk, and NVIDIA. Ultimately, through the evolution of digital research and design, which leverages virtual reality, advanced design software, and powerful graphics processing; automobile manufacturers will continue to be at the forefront of innovation and better serve the needs of the car buying public.

TESLA – Artificial Intelligence & Autopilot – Tesla Bot

We develop and deploy autonomy at scale in vehicles, robots and more. We believe that an approach based on advanced AI for vision and planning, supported by efficient use of inference hardware, is the only way to achieve a general solution for full self-driving and beyond.

Hardware

Build silicon chips that power our full self-driving software from the ground up, taking every small architectural and micro-architectural improvement into account while pushing hard to squeeze maximum silicon performance-per-watt. Perform floor-planning, timing and power analyses on the design. Write robust, randomized tests and scoreboards to verify functionality and performance. Implement compilers and drivers to program and communicate with the chip, with a strong focus on performance optimization and power savings. Finally, validate the silicon chip and bring it to mass production.

Neural Networks

Apply cutting-edge research to train deep neural networks on problems ranging from perception to control. Our per-camera networks analyze raw images to perform semantic segmentation, object detection and monocular depth estimation. Our birds-eye-view networks take video from all cameras to output the road layout, static infrastructure and 3D objects directly in the top-down view. Our networks learn from the most complicated and diverse scenarios in the world, iteratively sourced from our fleet of nearly 1M vehicles in real time. A full build of Autopilot neural networks involves 48 networks that take 70,000 GPU hours to train . Together, they output 1,000 distinct tensors (predictions) at each timestep.

Autonomy Algorithms

Develop the core algorithms that drive the car by creating a high-fidelity representation of the world and planning trajectories in that space. In order to train the neural networks to predict such representations, algorithmically create accurate and large-scale ground truth data by combining information from the car’s sensors across space and time. Use state-of-the-art techniques to build a robust planning and decision-making system that operates in complicated real-world situations under uncertainty. Evaluate your algorithms at the scale of the entire Tesla fleet.

Code Foundations

Throughput, latency, correctness and determinism are the main metrics we optimize our code for. Build the Autopilot software foundations up from the lowest levels of the stack, tightly integrating with our custom hardware. Implement super-reliable bootloaders with support for over-the-air updates and bring up customized Linux kernels. Write fast, memory-efficient low-level code to capture high-frequency, high-volume data from our sensors, and to share it with multiple consumer processes— without impacting central memory access latency or starving critical functional code from CPU cycles. Squeeze and pipeline compute across a variety of hardware processing units, distributed across multiple system-on-chips.

Evaluation Infrastructure

Build open- and closed-loop, hardware-in-the-loop evaluation tools and infrastructure at scale, to accelerate the pace of innovation, track performance improvements and prevent regressions. Leverage anonymized characteristic clips from our fleet and integrate them into large suites of test cases. Write code simulating our real-world environment, producing highly realistic graphics and other sensor data that feed our Autopilot software for live debugging or automated testing.

Tesla Bot

Develop the next generation of automation, including a general purpose, bi-pedal, humanoid robot capable of performing tasks that are unsafe, repetitive or boring. We’re seeking mechanical, electrical, controls and software engineers to help us leverage our AI expertise beyond our vehicle fleet.

Hermeus receives $60 million in U.S. Air Force partnership

August , 2021

Hermeus, the aerospace company developing Mach 5 aircraft, announced today the signing of a $60 million U.S. Air Force partnership for flight testing its first aircraft, Quarterhorse.

Quarterhorse will validate the company’s proprietary turbine-based combined cycle (TBCC) engine, based around the GE J85 turbojet engine, and is the first in a line of autonomous high-speed aircraft. By the end of the flight test campaign, Quarterhorse will be the fastest reusable aircraft in the world and the first of its kind to fly a TBCC engine.

Hermeus’ Quarterhorse aircraft

The award was made under the AFWERX Strategic Funding Increase (STRATFI) program led by the Presidential and Executive Airlift Directorate (PE) as a follow-on to a Phase II SBIR contract. The collaboration also includes support from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

“Small business partnership is recognized by the U.S. Air Force as an important component to driving innovation. Reducing risk in high speed transport technologies, as we are doing with this contract, provides near-term and long-term benefits to both the U.S. Air Force and the defense industrial base.” said Lt. Col. Joshua Burger, the Vector Initiative program manager who is spearheading the effort. “We are very excited to see Hermeus translate their demonstrated successes in engine prototyping into flight systems.”

 

Some may argue that it is impossible to flight test a TBCC engine across the full flight envelope for less than $100 million.  However, Hermeus is taking a different approach than traditional high-speed flight test programs. Hermeus will be leveraging autonomous and reusable systems, ruthlessly focused requirements, and a hardware-rich program.  These three strategies allow the team to push the envelope, sometimes strategically to the point of failure in flight test, which accelerates learning while simultaneously improving the safety of flight test crew and the public.  Pushing more risk to flight allows Hermeus to move through the engineering lifecycle quickly, reducing programmatic costs.  When exploring beyond the speeds that airbreathing aircraft have flown before, learning must come through testing in the real world.

TBCC Engine Overview in Quarterhorse

The technology set Hermeus has chosen positions the company firmly in the dual-use space for hypersonic technology, i.e. technologies normally used for civilian purposes but which may have military applications. “While this partnership with the U.S. Air Force underscores U.S. Department of Defense interest in hypersonic aircraft, when paired with Hermeus’ partnership with NASA announced in February 2021, it is clear that there are both commercial and defense applications for what we’re building,” said Hermeus CEO and co-founder, AJ Piplica.

ABOUT HERMEUS

Hermeus is a venture-backed startup with the long-term vision of transforming the global human transportation network with Mach 5 aircraft. At Mach 5, travel is not just supersonic, it’s hypersonic. At these speeds – over 3,000 miles per hour – flight times from New York to London will be 90 minutes rather than seven hours. Mach 5 aircraft have the potential to create an additional four trillion dollars of global economic growth per year, unlocking significant resources that can be utilized to solve the world’s great problems.

Contact: info@hermeus.com