Details Revealed for Honda’s Second-Generation Acura NSX Hybrid

Global Japanese car manufacturer Honda had officially announced earlier this year (2015) plans to produce a second-generation of its Acura NSX sports car, the vehicle itself is stunning as conveyed by the images below.  Before you decide to order one may I also confirm the price structure that has also been announced, if you would like to own one then you would need to find a spare $156,000 (£104,610.23) to be precise, this will climb to a whopping $205,000 dollars (£137,468.57) for a fully specced up version when it goes on sale in the US.

If you thought this was the only cost, think again, the car giant also expects buyers to pay an additional$1,800 (£1,207.04) transportation fee to Honda who will then arrange for the vehicle to be delivered by a towing company via freight”  The NSX has a hybrid system that includes a 573 – horsepower twin-turbo 3.6L V6 engine and three electric motors, the rear wheel has a 47 horsepower electric motor with each of the front wheels respectively equipped with a flat 36 horsepower motor.

The NSX can also accelerate from 0-100km / h in less than 3 seconds and has a top speed of up to 307km / h.  (190 mph).  It will be delivered to consumers around 2017 with the first NSX being auctioned off for charity in January of next year (2016).

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Car Companies Tried To Silence Rather Than Fix Electronic Car Lock Hack

When walking home from work you notice that your neighbours front window is open. You realise that someone could pop in, grab their stuff and leave without anyone noticing so you go knock on their door and tell them. What happens next surprises you though, as your neighbour shouts at you and tells you to never speak of it again as they slam the door in your face. This is not the reaction you expect when you point out a problem with something and yet it seems to be the thing that happened back in 2012 with several major car companies.

Radbound University in the Netherlands discovered a security flaw in the security chip that’s used by companies such as Volkswagen, Audi, Fiat, Honda and Volvo. In typical fashion, they approached the companies and informed them about the issue only to find that they were being sued to suppress the paper.

The problem they discovered was in the immobilizer system commonly used by cars, in which a system detects the presence of a radio frequency chip close to the car or the ignition switch. If the chips detected, it lets the car start, otherwise it would disable the car. This specific breach though appears to be in the Megamos Transponder that helps transmit the information.

The key initially uses a 96bit secret key, but by eavesdropping on the communication they were able to reduce the possible options so that after a few tries they could breach the system. With it ranging from a few minutes to just under 30 minutes they could breach the system and start the cars easily.

So you find a problem and you inform them about the issue only to find it thrown in your face? How would you react?

Thank you Ars Technica for the information.

Image courtesy of Wired.

Asimo Gets an Upgrade – Can Now Run, Jump and Sign

Amazing to think that back in 2000 I was just 5 years old and Asimo had just been created, how time flies eh? Anyway it’s amazing to see how far technology has come in such a short period of time with Asimo being a perfect example of just that. Since 2000 Asimo has been taught to perform complex sign language, walk up and down stairs (Which is a phenomenal feat of engineering I might add, a robot doesn’t know how to balance on one foot automatically you know), recognize objects held in front of it and can now run and jump!

Asimo is only 4ft tall and is designed to help wherever it can, whether it be assisting the elderly or being sent in first to a nuclear reactor after a meltdown, Asimo is the robot for the job. Although Asimo isn’t available yet, this is the stuff he’s expected to be doing once he is.

“It’s great to see the results of research in human-robot interaction that Honda is doing, but the reality is that Asimo needs to be a lot cheaper before it’s a household robot,” said Andra Keay, managing director of Silicon Valley Robotics

Instead, she thinks ideas such as Jibo – a lamp-like assistant for helping around the house, will hit the market sooner.

“Perhaps the direction that Jibo has taken is the most appropriate one right now – minimum viable robot product to get maximal learning from human interaction.

“We’re entering a rich age for deep machine learning from humans.”

Thanks to BBC for supplying us with this information.

Images courtesy of Honda and BBC.

HondaJet Reaches Major Milestone, Takes to the Skies For the First Time

Honda successfully tested the company’s first business jet, flying near the Honda Aircraft headquarters located in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The aircraft flew for 84 minutes after taking off from Piedmont Triad International Airport – and has the ability to fly at speeds up to 483 mph (773 km/h), with a maximum range of 1,357 miles (2,183km) and maximum altitude of 43,000 feet.

The jet has a number of custom features, such as over-wing engine mounting and a composite fuselage, with the company hoping to shake up the current small business jet market.

Here is what Michimasa Fujino, Honda Aircraft CEO, said in a statement:

“With this first flight, the HondaJet program has entered the next exciting phase as we prepare for delivery.  This is an important achievement in bringing the world’s most advanced light jet to market.”

Initial research started in 1993, and the turbofan engine emerged in 1998, while the company wanted to enter commercial production in 2006.  However, numerous research setbacks caused delays, but there is still ample opportunity for the company to create success.

Looking ahead, Honda wants to qualify for aircraft certification and begin entry-level service in 2015.  The company is reportedly already in the final stage of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) testing right now.

Thank you to USA Today for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of HondaJet

Industry Giants Google And Apple Consider Expanding To The Automobile Industry

The car industry has quickly caught the attention of both Apple and Google. After fiercely competing with each other in smartphone, web browser, and tablet markets, both the companies are now working with leading car manufacturers to develop in-car entertainment and information systems.

Google and German automaker Audi AG are said to be working together on Android based in-car infotainment systems and they plan to announce their partnership at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week. The Google announcement is being seen as the answer to Apple’s “iOS in the car” initiative, which was launched in June at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). As part of the initiative, Apple is developing technology to integrate iPhones with car’s dashboard control panels. Apple is said to be collaborating with BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Honda Motors for their projects.

In terms of tech features, while Apple is going for the iPhone attachment to the car, Google is taking to a more embedded approach and is working on integrating the Android OS with the car’s dashboard. According to the report, 80 million new cars and light trucks are sold every year. Quite clearly, the market has huge potential and this is the reason Apple and Google are trying hard to penetrate it. The concept of smart cars has also opened the doors for leading chip-makers like Qualcomm, Intel, and Nvidia, to enter the car business.

Thank you Tech Report for providing us with this information