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Genesis X Concept is a flashy all-electric design master class

The Genesis X Concept gives us a really good idea of what to expect from the automaker in the coming decade.

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The Genesis X Concept is a master class in all the things that a concept car should be. It shows off future design and technology pushing the envelope but never getting so far away from the mission that it looks like it's from the space age. Instead, what Genesis presented is a pointed glimpse into the future of the brand.

That brand is struggling to define itself and create a market in the U.S. While its cars have been featured in advertising for years, including this Super Bowl ad featuring John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, the company received perhaps the most publicity when golfer Tiger Woods crashed the GV80 SUV that he was driving leaving himself seriously injured, which is the perfect IRL example of "there's no such thing as bad publicity".

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The new Gran Turismo concept takes some of the shapely curves from the Genesis Mint and Genesis Essentia prototype builds and puts them into a more realistic light. With the Genesis X Concept, it's obvious to see the direction Genesis is headed.

That starts with the theme of Two Lines. It's applied throughout the interior and exterior, bringing the look of the company's Quad Lamps into a more universal form.

The luxury arm of Hyundai says that the 'Genesis X' name comes from a combination of the brand's name and the letter X, which in this case symbolizes a "hidden hero".

"The Genesis X Concept can be described as the ultimate vision of Athletic Elegance, the inherent design language of Genesis," said SangYup Lee, Head of Genesis' Global Design. "The signature Two Lines theme and sustainable luxury will be blueprints for the futuristic designs and state-of-the-art technologies that Genesis seeks to adopt in its future models."

The car exudes traditional GT design. There's a long hood and short rear.

At the front of the car is the company's signature Crest Grille with two-lined headlights on either side that direct the eye from the front to the sides, as they extend into the doors. The grille features a G-Matrix pattern that is currently on the company's G70, G80, G90, and GV80 models. The internal pattern of the grille has been painted in the same color as the exterior in order to create a sense of unity.

Designers have double layered the car's bumpers. The hood and fender are integrated to create a single, clamshell hood. The bottom front air vent intake features a thin mesh form and aids in cooling the vehicle while reducing air resistance.

The rear features linear lamps that flank unique body styling.

Genesis has designed this car as an electric vehicle (EV). Its slide-to-open charging door creates no parting lines.

The entire car rides on turbine-type, five-spoke alloy wheels. Lime brake calipers accent the car's Lençóis Blue paint color. The paint color way was inspired by Maranhenses National Park in Brazil, where a lake forms only during the rainy season.

Genesis maximized the concept car's sporty sensibility by incorporating two-layered, turbine-type alloy wheels with five spokes. The brake calipers' lime accenting hints at the high-performance character of the Genesis X Concept.

The car has been designed with simplicity at its core. The driver-orientated cockpit design surrounds the driver with all operating systems and displays. A floating center console and a dashboard designed to create the sense that it is enveloping passengers are among the highlights as are slim, indirect air vents.

A Free-Form display manages gauge clusters, navigation, and climate controls while a Crystal Sphere Electronic Shift Level integrates driving mode functionality alongside PNRDL functionality.

Bucket seats and four-point seat belts are part of the cabin's design, as is a weave-patterned fabric made from leftover leather.

The Genesis X Concept is not intended for sale, but it does point solidly in the direction of what is coming as the automaker introduces new products.

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Domino's and Nuro announced their partnership in 2019 — and now the robots are hitting the roads.

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After announcing their partnership to work on pizza deliveries via self-driving robots in 2019, Dominos and Nuro have officially rolled out their technology to one part of town.

Beginning this week, if you place a prepaid order from Domino's in Woodland Heights (3209 Houston Ave.), you might have the option to have one of Nuro's R2 robot come to your door. This vehicle is the first do deliver completely autonomously without occupants with a regulatory approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to a news release.

"We're excited to continue innovating the delivery experience for Domino's customers by testing autonomous delivery with Nuro in Houston," says Dennis Maloney, Domino's senior vice president and chief innovation officer, in the release. "There is still so much for our brand to learn about the autonomous delivery space. This program will allow us to better understand how customers respond to the deliveries, how they interact with the robot and how it affects store operations."

Orders placed at select dates and times will have the option to be delivered autonomously. Photo courtesy of Nuro

Nuro Domino's delivery vehicle

The Nuro deliveries will be available on select days and times, and users will be able to opt for the autonomous deliveries when they make their prepaid orders online. They will then receive a code via text message to use on the robot to open the hatch to retrieve their order.

"Nuro's mission is to better everyday life through robotics. Now, for the first time, we're launching real world, autonomous deliveries with R2 and Domino's," says Dave Ferguson, Nuro co-founder and president, in the release. "We're excited to introduce our autonomous delivery bots to a select set of Domino's customers in Houston. We can't wait to see what they think."

California-based Nuro has launched a few delivery pilots in Houston over the past few years, including the first Nuro pilot program with Kroger in March 2019, grocery delivery from Walmart that was revealed in December 2019, and pharmacy delivery that launched last summer.

From being located in a state open to rolling out new AV regulations to Houston's diversity — both in its inhabitants to its roadways, the Bayou City stood out to Nuro, says Sola Lawal, product operations manager at Nuro.

"As a company, we tried to find a city that would allow us to test a number of different things to figure out what really works and who it works for," Lawal says on an episode of the Houston Innovators Podcast. "It's hard to find cities that are better than Houston at enabling that level of testing."

You can find out which self-driving vehicles are being tested in your neck of the woods by clicking here.


This article first appeared on AutomotiveMap's sister site InnovationMap.

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The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is on sale now.

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The all-electric range of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 has been confirmed. The model is the first modern electric Volkswagen to be sold in the U.S. and a model that the German automaker is resting a lot of hopes on for the future of sales in the country.

The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro with all-wheel drive will achieve an EPA-estimated 260 miles of all-electric range on a full charge. The ID.4 Pro S and 1st Edition, which have more features and equipment and therefore weigh more, achieve an estimated 250 miles of range.

The EPA-estimated fuel economy for ID.4 Pro RWD is 107 MPGe in the city; 91 MPGe on the highway, and 99 MPGe combined. The ID.4 Pro S and 1st Edition does slightly worse achieving 104 MPGe in the city, 89 MPGe on the highway, and 97 MPGe combined.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: Exterior The "1st" badging denotes the vehicle as a first edition model. Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

These new numbers come as part of a second round of EPA testing. Original testing found that the model did not quite hit its target.

How does that compare to other EVs? The Nissan Leaf Plus offers 226 miles of all-electric power. The Hyundai Kona Electric delivers 258 miles. Volvo's XC40 Recharge has just 208 miles of all-electric range but the Tesla Model Y can go up to 326 miles on one full charge.

First out of the Volkswagen gate will be ID.4 models with an 82-kilowatt-hour battery and rear-mounted AC permanent-magnet synchronous motor. That system delivers 201 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque.

At a public DC fast-charging station with 125 kW charging, the ID.4 can go from five to 80 percent charged in about 38 minutes. With purchase, ID.4 owners receive three years of unlimited charging at Electrify America DC Fast Chargers at no additional cost.

The 2021 ID.4 is on sale now, with pricing for the rear-wheel-drive ID.4 Pro starting at $39,995 MSRP, before a potential Federal tax credit of up to $7,500. The Pro S carries an MSRP of $44,495. The limited-run ID.4 1st Edition, which sold out the day the vehicle was launched, carried an MSRP of $43,995.

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